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Dr Andrew Melling

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Andrew -Melling ,-Northumbria -University -webHe subsequently worked in general surgery on various hospital wards in the North East. Between 1999 and 2007 he was employed full time by the Professorial Unit of Surgery at the University Hospital of North Tees, initially as a Clinical Research Nurse, funded by a large Action Medical Research grant and then as a self funded researcher.  His research focused on prevention of adverse outcomes following surgery, in particular surgical site infection (SSI) and postoperative pain and he has also developed an interest in SSI surveillance. In 2001 he published a paper in the Lancet that reported the results of a large randomised controlled trial that examined the effects of preoperative warming on infection rates after clean surgery. He has published further papers and contributed to two European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Position Documents on SSI. He has also presented data at many national and international conferences.

When he was ‘eventually’ awarded a PhD from the University of Teesside for his work on patient warming, he moved to Manchester to work in industry for a pharmaceutical company developing anti scaring pharmaceuticals.

In 2008 he returned to the North East to take up an academic post as Senior Lecturer at the University of Northumbria. He is now a Reader in Adult Nursing within the Department of Healthcare and Director of Technology Enhanced and Online Learning across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. His research and academic interests now focus on patient temperature management, wound healing, nurse education and the role of technology in enhancing learning.

Campus Address

Room B020, Coach Lane Campus West


  • Not Specified PhD July 31 2007
  • Information not provided Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1994
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing an integrated approach to the assessment of student nurse competence using the Total Client Care (TCC) assessment tool, Unsworth, J., Melling, A., Porteous, D. 19 Mar 2020, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Developing a new nursing degree in Malta, Machin, A., Conner, A., Farrugia, P., Melling, A., Allan, J., Morgan, D. 8 Mar 2019
  • Does virtual reality have a place within healthcare education? A focus group exploration of 360-degree videos to teach non-technical skills, Ford, C., Park, L., Melling, A. 3 Sep 2019
  • A focus group exploration of using virtual reality to support the teaching of nursing undergraduates, Park, L., Ford, C., Melling, A. 26 Mar 2018
  • A mixed methodological approach to exploring students’ views of the ‘skills for practice’ website, to assist with the learning of practical skills, Ford, C., Park, L., Melling, A. 20 Mar 2018
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in an undergraduate Nursing curriculum, benefits, challenges and solutions: A mixed methods study, Melling, A., Park, L., Ford, C. 26 Mar 2018
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum, Benefits, Solutions and Challenges, Melling, A., Ford, C., Park, L. 2018
  • Using virtual reality in the classroom, a focus group exploration of nursing undergraduates’ perceptions, Park, L., Melling, A., Ford, C. 2018
  • Improving performance amongst nursing students through the discovery of discrepancies during simulation, Unsworth, J., Melling, A., Tuffnell, C., Allan, J. 1 Jan 2016, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Central venous catheter dressing durability: an evaluation, Richardson, A., Melling, A., Straughan, C., Simms, L., Coulter, C., Elliot, Y., Reji, S., Wilson, N., Byrne, R., Desmond, C., Wright, S. Nov 2015, In: Journal of Infection Prevention

PGR Supervision

  • Claire Ford ‘Myth or reality?’ Preoperative pain planning and management: A critical ethnographic examination and exploration of day surgery preoperative practices Start: 28/10/2013
  • Michael Kelleher Start: 09/11/2012
  • Claire Pryor Start: 17/01/2019
  • Nwanyieze Nwali Process Factors Influencing Informed Consent for Participation in Clinical Research Start: 28/06/2017
  • Guy Tucker A study to examine the effectiveness of mnemonics (acronyms) on student learning and its decay over time Start: 10/09/2014


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