Alan qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 specialising in adult intensive care and was appointed as a charge nurse critical care in 1998.
During this time, he developed a keen interest in healthcare education and in 2001 he was appointed as a lecturer practitioner in critical care. This post encompassed working across two organisations, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria University, and this experience underlined the importance of collaborative approaches to healthcare education, inter-professional working and it also fuelled his interest in simulation based education (SBE).
Alan was appointed by Northumbria University as a senior lecturer in adult nursing in 2006 and as the lead for SBE development in the undergraduate curricula and developed a national and international reputation for the development of SBE as a learning and teaching methodology and its integration into the nursing curricula. In 2011 he was appointed programme leader with responsibility for the advanced critical care practitioner (ACCP) programmes, and was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow in 2014 for his innovative work in SBE. Based on this work in June 2016 he was appointed as an Associate Professor and the academic lead for SBE within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. He is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate on the use of SBE in healthcare education.
Alan is passionate about SBE and has presented nationally and internationally on the subject, and published a number of articles related to SBE. He served on the executive committee of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2010 – 2014, and following his role as a National Simulation Development Officer (SDO), is currently a regional representative for ASPiH. He was awarded in November 2016 an ASPiH Fellowship for is contribution to the development of SBE.
Currently Alan is vice president (Ad-interim) of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe). In 2015 he was invited to join the international faculty for the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning-CAE Healthcare (INACSL-CAE Healthcare) Simulation Fellow Programme.
- Vice President - The International Nursing Association for Simulated Clinical Learning (INACSL): Chapter Europe - http://www.inacsl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3313
- INACSL-CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship - http://www.inacsl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3476
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MSc Health and Social Care, PG Dip in Education, B.Sc. (Hon’s) Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing (ENB 100), Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice (ENB 998), History Talking and Physical Assessment, RGN
Research Themes and Scholarly Interests
- The development and delivery of simulation (All forms) as a teaching methodology in health care education.
- All aspects of Critical Care.
- Inter-professional education
- Patient safety and risk management.
- Programme Leader for the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Programmes.
- Simulation Development Officer (The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare [ASPiH] and Higher Education Academy’s [HEA] - National Simulation Project)
- Simulation-based Education as a learning and teaching methodology
- Instructional design
- Qualitative and Quantitative approaches
- Critical care practice
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Association for Simulated Practice in Health Care (ASPiH) - National Board Member
British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN)
The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)
The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe) – Vice president