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Prof Debbie Porteous

Head of Department

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

 Debra Porteous

Debra has 35 years teaching experience with students and colleagues in a professional nursing/ healthcare practice setting (1986-1995) and in a Higher Education setting (1995 – present), at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral academic levels.

Her clinical practice has focused on children’s nursing where Debra has led teams of nurses/doctors to be nationally recognised for the care given to children and families. An area of interest is empowering parents and young people to have a voice in the care they receive.

Debra has achieved a Professional doctorate and is interested in the student experience within Higher Education relating to nurse education. She is an active researcher, holding a portfolio of supervision of doctorate students and mentoring others in their academic development. Debra is a significant contributor to knowledge in her discipline, advancing theory and practice, through research and presentations/engagement in regional and national bodies.

Debra is passionate about the nursing profession and takes every opportunity to enhance the subject area. A key area of interest is to work collaboratively with other experts in the field of nursing to enable integration of teaching, research, enterprise and internationalism in the subject activity. This will ensure that the nurse profession continues to be high quality to provide nurses of the future that are fit to practice and able to deliver care at the point of requirement.

Debra regularly acts as an ambassador for the University externally at international, national and regional meetings and events.

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Room CLC East E206,
Coach Lane campus, Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,


  • Education PhD May 15 2015
  • Education MEd June 30 2000
  • Education PGDip June 30 1998
  • Nursing Science BSc (Hons) June 30 1995
  • Nurse Educator 1998
  • Registered Sick Childrens Nurse RSCN 1988
  • Registered Nurse-Adult Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1986

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An integrative review exploring psycho-social impacts and therapeutic interventions for parent caregivers of young people living with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, Porteous, D., Davies, B., English, C., Atkinson, J. 5 Mar 2021, In: Children
  • Development and evaluation of the validity and reliability of the Leading and Managing Care pre-registration nursing student assessment tool, Unsworth, J., Melling, A., Porteous, D. 14 Feb 2021, In: SAGE Open Nursing
  • 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. Mar 2020, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Global Citizens, Porteous, D., Morgan, D., Solomon, J., Platt, A., Allan, J., Shao, J., Conner, A. 9 May 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • The NHS Plan and the Importance to the North East Region, Porteous, D. 14 Nov 2019, The North East After Brexit, London, Emerald
  • The lived experience of first year undergraduate student nurses, Porteous, D., Machin, A. 1 Jan 2018, In: Nurse Education Today
  • From uncertainty to belief and beyond: a phenomenological study exploring the first year experience of becoming a student nurse, Porteous, D. 2015
  • Preparing globally aware health practitioners of the future, Morgan, D., Porteous, D. Feb 2014
  • Learning to fly together: Introducing the concept of “human factors” into the undergraduate medical and nursing curricula through inter-professional high fidelity simulation., Platt, A., Warne, S., Vance, G., Forrest, I., Porteous, D., Thompson, J. Jun 2011

PGR Supervision

  • Barbara Davies Start: 01/10/2020
  • Daniel Monk The Influence of Practice Experiences on feelings of Role Proficiency in Emergency Nurse Practitioners’: A Phenomenological Study Start: 24/04/2017
  • Jaden Allan Start: 01/10/2017
  • Margaret Coates Start: 22/05/2019
  • Michelle Mitchell . Start: 01/05/2017
  • Deborah Leetham Start: 02/09/2016

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