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Dr Alison Steven

Associate Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Alison studied for her first degree in Nursing Studies BSc(Hons) at Northumbria University gaining a first, before taking up a position as staff nurse and completing a PhD at Newcastle University. Her doctoral study investigated clinical skills education for Nurse Practitioners using a discourse analysis approach. She later worked as a research associate, research fellow and then senior research associate in Newcastle University Medical School. In 2008 Alison came back to Northumbria as Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Translation in Public Health working with FUSE (UKCRC funded Centre for Knowledge Translation in Public Health) and in 2011 was appointed to the position of Reader in Health Professions Education. Alison’s research outputs were part of the Research Excellence Framework return for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy UoA2014.

 Alison has a longstanding interest in education and learning both within and across health professions. She has a longstanding interest in education for Patient Safety and leads the Sharing LearnIng from Practice to improve Patient Safety (SLIPPS) priject, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European union, which covers 5 countries and several professions. For over a decade Alison has been involved in projects related to mentoring for doctors and in 2014 was awarded the British Medical Association Joan Dawkins research award for a study exploring the relationships between involvement in mentoring activities and doctors health and wellbeing.

 Alison has also been involved in research focusing on: inter-professional education,  education for new roles, developing a National CPD framework for nurses working with older people, practice based education for end of life care, clinical supervision, knowledge translation, the development of Quality Improvement networks across Europe, CPD and workforce development.

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  • Other Courses PGCert November 01 2008
  • Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) November 01 2008
  • Education MSc November 01 2008
  • Nursing Related Studies PhD March 01 1998
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The implementation of an innovative hydration monitoring App in care home settings, Steven, A., Wilson, G., Young-Murphy, L. 29 Jan 2019, In: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
  • Shared learning from national to international contexts: A Research and Innovation Collaboration to Enhance Education for Patient Safety, Steven, A., Tella, S., Turunen, H., Vizcaya-Moreno , M., Pérez-Cañaveras , R., Porras, J., Bagnasco, A., Sasso, L., Myhre, K., Sara-aho, A., Ringstad, Ø., Pearson, P. 10 Dec 2018, In: Journal of Research in Nursing
  • Lo svillupo di un scenario sulla sicurezza dei pazienti per student infiermeristici, Bagnasco, A., Aleo, G., Catania, G., Centanaro, R., Steven, A., Pearson, P., Turunen, H., Tella, S., Zanini, M., Sasso, L. 8 Nov 2018, Congress of the Italian Society of Medical Pedagogy
  • The value of continuing professional development: A realistic evaluation of a multi-disciplinary workshop for health visitors dealing with children with complex needs, Steven, A., Larkin, V., Stewart, J., Bateman, B. Aug 2018, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Developing an understanding of informal and non-formal learning between nurses and 5th year medical students, Geddes , J., Steven, A., Bateman, B. 20 Mar 2018, RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition 2018
  • Student midwives' experiences in relation to assessment of maternal postnatal genital tract health, Larkin, V., Smith, G., Tennant, J., Steven, A. Jan 2018, In: Midwifery
  • Exploring the relationship between mentoring and doctors’ health and well-being: A systematic narrative review, Wilson, G., Larkin, V., Redfern, N., Stewart, J., Steven, A. 1 May 2017, In: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • The challenges of evidencing education and support interventions, Steven, A., Stewart, J., Larkin, V. 1 Mar 2017, 8th Evidenced Based Health Care International Conference
  • Co constructing A Complex Narrative Using Constructivist Grounded Theory, Morey, S., Steven, A., Pearson, P. 2017, In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • Reimagining Healthcare: Egan Mentoring and the Changed Medical Mind-Set, Steven, A., Redfern, N. 2017, In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods

PGR Supervision

  • Susan Jackson Student Nurse Professionalism: Repertoires and Discourses Used by University Students and Their Lecturers Start: 28/05/2012
  • Edward Geddes Developing an understanding of informal learning interactions between Nurses and final year Medical students in the work place: an ethnographic study Start: 01/09/2015
  • James Wade Start: 07/11/2017
  • Leigh Donnelly Start: 01/10/2016
  • Mabel Okoeki Cervical Screening in Young Women: An Exploration of Issues Associated with Participation and Non-Participation Using a Grounded Theory Start: 13/02/2014
  • Debra Morgan Learning in Liminality: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Investigation of Student Nurse Learning During a Study Abroad Journey Start: 07/11/2012
  • Eleanor Price . Start: 01/10/2015


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