Nicki Walsh
Senior Lecturer, Health & Social Care
School of Social Sciences

Ms. Nicki Walsh, MSc, BSc (Hons) DN, BSc (Hons), SPQDN, RNT, FHEA, RN,  Senior Lecturer, Health & Social Care

Academic Teaching & Learning

Nicki has over 10 years’ experience of teaching and learning within Higher Education (at both undergraduate and post graduate levels) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Institute.  Her current post as Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care will see her bring her vast healthcare knowledge and experience to the programme.  Nicki’s most recent academic role at the University of Lincoln (since June 2013 following transfer under a TUPE agreement from the University of Nottingham) saw her as the Programme Lead for a BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) for around 750 students.  This role was primarily to ensure quality alignment with professional regulatory requirements, as well as healthcare commissioner’s contractual expectations.  Day to day management, meant review of teaching quality as well as ensuring student satisfaction and progression.   Nicki’s former role at the University of Nottingham saw her as the year two co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) / Dip in Nursing.  Which required alignment of programme delivery across five centres (Mansfield, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Boston/Grantham) as well as across all four fields of Nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health).

Nicki’s areas of teaching and learning reflect both her clinical and research experience within fields of diabetes, primary and community healthcare, non-medical prescribing, long term condition management and evidence based practice, which have also seen her publish and present at conferences nationally and internationally.

Professional Practice

Nicki has been a Registered Nurse (Adult) since 1994 with a varied clinical career starting in Orthopaedics and Trauma then moving to District Nursing in 1999, where she attained her Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ).  In 2003 she become a Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Nicki set up the original community nurse-led service in South Lincolnshire.  Nicki was one of the first non-medical prescribers in the county and continued to teach this in her former role at Lincoln.

Research

Nicki’s former research has looked at effective discharge within orthopaedics settings, moving to looking at the utility of evidence in the community clinical practice setting for her MSc.  Her current research is looking at the experiences and expectations of nurses working in General Practice.  This work follows on from her former work with a National Consultation Group as part of Diabetes UK who were looking at the improvement and maintenance of healthcare professionals’ education and competence around diabetes care and management.  She has published two position statements backed by Diabetes UK based on her work with this national group. Other recent project work has included heading up the Higher Education element of a nationally driven project by Health Education England to bring training hubs to General Practice in Lincolnshire.  The aim of this project was to ultimately promoting recruitment and retention within General Practice as well as the advancement of quality educational provision for all learners within General Practice.  This work has been presented nationally and published.

Nicki has been part of National consultations on a range of health related topics for the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).  Examples have been around the utility of Specialist Qualifications for Community Nursing Staff, effective discharge and transition services for young people.

Selected publications

Walsh, N., (2017) Using community education provider networks to develop general practice nursing. Primary Health Care. Vol.27, No.4, pp26-29

Walsh, N, (2017) (In Press) Using Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN) (now Training Hubs) to build a General Practice Nursing Workforce for the Future. Primary Care Journal. RCN

Simmons, D, Deakin, T., Walsh, N., Turner, B., Lawrence, S., Priest, L., George, S., Vanterpool, G., McArdle, J., Rylance, A., Terry, G., Diabetic Medicine (2015) Vol 32, No.5 pp576-84  Diabetes UK Position Statement Competency frameworks in diabetes; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dme.12702/epdf

Walsh, N., George, S., Priest, L., Deakin, T., Karet, B., Vanterpool, G. and Simmons, D., (2011) The current status of Diabetes Professional Educational Standards and Competencies in the UK – A Position Statement from the Diabetes UK HCP Education Competency Framework Task and Finish Group. Diabetic Medicine. Vol. 28, No.12, pp 1501-1507, DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.0341

Rush, B., Walsh, N.J., Guy, C.J., and Wharrad, H.J., (2011) A clinical practice teaching and learning observatory: The use of videoconferencing to link theory to practice in nurse education.  Nurse Education in Practice.  Vol.11, No.1. pp26-30

Walsh, N.J., Collins, J., Rush, B., and Wharrad, H., (2010) Using Technology to enhance Pre-registration nurse education in diabetes.  Journal Diabetes Nursing, Vol. 14, No.1, pp139-142

Walsh, N.J. (2010) Dissemination of Evidence into Practice: Examination of the barriers to its use in practice settings.  Journal of Primary HealthCare. Vol.20, No.3, pp 26-30

Walsh, N.J., Rush, B.  & Collins, J. (2009) Diabetes in undergraduate nurse education: a novel approach. Diabetic Medicine. Vol. 26. Supp. 1, pp182-183.

Walsh, N., (2008) Community Nursing: An “Essential” Pre-Registration Nursing Experience – Primary Health Care. Vol 18. No 6, pp18-19