Dawn Suffolk


School of Health and Social Care

Having accumulated twenty one years in clinical practice within the areas of intensive care nursing and midwifery practice experience, following a secondment opportunity from clinical practice I have been working within the educational arena here at Staffordshire University since 2004. Prior to my role as lecturer within the Continuing Professional Development team I greatly enjoyed teaching and supporting pre-registered health professional students from various field specialities within the capacity as a clinical skills lecturer. This role included teaching in the clinical skills laboratories, lecture theatres and classroom based teaching sessions.

I successfully completed my BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 2008, completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education in 2010, the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher and Professional Education in 2013 and Masters in Higher and Professional Education in 2015. I also have achieved an approved Nursing and Midwifery Council Teacher status in 2010. Alongside this I regularly attended in-house University Professional Development work-shops. I maintained my clinical competency by participating in various training courses and workshops including achieving the Resuscitation Council UK approved Intermediate Life Support Instructor status, Manual Handling instructor status, maintained proficiencies in venepuncture, peripheral cannulation, urinary catheterisation and acting as a personal tutor to numerous prequalifying healthcare students.

I have also acted as a module leader and module tutor for various level 4 modules including ‘ Foundations of Care’, ‘Competencies in Healthcare 1 and 2,’ Improving Client Care’ and also acted as an Award Leader supporting the Assistant Practitioner students enrolled upon the Foundation Degree Science in Healthcare Practice and Award Leader for the Health Care Assistants Award.

I have found that the students bring a wealth of experience from their work place into the theoretical aspect of their studies which enhances and assists their ability to conceptualise the theory and practice application of their developing knowledge base. This enriches the learning experience for both lecturer and student.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Member of the Faculty Quality Committee Meetings

  • NMC Teaching Mentor

Academic qualifications

MA (Higher and Professional Education) ,PGDHPE, PGCHPE, Registered NMC Teacher, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, RM, RGN.


My extensive clinical experience both in nursing and midwifery together with my teaching and educational experience to date, enables me to support students from level 4 to level 7 throughout their Undergraduate Pre and Post Registration Graduate studies in the modules and programmes mentioned above.

Research interests

I am interested in the role as a personal tutor and what impact and affect this has on the students they support. This was the focus of my Masters dissertation of the MA in Higher and Professional Education.


I contribute towards the teaching commitments within the Introduction to Negotiated learning module, other Negotiated modules including the Project Based Change Module and various M level modules within the Masters in Medical Education Programme. I also teach within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Degree course.

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