Donna Doherty

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Lecturer in Nursing with a background in Ageing and Mental Health and a dual qualified General (Adult) and Mental Health Nurse. Background in nursing and nursing education.

I started my nursing education and career at 18. I trained as an RGN and did my Registered General Nurse Training.

I went on to work in Older Adult Care and subsequently applied to complete my Mental Health Nursing Undergraduate Degree. I gained a 2:1 and my mental health nursing registration.

I was successful in getting a senior staff nurse post in Dementia Assessment and worked as a ward sister on continuing care. When an opportunity came up for a Lecturer Practitioner role within the NHS Trust / University of Sheffield I was successful in gaining the role. I was subsequently successful in getting a Lecturers post and worked in South Yorkshire for a number of years. I went on to study a Postgraduate Degree in Gerontology. After a few years I got a senior lecturers post at Staffordshire University. After a brief spell working at another University I returned to Staffordshire University in 2018. #ProudtobeStaffs always. 

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the NMC
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • Level 8 Individual Modules (Staffordshire University)
  • MSc Gerontology (University of Worcester)
  • PG Diploma Dementia Studies (University of Ulster)
  • BSc (hons) Mental Health Nursing, UCE (now BCU)
  • RGN – Registered General Nurse (St. Margaret’s School of Nursing /Anglia Ruskin University)


  • Older Adult Care
  • Dementia
  • Ageing & Mental Health
  • Adult Nursing

Research interests

  • Older Adult Care
  • Dementia
  • Ageing & Mental Health
  • Adult Nursing
  • Reliance and compassion fatigue
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021