Fiona Cust

Associate Professor

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

I am an Associate Professor in Children's Nursing. My previous clinical experience is in paediatric intensive care, paediatric retrieval, safeguarding and child protection and I still maintain a clinical role alongside my academic role.

My academic interests are focused upon interprofessional education and collaboration, peer mentoring, peer to peer teaching and simulated learning.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • Member of the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
  • Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
  • Member of CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education).
  • Member of Every Child Leaving Care Matters (ECLCM).
  • Member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare.

Academic qualifications

  • Senior Fellow (HEA) – Staffordshire University.
  • PgCert in Higher& Professional Education (Distinction) – Staffordshire University.
  • PhD in Health Sciences – De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • BSc (Hons) in Public Health – Derby University.
  • Diploma in Child Health/Registered Sick Children’s Nurse – St James University Hospital, Leeds.
  • Registered Nurse (RN) – Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham.


Paediatric Intensive Care.

Paediatric Retrieval.

Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Interprofessional Education.

Perinatal Mental Health.

Qualitative Research

Mixed Methods Methodology.

Research interests

Interprofessional Education and Collaboration.

Perinatal Mental Health.

Simulated Learning

Peer Support.


Cust F (2015) Peer Support for Mothers with Postnatal Depression: A Pilot Study. Community Practitioner. January 2016 pg. 38-41.

Cust F (2016) Postnatal Depression and Peer Support. The Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care. July 2016. Issue 2: Volume 2.

Cust F (2016) Book Review - Milgrom, J., Gemmill, A.W. (Eds.) (2015) Identifying Perinatal Depression and anxiety: Evidence Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment and Management. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 292 pages. ISBN: 978-1-118-50965-4

Cust F (2017) Clickers – Integrated Technology into Teaching and Learning with Interactive Tools. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Vol 3, No 1, April 2017.

Cust F, Boath E and Carter R (2018) – Peer Support Workers Perceptions of Their Support to Mothers with Postnatal Depression. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. March 2018.

Cust F, Carter R (2018) – Reflections on a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) and carrying out an intervention in partnership with a NHS hospital – Journal of Midwifery (MIDIRS). Vol 28, No 1, March 2018.

Cust F, (2018) – Peer Mentoring for Undergraduate Nursing Students – The Nursing Times. September 2018.

Cust, F, Carter, R & Boath, E (2018). Peer Support for Mothers with Antenatal Depression. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

Cust F, Carter R (2018) Peer Support for Women with Antenatal Depression. International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practice 5: 288. doi:

Cust, F, Carter, R (2018) Reflective interviews with midwives following completion of antenatal study. Journal of Midwifery (Midirs). Vol 29, No 2, December 2018

Cust, F, Alderson, L, Cartwright, C (2019) Evaluating a conference based approach to interprofessional education (IPE) for pre-registration students. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, June 2019.

Carter. R, Cust. F and Boath. E. (2019) ‘Effectiveness of a Peer Support Intervention for Antenatal Depression (AND) a feasibility study’. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, November 2019.

Cust, F and Guest, K (2019) Student nurses’ values of peer assessment and debriefing within a simulation exercise. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, December 2019.

Cust F and Guest K (2020) Peer Support for Undergraduate Nursing Students. The Journal of Nurse Education and Practice. January 2020.

Cust F, Priest H & Combes H (2020) Interprofessional Education and its Associated Challenges. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.

Cust F, Browne E & Natello J (2020) The Role of Debriefing within a Simulation Exercise with Undergraduate Nursing Students. British Medical Journal -Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning.

Nursing Times Blog Posts

Cust, F, (2018) Clinical placements and the role of the mentor. The Nursing Times. October 2018.

Cust, F, (2018) The Value of Interprofessional Education. The Nursing Times, January 2019.

Cust, F (2019) A Patient Perspective – a view from the other side… The Nursing Times, March 2019.

Cust, F (2019) Emotional Intelligence amongst Nursing Students. The Nursing Times, November 2019.

Cust F (2020) Recruiting and Retaining Undergraduate Nursing Students. The Nursing Times,

January 2020.

Cust, F (2020) The International Year of The Nurse. The Nursing Times, February 2020.

Cust, F (2020) Nursing Students and Mental Health. The Nursing Times. March 2020.

Cust, F (2020) We are doing what we can when we can….Covid19. The Nursing Times, April 2020.

Cust, F (2020) Covid19 and Nursing Students. The Nursing Times, June 2020.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

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