Fiona Cust

Associate Professor

School of Health and Social Care

I have been in my current role for approximately 3 years. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer on the Specialist Practitioner Undergraduate and Master’s Programme (Health Visiting) – teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I am responsible for a personal tutor group, module development, module leading, teaching, and marking/assessing on a number of relevant field based modules – in addition to marking on both adult and mental health modules. I teach, assess and supervise both under graduate and post graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral). I assist regularly with OSCE examinations and am an examiner for the undergraduate nurse (adult, child and mental health) within their practical examinations.
I teach regularly on both the Children’s, Adult, and Mental Health degree programme – in addition to guest lecturing on the Social Work Degree, Paramedic Degree, Midwifery Degree, Psychology Doctorate programme and Operational Departmental Practitioners Foundation Degree. I am also involved in a postgraduate Research Awareness module and Inter Professional Education workshops.
I prepare and teach a number of core modules within the BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Children). The content of these key lectures includes a focus upon child health and wellbeing with a particular emphasis upon the importance of exploring the holistic needs of both the child and their family/carers, safeguarding and child protection, the importance of effective communication amongst associated practitioners (education, social workers, primary and secondary care), maternal and child mental health, and child development.
I have been awarded a number of ‘protected’ research hours within the School and I have utilised this time to carry out a number of research studies, attend and present at conferences both nationally and internationally, and write articles for publication. I am currently working in conjunction with academics from a number of different institutions, specialities and charitable organisations.
I am an external examiner for a number of pre-registration and post registration modules.
I supervise students at both under-graduate and postgraduate level (Master’s and Doctoral). In addition to this I also mentor and support fellow staff with their own professional development. I have assisted colleagues in their applications for teaching fellows, Master’s programmes and doctoral degrees.
I am a member of a number of advisory boards which include a research focus group, a lifelong learning group, an inter-professional education board, recruitment and marketing, the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, the Marce Society, the Staffordshire University Ethics Committee, and a perinatal mental health support group.

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