Susan Thornton

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) Nursing

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a registered nurse and a qualified nurse lecturer with experience of over 25 years in nurse education. My clinical background includes experience in medicine, haematology, infectious diseases and care of the older person at ward management level. I originally trained in North Lincolnshire and following my move into nurse education worked initially in the Scunthorpe and Grimsby localities, moving to the University of Hull in 1995. During this period I have been involved in the development and delivery of a wide range of pre- registration and post registration nursing programmes in addition to coordinating the implementation of local projects and initiatives , for example the introduction of the Single Assessment Process across the Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire localities.

I relocated to Staffordshire University in 2008 where I have continued my involvement in pre and post registration nurse education as a senior lecturer and adult field lead for the Shrewsbury campus. My current teaching speciality is the care of the older person, a subject which I am passionate about and hope to inspire a generation of nurses who will develop the knowledge and skills to promote excellent care in this area.

Professional memberships and activities

Royal College of Nursing and University College Union

Academic qualifications

2006: University of Hull, MSc Health Professional (Distinction)

1994: University of Hull, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (First)

1988: Manchester university, Certificate in Education (Merit)

1983: University of London, Diploma in Nursing, Part B

1981: University of London, Diploma in Nursing, Part A

1987: General Nursing Council, SRN General Nursing


Clinical: Haematology: Infection control/ infectious diseases/ Care of the older person
Educational: Sociology/ social & health policy: gynaecology: care of the older person

Research interests

Care of the Older Person and attrition/ retention in nurse education

Enterprise and commercial interests

  • Single Assessment Process ( SAP)Training Facilitator (HEI representative - 2004- 2006)

  • North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (NEYNL) Single Assessment Process Network: Higher Education Institution (HEI) subgroup member

  • Developing Reflective Practice (1996)- regionally funded professional development project to explore the nature and purpose of reflection within a range of clinical settings


  • Field Lead (Adult Nursing)

  • Award Leader- BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (Undergraduate Lifelong Learning Scheme)

  • Module Leader- NURS50390 Care of the Older Person

  • Module Leader- HEN63056-6 ‘Assessment of the Older Person in Health and Social Care

  • Module Leader -NURS60116 - ‘Managing Professional Nursing Practice’


Chapter 6- ‘Caring for communities’ in: McSherry W;McSherry, R & Watson, R (2012) Care in Nursing. Principles, values, and skills. Oxford Oxford University Press

Promoting Partnerships in Health and Social Care: The Single Assessment Training Initiative Poster presentation at Long term Condition Management in Older People: University of Hull: 2005

Preparing for Employment

Presentation at Faculty teaching & Learning Conference 2015: Staffordshire University2015

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

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

Research Excellence Framework 2021