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Leisa Anderton

Mrs. Leisa Anderton MSc, PGDip, BSc, RNT, RN, QTLS, Cert-Ed

Senior Lecturer


I am an adult nurse with over 25 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings from A&E/ Admissions to specialising in long-term conditions/ palliative and end of life care. Alongside of this I have worked in education in a variety of roles for over 15 years and during this time. I have an interest in technology and the application of this to support healthcare and education and I am currently one of the Leads for Simulation within the department. I currently lead on several post graduate modules including the Research for Practice; Long-term conditions; Evaluating Research Methodology and Healthcare Analytics and AI. I also support Dissertation students as well as having several personal students in my Academic Advisory groups.


Within my clinical work, I have held a range of posts covering acute settings such as A & E and Admissions. I spent some time working on a rotation of urology and haematology and general medicine before specialising in long term health conditions and elderly care. This led to a variety of roles managing nursing homes specialising in palliative and end of life care and dementia as well as supporting those with other long term conditions. During this time I began working with developing training and education for qualified staff as well as support staff. This led to the eventual move within fulltime education. Over the past 15 years I have held a variety of positions and have worked with work based learning and apprenticeships and then specialising in Higher Education within the FE sector and then within Higher Education directly. As part of my roles I have had the opportunity to co- author course books that accompany the apprenticeship qualification as well as authoring and creating online support materials and a tutor assessor guide. I have worked on qualifications writing core content to underpin outcomes from Level 3 to Level 5. Since working at the university, I have continued to pursue my interest in using technology to support healthcare and education and have published frequently on my involvement in this area. I have a specialist interest in using XR technology and I am involved in global committees working on shaping the experiences within both of these areas. My most recent role within the department has been one of the Leads for Simulation, this has been an opportunity to develop both our classroom based approaches to simulation as well as developing innovative ways to replicate environments, through digital and XR technology.


Department of Nursing and Midwifery

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

My teaching interest areas are: Research for Practice, Long term conditions, Dementia, End of Life Care, Telehealth, Technology enhanced practice.

Subject Area

I teach across a range of subjects and have the following module leader responsibilities.

Module Leader for Research for Practice; Evaluating Research Methodologies; Managing Lon-term Condition and Healthcare Analytics & AI.


- BSc & MSc In Nursing
- MSc IN Healthcare Analytics & AI
- Post-registration CPD modules
- MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice


All aspects of the Nursing programme at undergraduate and post -graduate level. I specialise in long-term conditions; end of life care; dementia; research; telehealth and technology.


My research interests focus on the use of technology/ telehealth to support healthcare and education. I have a particular interest in XR technology and simulation and their uses within both healthcare and education.

Relevant Projects

XR use within simulation and digital learning within simulation.


Journal articles

Anderton, L. (2020). Virtual reality: its role in tackling loneliness and helping people with long-term conditions. Journal of Community Nursing, 6 (4), 44-48.

Anderton, L., & Procter, P. (n.d.). The application of Virtual Reality to assess emotional responses. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the society for simulation in healthcare.


Anderton, L., Baker, B., & Keys, C. (2011). BTEC apprenticeships health & social care. Level 2 Assessment workbook. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.


Immersive Heathcare Collaboration, (2021). Immersive technologies in healthcare training & education: three principles for progress. University of Leeds.

Internet Publications

Anderton, L. (2021). Virtual reality to assess emotional responses in healthcare. [Online Article].


Anderton, L. (2023). Staying ahead of the curve. Presented at: Healthcare Analytics and AI conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 2023


Anderton, L. (2023). Mixing Reality. Presented at: Healthcare Analytics and AI conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 2023

Anderton, L. (2019). Exploring hierarchy deferral in medication administration through simulation. Presented at: Teaching and Learning Conference, Sheffield, UK, 2019

Beard, B., Skilbeck, J., Wilson, J., Anderton, L., & Monks, S. (2017). Increasing societal awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Presented at: Inclusivity in Palliative Care Education: Discerning or Discriminating?, Oulton Hall, Leeds, 2017

Other activities

Member of AR/VR association- committee member for education & health.

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