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Lucy Kirkham

Lucy Kirkham ADNS, B.Med, NTCCN, ILM, MSc, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing


I am the nursing and midwifery lead for interprofessional education and the module leader for an interprofessional module which focuses on coproduction and service improvement.

I have a keen interest in leadership, patient safety and human factors, simulation and change management.

  • About

    I began my nursing career in critical care, progressing to the post of sister on a high dependency and post-operative surgical unit. This means I have experience of a wide range of specialities including respiratory medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, plastics and burns, spinal injuries, diabetes, trauma and haematology.

    I also have experience as a community staff nurse. I am a link lecturer for various community based teams within Sheffield, including district nurses, heath visitors, school nurses, GP practices and continuing health care.

    I am the department lead for Interprofessional Education, where our nursing, allied health and social work students learn with, from and about each other and their chosen professions. This culminates in a module around collaborative leadership and service improvement, for which I am also module leader. This has required me to learn more about the subject my self and as such I am now a member of the Q community and the regional ambassador for NHS Fab Change Week. I have been asked to publish several blogs on this subject for John's Campaign, Care Opinion and Co-Create.

    I have a keen interest in patient safety, human factors and simulation in healthcare education. I teach predominantly level 6 students within the "consolidating the science and practice of nursing" module but also facilitate post graduate learning in these areas.

    I have an MSc in Healthcare Education. My dissertation focuses on the exploration of interprofessional education as an aid to enhancing collaborative working in a healthcare setting.

  • Teaching

    • BSc Nursing
    • MSc Nursing
    • Interprofessional Education

    • Enhancing the quality of services through effective collaborative practice (UG and PG)- Module Leader
    • Consolidating the science and practice of nursing (UG)

  • Research

    An exploration of interprofessional education as an aid to enhancing collaborative working within a health and social care setting.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Kirkham, L. (2020). Understanding leadership for newly qualified nurses. Nursing Standard, 35 (12).

    Day, P., Peckover, S., Hazelby, G., Chauhdry, H., Kirkham, L., & Mcaleavy, J. (2018). Putting new therapeutic communication skills into public health nursing practice: the student experience. British journal of school nursing, 13 (8), 386-392.

    Kirkham, L. (2018). Exploring the use of high-fidelity simulation training to enhance clinical skills. Nursing standard, 32 (24), 44-53.

  • Media

    Background in critical care nursing. Department lead for interprofessional education. Special interest in safeguarding adults. Special interest in patient safety, human factors and the use of simulation in healthcare education.

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