Mrs Nicola Westwood

Head of Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Inter-professional Education

Email address: Nicky.Westwood@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 51 8659 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Cross Faculty Areas of expertise: Mentorship, Teaching Learning and Assessment, Inter-Professional Education/learning, Adult Nursing - Primary Care

About

I have worked at the University of Wolverhampton for 12 years and have valuable knowledge and experience within the field of Nurse Education and Higher Education.

My current role within the University of Wolverhampton is Head of Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Inter-professional Education within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. Previous to my role I was Deputy Award Leader for Adult Nursing, Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing) and Clinical Practice team lead for one of our partnership Trusts.

I have extensive experience of leadership within the University and practice setting, but also within a module team to provide a quality student learning experience. I understand the importance of partnership working within the Faculty, with external stakeholders, practice and the wider University. I am committed to ensuring and monitoring the quality of teaching, learning and assessment within the Faculty and have a sound knowledge of professional requirements and quality monitoring processes for student attainment and progression.

I have a passion for inter-professional learning (IPL) and further experience around the development and facilitation of IPL within module teams, across programmes and external partners. My commitment to quality, student learning, teaching and enhancing pedagogical practice is paramount within my role.

Research interests

  • Teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Inter-professional education/learning.
  • Mentorship.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Royal College of Nursing.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Qualifications

  • MA Education, University of Wolverhampton. 2009.
  • Dissertation: A Case Study Approach exploring whether reflection is perceived as a learning and development tool amongst student nurses and lecturers (Unpublished).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, University of Wolverhampton. 2004.
  • Completion of Practice Educator Award.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education for Health and Social Care Practitioner, University of Wolverhampton. 2002.
  • Modules included: Teaching and learning, Evaluating Quality in Healthcare, Assessing and Evaluating and Teaching in Practice.
  • BSc Hons Specialist Practice District Nursing, 2:1, University of Wolverhampton. 2000.
  • Nurse Prescribing obtained. Research module undertaken and practical assessments.
  • Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, University of Wolverhampton. 1998.
  • RN Dip HE (Adult), United Midlands College of Nursing and Midwifery/ University of Wolverhampton. 1996.
  • Worcester Sixth Form College, GCSE Mathematical Studies, “A” Level Home Economics. 1992.
  • The Alice Ottley School, Worcester, GCSE- English Literature, English, French,
  • Home Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Religious Studies, Geography, Maths. 1990.

Previous professional experience

  • Head of Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Inter-professional Education, University of Wolverhampton - October 2015 to Present.
  • Deputy Award Leader (Adult Nursing), Secondment. University of Wolverhampton.
  • Senior Lecturer Adult Nursing, University of Wolverhampton, March 2004 – present, Practice Team (Since September 2009).
  • September 2009- Current: Practice Team Role (2014- Practice Team Lead), University of Wolverhampton.
  • Visiting Lecturer, BCU - 2003 to 2004.
  • G Grade Sister/ Caseload Holder. Practice Teacher/ Practice Educator, Dudley South PCT - 2001 to 2004.
  • F Grade District Nurse, Dudley South PCT - 2000 to 2001.
  • BSc Hons Degree Specialist Practice- District Nursing University of Wolverhampton Secondment Dudley Priority Health NHS Trust - 1999 to 2000.
  • E Grade secondment- District Nurse, Dudley Priority Health NHS Trust - 1998 to 1999.
  • D Grade District Nurse, Dudley Priority Health NHS Trust - 1997 to 1998.
  • D Grade Surgical Staff  Nurse, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust - 1996 to 1997.