Mrs Kate Deacon

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Email address: Phone number: 01902 51 8670 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Adult Critical Care Nursing, ICU Delirium, Post-registration adult Critical Care Nurse Education


I am a senior lecturer in adult nursing in the Institute Of Health Professions and the Critical Care pathway leader. I have responsibility for the post-registration course provision relating to the specialist area of Critical Care Nursing and am the award leader for the BSc Nursing Studies (Critical Care) and the PGCert Specialist Clinical Nursing.  Teaching responsibility within my current role is predominantly focused on the Critical Care specialist course provision; including organising, developing and delivering the majority of the taught content. I also teach on the pre-registration nursing degree program, with a focus Care Of The Acutely Ill Adult and on Evidenced Based Practice.

Prior to working in a university I spent 10 years working as a staff nurse and then sister in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and now link to seven different ICUs who send their staff to complete their ICU course with us. I am a member of the Birmingham and Black Country Critical Care Network (BBCCCN) Practice Development Nurse (PDN) forum.  I am also a member of the Member of the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum (CCNERF) – a forum of the Critical Care National Networks-National Nurse Leads (CC3N), we have recently completed work on the second edition of the National Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses and updated the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse education.

I am currently the external examiner at Brighton University for the Intensive Care Route of the BSc & BSc (Hons) Acute Clinical Practice and am undertaking a Doctorate in Advance Healthcare Practice (DAHP) at Cardiff university, my research is focusing on constructions of ICU delirium.

Research interests

I have a broad interest in research relating to care of the critically ill adult. In particular, psychological aspects of critical care including: delirium and long term cognitive dysfunction, visiting in critical care, the critical care environment, sedation and pain relief practices and rehabilitation post critical care.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
The Intensive Care Society
The Royal College of Nursing
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)


BA (Hons) Psychology
PGCert Cricial Care
MSc Health Psychology
Registered General Nurse
ENB100 Adult Intensive Care Nursing


Deacon K, Baldwin A, Donnelly KA, Freeman P, Himsworth AP, Kinoulty SM, Kynaston M, Platten J, Price AM, Rumsby N and Witton N (2017) The National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Adult Critical Care: An overview. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 18 (2) p149-156.

Walker, W and Deacon, K (2016) Nurses’ experiences of caring for the suddenly bereaved in adult acute and critical care settings, and the provision of person-centred care: A qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 33, 39-47.

Deacon.K (2012) Re-Building Life after ICU: A Qualitative Study of the Patients’ Perspective. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 28(2) p114-122.

Deacon.K (2008) Respiratory Emergencies In: Jevon.P, Ewens.B & Humphreys.M (Eds) Nursing Medical Emergency Patients. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.

Deacon.K (2008) Critical Care Outreach In: Jevon.P, Ewens.B & Humphreys.M (Eds) Nursing Medical Emergency Patients Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.

Conference Presentations:

Deacon KS, Mitchell JL and Mould LG (2015) Visiting in Intensive Care: A Survey of UK Units. Poster Presentation: The Intensive Care Society State of the Art Conference 2015. London.

Deacon.K (2009) Life After ICU – A Qualitative Study Of The Patients Perspective. BACCN International Conference 2009.
Serrant-Green.L, Knight-Jackson. A, Deacon.K, O'leary.L (2009) Decommissioning a Care Home with Nursing: Perceptions of Service Commissioners and Providers and Experiences Of, And Outcomes for Care Home Residents. The RCN 2009 International Nursing Research Conference

Deacon.K (2009) Ask The Audience? – Supporting Learning With Interactive Technology. Poster Presentation. Higher Education Academy Festival of Learning 2009

Previous professional experience

Senior Lecturer - Adult Nursing, University of Northampton, teaching in a range of modules with a particular focus on Acute and Critical Care.

Staff Nurse / Sister – in Intensive Care Units (ICU) for a period of 10 years I worked as a staff nurse and then a sister in ICU, gaining experience in different units through permanent and agency work.