Gaynor Fenton

Gaynor Fenton


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I qualified as a registered sick childrens nurse and adult nurse in 1985 after studying at Salford school of nursing. I nursed children in oncology, renal and cardiac settings in a specialist paediatric hospital prior to securing a role as a school nurse and then counsellor for children in the community.

During my time as a schooI nurse I developed an interest in supporting children with emotional difficulties and I was fortunate to become involved in a multi-agency funded research project. The project aimed to explore support systems for children and families where emotional and behavioural difficulties were a problem.

The project engaged with children, families and professionals in a variety of ways to identify issues and develop a range of services in an attempt to address specific needs. These services included child and staff counselling provision, parenting programmes and bespoke training for staff across statutory and voluntary agencies.

My MSc focussed on the qualitative experiences of parents as service users. I have a continued interest in service user involvement in healthcare, having recently developed an interactive teaching resource for nursing students with the involvement of a young service user. In addition I am committed to the development of nurses as effective communicators with service users and I currently lead a communication and relationship skills module. 


I teach on a variety of pre-registration and post-registration modules and programmes. I deliver teaching sessions that focus on a broad range of factors affecting health. I teach across the fields of adult child and mental health nursing. I am responsible for a pre-registration module that focuses upon the development of counselling and human relationships and I also lead a post-qualifying module with a focus on communication and relationship skills.

I am a personal tutor for pre-registration students. My role includes the provision of academic supervision to students across all modules of study.

I provide a link to practice placements in my capacity as a University link lecturer.

Research Interests

I am interested in involving services users in health activities. I also have an interest in the emotional wellbeing of practitioners and an interest in supervision as a method of supporting clinical staff.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered Sick Children’s Nurse 1985
  • Registered General Nurse 1985
  • MSc Practitioner Research 2003
  • Post Grad Cert Teaching & Learning Higher Education 2004
  • Diploma in Community Health 1999
  • Diploma in Counselling 1998
  • Diploma Fieldwork supervision 2001
  • Certificate School Nursing 1991
  • Certificate Solution Focussed Brief Therapy 2001
  • ENB 870 Application Research 2000
  • ENB 008 Teaching and Assessing Clinical Practice 1995


I have published several peer reviewed papers, and presented national and international conference papers.

Roberts, J & Fenton, G 2010, 'Assessing Success', Nursing Standard, 24(35), pp.64-64.

Roberts, J & Fenton, G 2010, 'Practical Approach', Emergency Nurse, 18(2), pp.38-38.

Riley, J & Fenton, G 2007, 'A terminal diagnosis: The carers' perspective', Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7(2), pp.86-91.

Fowler, J & Riley, J & Fenton, G 2007, 'Using solution-focused techniques in clinical supervision', Nursing Times, 103(22), pp.30-31.

Long, T & Livesley, J & Devitt, P & Murphy, M & Fallon, D & Fenton, G 2009, 'Evaluation of the Blackburn with Darwen over 8's parenting service', for: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Conference presentations

A young person's involvement in the development of an interactive resource for student nurses (Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer Winter Education Day, Belfast, United Kingdom, November 2011).

An international, multi-professional education forum. An opportunity to share ideas with colleagues related to the care of young adults diagnosed with cancer.

Nursing a digital learning object? A young person's journey with cancer (Students' journey with technology enhanced learning good practice event, University of Salford, United Kingdom, January 2011).

Developing a formative interactive clinical skills OSCA for Advanced Practitioners (Advanced Nurse practitioners and doctors: Combining talents and abilities to create excellence in patient care, Liverpool, United Kingdom, November 2008).

The role of a supervisor - A solution focused framework (Towards Professional Wisdom, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, March 2008).

Patient narratives: The uncertainty of knowing and not knowing (Psychosocial issues in oncology nursing, Berne, Switzerland, March 2007).

Getting the most from clinical supervision - A practical framework (RCN Enhancing Practice 6, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, October 2006).

The Role of the external examiner (Education in a changing environment, University of Salford, United Kingdom, September 2004).