Rebecca Rylance

Interim Assistant Director of Pre-qualifying Nursing Programmes


I trained as a registered Mental Health Nurse at Winwick Hospital (Warrington) from 1987-1990 and spent the majority of my clinical practice in the acute mental health setting, including HMP Risley.

After a brief spell of working commercially, most notably in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, I joined 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2004 to take up a lecturing post.

In 2009 I took a lectureship secondment at Liverpool John Moores University and worked as a senior lecturer and part time researcher on a European Interreg funded project called ‘Innovate Dementia’.

I joined the team at University of Salford in July 2016.


Currently in the post of interim Assistant Director and Programme Lead for the C16 pre-registration Nursing Curriculum.

Research Interests

Have a research interest in care planning, dementia and the physical wellbeing amongst people who use mental health services. I have presented both nationally and internationally and am currently interested in exploring resilience amongst pre-registration nursing students.

Qualifications and Memberships

RMN, TCH, BA (Hons) PG Cert, MSc, FHEA


Rylance, R 2016, 'Are 3rd year mental health nursing students prepared to assess the physical health of people living with mental health issues?' , Mental Health Practice . (In Press)

Rylance, R and Graham, P 2016, 'Utilising CLINGO as a teaching and learning resource as means to improving care planning' , Mental Health Practice . (In Press) 

Rylance, R and Smith, G 2016, 'The Journal of Dementia Care asks : Better Care Fund Response' , The Journal of Dementia Care, 2 (24) , pp. 10-11.

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Postgraduate research

  • Innovation
  • Living Lab
  • Dementia