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Lucy Tomlins



Lucy Tomlins is currently a Lecturer at the University of Salford . She is an elected NW representative on the Royal College of Nursing NW Board and a committee member of the national Association of Advanced Practice Educators.

Lucy has a 30-year history as an Registered General Nurse/ RM within medicine, cardiology and management, and latterly a career in education. She initially graduated with a BSc Psychology, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and subsequently an MSc in Health & Social Care, more recently studying for an Educational Doctorate with a research interest in Emotional Intelligence.


Lucy currently lectures on the NMP programme and on the MSc Advanced Practice in Health & Social Care programme and is the module lead for the NMP for Advanced Practice module. As well as supervising postgraduate dissertations and teach and facilitate on a variety of postgraduate modules. Lucy was an external examiner at Suffolk University for 5 years and have been an external representative on 3 validation panels.

Teaching interests:

  • advanced practice
  • critical reflection
  • emotional intelligence
  • professionalism

Research Interests

My research interests lie within Advanced Practice development, and EI in professional education.

  • Foucauldian discourse analysis: dissertation BSc Psychology
  • Widening participation and the professions: dissertation MSc Professional Development
  • Suspended Educational Doctorate: thesis proposal Emotional Intelligence in Advanced Practice training – taught year one successfully completed

Qualifications and Memberships

1988: Professional Registered Nurse (Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Nursing)

1991: Professional Registered Midwife (Bolton School of Midwifery)

2003: BSs Hons Psychology (University of Bolton)

2006: NMC registered Teacher Practice Educator/Teacher (University of Bolton)

2006: Postgraduate Certificate Further and Adult Education (University of Bolton)

2010: MSc Health and Social Care (University of Bolton)



First, S., Tomlins, L. & Swinburn, A. (2012) From Trade to Profession – the Professionalisation of the Paramedic Workforce. Journal of Paramedic Practice. Vol 4, No. 7.

First, S. & Tomlins, L. (2015) Regulation, Governance and Professionalism, in D. Barton & Allan (Eds) Advanced Nursing Practice: Changing Healthcare in a Changing World; Macmillan Publishing Ltd: Basingstoke.

Gloster, A. & Tomlins, L. (2016) Contemporary approaches to creating fit for purpose Advanced Nurse Practitioners: Work-based learning and portfolio. Paper presented at ICN NP/APNN - Hong Kong 2016

Postgraduate research

  • Advanced Practice
  • Critical reflection
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Professionalism