Skip to main content
School of Health and Society

Melanie Stephens

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and IPE Lead


Melanie Stephens is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and has worked at Salford University since 2003. Her previous nursing experience includes:Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, ICU, Burns and Plastic Surgery, Gynaecology / Oncology, and Diabetes / Endocrinology Medicine.

Melanie is a health service researcher and a team member of the research programme for long term conditions with specific research interests in pressure redistributing properties of seating, tissue viability, and interprofessional working. She has undertaken research in order to provide an evidence base for products used in the twenty four hour management of pressure ulcers and simlation in developing nurses knowledge and skills. Melanie is the chair for the annual International University of Salford Wound Management Conference, and was the Project Coordinator of EU Radar; a two year acute illness management programme for student nurses across seven countries. She co-led an amendment to the UK Tissue Viability Guidelines for Seating 2017 with service users. Experienced in using qualitative and mixed methods of enquiry, working with practitioners and commerce to develop research for the use in the clinical environment.


Melanies current role includes: Interprofessional Learning Lead, International link for USA, Chairman of the University of Salford International Wound Management Committee, Module Lead for Tissue Viability and Role Transition and module member of work based learning and MSc Dissertation module.

Current research interests and expertise include:

  • Affective domain development
  • Internationalisation
  • Tissue Viability
  • Interprofessional Learning
  • Pressure redistributing properties of seating

Research Interests

Current research interests and expertise include: Affective domain development, Internationalisation, Tissue Viability, Interprofessional Learning, and pressure redistributing properties of seating.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered General Nursing Certificate
  • Diploma in Nursing Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • MA Medical Ethics and Law
  • PGCE Higher Education Practice and Research
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Full Member of Center for Advances in Interprofessional Education


Stephens, M., Bartley, C., Betteridge, R., and Samuriwo, R., (2017) Developing the Tissue Viability Seeating Guidelines. Journla fo Tissue Viability Retreived from:

Stephens, M., and Bartley, C. (2017) Understanding the association between pressure ulcers and sitting in adults what does it mean for me and my carers? Seating guidelines for people, carers and health & social care professionals. Journal fo Tissue Viability Retrieved from:

Bartley, C & Stephens, M (2016) Evaluating the impact of Watercell ® technology on pressure redistribution and comfort/discomfort of adults with limited mobility', Journal of Tissue Viability.26(2):144-149. doi: 10.1016/j.jtv.2016.11.001.

Stephens M (2015) Changing Student Nurses Values, Attitudes, and Behaviours: A Meta Ethnography of Enrichment Activities. J Nurs Care 5:320. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000320

Stephens, M (2015) 'Tissue viability and skin tearing in mammography', in: Hogg, P & kelly, J & Mercer, C (eds.), Digital Mammography - A Holistic Approach , Springer International Publishing, London, England, pp.119-122.

See complete list


Postgraduate research

  • Tissue Viability
  • Nurse Education