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Susan Walker

Senior Lecturer in Nursing


I have a clinical back ground in Trauma and Accident and Emergency care. Previous posts include that of Senior Sister in Accident and Emergency and Clinical Nurse manager for Accident and Emergency/Nurse Led Minor Injury Service and Theatres in North West National Health Service Hospitals.

Whilst working in practice I have played a part in developing patient focused services, such as nurse led minor injury services and flexible operation day surgery services. My role as clinical nurse manager included staff development of an interdisciplinary team to deliver quality coordinated services. This teaching and development of others led me to my current role within the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care at the University of Salford.

My interests lie in emergency care, leadership and management and clinical skills. I teach across all fields of practice, teaching both pre and post registration students. I am working to achieve my PhD, focusing on ‘physical assessment of the mental health patient in the acute mental health in- patient settings’.

I am co-program lead for the Pre Registration MA in Nursing (Adult, CYP and M/H fields of practice.


Co-program Lead for Pre Registration MA in Nursing (Adult, CYP and M/H).

Module lead - Introduction to Adult Nursing

Module lead (shared) for Implementing and Evaluating Adult Nursing

Module Lead – Role Transition to Professional Practice

I teach across all fields of practice and in most modules on the Pre Registration MA Nursing program. The Program has a blended learning approach and includes teaching to both large and small groups of students. Teaching subjects cover nursing theory and practice including clinical simulation.

Research Interests

I am currently working towards my Phd by publication. My interest is the delivery of physical health care for those with mental health illnesses, and the use of simulation to assist mental health nurses to develop clinical skills.

Qualifications and Memberships

2001-post grad cert in learning and teaching in Higher Education University of Salford

1997 MA Practitioner Skills MMU

1994 Bsc (Hons) Nursing Studies MMU

1992 Certificate in Management, Development and Counselling

1990 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice ENB

1988 Certificate in Accident and Emergency Nursing

1986 Registered General Nurse UKCC


Walker S (2008) Chapter 9 Controlling Body Temperature in Holland K, Jenkins J, Soloman J, Whittam S (2008)edt 2nd Ed ROPER LOGAN AND TIERNEY MODEL IN PRACTICE Elsevier Science

Walker S (2009) Chapter 10 Continence, bowel and bladder care in Iggulden H, MacDonald C, Staniland K (2009) edt CLINICAL SKILLS – THE ESSENCE OF CARING Open University Press, McGraw Hill Publications

Walker S (2011) Chapter 24 Maintaining Continence in Brooker C, Nicol M (2011) 4TH Ed Alexander’s Nursing Practice Elsevier Science

Walker S (2012) Chapter 21 Elimination of Faeces : care and promoting continence in Brooker C, Waugh A (2012)edt 2nd ed FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING Elsevier Science

Walker S, McAndrew S (2015) The same but different: discussing the literature regarding mental health nurses’ difficulty in meeting the physical health needs of service users’ regardless of differing educational programs. JOURNALLOF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING. 22 640-646

Stephens M, Walker S, Kennedy R, Gorman A, King J (2016) Addressing wound care confidence and competence in undergraduate mental health nurses. Poster presentation. WOUNDS UK ANNUAL CONFERENCE. MAKING THE CASE FOR CHANGE: EMBRACING GUIDELINES, PROCESSES AND PARTNERSHIPS. 14th -16th November 2016. Harrogate International Centre.

Postgraduate research

I supervise students on my own program of study to with their dissertations at Masters level.