Dr. Melanie Stephens

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole Building MS1.41

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and IPE Lead


Dr Melanie Stephens is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Head of Interprofessional Education within the School of Health and Society. Melanie is a health service researcher and member of the Health Aging and Dementia Hub with specific research interests in pressure redistributing properties of seating, tissue viability, and interprofessional working and learning. She has undertaken research in order to provide an evidence base for products used in the twenty four hour management of pressure ulcers and affective domain development of student nurses. Melanie co-led an amendment to the UK Tissue Viability Society Seating Guidelines with service users and is using this work to impact policy and practice. Experienced in mixed methods of enquiry, working with practitioners and commerce to develop research for the use in the clinical environment.

Areas of research

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management, Tissue Viability, Affective Domain Development, Postural Care, Interprofessional working and learning, Healthy Aging


Head of Interprofessional Education

Module Leader:

  • Tissue Viability
  • Leg Ulcer Management
  • Role Transition

Theme lead: 

  • Contemporary Issues Tissue Viability (Pre-Reg)

Further teaching contribution:

  • Preparation for Autonomous Practice
  • MSc Nursing Dissertation Module#
  • PhD supervisor

Research Interests

  • Tissue Viability
  • Interprofessional working and learning
  • Affective Domain Development
  • Critical Realism
  • Healthy Aging

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD
  • PGCE Higher Education Practice and Research
  • MA Medical Ethics and Law
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • Diploma in Nursing Studies
  • Registered General Nursing Certificate


  • NMC
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Center for Advances in Interprofessional Education
  • National Wound Care Programme HEI Workstream
  • Advisor to NHS Supply Chain Clinical Evaluation Team on Pressure Area Care and Patient Handling Framework