Dr Ann Humphreys

Dr Ann Humphreys

Visiting Specialist

HR Operations (NC) (Human Resources (NC))


I am an experienced educator with a clinical background in nursing. I have worked at the University of Plymouth for ten years, during which time I have undertaken the programme leadership of undergraduate nursing programmes and masters level programmes.  I have experience in curriculum development, programme delivery and management. I provide academic leadership in professional issues for healthcare practitioners; collaborating across the Faulty of Health and with service colleagues.

In my role as Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery I provide academic management and leadership of a large, geographically dispersed School.

My scholarly and research interests include professional and employment issues; advanced nursing roles and role substitution. I am developing my interest in issues of sustainability through a Fellowship in the Centre for Sustainable Futures:     http://csf.plymouth.ac.uk


RGN, Cert.Ed., MN, PhD.

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy

Royal College of Nursing

Teaching interests

Professional issues. Nursing roles and regulation. Organisation of nursing care.

Research interests

Professional and employment issues.

New roles for nursing, the impact of nursing roles on patient outcome. Organisation of care. Professional regulation. Recruitment, retention and attrition.

Other research

What has happened to Named nursing. Perceptions of the Named Nurse System. PhD studies 2003

Grants & contracts

Title: ‘Implementing competency recommendations into pre registration nursing curricula: Effect upon student confidence and changes to practice’.

Jowett R., Farrand P. and Humphreys A

Funding body: Devon and Cornwall Workforce Development Confederation Grant for one year project: £24,329.00 in June 2003

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

Skirton H, O’Connor A & Humphreys A 2012 'Nurses’ competence in genetics: a mixed method systematic review' Journal of Advanced Nursing 68, (11) 2387-2398 , DOI
Azize PM, Humphreys A & Cattani A 2011 'The impact of language on the expression and assessment of pain in children' Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 27, (5) 235-243
Humphreys AJ, Richardson J, Stenhouse E & Watkins M 2010 'Assessing the impact of Nurse and Allied Health Professionals: developing an activity diary' Journal of Clinical Nursing 19, 2565-2573
Richardson J, Ainsworth R, Humphreys AJ, Stenhouse E & Watkins M 2008 'Measuring the contribution and complexity of Nurse and Physiotherapy Consultants: A Feasibility Study' The Open Nursing Journal 2, 8-14
Humphreys A, Johnson S, Richardson J, Stenhouse E & Watkins M 2007 'A systematic review and meta-synthesis: evaluating the effectiveness of nurse, midwife/allied health professional consultants' Journal of Clinical Nursing 16, (10) 1792-1808
Humphreys A, Johnson S, Richardson J, Stenhouse E & Watkins M 2007 'The Impact and Evidence for Effectiveness of Nurse and Allied Health Professional Consultants: A Systematic Review and Meta Synthesis' Journal of Clinical Nursing 16, 1792-1808
Farrand P, McMullan M, Jowett R & Humphreys A 2006 'Implementing competency recommendations into pre-registration nursing curricula: Effects upon levels of confidence in clinical skills' Nurse Education Today 26, (2) 97-103
Hutchings A, Williamson GR & Humphreys A 2005 'Supporting learners in clinical practice: capacity issues' Journal of Clinical Nursing 14, (8) 945-955
Iganski P, Mason D, Humphreys A & Watkins M 2001 'Equal opportunities and positive action in the British National Health Service: some lessons from the recruitment of minority ethnic groups to nursing and midwifery' Ethnic and Racial Studies 24, (2) 294-317