Dr Jane Peters

Dr Jane Peters

Lecturer in Public Health Nursing (Education)

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



I am a Lecturer in Public Health Nursing at the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth and the programme lead for the MSc Pre-Registration in Nursing (all fields). I trained as a Registered Nursing in the late eighties in Bristol, going on to work at the Bristol Hospital for Sick Children in oncology. From there, I moved to Taunton to study midwifery, becoming a Registered Midwife in 1994. I worked as a midwife in acute and community settings, later training as a Health Visitor and completing a degree in Public Health Nursing. I have worked in various community settings as a Health Visitor, returning to work as a midwife with Sure Start to coordinate care for young parents. Both my MSc and PhD drew upon my practice life of working with mothers with young children, focusing on giving voice to their experiences.  

I have over 18 years of experience in education; over that time, I have had the experience of working as a Placement Development Lead, leading a post-registration MSc, and as a past member of the School Athena Swan committee. I teach public health/health promotion and research methodology and supervise postgraduate students undertaking practice development projects, dissertations and systematic reviews. I am a qualitative researcher specialising in narrative, ethnographic and longitudinal methodologies. My work has focused on maternal, family and child health; I am currently working on a cross-faculty research project between the Arts and Health that focuses on the self-documentation of play by parents of infants within child/parent groups.


  • 2022 PhD 'An Exploration of the maternal-infant relationship: a qualitative longitudinal study,' University of Plymouth
  • 2009 MSc Social Research Methods
  • 2007 PGC in Health and Social Care Education, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
  • 2007 PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth
  • 2002 BSc (Hons) Public Health Nursing/Specialist Practitioner (Health Visitor) in Public Health Nursing, University of the West of England
  • 1994 Diploma in Midwifery, Tor and South West College of Health/Exeter University
  • 1994 Registered Midwife (now lapsed), Tor and South West College of Health
  • 1991 Registered General Nurse, Avon College of Health 

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Royal College of Nurses

Registrant with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Roles on external bodies

Office for Health Improvement and Disparities - honorary contract



Teaching interests

MSc Pre-Registration Programme Lead

Module Lead NRS711 'Nursing Care in Context'

Public health 

Health promotion

Practice development 

Research methods

I supervise Master level projects and dissertations

Staff serving as external examiners

2022-current Canterbury Christ Church University: Public Health Nursing/PG Diploma SCPHN

2011-2015 University of Surrey. Post-registration modules levels 6 and 7. 



Research interests

My research interests include the following:

Parent-infant relationships

Child and family-centred care

Maternal-infant health

Health promotion

Public health

Qualitative research



Grants & contracts

2022-2023 PIHR Arts-Health Collaboration Fund, Participatory Documentation of Early Years Play (Remembering Play): £1934, 56.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Peters J, Skirton H, Morgan J & Clark M (2018) 'How do parents perceive and utilize knowledge of their infant’s mental health? A systematic review' Journal of Child Health Care Open access
Jones R, Young K, Munro J, Miller H, Brelsford S, Aronsson J, Goodman B & Peters J (2017) 'Including the online feedback site, patient opinion, in the nursing curriculum: exploratory study' Nurse Education Today , DOI Open access
Tighe M, Peters J & Skirton H (2013) 'Advancing Social Research Relationships in Postnatal Support Settings' Public Health Nursing 30, (3) 266-276 Publisher Site , DOI
Peters JR (2013) 'Social support within a mother and child group: an ethnographic study situated in the UK' Nursing and Health Sciences