Dr Jenny Child

Dr Jenny Child

Lecturer in Adult Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



My nursing career began in Bristol; from registration I quickly developed my knowledge and my experience in a variety of settings. It was through these diverse experiences that I was able to focus on the specialist needs of the older person, where I could lead and develop teams in managing and delivering care for this patient group. These roles specialised in endocrinology; acute medicine; rehabilitation as well as working with patients in the acute stages following stroke.

This stage in my career was very exciting, as it enabled me to both learn and better understand the specialised needs of the workforce and what was needed to deliver quality care for the older person. This interest led my career to exploring these elements further through practice and educational development roles where I was able to create new workforce roles, building and delivering progressive pathways in order to support staff in their career advancement and meet service need. It is from this portfolio of clinical, managerial and educational skills that I have focused my career on education and workforce development. Through this focus I have worked in a variety of HEI’s working with all academic levels of student learning, while working closely with healthcare organisations to create and deliver leadership projects.

Throughout my career I have been committed to promoting a progressive and professional educational culture, one which encourages practitioners to perform to their optimum and ensure that patients receive quality care. In order to achieve this I have focused my managerial and academic roles on aligning the educational and organisational opportunities with the individual practitioner skills aiming to both enhance patient care and workforce experience in order to manage service delivery.


Registered Nurse
MSc Health Sduies
PgCert education
NMC Nurse Tutor
PgCert Applied Statistical research
Professional Doctorate

Professional membership




Teaching interests

  • Leadership and Management
  • Change management and workforce development
  • The older person/Dementia/Hypersexuality/Mental health
  • Reflective practice/Clinical Supervision/coaching/Appreciative Inquiry
  • Evidencing Work based learning
  • Workforce transitions
  • Return to Practice
  • Practice/professional development



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Fisher M, Child J, Williamson G, Pearce S, Archer J, Smethurst Z-L, Wenman S & Griffith J (2019) 'The ‘Reality of Revalidation in Practice’ (RRiP) project - Experiences of registrants and preparation of students in nursing and midwifery in the United Kingdom: A descriptive exploratory survey' Nurse Education Today , DOI Open access