Dr Rhona Winnington

Dr Rhona Winnington

Lecturer in Adult Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Nursing with specific interest in end-of-life care choices. 

Currently teaching on 

Core concepts (ADN401):                                      Sociology, psychology and social policy

Evidence based learning(NRS203):                       Research module

Evidence based decision making (HEAD360):      Evidence into clinical practice (Module Lead)

Masters Research (MCH501):                              Critical and narrative analysis

Masters Research (MCH502):                              Research proposal and ethics approval

Masters Dissertation(MCH504):                           Masters research dissertation (Module Lead)

Masters Supervision

D. Brayford: How do senior doctors in an acute trust in Somerset, who complete treatment escalation plans, view the national proposal for the use of the generic 'Do Not Attempt Resuscitation' and 'Treatment Escalation Plan' forms used in all healthcare settings for adult patients: A narrative study of decision-makers professional opinions. 

R.Clayton: What are the experiences of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and General Practitioners working together in Primary Care in the South West. 

PhD Supervision:                                      

H. Bradwell: The use of therapeutic robots in care homes for people with dementia (3rd supervisor)


PhD Sociology (2016), The University of Auckland, New Zealand. 
Thesis: Patient choice as illusion: Autonomy and choice in end-of-life care in the United Kingdom and New Zealand

MA Sociology (2012), Massey University, New Zealand
Thesis: 'A performance of appearance': Men, Masculinities and Appearance Medicine

BA Honours Sociology (Post grad 2010), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: Gender, health, mental health, social control & deviance

BSc (Hons) Social Policy (2003), The University of Salford, UK
Interests: Masculinities and health

Registered Nurse (1994), Trafford School of Nursing


Sociologist, Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in community palliative care, with overseas professional practice experience. 

Particular research interest in the articulation of individualism and choice at end-of-life, the role of medical power in patient/doctor relationships and the articulation of deviance through non-compliance; together with achieving best care for those wishing to die at home. 

Teaching interests include gender & masculinities, research into practice and sociological investment in patient care. 

Teaching interests

Nursing interests

End-of-life care


Appearance medicine

Medical power and control in practice

Patient choice

Sociological Interests:

Masculinities in relation to feminism

Social control and power in the clinical setting

Deviance and social control

Health inequalities

Choice for the self at end-of-life

Authoritative power relations

Symbolic violence

Research interests

September 2017: Collaborative work with Rowcroft Hospice, Devon

Retirement Villages as supportive at end-of-life: a narrative review (ongoing)

Medicine and nursing roles in end-of-life care

Improving quality of palliative care for patients and families

Improving out of hours support for end-of-life patients

Encouraging and engaging with real patient choice

Gender/masculinities and the role of hegemonic masculinity in the clinical setting