Our staff

The department’s academic staff are all qualified nurses, although we also have qualified doctors, pharmacists and paramedics in our specialist teams. The personal profiles of the academic staff are exceedingly varied in terms of clinical speciality, academic scholarship, management responsibility and research activity, giving us a rich diversity to meet the needs of our educational programmes. 

Read more about our staff here.


"The Department of Nursing is a highly significant and progressively dynamic part of the College and University, with long term aims and aspirations for high quality clinical education and internationally recognised research and scholarship. 

"Most important to us, is our commitment to the nursing profession and to the patients they care for. Nursing is our passion – and we believe that nurses are foundational to the future of health care here in Wales key to its delivery.

"The Department of Nursing aims to provide the highest quality national and international nursing education, nursing research, and nursing innovation. Our staff and resource provides education for careers in nursing from the pre-registration programme through to master’s awards and doctoral studies. 

"We work closely with our local NHS providers, educating qualified nurses to meet the needs of a west Wales population of just fewer than one million people – a third of the population of Wales. We also provide programmes of education for qualified staff, and have a national reputation for our expertise in developing advanced, specialist and clinical nurses." 

Dr Pauline Griffiths, Head of Department of Nursing

About the Department of Nursing

Specialist skills

The personal profiles of the academic staff are exceedingly varied in terms of clinical speciality, academic scholarship, management responsibility and research activity, giving the Department a rich diversity to meet the needs of our educational programmes.  The Department has specialist skills in a range of areas – for example:

  • Critical Care
  • Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Children and Young People 
  • Mental Health
  • Acute Surgery
  • Acute Medicine
  • Advanced Practice
  • Infection Control
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Emergency Care
  • Clinical Skills

In addition  the Department of Nursing includes a number of other experts within its staff resource, including honorary lecturers, academic support staff, clinical seconded teachers and  clinical associates, and individuals employed in the NHS who contribute to the work of the department in a variety of ways, be that teaching, consultancy or research. 

Staff positions and roles


 Staff positions


1 Academic Lead

2 Professors

1 Emeritus Professor

1 Reader

4 Senior Lecturers

2 Framework Directors

17 Lecturers

10 Honorary Tutors / Lecturers

24 Tutors

6 Practitioner Tutors

1 Consultant Nurse

105 Clinical Associates

9 Academic Support Staff 


Framework Directors

Unfair Practice Representatives

Programme Managers & Coordinators (Undergraduate to Doctoral)

Disability Advisors

Admission Coordinators

AP(e)L Coordinators

Team Coordinators

Clinical Skills Coordinators

Manual Handling Coordinators

Life support Instructors

Violence & Aggression Avoidance Trainers

Non Medical Prescribing Coordinators

Research Coordinators

Policy Coordinator

Placements and Audit Coordinators



Student experience

Students are at the heart of the Department’s work, being responsible for the education of over one thousand students.  Our aim is to provide a high quality student experience for students at all levels, be they student nurses and the most experienced nurses undertaking doctoral research.  Our facilities are first class, with state of the art clinical suites, clinical simulation facilities, and library and computer facilities.  


Wales Centre for Practice Innovation

The Wales Centre for Practice Innovation (WCPI) is a unique collaboration and coalition between the South West Wales region’s two major Health Boards and the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University.

That collaboration underpins and enhances University status of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) and has created an equally strong higher education alliance with Hywel Dda Health Board (HD).  It aims to overcome organisational constraints and communication challenges and maximise opportunities and resources when innovating new areas of nursing practice.  The WCPI facilitates governance, captures evidence, and structures the progression of work that seeks to improve nursing care.  Ultimately it seeks to make a positive difference to nursing and healthcare practice for service users and providers, by encouraging and supporting innovations in nursing theory, practice, research and education.

Thus, the key intent and objective of the WCPI is to provide a focal point where innovations in nursing practice may be planned, debated, collated, coordinated, appropriately resourced, supported and disseminated.

The Directors of Nursing at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) and Hywel Dda Health Board (HD), and the Strategic Management Board (SMB) at Swansea University, College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS), implemented this distinctive coalition in September of 2009 and are now actively sharing their respective expertise. We believe this approach is beginning to demonstrate a measurable impact on service development and on the quality and performance of nursing practice to the benefit of patients/clients and their families as well as communities across Mid and South West Wales.  It is enabling a strategic view of the scope and diversity of nursing initiatives underway.

Speak Out Safely

The College of Human and Health Sciences supports the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we want every member of our staff and students to feel able to raise concerns about wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.

We promise that where staff or students identify a genuine patient safety concern, we will support them, help them to ensure their concern is fully investigated and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how service providers have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.

Whether you are a staff member, or a student, please speak up when you feel something is wrong. We want you to be able to Speak Out Safely.

Click here for more details on our pledge.