Welcome to the Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing is a progressive, dynamic and aspirational part of the College of Human and Health Sciences and Swansea University. Our goal is to provide the highest quality national and internationally recognised nursing education, research, and innovation.

The Department is dedicated to the delivery of outstanding, evidence based education for those starting on their nursing journey by undertaking a pre-registration nursing degree leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as qualified nurses wishing to undertake continuing professional development courses, master’s degrees and doctoral programmes. We have a national reputation for our expertise in developing advanced, specialist and clinical nurses. 

We have a close working relationship with our local NHS providers and service users and educate nurses to meet the needs of a west Wales population of just fewer than one million people – a third of the population of Wales. The Department is responsive to changing demands within healthcare and we are actively engaged in exciting and ground breaking service developments in the region. 

We are passionate about nursing and fully embrace the core values associated with the ‘caring profession’ and endeavour to instil these values into our students. We believe that nurses are essential to the future of health care in Wales and are proud to be instrumental in its delivery. 

Dr Jayne Cutter, 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

 Permanent staff positions


1 Head of Department

1 Emeritus Professor

1 Reader

3 Associate Professors

30 Senior Lecturers

12 Lecturers

2 Clinical Skills Tutors

3 Lecturer Practitioners

3 Academic Support Staff 


Unfair Practice Representatives

Programme Managers & Coordinators (Undergraduate to Doctoral)

Disability Advisors

Admissions Tutor

Admission Coordinators

AP(e)L Coordinators

International 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


Peer reviewed journal articles.

Cutter J (1994) Recording patient’s temperature – are we getting it right? Professional Nurse. June: 608 – 612.

Cutter J (1996) Scabies: fighting the mite. Nurse Prescriber/Community Nurse. September: 44.

Thomas RD, Cutter J, Joynson DHM (2000) An outbreak of human flea infestation in a hospital. Journal of Hospital Infection. 45: 330.

Nigam Y, Cutter J (2003) Preliminary investigation into bacterial contamination of Welsh emergency ambulances. Emergency Medical Journal. 20: 1-4.

Cutter J, Jordan S (2003) Inoculation injuries: inter-professional differences in risk-taking and reporting. Journal of Hospital Infection. 54: 239-42.

Cutter J, Jordan S (2004) Uptake of guidelines to avoid and report exposure to blood and body fluids. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 46(4): 441-52.

Cutter J, Gammon J (2007) Review of standard precautions and sharps management in the community. British Journal of Community Nursing. 12(2): 54-60.

Hinkin J, Gammon J, Cutter J (2008) Review of personal protective equipment used in practice. British Journal of Community Nursing. 13(1): 14-19.

Cutter J (2011)"Commentary: The importance of education and vaccination in reducing the risk of hepatitis infection among nursing students" International Nursing Review. 58 (2): 186-7

Cutter, J., Jordan, S. (2012) Inter-professional differences in compliance with standard precautions in operating theatres: A multi-site, mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. doi:10.1016/ j.ijnurstu.2012.03.001

Cutter, J., Jordan, S (2012) The systems approach to error reduction: factors influencing inoculation injury reporting in the operating theatre. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01435.x

Terry J, Cutter J. (2013) Does Education Improve Mental Health Practitioners’ Confidence in Meeting the Physical Health Needs of Mental Health Service Users? A Mixed Methods Pilot Study.Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34:249–255.

Hinkin J, Cutter J (2014)How do university education and clinical experience influence pre-registration nursing students' infection control practice? A descriptive, cross sectional survey. Nurse Education Today. 34: 196–201

Terry J., Raithby M., Cutter J., Murphy F. (2015) A menu for learning: a World Café approach for user involvement and inter-professional learning on mental health. Social Work Education. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2015.1031651.


Book chapters

Cutter J (2011) Quantitative research in paramedic practice: an overview. In Griffiths P, Mooney G (eds.)The Paramedics Guide to Research: An Introduction. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Cutter J (2011) Using quantitative research methods in paramedic practice. In Griffiths P, Mooney G (eds.)The Paramedics Guide to Research: An Introduction. Maidenhead: Open University Press.


Conference Presentations:

Cutter J (1995) “Scabies in the community” – presentation at Infection Control Nurses’ Association National Conference 1995.

Cutter J (2000) Focus on Infection Control.  Presentation at a conference for health service managers, politicians and infection control personnel in Wales. County Hall, Cardiff. October 2000.

Cutter J (2007) Control of Infection. Presentation at RCN Safety Representatives Conference, Centennial Centre, Birmingham, November 2007

Cutter J (2007) Standard precautions Presentation at RCN Conference. National Botanic Gardens of Wales. November 2007.

Cutter J (2011) Influencing healthcare behaviour. Joint Swansea University and Welsh Assembly Government Welsh National Infection Prevention and Control Conference, March 24th 2011

Cutter J (2011) Factors influencing infection control in the operating theatre. Presentation at the annual Infection Prevention Society Conference, September 19th, 2011.

Cutter J (2011) Factors influencing infection control in the operating theatre. Presentation at the Association of Perioperative Practitioners Annual Conference, October 20th, 2011.

Cutter J (2012) Factors influencing infection prevention in theatres. Presentation at the Nuffield Health Infection Prevention Conference. June, 2012.


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.