Nikki Williams was born in Swansea and went to the University of Westminster, graduating in 1989 with a BSc Life Sciences (Physiology) degree. She wanted to experience living, studying and working in a big city and thoroughly enjoyed her 10 years there. Nikki completed her PGCE education training in 1998. Nikki is the programme manager for Respiratory and Sleep Physiology – this involves teaching at undergraduate level and managing all aspects of the programme including visits to placements areas across Wales. She is also running an ARTP spirometry centre and teaches primary care staff to manage respiratory conditions.

All aspects of Lung Function and Sleep Disordered Breathing are two areas of Physiology that Nikki finds interesting and is currently researching.

Nikki has continued her studying by completing the following CPD courses;
- Optimising the management of COPD: Sept 2014.(30 credit, level 7)
- Respiratory examination: Dec 2014. (15 credit, level 7)
- Respiratory Diagnostics: Aug 2015. (30 credit, level 7)

Nikki works as an honorary respiratory physiologist in ABMU, this enables her to keep the clinical skills and knowledge required as a Senior Lecturer up to date. Technology is a big part of Nikki’s life, as it is really important in Respiratory Physiology. Nikki likes nothing better than to solve problems with equipment and software.

Teaching

  • SHC151 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC158 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

    This module will introduce the clinical practice of respiratory physiology to students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science in the division of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

  • SHC159 CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training

    This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes needed to be a healthcare science practitioner. Learning is centred on patient presentation and common patient pathways through the health service. Clinical placements will contextualize learning, offer real-life experience and enable students to apply taught professional practice outcomes in order to practise safely. Students will begin a portfolio of evidence and will be required to complete specified sections of the professional training manual.

  • SHC233 Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1

    This module provides an opportunity to explore professional practice within a healthcare science discipline and to gain the professional skills and competences required for practice at level 5.

  • SHC238 Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions

    This module will prepare students for their role in clinical practice by ensuring they understand the pathophysiology of common conditions that result in referral to cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep services.

  • SHC241 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions

    This module will further develop clinical knowledge and skills of respiratory physiology for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Health Care Science in the division of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

  • SHC242 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology

    This module is intended for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science and will further expand knowledge and clinical skills in Respiratory Physiology.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHC332 Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2

    The aim of the module is to broaden the student experience of clinical practice in their specialism. This experience will ensure that on graduation, the student can undertake the breadth of practice expected of a newly qualified healthcare science practitioner.

  • SHC340 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Blood Gases and Respiratory Failure

    This module will further develop clinical knowledge and skills of respiratory physiology for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Health Care Science in the division of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

  • SHC341 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Challenge and Exercise Testing

    This module will further develop clinical knowledge and skills of respiratory physiology for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Health Care Science in the division of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

  • SHG3101 Managing Respiratory Conditions in Primary Care

    In this module, students will develop their knowledge and skills in the care of patients with common respiratory conditions. Assessment and management of patients with respiratory disease will be explored in the context of national guidelines and strategies and students will be given the opportunity to become competent at investigating respiratory function using spirometry.

  • SHG3110 Managing Respiratory Conditions in Primary Care

    In this module, students will develop their knowledge and skills in the care of patients with common respiratory conditions. Assessment and management of patients with respiratory disease will be explored in the context of national guidelines and strategies and students will be given the opportunity to become competent at investigating respiratory function using spirometry.

  • SHG328 Respiratory Assessment & Management in Primary Care

    In this module, students will develop their knowledge and skills in the care of patients with common respiratory conditions. Assessment and management of patients with respiratory disease will be explored in the context of national guidelines and strategies.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1989 1996 Respiratory Support Service Manager Royal Brompton Hospital