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    Catherine Brownlie is a Registered Nurse and Senior Lecturer in Nurse Education at Edge Hill University. Catherine has a background in Nephrology, District Nursing and Clinical Governance. The majority of Catherine's clinical career was within the community setting where she developed a wealth of transferable clinical and leadership skills; and gained Specialist Practitioner District Nurse and Community Nurse Prescriber NMC recordable qualifications in 2017. Catherine has engaged with a variety of opportunities including change management as part of digital transformation of District Nursing services and process development regarding patient safety and learning. Although she is an Adult Registered Nurse, Catherine held a leadership role in Paediatric Risk and Governance prior to making the transition to Higher Education.


    Catherine is a Year of Study Lead for Year 3 Pre-Registration Nursing (NUR3000) and a member of the Year 3 BSc and MSci Pre-Registration Nursing teaching team. Catherine has written programme content mapped to NMC standards for level 6 keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and self directed study. Within a non-modular programme, Catherine has held responsibility for learning episodes including: 

    • Risk Aversion and Management
    • Risk Management and Improvement
    • Management and Coordination of Safe Patient Transfer and Discharge
    • Interpretation and Subsequent Actioning of Routine Investigations
    • Person Centred Approached with Regards to Decision Making
    • Team Building
    • Team Dynamics
    • Organisational Culture
    • Change Management
    • Audit and Learning from Listening
    • The Law as Applied to Nursing

    Catherine assesses on all theory aspects of NUR 3000, leading on Verbal Assessment and has supported assessment at level 4 and level 5 across the Pre-Registration Nursing programme. Catherine is an academic assessor for Adult field students and works in close partnership with practice colleagues to ensure robust but supportive assessment. Catherine is also a personal tutor, providing pastoral support, signposting and risk assessment in line with the needs of an allocated group.

    Catherine holds responsibility outside of the BSc Pre-Registration Nursing programme as an academic assessor for the MSci Nurse Paramedic programme. 

    Research interests

    Catherine has an interest in psychological safety and undertook a small scale quantitative study exploring student nurse participatory engagement preferences as part of a Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE). Catherine hopes to carry out further research using qualitative methods exploring inclusive and psychologically safe, active learning environments in greater depth.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PGCert, Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University

    PGDip, Medical Ethics and Palliative Care, Keele University

    PGDip, Specialist Community Practice District Nursing, Liverpool John Moores University

    BSc, Nursing- Adult, University of Chester


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