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Mrs Clare Kirkpatrick

Senior Lecturer In Nursing (Adult)

Clare Kirkpatrick
I am an NMC registered nurse with a broad experience including leadership and management, nursing older people and theatre nursing.


I qualified as a registered nurse from the University of Surrey in 2002 and worked in acute medical admissions. Following some years out to care for my family, during which time I trained and worked as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor, I returned to practice in 2014. Since then, I have worked in the acute sector in care of the elderly, as a scrub nurse and in complex discharge planning/patient flow. I then moved into leadership and management in nursing homes, where I worked through the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and completed my master’s including undertaking empirical research for my dissertation. Following a brief spell managing an acute covid-19 ward, I am now working as a university lecturer and hope to continue research in the future.


  • MSc Advancing Practice (Healthcare Leadership and Management), University of Worcester, 2021
  • DipHE breastfeeding counselling, University of Bedfordshire/NCT, 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult), University of Surrey, 2002

Membership of professional bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Teaching & Research


Adult nursing. I have a specific interest in nursing older people in particular those with long term complex co-morbidities including dementia, nursing in social care and the complexities of mental capacity and the interface between health and social care e.g. patient flow and complex discharge planning.


I have completed a piece of qualitative research into the management of clinical safety in care homes as part of my master’s and this is in the process of being submitted for publication. I am interested in continuing research into nursing in social care and across the interface between health and social care in the future.


More publications from Mrs Clare Kirkpatrick can be found in the Research Repository.