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Dr Melissa Owens

PositionLecturer
Location2.13
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236477
Emailm.w.owens@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Collaborative practice, interprofessional education, interprofessional learning, education.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Research methods, literature reviews, comprehensive literature reviews.

Administrative Responsibilities

Melissa currently co-leads on a number of modules involving students from across the Faculty of Health Studies.

Biography

Dr Melissa Owens is currently a lecturer within the School of Nursing.

Originally qualifying as a nurse for people with learning disabilities, Melissa developed a particular interest in education and gained her Doctorate of Education in 2015.

She has previously undertaken a number of research projects focusing on interprofessional learning and practice both within the university setting and in clinical practice. She also served two terms on the Board of CAIPE (the Centre for the Advancement for Interprofessional Education). She is also a Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Melissa’s other research activities have also had an educational focus.

Study History

  • 2015 - Doctor of Education: An exploration of collaborative practice and non-formal interprofessional education by medical and nursing students in the primary care setting
  • 2000 - Post Graduate Certificate in Research Studies
  • 1997 - BA (Hons) Health Care Studies (First Class)
  • 1992 - Diploma in Professional Studies & Nursing (Community Health Studies) (CNAA) combined: Nursing People with a Mental Handicap/Learning Difficulty in the Community (ENB 807)
  • 1986 - Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped

Professional History

  • 2001 – 2002 Senior Lecturer, University of Luton
  • 2000 – 2001 Director of Pre-registration Education (Acting), University of Luton
  • 1992 – 2000 Senior Lecturer, University of Luton
  • 1988 - 1992 Community Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities
  • 1987 - 1988 Ward Sister, Bromham Hospital
  • 1986 - 1987 Staff Nurse, Bromham Hospital

Professional Activities

  • Current External Examiner for City University (London) for their mentorship provision
  • Current External Examiner for the University of Essex for their pre-registration work based learning provision
  • Previous CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education) Board member (two terms)
  • Previous QAA and NMC reviewer
  • Previous External Examiner for Christchurch Canterbury Continual Professional Development Framework
  • Previous External Examiner for Plymouth pre-registration Learning Disability Field and Work Based Learning modules

Research Areas

Qualitative research, ethnography, collaborative practice, interprofessional education, interprofessional learning, education.

Research Collaborations

Currently involved in an ERASMUS partnership involving four other countries working on developing a collaborative bid.

Publications

Owens,M (2011) A Qualitative Study Exploring Interprofessional Working Practices in the Primary Care Setting and the Impact these Practices have on the Attaining of these Skills by Nursing Students. Full Paper, Conference Proceedings for ‘International Networking in Healthcare (NET) Conference. September

Owens,M Readle,M Haigh,J & Pansini-Murrell,J (2012) An Exploration of how Student Feedback for Academic Assignments could be Enhanced, when using the Software TurnitinUK’s GradeMark™ (Funded Project) Final Report

Dearnley,C Owens,M Greasley,P & Plews,C Mixing Students Mixing Methods. In: Bromage,A Clouder,L Thislethwaite,J & Gordon,F (Eds) (2010) Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work. Practices and Technologies. Hershey, Information Science Reference

Owens,M Dearnley,C Plews,C & Greasley,P (2010) Evaluation of a Multifaceted Pre-registration Interprofessional Education Module. Journal of Interprofessional Care Vol 24, no 4, July, pp460-462

Allen,T & Owens,M (2008) Urban Regeneration, Making a Difference: What factors impact on partnerships being able to work together, effectively, in order to change the health and well-being of local communities? (Funded Project) Final Report

Owens,M Pearson,D Allen,L & Hutchinson,J (2007) Promoting Interprofessional Learning Across West Yorkshire (Funded Project) Final Report

Beck,J & Owens,M (2007) Monitoring Student’s Level’s of Online Engagement in a Pre-registration, Interprofessional Education Module Full Paper published in the Conference Procedings for ‘EIPEN’ (European Interprofessional Education Network)

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Presentations

2014 Medical hegemony and its influence on student nurses’ learning. Paper presented at conference: ‘International Networking in Healthcare’ (NET). September

2011 A qualitative study exploring interprofessional working practices in the primary care setting and the impact these practices have on the attaining of these skills by nursing students. Core paper for ‘International Networking in Healthcare’ (NET) Conference.

Different ways of knowing: the challenge of interprofessional assessment. For: ‘International Networking in Healthcare’ (NET) Conference.

2010 An exploration of interprofessional working practices in the primary care setting and

the processes by which medical and nursing students attain interprofessional working skills in this setting. Poster presented at the CAIPE Chair’s Event (IPE [Interprofessional Education] Research Day for Members).

An exploration of interprofessional working practices in the primary care setting and the processes by which nursing students attain interprofessional working skills. Poster presentation at conference: ‘Workbased learning and Assessment for the next Decade’. An ALPS (Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings) CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) Conference.

The Value of e-Assessment for Interprofessional Education and Large Student Numbers.

Presentation given in collaboration with Dermo,J at conference: ‘Workbased learning and Assessment for the next Decade’. An ALPS (Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings) CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) Conference.

Beliefs, knowledge and knowing: exploring their relationship with inter-professional assessment. Presentation given in collaboration with Dearnley,C at conference: ‘Workbased learning and Assessment for the next Decade’. An ALPS (Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings) CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) Conference.

2009 The use of peer electronic assessment in interprofessional education. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Paper presented at the second International Conference: Policies, Learning and Practice in European Interprofessional Education

Beliefs, knowledge and knowing: exploring their relationship with inter-professional assessment. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Paper presented at the second International Conference: Policies, Learning and Practice in European Interprofessional Education

What factors impact on partnerships being able to work together, effectively, in order to change the health and well-being of local communities? EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Poster presented at the second International Conference: Policies, Learning and Practice in European Interprofessional Education

2007 The value of including GP receptionists in interprofessional learning activities. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Poster presented at the: First International Conference: Learning Together to Work Together. Poland

Enhancing interprofessional working in the primary care setting. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Poster presented at the: First International Conference: Learning Together to Work Together. Poland

Monitoring student’s level’s of online engagement in a pre-registration, interprofessional education module. Poster presentation given in collaboration with Beck,J. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Presented at the: First International Conference: Learning Together to Work Together. Poland

The use of art as an interprofessional learning tool in increasing awareness of women’s health issues in a multicultural society. EIPEN (European International Professional Network in health and social care). Paper presented at the: First International Conference: Learning Together to Work Together. Poland

To explore the effectiveness of art as a learning tool and as a means of increasing awareness of women’s health issues in a multi-cultural society. Poster presented at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference.

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