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Phd, RN, BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences, BEd, DipN, RNT, SFHEA


About

I am a science and education graduate with a PhD in the design of authentic learning and diagnostic assessment environments. I am committed to advancing 21st century healthcare and patient safety through the medium of high quality education and education translational research. My professional clinical, education and research career spans 36 years. This includes a 28 year period as a higher education health professional educator and researcher.

In my role of Professor of Innovation and Engagement in Healthcare Numeracy and Education and Director and Chief Research and Development Officer of Authentic World Ltd (a spin-out company of the University of South Wales and Cardiff University), I lead on education translational research within the Faculty of Life Science and Education and contribute significant income generation via third mission activity. I supervise a wide range of international masters and PhD candidates within the faculty and my teaching portfolio includes advanced physiology and pathophysiology education within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner and MSc Professional Practice programmes.

My PhD focused on the design, development and evaluation of authentic medication dosage calculation learning and diagnostic assessment environments, which underpinned the development of the safeMedicate® programs marketed by Authentic World Ltd. These virtual authentic education environments are currently making a significant impact on the curricula and learning and assessment strategy of circa 70% of university nursing and health professional education programmes in the UK and the competence development of a quarter of a million healthcare students and registered healthcare practitioners across five continents and 10 countries (UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, Norway, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates and Qatar). Focused on constructivist principles of education, safeMedicate® captures and models authentic expert clinical dosage calculation problem-solving in a high-fidelity virtual environment. Using unique interactive technology and the principles of cognitive apprenticeship, the program actively supports students and practitioners in the crafting and diagnostic assessment of competence, and to date over three million safeMedicate® drug dosage calculation assessments have been employed in the education and competence assessment of healthcare professionals across the globe. This 24-year programme of translational research was entered for the UK 2001 & 2008 Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) and for the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Associated case studies were selected for presentation by UK Universities Alliance and Universities Wales.

Between 2011-2012 I acted as coordinator of the Faculty and Professional Education & Service Delivery Post Graduate PhD Student Coordinator.

National and International Invitations and Memberships:

I was an invited member of a national specialist healthcare numeracy reference group commissioned to develop a standardised framework within which a point of registration medication dosage calculation benchmark can be articulated. This educational initiative was undertaken by the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Directorate of NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The outcomes of this programme of research informed the competence model and rubric of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) Medicines Management Essential Skills Cluster 33, that became a regulatory requirement for all UK undergraduate nursing programmes from 2012.

Invited international specialist mathematics group membership: Member of 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education 2016: TSG 3 Mathematics Education In and For Work.

Invited Courtesy Professorship, University of South Florida, USA: consulting on international education translational research and supervision and examination of PhD programmes of research.

External examiner: University of South Florida, USA; New England University, Queensland, Australia; The Open University, UK; University of Wales Swansea & Bangor, UK.

External reviewer: UK Department of Health Policy Research Programme.

Advisor: RCN Expert Reference Group for ‘Enhancing Practice, Innovation, Creativity, Patient Care & Professionalism’.

Research & research supervision & examination record: I am a specialist in healthcare education translational research and leader of health professional education translational research within CRICS. I have in excess of 70 international publications and conference presentations, I am a reviewer for a range of international education, clinical and technology journals (British Medical Journal, Nurse Education in Practice, JETS) and in 2013 edited and published a seminal international journal series focused on medication dosage calculation education translational research: www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/content/safety.


Experience

1982: Qualified as a Registered Nurse: East Glamorgan General Hospital (EGGH).

1982-1984: Staff Nurse (EGGH): Acute Medicine, ENT & Ophthalmics, Orthopaedics & Trauma, ITU.
1984-1986: Charge Nurse (EGGH): Post Anaesthesia Recovery Unit.

1986-1988: Charge Nurse Night Duty (EGGH): Medicine & CCU, Surgery & ITU, Paediatrics, Trauma and A & E.

1988-1990: Clinical Nurse Teacher (South Glamorgan School of Nursing / UWCM): Orthopaedics, Trauma and A & E.

1990-1992: Bachelor of Education & RNT training (Cardiff University).

1992-2004: Lecturer & Senior Lecturer (UWCM / Cardiff University): Theme & Team Leader Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing.

2004-2007: Principal Lecturer Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing (Faculty of Health, Sport & Science, University of Glamorgan).

2007-2011: Reader in Health Professional Education (Faculty of Health, Sport & Science, University of Glamorgan)

1980-1995: Commissioned officer 203 Field Hospital RAMC

2011-current: Professor of Innovation and Engagement in Healthcare Numeracy & Education (Faculty of Life Science and Education, University of South Wales)


Responsibilities

Advancement of innovation and engagement in the Faculty of Life Science and Education and the University of South Wales.

Leadership of health professional education translational research within the Faculty of Life Science and Education.

Management and advancement of physiology, pathophysiology and healthcare vocational mathematics education within the LSE faculty.


Publications

Coben, D. & Weeks, K.W. (2014). Meeting the mathematical demands of the safety-critical workplace: medication dosage calculation problem-solving for nursing. Educational Studies in Mathematics: 86, Pages 253-270.

Coben, D. & Weeks, K.W. (2012). Behind the headlines: Authentic teaching, learning and assessment of competence in medication dosage calculation problem solving in and for nursing. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics – A research Forum (ALM-19), Auckland, New Zealand, 26-29 June, 2012.

Coben D, Hutton M, Weeks KW, Sabin M, et al (2010) Benchmark assessment of numeracy for nursing: Medication dosage calculation at point of registration. NES. www.nursingnumeracy.info

Head K, Weeks KW & Stroud A (2007) A survey of dysphagia screening practices across England & Wales. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation; September 2007, Vol 14, No. 9.

Hutton, B. M., Coben, D., Hall, C., Rowe, D., Sabin, M., Weeks, K., et al. (2010). Numeracy for nursing – creating a benchmark. Report of a pilot study to compare outcomes of two medications dosage assessment methods using simulated reality. Nurse Education Today, October 2010, Vol 30, Issue 7, pp 695-702.

Macdonald, K., Weeks, K.W. & Moseley, L. (2013) Safety in Numbers 6: Tracking pre-registration nursing students’ cognitive and functional competence development in medication dosage calculation problem-solving: the role of authentic learning and diagnostic assessment environments. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e66-e77. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00203-X/pdf

Sabin, M., Weeks, K.W., Rowe, D., Hutton, B.M., Coben, D., Hall, C. & Woolley, N. (2013). Safety in Numbers 5: Evaluation of computer-based authentic assessment and high fidelity simulated OSCE environments as a framework for articulating a point of registration medication dosage calculation benchmark. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e55-e65. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00197-7/pdf

Weeks, K.W., Sabin, M., Pontin, D. & Woolley, N. (2013). Safety in numbers: An introduction to the Nurse Education in Practice series. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e4-e10. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00116-3/pdf

Weeks, K.W., Hutton, B.M., Coben, D., Clochesy, J.M. & Pontin, D. (2013). Safety in Numbers 2: Competency modelling and diagnostic error assessment in medication dosage calculation problem-solving. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e23-e32. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00201-6/pdf

Weeks, K.W., Hutton, B.M., Young, S., Coben, D., Clochesy, J.M. & Pontin, D. (2013). Safety in Numbers 3: Authenticity, Building knowledge & skills and Competency development & assessment: the ABC of safe medication dosage calculation problem-solving pedagogy. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e33-e42. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00199-0/pdf

Weeks, K.W., Clochesy, J.M. & Hutton, B.M (2013). Safety in Numbers 4: The relationship between exposure to authentic and didactic environments and nursing students’ learning of medication dosage calculation problem solving knowledge and skills. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e43-e54. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00198-9/pdf

Weeks, K.W., Higginson, R., Clochesy, J.M. & Coben, D. (2013) Safety in Numbers 7: veni, vidi, duci: a grounded theory evaluation of nursing students’ medication dosage calculation problem-solving schemata construction. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e78-e87. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00202-8/pdf

Weeks KW (2009) Just chatting like! Inspirations – Awen. An Anthology of Writing. RCT Library Service. RCT, Wales.

Weeks KW (2007) No more ‘chalk and talk’: teaching drug calculations for the real world. Saferhealthcare, NPSA & BMJ Online Publication Group: http://www.safemedicate.com/downloads/press/saferhealthcare.pdf

Weeks KW & Lowes L (2006) Researching your own clients/students (pp.133-147) in (Lyne P & Allan D). The reality of nursing research. Routledge Falmer, Oxford.

Weeks KW & Woolley N (2006) Innovative and authentic assessment of medication dosage calculation problem-solving skills, via engagement and interaction with an Authentic World learning environment. Learning & Teaching Office Publication, University of Glamorgan.

Weeks KW, Lyne P, Moseley L, Torrance C (2001) The strive for clinical effectiveness in medication dosage calculation problem solving skills: the role of constructivist learning theory in the design of a computer based ‘Authentic World’ learning environment. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 5, 18-25.

Weeks KW, Lyne P, Torrance C (2000) Written drug dosage errors made by students: the threat to clinical effectiveness and the need for a new approach. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 4, 20-29.

Weeks KW (2000) Setting a foundation for the development of medication dosage calculation skills amongst novice nursing students: The role of constructivist learning theories and a computer based learning environment. UWCM Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Unit Discussion Paper (ISBN: 1 903847 036), UWCM, Cardiff.

Young, S., Weeks, K.W. & Hutton, B.M. (2013). Safety in Numbers 1: Essential numerical and scientific principles underpinning medication dose calculation. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages e11-e22. http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(12)00200-4/pdf

Conference Presentations

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW (February 2011) The future direction of research in simulation (METI HPSN Research Conference, Tampa, Florida, USA, 21st-24th February 2011)

Weeks KW & Spark P (October 2010) Reducing medication errors a practical guide to implementing good medicines management practice and patient safety interventions… Implementing risk management tools to reduce medication errors in practice (Reducing Medication Error Conference, Cavendish Conference Centre, London, Thursday 7 October 2010)

Weeks KW (September 2010) Computer based authentic assessment… A framework for articulating a medication dosage calculation benchmark (Educational Research Symposium, University of Glamorgan, 13th September 2010)

Core Paper: Weeks KW, Coben D, Hutton D, Sabin M, Hall C, Rowe D & Woolley N (September 2010) Establishing a point of registration nursing assessment framework for articulating a medication dosage calculation benchmark (NET 2010 Conference: Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 7th – 9th September 2010)

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW (July 2010) Numeracy Counts for Adults: a review of adult numeracy learning in England: Expert Seminar on Adult Numeracy Learning in the Workplace (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, 20th July 2010)

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW (July 2010) Developing numeracy and drug calculation skills: a strategic plan for future development in Northern England (University of Huddersfield, 1st July 2010)

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW (May 2010) Authenticity, Building-knowledge and skills & Competency-assessment… The ABC of injectable medicines problem solving education practice (The National Infusion & Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) Inaugural Annual Conference 2010. Hotel Russell, London 12th – 13th May 2010)

Sabin M, Coben D, Hutton M, Weeks KW, Hall C, Rowe D & Woolley N (February 2010) Benchmark assessment of numeracy for nursing: Medication dosage calculation at point of registration (NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow, February 2010)

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW & Spark P (November 2009) Medication dosage calculation competence development: Designing a learning and assessment environment for skill construction, error diagnosis and correction (Medication Safety – Grassroots of Medication Errors Conference, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, 2nd November 2009)

Invited Presentation: Weeks KW (November 2009) E-Learning in Nursing Workshop: Bridge the Gap (The Royal Society of Medicine, Marcus Beck Library, 1 Wimpole St, London, 5th November 2009)

Weeks KW & Torrance C (November 2009) Using Clinical Simulation and Audience Response Systems to Enhance Student Engagement and Critical Reasoning Skills (Higher Education Academy Conference, University of Glamorgan, 24th November 2009)

Weeks KW, Torrance C & Jarvis Y (July 2009) Employment of a Cognitive Apprenticeship framework for Teaching & Assessing Clinical Skills (4th International Clinical Skills Conference, Monash University, Prato, Italy, July 2009)

Weeks KW (June 2009): Cognitive apprenticeship & visual anthropology within high fidelity simulated clinical environments: An education framework for improving analysis of performance and bridging the theory practice divide (METI UK HPSN Conference, University of Glamorgan, June 2009)

Weeks KW & Clochesy J (February 2009) Using screen-based simulation to assess drug dose calculation ability… A trans-atlantic evaluation (METI International HPSN Research Conference, Tampa, Florida, USA, February 2009)

Invited presentation: Weeks KW (November 2008) Veni, vidi, duci… An analysis of the pedagogical principles underpinning eDose (Nursing & Simulation Conference, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA, 20th-21st November 2008)

Weeks KW, Torrance C, Rogers A & Lewis P (September 2008) Cognitive Apprenticeship & Authentic Assessment: An education framework for facilitating learning and assessment within high fidelity simulated clinical environments (AMEE Conference 2008, Prague, Czech Republic 30th August to 3rd September 2008)

Sabin M, Coben D, Hutton M, Weeks KW, Hall C, Rowe D & Woolley N (June 2008) Innovations in Numeracy Support for Healthcare (Higher Education Academy, University of Glamorgan, June 2008)

Weeks KW & Woolley N (June 2009): Evaluating medication dosage calculation performance in Authentic World learning and assessment environments (METI UK HPSN Conference, Thames Valley University, Windsor, June 2008)

Invited presentation: Weeks KW, Woolley N & Spark P (May 2008) authentic education solutions for facilitating the learning and diagnostic assessment of medication dosage problem-solving & calculation skills (National Patient Safety Agency, London, 12th May 2008)

Weeks KW, Hall C, Sabin M, Coben D, Hutton M et al (April 2008) To err is to be human: reducing medication errors and improving safety in health care…Establishing an assessment benchmark in nursing (RCN Congress, Bournemouth, April 2008)

Weeks KW (February 2008) Use of visual anthropology & expert systems analysis: An education framework for improving analysis of clinical performance and bridging the theory practice divide (METI International HPSN Research Conference, Tampa, Florida, USA, February 2008)

Weeks KW, Clochesy J, Woolley N, & Yakoub M (September 2007): An international evaluation of authentic diagnostic assessment as an innovative solution for assessing medication dosage calculation performance (NET 2007 Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, September 2007)

Weeks KW & Woolley N (July 2007): Authentic Learning Environments and Cognitive Apprenticeship: a synergistic framework for modelling, coaching, assessing and transferring skills from simulation to practice settings. Second International Clinical Skills Conference: Teaching, learning and assessing clinical skills: Does one size fit all? Prato, Tuscany 1- 4 July 2007)

Weeks KW & Woolley N (July 2007): An evaluation of the relationship between exposure to Authentic World learning and assessment environments and the development of effective problem solving and medication dosage calculation skills: a transcontinental perspective. Second International Clinical Skills Conference: Teaching, learning and assessing clinical skills: Does one size fit all? Prato, Tuscany 1- 4 July 2007)

Mead D & Weeks KW (October 2006) Active Pedagogical Methods: Les Méthodes actives et dispositifs pédagogiques, 6th European Conference for Nurse Educators, Paris

Invited keynote address: Weeks KW (April 2006) Authentic Solutions for solving medication errors: An international perspective. North American Research Showcase Conference, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Weeks KW & Woolley N (March 2006) Safety in Numbers: The role of an authentic world learning environment and authentic diagnostic assessment process in developing and assessing medication dosage calculation skills. RCN 2006 International Nursing Research Conference

Invited keynote address: Weeks KW (March 2006) Safety in Numbers: Innovative solutions for reducing medication error. Too Busy to Teach? Facilitating Learning in Clinical Practice Conference, Royal Society of Arts London, March 2006

Weeks KW (2006) Improving patient safety through innovative approaches in medication dosage calculation education and authentic assessment, National Patient Safety Agency Annual Conference, Birmingham

Weeks KW & Woolley N (October 2005) Student evaluations of learning via constructivist centred Authentic World learning environments. First Nursing Informatics Conference, Trinity College Dublin. October 2005

Weeks KW & Woolley N (May 2005) Bridging the theory-practice divide in relation to the acquisition of medication dosage calculation skills: the design and development of an Authentic World software learning environment. First International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy. May 2005

Invited keynote address: Weeks KW (January 2005) Learning and teaching and practice in relation to numeracy in and competence for clinical nursing practice. School of Nursing and Acute Care Conference, Plymouth University, January 2005

Invited keynote address: Weeks KW (November 2004) Constructivist approaches to solving numeracy in health care problems. NHS Education for Scotland, National Conference, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland

Weeks KW, McWhirter G, and Woolley N (Durham 2004) Paper presented to the International Nurse Education Tomorrow Conference Titled: An international solution to medication dosage calculation errors: The design and role of a computer based ‘Authentic World’ learning environment.

Weeks KW (July 2004) Medicine and the Humanities Conference: Toward Interdisciplinary Practice Conference (Swansea University 2004): Poetry & Music Theme: Poems titled – “Just Chatting Like…”, “Broken Clocks” and “Brave New World – New-Genics or Eugenics, Echoes from the Past”

Weeks KW, McWhirter G, and Woolley N: (Bangor 2004) Showcase Conference Titled: An international solution to medication dosage calculation errors: The design and role of a computer based ‘Authentic World’ learning environment.

Weeks KW, & John MB (June 2004) Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting ‘Innovations’ Conference. Title: Clinical Seminars & Constructivist Based Online Learning Environments: Constructivist based methodologies in bridging the theory-practice divide.

Weeks KW, McWhirter G, and Woolley N (February 2004) NAfW Launch of Research Paper 6 Conference. Title: An international solution to medication dosage calculation errors: The design and role of a computer based ‘Authentic World’ learning environment.

Weeks KW, McWhirter G, and Woolley N (2003) Paper presented at the International Nurse Education Tomorrow Conference (Durham 2003). Titled: “Numbers for numbers sake” versus “Bringing it down to reality”: A phenomenological study of novice nursing students’ experiences of learning medication dosage calculation problem solving skills, via didactic transmission methods and a computer based ‘Authentic World’ learning environment.

Weeks KW, McWhirter G, and Woolley N (2003) Paper presented at the LTSN International Festival of Learning (University of Glamorgan 2003). Titled: Bridging the theory-practice divide in health care practice: The application of ‘Authentic World’ learning environments in HE.

Invited keynote address: Weeks KW (2003) Invited to present paper at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference (Cardiff 2003b). Titled: The application of constructivist approaches and ‘Authentic World’ learning environments in Higher Education.

Weeks KW (2000) Paper presented at the RCN International Research Society Conference (Sheffield 2000). Titled: Avoiding medication dosage calculation errors: The development of computer based learning designed to improve fundamental medication dosage problem-solving skills.

Weeks KW (2000) Paper presented to the NAfW and UK audience at the UWCM Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Unit Conference (Cardiff 2000). Titled: The application of an ‘Authentic World’ learning environment in the development of medication dosage calculation skills.


Memberships

  • FHEA & SFHEA
  • RCN
  • USW Technology Cognate Group


Consultancy

  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
  • Authentic World Ltd


Research

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) funded research programme: The case for a benchmark numeracy assessment in nursing. Collaborating with a national team of numeracy specialists commissioned to explore the case for a benchmark numeracy assessment within nursing in the UK; and to evaluate the validity of a computer modelled authentic assessment in predicting medication dosage problem-solving and computation performance in practice settings

Director of Studies and Education Supervisor: Eight PhD and one MPhil programmes of research.


Areas of Expertise

Education translational research.

Healthcare numeracy and vocational mathematics education.

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