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RN (Adult), RMN, BSc (Hons) Applied Physiology, MSc Nursing, PGCE, R.N.T.


Since qualifying as a RN (Adult) in 1989 I have worked in a variety of oncology related posts. This was briefly interrupted by a time qualifying as a Registered Mental Nurse, a course I really enjoyed and one which enabled me to respond more effectively upon my return to adult nursing, to the needs of individuals and their families with a cancer diagnosis. My passion for education led me to enter Higher Education having completed a first degree in Applied Physiology and a Masters degree in Nursing.


I have a clinical background within oncology having worked across a range of cancer care settings. I have a special interest in cancer treatments and their impact upon the individual and family.


Academic Manager, Head of Practice based learning & Simulation
Subject Lead for Adult Nursing.
Award Leader for BSc Cancer Care.
Personal tutor for both pre and post registration students.


Thornton M., Parry M., Gill, P., Mead, D., Macbeth, F (2011) “Hard Choices a qualitative study of influences on the treatment decisions made by advanced lung cancer patients. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Vol 17, No 2. Pp68-75.
Thornton M. (1991) Coping with dying. Nursing Times. 10 Jul 1991. 10 pp. 32-34.
Thornton M (2001) The Nature of Cancer: University of Glamorgan. (Distance learning material within the BSc Cancer Care Award).
Thornton M (2001) Care of a Person Receiving Chemotherapy: University of Glamorgan. (Distance learning material within the BSc Cancer Care Award).
Thornton M (2001) Advancing Practice Project: University of Glamorgan (Distance learning material within the BSc Cancer Care Award).
Thornton M (2000) Learning Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice. (20 credit distance learning study package within a Diploma pathway)

Poster Presentation:-
Thornton M (2006) Hard Choices: A qualitative investigation into the factors that during a consultation influences a patient’s choice of treatment for an incurable non small cell cancer of the lung. International Society of Cancer Nurses, Toronto.
Oral Presentation:-
Thornton, M. BSc/ BSc(Hons) Cancer Care: European Oncology Nursing Society: Winner of the Excellence in Education Award 2008: EONS 2008 Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
Thornton, M. (2010) The design an delivery of a BSc/ BSc(Hons) Cancer Care through blended learning. International Society of Cancer Nurses, Atlanta, USA


European Oncology Nursing Society.


External to the University of Northumbria



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