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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 Gloucester.


Presently working with ABMU Local Health Board preparing staff for NMC revalidation.



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