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Professor Mead trained in Merthyr School of Nursing winning the gold medal for best student in training. Her early clinical experiences sparked off a desire to work with children and she eventually became a paediatric ward sister.

From 1983 to 1985 Professor Mead studied at the University of Manchester where she obtained an MSc and successfully completed teacher training. Professor Mead took up her first teaching post. She shortly thereafter set up and led the first B.Nurs (Pre Registration Course) in the North East Wales Institute, Wrexham; and became a Consultant Nurse with Clwyd Health Authority.

In 1989, Professor Mead moved to the Nursing Research Unit at the University of Wales College of Medicine to take up the post of Senior Research Assistant. She worked on an all Wales study into primary nursing, which was commissioned by the Welsh Office, Nursing Division. During this time she began her Doctoral studies.

Professor Mead was appointed Assistant Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Care at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1991. She was Head of Research and Graduate Studies. This entailed establishing both a research and graduate studies portfolio. Professor Mead completed her PhD in 1993.

In 1996, she was appointed Professor of Nursing and Head of the School of Care Sciences at the University of Glamorgan. When the University reorganised into five faculties in 2005, Professor Mead became the Dean of the newly formed faculty of Health, Sport and Science. That same year she was also awarded the RCN Welsh Board record of achievement.

Professor Mead has always maintained close links with the NHS. She was the higher education representative on the Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee for six years (chair for four years). This is a statutory committee which provided independent, impartial advice to the Secretary of State for Wales. She led the team which produced the first ever policy document to be issued from the newly formed National Assembly for Wales, ‘Realising the Potential: A strategy for Nursing, midwifery and Health Visiting in Wales’. Professor Mead held the post of Non-Executive Director of the North Glamorgan NHS Trust for four years and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Gwent NHS Trust.

She has served as the Welsh representative on the UK Council of Deans for Health for several terms. Other current positions include, Chair of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly teaching local health board, Vice-Chair of UCEA’s Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group; member of the Welsh Group for Modernising Nursing Careers.

Professor Mead has remained an active researcher. She currently holds research grants of £2million. She is a member of the Medical Research Council College of Experts.

Professor Mead has been named in the 2009 New Year Honours list and will receive an OBE for her services to healthcare.


Moseley LG, Mead DM, Explaining the low penetration of decision support systems into Clinical Practice: Recalcitrance, Expert Update, 2001, 3, 3, 30, 34.00, 1465-4091

Mead DM, The Use of Delphi as a research approach, Nurse Researcher, 2001, 8 , 4, 24.00

Mead DM, Considerations in using the delphi approach: design, questions and answers, Nurse Researcher , 14 , 24, 37.00

Moseley L, Mead DM, Knowledge Based Systems and Applied Artificial Intelligence, Expert Update, 2001, 3, 3, 30, 34.00

Moseley L, Mead DM, Moran LA, An empirically-derived Clinical Placement Evaluation Tool: A 3 country study, Nurse Education Today, 2004, , 0, 0.00

Moseley L, Mead DM, Some common problems of recruitment and response rates in experimental, and other, studies, Nurse Research, 2004, , 0, 0.00

Coll (Fulgoni) AM, Ameen JRM, Mead DM, Postoperative pain assessment tools in day surgery: literature review, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2004, 46, 2, 124, 133.00

Davis RE, Dolan GC, Thomas S, Atwell C, Mead DM, Nehammer SF, Moseley L, Edward A, Elwyn G, Exploring doctor and patient views about risk communications and shared decision-making in the consultation, Health Expectations, 2003, 6 , 198, 207.00

Davies PD, Lado AM, Northway R, Bennett GIJ, Williams WR, Moseley LG, Mead DM, An Evaluation of student nurses experience of being a researcher in a mental health research project, Nurse Education Today, 2002, 22, 7, 518, 526.00

Mead DM, Bennett GIJ, Moseley LG, Mansell DAI, Northway R, The learning curve: the advantages and disadvantages in the use of focus groups as a method of data collection, Nurse Researcher, 2004, 11, 4, 79, 88.00

Mead DM, Moseley LG, Considerations in using the Delphi approach: design, questions and answers, Nurse Researcher, 2001, 8, 4, 24, 37.00

Mead DM, Moseley LG, Awareness of the health needs of prisoners, Nursing Times Research, 2004, 9 , 194, 207.00

Mead DM, Moseley LG, When is it safer to say nothing? Some considerations on biases in sampling, Nurse Researcher, 2004, 12, 1, 20, 34.00


Mead DM, Moseley LG, , Free text analysis of comments written on the informed choice leaflet questionnaires, Informed choice in maternity care: an evaluation of evidence based leaflets, NHS Centre for reviews and Dissemination, York, 2001

Other Works

Mead DM, Moseley LG, Free Text Analysis of Comments Written on the Informed Choice Leaflet Questionnaires, Publications Office, NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York. Page 45-55. 1-900640-18X Chapter 8, in published report. Informed Choice in maternity Care:

Bolger MJ, Fairbairn G, Moseley LG, Mead DM, Awareness of health needs of prisoners – a pilot study within three Welsh Prisons, University of Glamorgan Report: 2002L Vol:0 Issue:0: 2-43, 2002

Mead DM, Moseley LG, Northway R, Dance P, Getting it right…A research study into the support need of young children with autism and their families, Pontypridd: School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan, 2002


Welsh National Board Fellowships

  • Lillian Carthew at University of Wales, Swansea
  • Viv Semmens at University of Glamorgan

Relevant Committee Membership

  • Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care Grants Committee
  • East Glamorgan NHS Trust: Research and Development Committee
  • Wales, Clinical Effectiveness Group
  • University of Glamorgan: Research Committee
  • Research Society of Royal College of Nursing
  • Advisory Board: Mental Health in Primary and Social Care
  • Nurse Executives Wales: Research Sub Group


Funded Research

An All Wales Survey of Computerised Decision Support Systems (with Professor Laurie Moseley and Dr Richard Cook).

Models of Care for Families in which a Child has Cancer (with Professor Colin Torrance and involves a full time PhD student, Mrs Elizabeth Parry).

A Comparative Trial of Caseload Managed Midwifery Care and Team Midwifery – Co-applicant with Mrs Barbara Bale and Professor David Cohen.

An Evaluation of MIDIRS Informed Choice Leaflets in Midwifery – Co-applicant with Professor Mavis Kirkham, University of Sheffield involving Mrs Barbara Bale.

Director of Studies for Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care Studentship for ‘ Midwifery led care: safe, satisfying and cost effective?’

An illustration of the use of Repertory Grid Technique in Children with Asthma

The Extent to which Primary Nursing is Practised in NHS Care Giving Institutions in Wales

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