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RN Adult, RN Child, RSCPHN (Health Visiting)
BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science, MSc Social Research Methods, PhD. PGDE Higher Education (Nursing)


I am an experienced MPhil/doctoral supervisor (PhD and Prof. Doc) with over 21 completions and have expertise in supervising candidates for doctorates by publication. I have 8 years experience as Director of Post-graduate Research Studies and have been an Independent Chair for more than 20 PGR vivas. I have been internal and external examiner for doctorates and MPhils in the UK.

I have over 20 years of experience working in English and Welsh academic nursing departments and have teaching/educational management experience at undergraduate, post-graduate and post-graduate research level. I have also taught in Europe & N.America.

My recent clinical experience centres on supporting children and families in the community where children have life limiting, life threatening and long term conditions.


Member of Faculty Research & Innovation Committee
Director – Care Sciences Research Unit
Module Teacher – MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner; MSc Public Health; Research Methods
Co-chair – Community Health & Care Cognate Group FLSE; HSDR Group, AHSC, SEWAHSP


Dowling S, Naidoo J & Pontin D (2012) ‘Breastfeeding in public: Women’s bodies, women’s milk’ in Smith, P.L.; Hausman, B.; Labbok, M. (eds) Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press
Scott PA, MacNeela P, Clinton G & Pontin D(2009) Judgement & Decision Making in Becoming a Nurse: A Textbook for Professional Practice, Sellman D & Snelling P (eds) Pearson Education
Snelling I, Havard K & Pontin D (2009) Management & Leadership in Becoming a Nurse: A Textbook for Professional Practice, Sellman D & Snelling P (eds) Pearson Education
Pontin D(2006) Exploring the issues of risk and freedom for parents of children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and chronic health problems. in Risk & Nursing, Godin P (eds) Palgrave

Research Reports:
Ingram J, Blair P, Powell J, Pontin D, Manns S, , Burden H, Redshaw M, Rose C & Fleming P (2015) Report: Preparing for home: increasing parental knowledge, understanding and confidence in caring for their preterm infant before and after discharge home. Funded by NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme grant (11/1015/09)

Peer Reviewed Papers:
Dowling S & Pontin D (2015) Using liminality to understand mothers’ experiences of long-term breastfeeding: ‘Betwixt and between’, and ‘matter out of place’. Health accepted, in publication
Weeks K, Hutton BM, Young S, Coben D, Clochesy JM, Pontin D (2013) Safety in numbers 2: Competency modelling and diagnostic error assessment in medication dosage calculation problem-solving. Nurse Education in Practice January 2 doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2012.10.013
Weeks K, Hutton BM, Coben D, Clochesy JM, Pontin D (2012) 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. November 22 doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2012.10.011
Weeks K, Sabin M, Pontin D & Woolley N (2012) Safety in numbers: An introduction to the nurse education in practice series.
Nurse Education in Practice. July 16 doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2012.06.006
Maddox C & Pontin D (2012) Paid carers’ experiences of caring for mechanically ventilated children at home: implications for services and training. Journal of Child Health Care (in press)
Pontin D & Jordan N (2012) Issues in prognostication for hospital specialist palliative care doctors and nurses: A qualitative inquiry. Palliative Medicine. 27, 2, 166 – 172
Pontin D & Lewis M (2009) Maintaining the continuity of care in community children’s nursing caseloads in a service for children with life limiting life threatening or chronic health conditions a qualitative analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18, 1199–1206
Lewis M & Pontin D (2008) Caseload Management The Development of a Caseload Management tool to support Children’s Community Nursing Practice. Paediatric Nursing 20 (3) 18-22
Pontin D & Lewis M (2008) Managing the caseload a qualitative action research study exploring how Community Children’s Nurses deliver services to children living with life limiting life threatening and chronic conditions. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 13 (1) 26-35
Pontin D & Jones S (2007) Children’s nurses and nurse prescribing a case study identifying issues for developing training programmes in the UK. Journal of Clinical Nursing 16(3) 540-8
Pontin D, Emmett P, Steer C & Emond A (2007) Patterns of breast feeding in a UK longitudinal cohort study. Maternal & Child Nutrition 3 (1) 2-9

Conference papers:
Wallace C, Pontin D, Kenkre J, Davies R, Bale S, Thomas S, Jarvis P, Davis R, Koskinen L, Mikkonen I, Dokova K, Toncheva S, Hartigan I, Burton A & Flynn A (2015) Symposium: Using Consensus methods to build research capacity within Community Nursing in Wales. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham UK 21 April
Albarran J, Kenny G, Bray I, Pontin D, Williams R (2015) Family witnessed resuscitation: student nurses’ attitudes and BLS performance during family member presence or absence.
6th EfCCNa Congress, Palacio De Congresos, Valencia, Spain; 30 January
Williams R, Kenny G, Albarran J, Pontin D, Bray I (2014) Family Witnessed Resuscitation: A mixed methods study of student nurses views and perspectives. ASPiH Annual Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham UK, 11-13 Nov
Weeks K, Pontin D, Coben D, Clochesy JM, Sabin M, Wooley N, Hutton BM, Young S (2014) Translational research in nursing: mapping the field and developing strategies using a case study of authentic learning environments addressing global medication dosage calculation error. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow, UK 4 April Symposium – 5 papers
Pontin D & Manns S (2013) Excavating the evidence – reviewing the notion of ‘catch up’ for pre-term babies. Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health/Paediatric Nursing Assoc of Europe International Conference, Glasgow, UK 8 June. Invited Key note speaker.
Pontin D, Boyer K, Condon L, Dowling S & Brown A (2012) Keep on keeping on? Issues relating to duration in women’s breastfeeding practice. RCN International Research Conference, London, UK 25 April
Coad J, Smith J, Pontin D & Gibson F (2012) Application of the framework approach across data sets in a study that evaluated an Advanced Communication Skills Training programme. RCN International Research Conference, London, UK 25 April
Pontin D & Jordan N (2011) Issues in prognostication for hospital specialist palliative care doctors and nurses: A qualitative inquiry. Paper presented at the RCN International Research Conference, Harrogate, UK
Dowling S, Naidoo J & Pontin D (2010) Breastfeeding in public: Women’s bodies and the public control of sexuality. Paper presented at the Symposium Breastfeeding and Feminism 2010: Informing Public Health Approaches, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, United States, 20 March
Pontin D, Kenny G, Maddox C & Feetham J (2006) Poetry & Work-based Learning in an Undergraduate Children’s Nursing Curriculum. Paper presented at the RCN Practice Development, Action Research and Reflective Practice 6th International Conference, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK 19 October
Pontin D (2006) Patterns of breastfeeding in a UK longitudinal cohort study, Paper presented at the RCN International Research Conference , York, UK, 24 March
Pontin D, Albarran J, Scott S & Younker J (2006) Bridging the gap to advanced practice education at masters level: The 3 + 3 UWE model. Paper presented at the 8th RCN Joint Education Forums’ conference, The Macdonald Holland House Hotel, Cardiff 24 February

Pontin D (2007) Children who commit acts of serious interpersonal violence: Messages for best practice. Health Risk & Society 9(3) 346-347(2)
Manns S, Eaton N & Pontin D (2006) Centile charts: a measure of mothering?


Member – RCN Research Society; RCN Children’s & Young People Forum
Associate Member – Avon Longitudinal Study Parents & Children
Member – Int. Council of Nurses Independent Nursing Practice/Advanced Practice Nursing Network
Member – MetaPH (Complexity & Public Health)


External Examiner – Professional Doctorate, Northumbria University (2012 to date)
External Examiner – MSc Collaborative Health Care Practice, Salford University (2006-2010)
External Validator & Examiner MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, U. Central Lancashire (2006-2009)
External Validator Community Children’s Nursing Swansea University 2011
Examiner for doctoral degrees – Oxford Brookes, Northumbria University, Bournemouth University, Brighton University, UWE Bristol, Kings College London

Reviewer: Journals J. Advanced Nursing, J.Clinical Nursing, International J. Nursing Studies, Evidence Based Nursing, Clinical Effectiveness, J. Risk, Health & Society, Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology, J. Child Health Care, British J. Nursing, Nursing Times

Editorial Board member J. Multidisciplinary Health

Reviewer: Research Proposals NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme
Cwm Taf University Health Board Research Ethics Committee


Visiting Professor University of New England, New South Wales
Visiting Professor University of Jaen, Spain


Community health, complexity, child health, nursing practice, action research/qualitative research

I welcome enquiries from prospective candidates and I am happy to discuss possible avenues of inquiry.

Current projects include:
Family Resilience Assessment [] – developing tool/instrument for HV practice. Funded by Welsh Government, USW, ABMUHB, Hywell Dda HB. In partnership with Dr Carolyn Wallace & Michelle Thomas (USW), Georgina Jones & Jane O’Kane (ABMU), Liz Wilson (HDd) and Fran Dale (Independent HV).
Health Visitor Acuity – developing a tool for establishing HV caseload/workload. In partnership with Dr Carolyn Wallace & All Wales Leads for HV & School Nursing

Recent projects include:
Preparing for Home – supporting parents to care for the babies at home: Neo-natal Discharge
Social Experiences of Breastfeeding [ESRC Seminar Series] –
ESSI – Empowered service user through support and involvement in chronic illness management. Funded by Erasmus Intensive Programme . Partnered with Savonia University Finland, Medical University Varna Bulgaria, University College Cork, Ireland.
Evaluation of Paediatric Advanced Communication Skills Training Programme (Connected) – funder West Midlands SHA. In partnership with Prof. Jane Coad, Coventry University, & Prof. Faith Gibson, LSBU/Great Ormond St Hospital.

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