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Nicky genders

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PhD, MA, BA, Cert Ed, RN (LD)


Nicky qualified as a nurse in 1986 and worked in community based services for children with learning disabilities in a number of roles until becoming a clinical nurse tutor. In over 30 years in higher education, Nicky has undertaken a number of roles including: course leadership for pre registration nursing courses, recruitment and retention lead, division lead and Associate Head of School at De Montfort University in Leicester before joining USW as Head of School in 2014.

Nicky is passionate about the importance of high quality education for health and social care professionals both nationally and locally and has been involved in developing curricula for a number of programme provisions including; National Vocational Qualifications, Diploma in Higher Education (Nursing), including the ‘shortened pathway’, the Masters Degree in Nursing, the DHSci and the Leicestershire Cadet Scheme, supporting the widening access agenda for pre registration nursing in Leicestershire. These developments included involvement at both operational and steering group level working with the Professional bodies to ensure the development of high quality programmes. Nicky has also led work around Interprofessional Education (IPE) bringing together students and academic staff from a range of professional courses including nursing, midwifery, social work, policing, pharmacy, youth and community and medical students from across two universities.

Nicky’s teaching areas cover management and leadership in nursing, complementary therapies in a health context, learning disability nursing and parenting. Nicky has worked on a number of national projects exploring issues in nursing and midwifery education including the development of the support worker role, the use of Key Skill based portfolios, experiences of South Asian nursing students and the enhancement of maternity services for women with disabilities. Nicky has published in academic journals and has authored two books in these areas.

Nicky has a research interest in parenting by vulnerable parents, has worked on national research projects and is on the editorial team for Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International (DPPI) Journal. In addition, Nicky is currently undertaking research around nursing identity investigating why people choose to become nurses and their experiences of their nursing career using a narrative approach.


Genders N. (1998) The Role of the Community Nurse in Supporting Parents with Learning Disabilities: The results of a national survey. Maternity Alliance

Culley, L & Genders, N (1999) Parenting by people with learning disabilities: the educational needs of the community nurse. Nurse Education Today 19, 502-508

Genders, N & Lockley K (2001) Making a Difference: nursing cadet Courses in Leicestershire Nursing Standard

Culley, L & Genders, N (2003) The Development of Nurse Cadet Schemes in the British NHS – Challenges & Opportunities. Journal of Advanced Nursing. March 2003 Vol. 41 No6 p607 -614
Dyson, SE, Culley, L. Norrie, P. Genders, N. (2008). An exploration of the experiences of South Asian students on pre-registration nursing programmes in a UK university. Journal of Research in Nursing 13; 163

Genders, N & Brown B. (2014). Who chooses to be a nurse and why? A narrative study Learning Disability Practice. Jan 30, 14

Genders, N, Crozier, H, & Morris S (2015) Good practice in parenting support: a joint education and service improvement project. Learning Disability Practice 18: 7, 36 -40

Tait, T & Genders, N (2002) Caring for People with learning Disabilities. Palgrave

Genders N (2006) Fundamental Aspects of Complementary Therapies for Health Care Professionals Quay Books

Norman K (Ed) (2008) Portfolios in the Nursing Profession: Use in assessment and professional development. Chapter 5 Use of Key skills in portfolios to enhance employability. Quay Books.

Conference Presentations

Right From the Start Conference 23rd September 1998 Maternity Alliance “Identifying People not needs”.

Making a Difference. Nursing, midwifery & Therapies International Research Conference. 7th July 2000 “The Education, role and regulation of support workers: beyond 2000.”

Royal College of Nursing. Education: Partners in Practice. February 2001 “Making a Difference : Leicestershire Cadet Scheme.”

Nurse Cadet National Conference December 2001. Cadet Schemes: Widening Access to Pre Registration Nursing.

Nurse Education Today Sept 2004. Promoting Key Skills through the use of portfolios.

6th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. June 06 The value of portfolio based learning for key skill development.

7th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. 3-6th July 2007. Cultural diversity of Pre-registration Nursing Programmes: An Exploration of the Experiences of South Asian Students on Pre-registration Nursing Programmes in a UK University

8th annual interdisciplinary research conference Nov 07 Enhancing Continuing Professional development through portfolio based learning. A key skills approach

10th annual interdisciplinary research conference Dublin Nov 09 Understanding the Learning disability Nurse: a narrative approach

Learning Disability Leadership Conference Derby UK Sept 10 Poster presentation 30 Years of learning Disability Nursing: A narrative approach.

Positive Choices conference Hertfordshire April 2011 Understanding the learning disability nurse: A biographical narrative approach.

International Association for the Scientific Study of Developmental Disability World Congress. July 2012 Canada Shaping policy and provision for people with intellectual disabilities in England: change from within

Decide, Commit, Proceed Leadership Workshop (July 2013) Identity and Leadership.

Open University. Social History of Learning Disability Conference.
Exploring Positive Practice in Learning Disability: past and Present (July 2014)
30 Years of Learning Disability Nursing in England.

Open University. Social History of Learning Disability Conference
Exploring Positive Practice in Learning Disability: past and Present (July 2014)
Positive practice in supporting parents who have a learning disability.

Nurse Education Today (Sept 2014) Cambridge University. Partnerships in Practice and Education: Good Practice in Parenting Support – A project example.

Book reviews

Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of resistance.

Edited by Duncan Mitchell, Rannveig Traustadóttir, Rohhss Chapman, Lousie Townson, Nigel Ingham and Sue Ledger
Jessica Kingsley Publishers London and Philadelphia ISBN 13:978 1 84310 359 2 2006, 224 Reviewed in Diversity in Health & Social care 2006; 3:221-5

Anna Karin Kingston April 2007 Mothering Special Needs: A Different Maternal Journey Jessica Kingsley Publishing. Review for Diversity in Health & Social Care.


Royal College of Nursing
Nursing & Midwifery Council


DFEE Development Project: Diagnosis, Guidance & Support and Recording Achievement of Key Skills in Higher Education 1998 –2000 Research project member.

Department of Health Research Project: Review of Support Workers. 2000 Research project member.

DFEE /HEFCE Funded Research – Promoting key skills development through the use of portfolios (FDTL4). Role – Project manager within consortium comprising: University of Nottingham, De Montfort University (£250,000), University of Salford and Leeds Metropolitan University

Curriculum project for 2012 curriculum (2010 – 2012) funded by Strategic Health Authority (East Midlands)

Good practice in parenting assessment (2012-2013) Funded by Health Education East Midlands (HEEM)

Areas of Expertise

nursing; learning disability, biographical narratives, leadership, Health, Care.


@nickygen @uswnurs_mid

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