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Dr Alison H James SFHEA

Dr Alison H James


Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 2068 87818
Room 3.26, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University and SFHEA. I am a Registered General Nurse with a clinical background in Neurosciences, Critical Care, Clinical Research in Osteoporosis and Fracture Liaison . I now teach across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Healthcare. My special interests are Leadership, Quality Improvement, Emotional Intelligence and Action Learning and Interprofessional learning and have an M.A in Healthcare law and ethics.

I began my academic career in 2008 in Knowledge Transfer and postgraduate teaching in leadership and management in Health and Social Care. I moved to Cardiff University in 2014 and have held positions of Deputy and Programme Manager for the MSc Advanced Practice and Advanced Clinical practice programmes, Recognition of Prior Learning Lead and International Academic Student Link as well as Module lead for undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

I am a member of the Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care (WCEBC), and a Scientific Writer for the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Centre of Excellence. I have presented at conferences in the UK  and internationally and have over 50 publications, including evidence-based reviews in internationally peer-reviewed and evidence-based databases, peer reviewed journal commentaries and contribution to national reports for Department of Health. I have previous experience as an  external examiner at Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (MSc Programme for Leadership) and currently at Manchester University, and De Montford University and have experience of external reviewing programmes for validation. I am a member of the editorial board for RCNi Nursing Management.


I am a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, and have held roles of RPL lead, International student link, clinical placements and deputy programme manager and interim Programme Manager for the MSc Advanced Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice programmes. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, member of the editorial Board for RCNi Nursing Management Journal and Innovation and student education champion.

From 2008-2014 I worked as a Consultant and Senior Consultant in Knowledge Transfer at the Institite of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. During this time I developed further my interest in Leadership and Quality Improvement, working with local authorities and health across the UK and was a lead tutor for the Team Management Development Programme in Wales, commissioned by the SSIA.

My nursing clinical nursing background began in 1986 in Oxford where I worked within neuroscience nursing, osteoporosis and as a clinical research nurse with Oxford University and Specialist Nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Honours and awards

SFHEA  2019

FHEA 2017

The Lord Nuffield Trust Fund, Achievement Award 2008

The Lord Nuffield Trust Fund, Girdlestone Memorial Nursing Scholarship Award 2004

Professional memberships


Academic positions

Senior Knowledge Transfer Consultant, Oxford Brookes University

Speaking engagements

  • Perceptions and Experiences of leadership: A Narrative Inquiry. RCN International Nursing Research Conference. 8th September 2021
  •  “Nothing becomes real 'till it is experienced” - exploring students, educators and senior nurses’ experiences and perceptions of leadership. Online Congress. International Health Workforce Education & Research. Sept 2021
  •  Perceptions and Experiences of leadership in undergraduate nurse education: A Narrative Inquiry. Advance HE Nurse Education International conference. September 2021
  •  Experiences of Leadership Learning: Student Nurse Narratives. RCSI Faculty for Nursing and Midwifery’s 40th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference, Dublin. Meeting the Needs of Modern Healthcare. Feb 23-March 4th
  • “Nothing becomes real 'till it is experienced” - exploring students, educators and senior nurses’ experiences and perceptions of leadership. 3rd European Conference of International Health Workforce Education & Research. Virtual, Online, 7th -8th January 2021.                                                                      
  • Enhancing the leadership knowledge and skills of Namibian and Welsh qualified nurses and student nurses. 3rd European International Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research. Virtual, Online, 7th -8th January 2021.
  • Action Learning for interprofessional learning. INWHE European Conference. Conference paper and oral presentation accepted. 3rd European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research. Virtual, Online, 7th -8th Jan.
  • Preparing for leadership. Experiences and perceptions of pre-registration nurse education- NET HEA conference  Sept 2021
  • Leadership in undergraduate nursing, exploring experiences and perceptions using narraive Inquiry- NET, NETP conference, Stiges, Spain April 2020 ( now postponed until 20201)
  • Leadership development for undergraduate nursing students through Action Learning. European Conference of Health Workforce Education and Research- International Network for Health Education Workforce Education. Athens May 2018
  • Developing an Osteoporosis Fracture Liaison Service, 2004, The Thames Valley Standing Conference for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, Reading, February, oral presentation. (Lord Nuffield Award received)
  • Developing an Osteoporosis Fracture Liaison Service, 2003, Orthopaedic Nursing Conference. London
  • Developing an Osteoporosis Fracture Liaison Service, 2003. Oxford Brookes University –Celebrating Age Conference, July, oral presentation.
  • The Fracture Liaison Role ,2003. Osteoporosis Conference– The Botnar Institute of Research, Oxford University, September, oral presentation

Committees and reviewing

Editorial Board, Nursing Management Journal RCNi

Reviewer for Nurse Education in Practice








I am a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and teach on a range of healthcare programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate modules and am module lead for Transforming care, Sytems and Services through Leadership, a level 7 mutidisciplinary module. I continue to develop my scholarship and pedagogical interest in leadership, emotional intelligence and quality improvement and have a special interest in experiential learning and Action Learning. I have previous experience as a deputy and programme manager, curriculum and programme design and am personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students. .

I am an External Examiner at Manchester University and De Montford University and previously at King's College London and have experience of reviewing external validation programmes at Oxford Brookes University, Derby, Edinburgh Napier and Middlesex.

My interest in research is focused on leadership development in the healthcare workforce and how this impacts delivery and quality of patient care. I am particularly interested in values-based leadership theory and models, and how this influences cultures within healthcare environments and I aim to translate evidence into practice by informing the work of healthcare practitioners, academics and policy. I am  interested in understanding how leaders in healthcare have chosen to approach leadership during the current pandemic and how this has impacted patients and staff.

 I am a qualitative researcher and am particularly interested in the use of narrative inquiry and visual methodologies such as photographic elicitation.My doctoral research focused on experiences and perceptions of leadership, of student nurses, academics and senior nurses using narrative inquiry and photographic elicitation. 

As well as being a registered nurse, I have also worked within clinical research in osteoporosis genetics and Cretzfeldt Jacob disease. From 2008-14 I worked in Knowledge Transfer in public care, contributing to publications and reviews of public services, developing leadership and integration within teams in Local Councils and Health Authorities in England and working with Local Authorities in Wales on Commissioning strategies. 


I am interetsed in supervising students in areas of :

  • healthcare leadership and quality improvement
  • workplace and organsiational cultures
  • healthcare education
  • values based leadership
  • social justice

Current supervision

Lisa Cordery

Research student

Salma Alshammari

Research student

Past projects