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 Alison James MA, PGCEHP, BA, RGN, BA Hons, SFHEA

Alison 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 Adult Nursing. My special interest is Leadership, Quality Improvement, Emotional Intelligence and Action Learning and Interprofessional learning.

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 am external examiner at Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (MSc Programme for Leadership) and Manchester University, and have experience of external reviewing programmes for validation. I am a member of the editorial board for RCNi Nursing Management. I am currently studying for a Professional Doctorate at Cardiff University.


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 was a Consultant and Senior Consultant in Knowledge Transfer at the Institite of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. My interest in Leadership and Quality Improvement developed, working with local authorities and health across the UK and as a lead tutor for the Team Management Development Programme in Wales, commissioned by the SSIA.

My 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

  • Preparing for leadership. Experiences and perceptions of pre-registration nurse education- NET HEA conference POstponed until 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 teach on a range of programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate and have continued to develop my interest in leadership, emotional intelligence and quality improvement and have a special interest in Action Learning. I am module lead for the level 7 module Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership, a distance learning multidisciplinary module. I have experience as a deputy and programme manager, curriculum and programme design and am personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and have experience in curriculum design, module and programme management.

I am an External Examiner at King’s College, London and Manchester University and have experience of reviewing external validation events.

My research interest is in qualitative methods and leadership development and preparation for leadership roles. I am currently reading for a Professional Doctorate at Cardiff University and my research focus is leadership development in undergradaute nursing using qualitative narrative inquiry.