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Professor Stevens research focuses on workforce development and wellbeing for the enhancement of safety and quality in professional practice through a focus on:

•             Health professions education, &

•             The embedding of skills, knowledge, and innovations in practice.

She has particular expertise in qualitative methodologies but uses a range of theoretical frameworks, qualitative and mixed methods as appropriate to work spanning from development and implementation work, through to exploration and evaluation. 

Prof Steven has undertaken research across a spectrum of settings and published a range of academic articles, book chapters and monographs, including developing work on ‘emotional safety for learning’.

Her portfolio includes research on: education for new roles and practices, inter-professional education, work based learning, mentoring, knowledge translation, practice and workforce development, continuing professional development, co-design and implementation of fatigue risk management strategies, implementation of enhanced care for older people, early warning scores, hydration apps in care homes.

Biography

Alison Steven is Professor of Research in Nursing and Health Professions Education at Northumbria University and Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa Italy. She completed her PhD (Discourse analysis of clinical skills education) in 2002 at Newcastle University. Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2008 Alison worked in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and in the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry at Newcastle university.

Her research focuses on workforce development and wellbeing for the enhancement of safety and quality in professional practice through a focus on:

  • Health professions education, &
  • The embedding of skills, knowledge, and innovations in practice.

She uses a range of theoretical frameworks, qualitative and mixed methods as appropriate to work spanning from development and implementation work, through to exploration and evaluation.  

Prof Steven has undertaken research across a spectrum of settings and published a range of academic articles, book chapters and monographs, including developing work on ‘emotional safety for learning’. Her portfolio includes research on education for new roles and practices, inter-professional education, work based learning, mentoring, knowledge translation, practice and workforce development.

In 2014 she was awarded the British Medical Association Joan Dawkins research award for a study exploring the relationships between involvement in mentoring activities and doctors health and wellbeing. More recently Prof Steven led the Sharing LearnIng from Practice to improve Patient Safety (SLIPPS.eu) project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European union.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, MSc, Northumbria University

1 Sep 20101 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Health & Social Research, PGCert, Northumbria University

1 Sep 19971 Jun 1998

Award Date: 1 Nov 2008

Medical Science, PhD, Newcastle University

1 Mar 19981 Sep 2002

Award Date: 1 Sep 2002

Nursing Studies, BSc (Hons)

1 Sep 199430 Jun 1997

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997

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