Search for courses or information

Nigel Davies

Head of Pre-registration Nursing and Simulated Learning

Health, Sport and Bioscience

I am a registered nurse with 30 years' experience in clinical, senior NHS management and academic posts.  I joined UEL in October  2017

    Nigel is a nurse, researcher, teacher and former NHS executive director. He qualified as a nurse in 1990 and worked clinically across several London hospitals in general medicine, cardiothoracic surgery and critical care. He moved into nursing management roles and was a director of nursing for ten years (2003-13) in two foundation trusts and a PCT.  He became a Lecturer Practitioner and then Senior Lecturer in the late 1990s, and was appointed as a visiting professor at the University of West London in 2010.  His most recent post was as Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Workforce Development at the University of Bedfordshire. 
    My role at the university is threefold: 1) teaching and being Programme Leader for our new BSc (Hons) in Nursing; 2) strategic/ external work in support of  the Dean and Head of School to represent UEL and develop our nursing offering with NHS practice partners;  and 3) ongoing research and development associated with my interests in nursing policy and practice, healthcare leadership, workforce development and interprofessional education.

    Registered Nurse – Nursing and Midwifery Council (1990)

    Lecturer/ Practice Educator (Recordable Qualification) – Nursing and Midwifery Council (1999)

    Fellow – Higher Education Academy (2014)



    Nigel undertakes research related to nursing policy and practice, healthcare leadership, workforce development and interprofessional education.  He has experience of realist evaluation and mixed methods design together with an interest in the use of Bourdieu's ‘thinking tools’ to frame data collection and analysis.


    His current and recent research includes:

    1. Collaborator on an NHIR funded study (hyperlink to: evaluating Intentional Rounding in hospital wards with colleagues at King’s College London, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London;


    1. PI on a small exploratory study exploring the influence NHS nurse executives (chief nurses) have on the commissioning and provision of university nursing education;


    1. Project consultant for a study investigating the contribution and value of nurses to public health (project report – hyperlink to:  as part of a wider programme of work to showcase public health nursing by the Royal College of Nursing;


    1. Collaborator on a study to explore work opportunities (employability) for newly qualified nurses and physiotherapists from BAME backgrounds, leading the arm of the study investigating clinical managers perspectives;


    1. A systematic review of Interprofessional Education with UK and international colleagues from Canada and the United States;


    • test