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Dr Melody Carter

Principal Lecturer - Pre-Registration Nursing

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5591


PhD, MSc (Econ) PGCE (HE), BSc (Hons) RGN, DN
PhD UWE, Bristol
MSc (Econ) University of Wales in Cardiff, PGCE (HE) UWE, Bristol
BSc (Hons) UWE, Bristol, RGN Princess Alexander School of Nursing London
DN East London Polytechnic
RGN The Princess Alexandra School of Nursing London

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

  • Curriculum Design
  • Digital Learning
  • Undergraduate, postgraduate studies in Leadership and Management, Evidenced Based Practice, Health needs assessment, Planning and Delivering Nursing Care, communication skills and diversity studies, interprofessional practice, evidence based practice, caring for patients with long term conditions, the philosophy of nursing

Post Graduate Studies 

Good Clinical Practice in Research, Ageing in Society, Qualitative Research Methods, Leadership and Management and the Philosophy of Nursing.

Higher degrees by Research

Supervision of Master’s Thesis and Co Supervisor of PhD (La Trobe University)

Research interests

Qualitative research methods, institutional ethnography, critical pedagogy, dignity in care for older people, the creative arts in mental health recovery, the philosophy of Paul Bourdieu.

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • 2016 joined the University of Worcester as Principal Lecturer, Adult Nursing
  • 2014- 2016 Associate Professor and Associate Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery La Trobe University Victoria, Australia
  • 2013- 2014 Associate Professor and Head of Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery and La Trobe University Victoria, Australia
  • 2003- 2013 Senior Lecturer (Primary Care) Department of Nursing and Midwifery UWE, Bristol UK
  • 2012-2013 Project Manager (with Dr Ann Dewey, Portsmouth University) Department of Health England, Values Based Recruitment
  • 1993-2003 Clinical Nurse Specialist –Care Management North Bristol NHS Trust. /Bristol PCT
  • 2001-2002 Executive Nurse Bristol North Primary Care Group/Bristol Primary Care Trust
  • 1999-2000 Executive Nurse North West Bristol Primary Care Group –Clinical Governance Lead 1998-99 Locality Manager, North West Bristol GP National Commissioning Pilot
  • 1990-93 District Nursing Sister, United Bristol Health Care Trust.


Carter M. (2016) Deceit and dishonesty as practice: the comfort of lying Nursing Philosophy Vol 17, Issue 3 pages 202-210 July 2016

Carter M. (2016) Critical Considerations in Evidence-Based Interprofessional Practice in Martin Lipscomb (Ed) Exploring evidence –Based Practice: Debates and Challenges in Nursing London: Routledge

Carter M. (2014) Vocation and altruism nursing: The habits of practice. Nursing Ethics 2014 21:695 available online from:       

Carter M. (2013) Nursing in the 21st Century: Perfect Practice, Imperfect Practitioners. 16th IPONS conference report Leeds UK: A Conference Report for Nursing Philosophy 2013 pp1-3 available online

Carter M. (2013) Book review: Humanizing healthcare reforms Arbuckle GA. Humanizing healthcare reforms. London: Jessica Kingsley Nursing Ethics 20(5) 604–606 available online from

Carter M. and Dewey A (2013) Nursing Values for Pre-Registration Nursing Recruitment, Education and Transition into Employment: A Review Department of Health England Health Education England June 2013

Carter M. (2010) Telling Tales: atrocity stories and the patient experience Nursing Management February 2010 1.6 (9) 28-31 available online from

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities