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Fern Todhunter

Associate Professor Director of Quality Assurance, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Director of Quality Assurance

I provide strategic leadership in relation to initiating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating quality initiatives within the School of Health Sciences thus enhancing the student experience at all levels. My responsibilities include: A primary lead role for the development of online evaluation for all Undergraduate and PG courses and oversee the processes to ensure feedback loops are closed appropriately.

Overseeing the audit processes to ensure it complies with required HCPC/NMC standards.

Contributing towards improving quality systems and processes in the School of Health Sciences in response to the NSS, PTES, PRES and University initiatives.

Putting in place processes for HCPC/NMC monitoring, reporting, and validation of courses including maintenance of the NMC QA portal and the QA Hub.

Completion and submission of annual self-monitoring reports for nursing and midwifery and submit to the NMC.

Overseeing the validation and review process and ratify submissions to V&R on behalf of the School of Health Sciences.

Overseeing current external examining processes to ensure QM compliance and feedback loops are closed.

Acting as an official signatory for international transcripts.

Acting as the official correspondent for NMC communication.

Teaching areas

  1. Social and Communication Sciences
  2. Evidence Based Practice
  3. Quantitative Methodology
  4. Basic Emergency Care

Research interest

Human Computer Interaction. Completed PhD activity is an exploration into how students become competent and confident as computer users. Previous research in this area has explored the reactions of qualified professionals to the implementation of Information Technology to support student learning.

Previous practice experiences

Health Visiting in an inner city area, working as a Midwife specializing in Neonatal Care and as a Registered Nurse in Vascular and Alimentary Tract Surgery.

Expertise Summary

  • Social Sciences
  • e-learning
  • Community Care

Teaching Summary

Teaching interests

  • The influence of political structures on health and wellbeing
  • The political agenda for nursing in the twenty first century
  • The quantitative paradigm

Learning Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Social Learning with ICT

Selected Publications

Past Research

A feasibility study of a virtual practice learning team (2004 - 2005)

ICT competence and confidence in Student Nurses (2005 - 2013)

Virtual mobility - creating an e-learning environment for students at the Universities of Nottingham and Queensland (2010-2012)

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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