Caroline Donley

Caroline Donley 2

Associate Lecturer in Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Pre-Registration Nursing

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Caroline qualified as a Registered General Nurse from Westminster Hospital London, gaining experience in oncology nursing and palliative care. Whilst undertaking her ENB931 course in ‘care of the dying patient and their relatives’ she developed her passion for holistic family-centred nursing in community settings.

Caroline subsequently applied her knowledge of health inequalities and the wider determinants of health to her Specialist Community Public Health Nurse career of 25 years. During her practice career, the support and development of student learners from varied health disciplines has been a central responsibility of Caroline’s work.

Caroline developed and extended her teaching and learning experience as a part - time community clinical tutor for MBChB medical students at Warwick University from 2011 to 2019. Inspiring the next generation of doctors and nurses to consider community public health careers by understanding the complexities of decision-making in population- based healthcare has been at the heart of Caroline’s nursing career.

Caroline completed her MA in Education at the University of Worcester in 2017 where she enjoyed her practice education role developing new and high quality learning environments for student nurses within community and primary health care settings including GP practices.

In recognition of her commitment to high standards of patient care and continually improving practice, Caroline was awarded the Title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing institute in 2018. Developing sustainable community nursing learning environments was at the core of her award.

She has brought her contemporary community public health nursing and her teaching experience to the pre-registration nursing programme. Now working part time to support the teaching on the “Communication and Professional values to Promote Health and Well- Being Across the Lifespan” module.


  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse
  • BA (Hons, First Class) Applied Social Science with Health Visiting
  • Community Nurse Prescriber
  • PG Certificate (Distinction) NMC Registered Nurse Teacher
  • MA (Distinction) in Education
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, now Advance HE

Teaching Interests

  • Professional values in nursing
  • NMC Code and standards of proficiencies for future nurses
  • Effective communication skills for nursing
  • Social determinants of health, health inequalities
  • Safeguarding and trauma-informed nursing
  • Public health nursing, health promotion and prevention of ill-health

Research Interests

  • Public Health

Recent Publications

Donley C, Norman K (2018) Nursing student perspectives on a quality learning environment in general practice. Primary Health Care. Vol 28 (4), p36-42 doi:10.7748/phc.2018.e1388.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council- active registration
  • Queen's Nursing Institute - Queen's Nurse
  • Royal College of Nursing - member