Dr Melody Carter


Principal Lecturer/Deputy Head of School


Contact Details

email: melody.carter@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5591


PhD, MSc (Econ) PGCE (HE), BSc (Hons) RGN, DN
PhD UWE, Bristol
MSc (Econ) Methods ad Application of Social Research University of Wales in Cardiff, PGCE (HE)
UWE, Bristol BSc (Hons) Health and Community Studies UWE, Bristol,
District Nursing East London Polytechnic Registered General Nurse,
The Princess Alexandra School of Nursing London

Melody began her career as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and, after a period working in critical care and as a clinical research nurse, moved into community nursing in the East End of London. Melody also worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS manager in Bristol and has worked for the Department of Health. She completed her undergraduate studies at UWE, Bristol and a Masters in Research at the University of Cardiff in Wales. Melody moved into nurse education in 2013 as Senior Lecturer (Primary Care) at UWE, Bristol where she completed her PhD in 2009.

Melody joined the University of Worcester in 2016 after a period working in Australia as Associate Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Melody continues her collaboration with colleagues at La Trobe University through her adjunct Associate Professor role. Her teaching interests include undergraduate to post graduate studies and she has a particular interest in researching the arts for health and wellbeing.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests

Nursing Theory, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Research and Evidence Based practice, Applied Sociology for Health Care Practice, Leadership and Management in Nursing, Nursing Praxis

Research Interests   

Nursing theory, sociology of health and illness, qualitative research methods, institutional ethnography, critical pedagogy, care and wellbeing of older people, arts for health and wellbeing

Director of Studies PhD Student: Emma Smith- Capturing experiences of people with long-term conditions using Digital Photography

ResearchGate Profile

Professional Bodies

  • The International Philosophy of Nursing Society
  • The British Gerontological Society
  • Member of Xi Omicron Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau (STTI)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Pol A., Carter M. and Bouchoucha S. (2018) Violence and Aggression in the intensive care unit: what is the impact of the Australian National Emergency Access Target Australian Critical Care In press https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1036731418300699

Carter M (2018) The Gift Christmas Delights Exhibition Apple Store Gallery Hereford Ward Louise and Carter Melody (2018) Student Managed Initiatives in Lifestyle Education (SMILE) NET conference University of Cambridge September 2018

Carter Melody (2018) From Blueprint to Blended: Optimising an enhanced bended Approach to learning about Nurse leadership NET conference University of Cambridge September 2018 Carter M. (2016) Deceit and dishonesty as practice: the comfort of lying Nursing Philosophy Vol 17, Issue 3 pages 202-210 July 2016 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nup.12129/abstract

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 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280933607_Exploring_Evidence-Based_Practice_Debates_and_Challenges_in_Nursing

Carter M. (2014) Vocation and altruism nursing: The habits of practice. Nursing Ethics 2014 21:695 available online from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24482262

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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291466-769X/earlyview

Carter M. (2013) Book review: Humanizing healthcare reforms Arbuckle GA. Humanizing healthcare reforms. London: Jessica Kingsley Nursing Ethics 20(5) 604606 available online from http://0-nej.sagepub.com.alpha2.latrobe.edu.au/content/20/5/604

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 http://0-search.proquest.com.alpha2.latrobe.edu.au/docview/236928732

External Responsibilities

Adjunct Associate Professor, The School of Nursing and Midwifery La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/display/mcarter