Dr Melody Carter


Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Pre-Registration Nursing

Contact Details

email: melody.carter@worc.ac.uk
tel: +44 01905 855 000

Melody began her career as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, working in critical care, clinical research and community nursing. Melody has also worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, leading partnership working across the disciplines in health and social care as an NHS manager in Bristol and has worked for the Department of Health following the recommendations for the Francis Inquiry Report on compassion and nursing recruitment.

Having completed undergraduate studies at UWE, Bristol and a Master’s in social 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 studying the notions of altruism and vocation in nursing in 2009. Published work form this research has received multiple citations.

Melody has held roles as Course Lead, Head of Department, Associate/Deputy Head of School and has led Curriculum development and course review in the UK and Victoria, Australia.

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 research collaborations with colleagues in Australia.

Melody is a ceramic artist and recently completed an MA in contemporary craft which has supported her interest in research of the arts for health and wellbeing including the use of visual methodologies.

Melody is an experienced supervisor and examiner of PhDs and currently works as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Three Counties School of Nursing and 


  • 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

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests

Nursing Theory, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Applied Sociology for Health Care Practice, Compassionate Leadership and Management in Nursing, Nursing Praxis, Creative Arts for Health and Recovery, Professional Advocacy.

Research Interests   

Nursing theory, sociology of health and illness, qualitative and visual research methodologies, institutional ethnography, critical pedagogy, care and wellbeing of older people, arts for health and recovery, The philosophy and Ethics of Professional Practice:

The philosophy and ethics of professional practice.

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


Smith Emma, Carter Melody, Hazell Paul, Walklet Elaine (2021) Investigating the experiences of individuals in recovery from problem substance use and their perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic Drugs and Alcohol Today ISSN: 1745-9265 https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DAT-01-2021-0003/full/html

Smith Emma, Carter Melody, Walklet Elaine and Hazell Paul (2021) What are Photovoice studies? Evidence Based Nursing Volume 25, Issue 1 https://ebn-bmj-com.apollo.worc.ac.uk/content/25/1/6?_gl=1*4q248w*_ga*OTkxNTMwNzk2LjE2MzgxOTc1ODM.*_ga_EXTSVLH45V*MTY0Nzk0NjAxMy4xLjEuMTY0Nzk0NjAyMi41MQ..

Ward L and Carter M (2020) Learning how to SMILE. Improving physical and mental health through nurse education and creative practice Nurse Education in Practice 43 https://www-sciencedirect-com.apollo.worc.ac.uk/science/article/pii/S1471595319301180?via%3Dihub

Carter M (2019) Political discourse in the Hospital Heterotopia Nursing Philosophy June 2019 Available online from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nup.12263

Ward Louise, Carter Melody (2019) Trauma and Stressor Disorders in Mental Health Nursing: applying Theory to Practice 1st Edition in Gylo Hercelinskyj and Louise Alexander (EDS) Cengage Publishing available online https://cengage.com.au/product/division/university/title/mental-health-nursing/isbn/9780170387521 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiB5031DC7U

Carter Melody (2019) Illustrating Grief: small acts of meaning for the 10th International research symposium Illustrating Mental Health November 2019 University of Worcester

Carter Melody (2019) Motherhood: cost and Consolation MA Graduate Show Hereford College of Arts

Health Education England (2018) Maximising Leadership Learning in the Pre-Registration Healthcare Curricula: Model and guidelines for Healthcare Education Providers: 2018 available online https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Guidelines%20-%20Maximising%20Leadership%20in%20the%20Pre-reg%20Healthcare%20Curricula%20%282018%29.pdf

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 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nup.12011

Carter M. (2013) Book review: Humanizing healthcare reforms Arbuckle GA. Humanizing healthcare reforms. London: Jessica Kingsley Nursing Ethics 20(5) 604606 available online

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 

Carter M (2003) A Talent for Improvement: Home Improvements for Better Health Primary Health Journal Vol. 13 no 9 October 2003 available online from http://rcnpublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.7748/phc2003.

Carter M. (1996) Working at the Interface: Joint working between health and social services staff Southmead Health Services NHS Trust;

Carter M. and Prime L. (1997) Nurse Led Transitional Care Unit (submitted to the Golden Helix award scheme) Southmead Health Services NHS Trust.

Carter M. (1996) NHS Responsibilities for Continuing Care-Multidisciplinary Audit Southmead Health Services NHS Trust Bristol

Carter M. (1996) Mind the Gap! Journal of Community Nursing November 1996

Carter M. (1995) Multidisciplinary Audit of Care Management Southmead Health Services NHS Trust Bristol.

Smith C.M., Carter M., Loughman B., Marks R., Sebel P., Yate P.M. (1991) Effects of General Anaesthesia on Reaction Time in Elderly Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Urological Surgery Proceedings of the Anaesthetics Research Society British Journal of Anaesthesia 1330P

Smith C. M., Carter M., Sebel P., Yate P. M. (1991) Mental Function after General Anaesthesia for Transurethral Procedures British Journal of Anaesthesia Vol. 67:262-268 DOI 10.1093/bja/67.3.262 http://bja.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/3/262

Carter M (1989) Effects of Anaesthesia on Mental Performance in the Elderly Nursing Times January 25 Vol.85 No 4 pp 40-42

Professional Bodies

  • The International Philosophy of Nursing Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External Responsibilities

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

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