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, 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.

Having completed undergraduate studies at UWE, Bristol and a master’s 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 has held roles of Course Lead, Head of Department, Associate Head of School and has led Curriculum development and course review in the UK and 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 collaboration with colleagues at La Trobe University through her adjunct Associate Professor role. 

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.

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 and visual research methods, institutional ethnography, critical pedagogy, care and wellbeing of older people, arts for health and wellbeing. 

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


Professional Bodies

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


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 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

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