Prof Debbie Roberts

Nursing and Allied Health


2021, The University of Salford, UK, PGCE Tg & Lg in HE
2007, University of Salford, United Kingdom, PhD
1998, The University of Wales (NEWI), Wales, BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies

Academic appointments

Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCE, UK, The University of Salford, ? - present


Richards P, Roberts D, Britton M. 2021. Decision-making: Using technology to enhance learning in police officers Predictive Policing and Artificial Intelligence :269-288 9780367210984

Roberts D, Richards P, Britton M. 2021. Decision-making: Using technology to enhance learning in Police Officers McDaniel. JLM, Pease KG. Predictive Policing and Artificial Intelligence :271-290 Routledge 9780429560385

Roberts D. 2019. Chapter 14: Dying. Holland K, Jenkins J. Applying the Roper-Logan-Tierney Model in Practice - E-Book Elsevier Health Sciences 9780702061226

Journal article

Jackson C, McBride T, Manley K, Dewar B, Young B, Ryan A, Roberts D. 2021. Strengthening nursing, midwifery and allied health professional leadership in the UK – a realist evaluation Leadership in Health Services, DOI

Roberts D, Leigh J. 2020. The future of nurse education: Imagining the art of the possible British Journal of Nursing, 29 :968-970 DOI Author Url

Wiredu I, Roberts D. 2020. Supporting nursing students from diverse cultural backgrounds NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, 47 DOI Author Url

Hickish D, Roberts D. 2019. The nurse-led model of hospice care International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 25 :143-149 DOI Author Url

Leigh J, Roberts D. 2018. Critical exploration of the new NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses British Journal of Nursing, 27 :1068-1072 DOI Author Url

Richards P, Roberts D, Britton M, Roberts N. 2018. The Exploration of Body-Worn Video to Accelerate the Decision-Making Skills of Police Officers within an Experiential Learning Environment POLICING-A JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE, 12 :43-49 DOI Author Url

Ousey K, Roberts D, Gefen A. 2017. Early identification of wound infection: understanding wound odour JOURNAL OF WOUND CARE, 26 :577-582 DOI Author Url

Hughes-Morris D, Roberts D. 2017. Transition to SCPHN: The effects of returning to student status on autonomous practitioners British Journal of School Nursing, 12 :234-243 DOI

Roberts D, Williams A. 2017. The potential of mobile technology (#MoTech) to close the theory practice gap NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 53 :26-28 DOI Author Url

Leigh J, Roberts D. 2017. Implications for operationalising the new education standards for nursing British Journal of Nursing, 26 :1197-1199 DOI Author Url

Ousey K, Roberts D. 2016. Exploring nurses' and patients' feelings of disgust associated with malodorous wounds: a rapid review JOURNAL OF WOUND CARE, 25 :438-442 DOI Author Url

McAndrew S, Roberts D. 2015. Reflection in nurse education: promoting deeper thinking through the use of painting Reflective Practice, 16 :206-217 DOI

Roberts D, Roberts NJ. 2014. Clinical simulation: Dare we venture into the uncanny valley? NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, 14 :225-226 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Hibberd P, Lewis CA, Turley J. 2014. The unique contribution of community clinical nurse specialists in rural Wales British Journal of Community Nursing, 19 :601-607 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2013. The clinical viva: An assessment of clinical thinking NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 33 :402-406 DOI Author Url

Ousey K, Roberts D. 2013. Improving access to CPD for nurses: The uptake of online provision British Journal of Community Nursing, 18 :78-83 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Greene L. 2011. The theatre of high-fidelity simulation education NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 31 :694-698 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Ousey K. 2011. Finding and using evidence in academic assignments: The bane of student life Nurse Education in Practice, 11 :333-340 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2011. Grading the performance of clinical skills: Lessons to be learned from the performing arts NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 31 :607-610 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2010. Vicarious learning: A review of the literature Nurse Education in Practice, 10 :13-16 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2009. Friendship fosters learning: The importance of friendships in clinical practice Nurse Education in Practice, 9 :367-371 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2008. Commentary on Secomb J (2008) - A systematic review of peer teaching and learning in clinical education. Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, 703-716 JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 17 :2793-2794 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2007. Ethnography and staying in your own nest. Nurse researcher, 14 :15-24 DOI Author Url

Roberts D. 2006. Learning experiences of seconded pre-registration nursing students. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 20 :41-45 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Mitchell D. 2005. Problem-based learning in nurse education: An unexpected problem for students with dyslexia Nurse Education in Practice, 5 :328-332 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Ousey K. 2004. Problem based learning: Developing the triggers. Experiences from a first wave site Nurse Education in Practice, 4 :154-158 DOI Author Url

Andrews M, Roberts D. 2003. Supporting student nurses learning in and through clinical practice: the role of the clinical guide NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 23 :474-481 DOI Author Url

Roberts D, Mason J, Williams E, Roberts N, Macpherson R. Promoting empathy through immersive learning Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6 DOI


Holland K, Roberts D. 2013. Nursing: Decision-Making Skills for Practice OUP Oxford 9780199641420

Hart S. 2010. Nursing Study and Placement Learning Skills Oxford University Press 9780199563128

Conference publication

Roberts D, Picking R, Picking L, Cunningham S, Mukhopadhyay S. 2013. LIFELINE plus : 'TELEHOLISM' FOR END-OF-LIFE CARE Picking R, Cunningham S, Houlden N, Oram D, Grout V, Mayers J, Clarke N, Guerrrero C, AbdAlhameed RA, Liggett S. PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS (ITA 13), 5th International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 13) :371-374 Author Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Hayes J-A, Jones I, Roberts D. More than semantics: promoting and protecting nurse education in the 21st century British Journal of Cardiac Nursing,


Principal Fellow HEA, Higher Education Academy. 2021

Conference organisation:

NETNEP 2020, Member of the Scientific review panel. 2019

NETNEP 2018., Member of the international scientific review panel. 2018

Co-Chair the conference and the International Scientific Review Panel for NETNEP 2016, Brisbane, Australia., Co-Chair of the conference and member of the International Scientific Review Panel. 2015

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Salford., PhD, The experiences of newly graduated nurses in Saudi Arabia: A qualitative case study examining social, cultural, and contextual challenges.. 2019

University of Salford, PhD, Affective domain development of undergraduate nursing students: defining, developing and measuring the impact of transformational learning activities.. 2019

Cardiff University, PhD, Knowers and Enquirers: A collaborative enquiry into dialogic reflection in the Occupational Therapy Curriculum.. 2018

Huddersfield University, PhD, Student nurses participation in simulation – a study to explore simulation as a learning strategy in an undergraduate nursing curriculum.. 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Decision-Making: understanding undergraduate fitness to practise panels using a simulated case study approach.. 2016

University of East Anglia, PhD, An investigation of professional integrity in pre-registration nurse education.. 2016

London South Bank, PhD, A case study of How Nursing Students Learn Clinical Decision Making in Practice Placements.. 2014

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Glyndwr University, Professional Doctorate, Exploring the experiences of physiotherapy in North Wales for people with Multiple Sclerosis; informing service development and practice. 2017

Glyndwr University, PhD, ‘New’ terrorism and the implications for perceptions of Islam among different faith groups. A qualitative study.. 2017

Glyndwr University, Professional Doctorate, The in-service training experiences of mental health nurses. 2017

Glyndwr University, PhD, A Narrative Enquiry into Health Visiting Practice.. 2016

Glyndwr University, PhD, Does engagement in purposeful and meaningful occupation resulting from client-centred Occupational Therapy (OT) prolong optimum functioning and improve patient experience and outcomes for people with Motor Neurone Disease?. 2016


Better Births By Design; an evaluation undertaken on behalf of the Royal College of Midwives, RCM. 2016

Editorial boards:

Nurse Education in Practice, Associate Editor. 2014

Research Grants Awarded:

Burdett Trust for Nursing, Identifying the processes and indicators that nurse leaders use to achieve impact and embed innovative practices across different contexts, as well as different care settings, organisations, communities and multi-professional teams., Professor Kim Manley: England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University &Professor Belinda Dewar: Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice in Scotland, University of Western Scotland., Grant value (£): £49,788.