Heather Kirby

Nursing and Allied Health

I am the programme and placement learning manager for pre-registration nursing programmes (adult, child and mental health) at Liverpool John Moores University. I have been a registered nurse for 30 years, working in the fields of ophthalmology, diabetes and general medicine. I have a keen interest in curriculum and placement learning having worked for many years in practice as a Practice Education Facilitator. I am the module leader for introducing practice at masters level for pre-registration student nurses so am a good resource person for placement and practice issues. I help to ensure content in modules is contemporary and support staff and students with issues and university processes.

I teach diabetes at post-graduate level (degree and masters) which links directly with my previous role as manager of a ward with diabetes as the speciality. I have attended Diabetes UK conferences and am very happy to discuss how completing post-graduate diabetes modules might enhance your practice and patient experience.

I have presented at conferences including the Royal College of Nursing Education Conference discussing the introduction of intravenous care aspects with student nurses in practice.

I am undertaking a doctorate in education (EdD) which will be focusing on "What are the lived experiences of nurse lecturers telling stories in the university setting?" From personal experience I can recall stories from clinical practice told in the classroom by my lecturers when I was a student nurse and these stories illustrated the teaching and brought the scenarios to life for me. This is something I have incorporated into my teaching for many years without realising and this spurred me on to wanting to understand how others use stories when teaching. Telling stories closely links to learning styles and the quality of the learning environment. My interest lies with understanding how stories are used, which stories are chosen, why are they chosen?


Open University, United Kingdom, MEd, Education
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc, Clinical Management


1993, City University, Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing
SEDA, SEDA Award - Developing People and Enhancing Practice
University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, Certificate in Career Planning
TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language 180 hours

Academic appointments

Principal Lecturer - Programme and Placement Learning Manager - pre-registration nursing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present

Postgraduate training

Care of the Older Adult ENB 298, United Kingdom, ENB, ? - present
Ophthalmology ENB 346, United Kingdom, Moorfields Eye Hospital, ? - present
Care of the Dying CPD, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, ? - present
Diabetes CPD, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, ? - present
Art and Science of Clinical Education, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, ? - present
Teaching and Assessing ENB 998, United Kingdom, ENB, ? - present