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Berni Addyman

PositionProgramme lead – Support for Learning in Practice
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236339

Research Interests (key words only)


Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

My particular areas of interest are in pre-registration mental health nursing and Mentorship and I teach and support students from the start of their education in nursing right through to Masters level education.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme lead for Support for Learning in Practice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Member of the Practice Education Support Team
  • University Dignity and Respect Officer
  • University Mediator
  • Programme Approval Panel Member
  • Extenuating Circumstances Committee member
  • University Investigator


I qualified initially in Adult Nursing (Registered General Nurse) and worked in medical and orthopaedic wards in Sligo on the northwest coast of Ireland. I left this to become a Registered Mental Health Nurse and have experience in care of the older adult, PICU with Forensics and Acute Care for Adults, working in West Yorkshire.

On completion of my degree, I moved into education and have taught nursing in Dublin and Sligo before returning once again to West Yorkshire. I enjoy reading, photography, cookery and baking – despite the complaints from my family!

Study History

2015 – Systematic Review Training, University of Nottingham
2015 – Qualified Workplace Investigator Training, CMP Resolutions for the University of Bradford
2012 – Certificate in Dementia Care Mapping, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford
2011 – Certificate in Workplace Mediation, CMP Resolutions (endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and management) for the University of Bradford
2003 – Certificate in Breakaway Techniques, Edge Services, York
1997 – MA Counselling in the Community, University of Bradford
1991 – BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Nursing, University of Ulster at Coleraine
1990 – Advanced Diploma in Education for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors, University of Ulster at Magee
1989 – Diploma in Professional Nursing Studies, Leeds Polytechnic
1986 – Registered Nurse – Mental Health, High Royds Hospital, West Yorkshire, England
1984 – Registered Nurse – Adult, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland

Professional History

Employer:  University of Bradford
Job Title:  Lecturer and Programme Lead for Support for Learning in Practice
Dates:  1995 - present
Work Description:  Teaching and supporting students in undergraduate and post graduate health professional education, predominantly within Nursing.

Employer:  Leeds Community Mental Health Teaching Trust
Job Title:  Senior Staff Nurse
Dates:  Sept 1994 - Sept 1995
Work Description:  Acute Mental Health service

Employer:  North Western Health Board, Sligo, Ireland
Job Title:  Nurse Tutor
Dates:  Mar 1992 - Sept 1994
Work Description:  Adult Nursing

Employer:  Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Job Title:  Lecturer and Examiner (part-time, whilst working full time as a Nurse Tutor (see above).
Dates:  Sept 1992 - May 1994
Work Description:  Module Lead for two undergraduate modules for nurses (Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice and Research Appreciation)

Employer:  St James' Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Job Title:  Staff Nurse and Nurse Tutor
Dates:  June 1991 - March 1992
Work Description:  Staff Nurse (acute mental health) and Nurse Tutor (Adult Nursing)

Employer:  High Royds Hospital, Menston, Leeds
Job Title:  Senior Staff Nurse (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with Forensic provision).
Dates:  1986 - 1989
Work Description:  Nursing care for acutely disturbed mental health service users and care of mentally disordered offenders.

Employer:  Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland
Job Title:  Staff Nurse
Dates:  1984 - 1985
Work Description: Medical and Orthopaedic Nursing

Professional Activities

External Examiner, currently for the University of the West of England.

Research Collaborations

Currently engaged with an Australian Nurse Researcher on a systematic review on Mentorship in Nursing.


Title of PaperAuthor(s)JournalYear published
Academic reflective writing: a study to examine its usefulness Bowman M and Addyman B British Journal of Nursing 2014
Improving the quality of academic reflective writing in nursing: a comparison of three different interventions Bowman M and Addyman B Journal of Learning in Higher Education 2014

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