Portrait of Dr Niall  Dew Dr Niall Dew

n.c.dew@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473357



Biography

After many years in practice as a Learning Disability Nurse, I joined the University in 1996 and took up my current post as a principal lecturer in September 2012. This role includes being Head of Practice Education for 60% of my time where I am responsible for leading the continued innovation and quality enhancement of practice placements for nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice and podiatry in the Department of Health Sciences.  I also contribute 40% of my time to a role within the Division of Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, and Occupational Therapy contributing my academic time to the Learning Disability Nursing Team.

Research and Scholarship

My PhD examined the social construction of knowledge by healthcare professionals through the use of electronic portfolios. I am also interested in research around Healthcare Preofessions’ Fitness to Practice, supporting students in practice, and the social construction of learning disability and grounded theory methodologies. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2011

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Leckey, J., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2011) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 8 (1), p. 2. ISSN 1743-6885

Dew, N (2011) ‘Lessons for all: Economics, and the health and social care of people with intellectual disabilities’. In: International Conference on Allied Health Sciences, 22-24 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Rhodes, C. and Dew, N. (2011) ‘A collaborative approach to curriculum development’. In: The RCN Joint Education Forums’ International Conference, June 2011, Belfast

Howes, A., Dew, N., Harkin, P. and Treasure-Jones, T. (2011) ALPS ePortfolio Project Report Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (Unpublished)

2010

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Leckey, J., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2010) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 7 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 1743-6885

2008

Dew, N (2008) ‘Mobile Learning on the Campus and Beyond’. In: Teaching & Learning Conference 2008: Enhancing Learning: Technology by Design, 15th September 2008, University of Huddersfield

Dew, N (2008) ‘Student Interaction with Mobile Technologies’. In: ALT-C 2008 Pre-Conference Workshop, 8th September 2008, Leeds, UK

Dew, N (2008) ‘Initial reactions to the distribution of mobile devices to learning disability students for use in practice settings’. In: NET 2008, Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 September 2008, Cambridge, UK

2007

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2007) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 4 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 1743-6885

2006

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2006) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 3 (2), p. 105. ISSN 1743-6885

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2006) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 3 (1), pp. 2-3. ISSN 1743-6885

2005

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2005) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 2 (2), p. 76. ISSN 1743-6885

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2005) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 2 (1), p. 3. ISSN 1743-6885

2004

Curran, S., Dew, N., Halstead, J., Leach, C., Lister, T., Lucock, M., Minogue, V. and Shaw, S. (2004) ‘EditorialMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice , 1 (1), p. 3. ISSN 1743-6885

Esteem

  • West Yorkshire collaboration on Nursing Assessment Documentation
  • Validation panel member Anglia Ruskin University BSc
  • Nursingy Validation panel member Hull University Nursing
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Co-author ALPS Project: Electronic Portfolio Implementation
  • Bradford Community NHS Trust – The Health Needs of People with a Learning Disability
  • External Examiner roles at Teeside University, Anglia Ruskin University, UCLAN, St Georges University of London
  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Learning Disability Nurse and lecturer/practice teacher

I was on the editorial board for Mental Health and Learning Disability Practice from 2004 until 2011. I was a member of a collaborative network with a group of universities in the region related to the use of ePortfolios in health care education since 2008 and have participated in a variety of projects. This resulted in the publication of a report around student engagement in the implementation of ePortfolios. 

Research Degree Supervision

Supporting students in practice; electronic portfolios; fitness to practice; professional knowledge 

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Practice Education 
The Dean’s nominee for Fitness to Practise investigations for Department of Health Sciences 
Panel member for University Validations and Reviews 
Departmental Lead for Mandatory Practice Training 
Chair of Regional Student Occupational Health Committee  
Budget holder for practice development resources 
Chair of Course Assessmet Board (Post Registration Courses) 
Member of School Accreditation and Validation Panel 
Member of Strategic Health Education Panel 
Member of the School Annual Evaluation Panel 
Member of School Teaching and Learning Committee (Ex-officio) 
University Lead and budget holder on Cross-University Nursing Electronic Assessment Project  

Teaching and Professional Activities

My contributions to the Learning Disability Nursing Team include:

Admissions Lead

Module Leadership for Complex Needs in Learning Disability Nursing

Associate Module Leadership for the Leadership and Management Module

Moderation of a number of a nursing module

Being an academic link for practice areas and; having personal students.

I joined the West Yorkshire College of Health, which became part of the University in 1996, after a career in the NHS working in a variety of settings as a Learning Disability Nurse, NVQ assessor, Research Associate, and Research Nurse. As a Learning Disability Nurse, I was involved in a number of initiatives that saw the move of service users from institutional to community-based care. I have experience of working with service users with a learning disability in the hospital environment, ‘female geriatric’, male ‘low dependency’, challenging behaviour, community group homes and as a Community Charge Nurse. My research in practice was primarily exploring the ongoing health needs of people with a learning disability.

Since joining the University I have had a number of roles, including Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing, Senior Lecturer in Health and Community Studies (HEFCE course), progressing to Head of Division of Learning Disability Nursing, then Joint Head of Divison of Learning Disability and Child Nursing. I then took up the post of Joint Head of Undergraduate Nursing, leading out on the development of the all-graduate nursing course that was successfully validated in 2012, before being appointed to my current role as Head of Practice Education.Alongside this, I held a number of positions as a cross-HEI lead for ePortfolio development between 2008-2010. This involved collaborative work as one of five partner organisations involved with a Higher Education Funding Council for England ‘Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ around Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS). This culminated in the publication of a report that examined how students could be involved in increasing the usage of electronic portfolios in their courses.