Dr Clair Merriman

Head of Professional Practice Skills

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Clair Merriman

Role

Following qualification as an RGN at the Royal Berkshire School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1992 Clair moved to Oxford as a staff nurse to become part of its regional Neuroscience Unit at the Radcliffe Infirmary. During this time Clair worked as a Clinical Development Nurse and Ward Sister within the unit. Clair continues to practice within the unit on a regular basis to ensure academic delivery is current and relevant.

In February 2002 Clair made the move to full time education as a Lecturer in Clinical Skills at Oxford Brookes. Since joining the university, Clair has undertaken responsibility for professional practice skills development. This involves developing, implementing, and evaluating the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy for professional practice skills at the same time ensuring collaboration with students, service users and staff about teaching and learning these skills.  Clair is the provision lead for the Oxford Brookes University NMC Test of Competence centre which asseses internatil nurses and midwives who wish to join the NMC register and work in the UK as  nurse or midwife.

Areas of expertise

Clair is expert is simulation based education, advanced practice in healthcar

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

Teaching experiences across the curriculum are wide ranging, from pre-registration to post-graduate study,

  • Responsible for the delivery of teaching and learning activities at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, including supervising students’ projects and dissertations, marking and assessing students’ work, using appropriate materials and methods.
  • Examples of courses are Advanced Clinical Health Care Practice, Critical and Specialist Care, pre registration health care curriculum.

Supervision

Clair supervises MSc dissertation projects including primary research, service improvement and clinical audit studies.  The students are from a wide range of health care professionals whose studies are from a range of clinical areas.

Research

Over the past 10 years I have been developing a research track record which has impacted on both education and clinical practice nationally and internationally. My specialism centres on workforce development needs, interprofessional collaboration, workplace learning and learning through simulated professional practice.  All of which support patient safety and quality of working lives.  

In December 2019 Clair successfuly completed her PhD at Queen Mary University London, thesis title: What are the components of a 'good' ward round in a large critical care unit and how can we make them happen more often? An Appreciative Inquiry Study. 

Centres and institutes

Groups

Projects

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • An exploration of registered nurses’ experiences and perceptions of patient safety in critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (01/03/2021 - 30/09/2022), funded by: Burdett Trust For Nursing, funding amount received by Brookes: £9,855

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Investigating how nurse education prior to and during Covid prepares nurses for the pandemic : an analysis of what works(16/11/2020 - 15/05/2022), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £411,821, funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • British Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • British Association of Neuroscience Nursing
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal Collage of Nursing
  • Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)

Conferences

  • RCN Education Forum Conference and Exhibition 2021- Exploring how international  nurses and midwives are supported in the United Kingdom and prepared to take the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations-Oral Presentation
  • BACCN  Annual Conference 2020 -Debriefing Skills- Keynote Speaker
  • RCP Annual Conference 2018- What are the components of a ‘good’ ward round in a large adult critical care unit and how can we make them happen more often? An Appreciative Inquiry Study - Invited Speaker Oral Presentation
  • BACCN Annual Conference 2017- What are the components of a ‘good’ ward round in a large adult critical care unit and how can we make them happen more often? An Appreciative Inquiry Study - Oral Presentation (won the award for best oral research presentation)
  • RCN Annual Research Conference 2017- What are the components of a ‘good’ ward round in a large adult critical care unit and how can we make them happen more often? An Appreciative Inquiry Study - Poster Presentation
  • RCN Annual Research Conference 2017- Nursing students' understanding of the Fundamentals of Care: A cross-sectional study in five countries- Oral Presentation
  • Nurse Education Today Conference 2016- Is interprofessional education an effective way to teach geriatric medicine to medical and nursing students?-Oral Poster Presentation
  • ASPIH Annual Conference 2015 The origami debriefing model: Unfolding the Learning Moments in Simulation - Poster Presentation