Ms Jennifer Kirman

Dip HE Adult Nurse; BSc Midwifery; PGDip SCPHN (HV); MSc SCPHN (HV); PG Cert NMC Nurse Teacher; Queens Nurse; Senior Fellow (HEA)

Principal Lecturer (Student Experience)

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Jennifer Kirman

Role

Jennifer is currently the course leader for two community programmes at Oxford Brookes University (Health Visiting and School Nursing at level 7). 

Jennifer qualified as an adult nurse in 2001, working primarily in women's health until moving into the field of midwifery. Having worked in Yorkshire as a midwife she moved into a career in health visiting in West Yorkshire and outer West London; her last role within the  NHS was as the Breastfeeding Lead and public health project lead for Community Health Provider Services in Hillingdon (West London). In 2012 Jennifer commenced work in a community public health team as a senior lecturer at Bucks New University until taking the post as course lead for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (HV and school nurse), District Nursing and Community Children's Nursing in February 2014 at Oxford Brookes University.

Key areas of professional interest are values based recruitment into community programmes and infant feeding and early childhood development as part of the health visiting key public health role and contemporary fatherhood. My pedagogical interests are the development of e-portfolio's within teaching as an assessment tool and as part of continued professional development. I am a passionate teacher and keen to support colleagues to develop teaching skills through peer reflection of teaching practice.

Areas of expertise

  • Development of electronic portfolio's for education and continued professional development.
  • Implementation of Unicef BFI University Standards (Health Visiting)
  • Values based recruitment

Teaching and supervision

Courses

Modules taught

Module leader for :

  • Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Risk and protection of children 
  • Advanced Health promotion 
  • Psychosocial care of the child and adolescent

Dissertation supervision:

  • Dissertation in Advanced Practice 

Current teaching interests:  

The topic areas aligned to my professional registration as a Health Visitor and teaching focus are infant mental health, infant feeding, transition to parenthood and the changing role of fathers in society continue to provide stimulation for my own teaching, professional reading and passion. Leading the public health curriculum for specialist community public health nurses is strongly aligned to the principles of health visiting (The search for health needs; The stimulation of an awareness of health needs; The influence on policies affecting health; The facilitation of health-enhancing activities) of which are the foundations of teaching this speciality subject area.

Research

Current research interests: 

My pedagogical passions include inter-rater reliability, quality assurance, recruitment and selection, and the use of e-portfolio's and web technology in education and continued professional development. My future plans include research in the area of the transition to parenthood and the changing role of fathers in society.

Research grants and awards

Jennifer has recently been awarded a Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowship Award for her work with e-portfolio's across the university.

Groups

Projects

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

  • Which health visiting models in England are most promising for mitigating the harms of maternal Adverse Child Experiences? (led by UCL) (01/09/2021 - 31/08/2025), funded by: National Institute for Health Research, funding amount received by Brookes: £14,171

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Queens Nurse (Queen's Nurses Institute) 
  • Member of the United Kingdom Standing Conference on Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Education 
  • Phi Mu Chapter - Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 
  • Member of the Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association Education Expert Reference Group
  • Educator of the Year 2015 Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) Annual awards 

Consultancy

  • Peer Reviewer for the Community Practitioner Publication.
  • Development of the UNITE/UNISON E-Portfolio templates for CPD and NMC revalidation (used in the National NMC revalidation pilot 2015) 
  • Development of a professional E-Portfolio template for Yorkshire and Humber Pilot NMC revalidation project  (December 2015) 

Further details

Other experience

Jennifer qualified as an adult nurse, working primarily in women's health until moving into the field of midwifery. Having worked in Yorkshire as a midwife Jennifer moved into a career in health visiting in West Yorkshire and outer West London; her last role within the NHS was as the Breastfeeding Lead and public health project lead for community health in Hillingdon (West London). Hillingdon became a pilot site for the Health Visitor Implementation Plan, an additional role was to work closely on the areas of this work stream.

In 2012 Jennifer commenced work in a community public health team as a senior lecturer at Bucks New University until taking the post as course lead for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (HV and School Nurse), District Nursing and Community Children's Nursing in February 2014 at Oxford Brookes University.