Mrs Natalie Canfer

RNLD 1997 (BSc Hons), PGCTHE 2006, MSc 2013, RCN 2016

Senior Lecturer

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


Natalie graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1997, with a BA (honours) degree in Learning Disability Nursing. Natalie worked in adult residential services initially, becoming a registered care home manager in 2000. In this role she set up one of the first supported living “projects” within the organisation, which was a great success for the young adults involved. By 2003, Natalie chose to move into a nursing post as a change from management. Initially Natalie worked in a respite centre for children and then moved to a community nursing service offering respite nursing to children and families at home and at school.

Natalie completed her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and Education in 2013 and later a post-graduate certificate in Children's nursing to become dual qualified. Natalie works both as a senior lecturer in Adult Nursing at the Swindon Campus and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • U40400 / U40470 Education in Nursing Practice
  • U40403 / U40473 Nursing Fundamentals 2
  • BSc dissertation supervision
  • MSc dissertion supervision (service improvement projects)
  • Safeguarding (all years)
  • Learning disability awareness (all years).

Natalie taught learning disability nursing at Oxford Brookes from 2000-2010. In 2010, she transferred across to the Adult Nursing programme in Swindon. 

In her MSc, Natalie was particularly interested in the Advanced Care Planning process for children and families and completed a work based project in this area. Natalie's dissertation answered the question "what are the benefits of introducing service improvement to pre-registration healthcare students?". 

Natalie develops and supervises service improvement projects within the pre-registration masters programme. 

Natalie's particular teaching interests are vulnerable groups such as people with learning disabilities and children, including safeguarding, mental capacity, reasonable adjustments, person centred care, communication, advocacy and empowerment.

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (RNLD, RCN, Teacher)
  • The Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • The Improvement Faculty for Patient Safety and Quality, NHS
  • Institute for Improvement and Innovation / NHSQI (Member)

Further details

Areas of expertise

  • Nursing people with learning disabilities
  • Nursing children with complex health needs
  • Service improvement
  • Safeguarding and mental capacity.