Ms Sarah Clarke

Health Care Practice Placement Development Lead

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N) in 1988 and have worked in the NHS ever since. I specialised in Neonatal Intensive Care for much of my early career, working in Llandough Hospital Cardiff, Southmead Bristol, Bath Royal United and Swindon SCBU Units as a Senior Sister.

In 1998, I graduated from Cheltenham with a BSc (Hons) in Community Health Care Nursing and have worked in Public Health as a Health Visitor until taking on this post.

I have a keen interest in student learning, since taking on the role of mentor. I have developed experience with pre-registration students covering different specialities from a number of universities. I achieved a module at Masters Level from UWE Bristol which enabled me to support post graduate students undergoing the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, Course. I have worked in Willtshire for many years, building on my knowledge of community capacity which will assist in this development role.

I believe clinical placements to be pivotal to nurse education, and the future work force. This role will be challenging and exciting. I will be looking at new and innovative ways to enhance the student placement experience, whilst maintaining a quality learning environment. This will involve establishing close partnerships between the university and private, voluntary and independent sectors, developing interpersonal relationships, and preparing nurses of the future for community work.

Role details

  • Increasing Community practice placements in Wiltshire that meet the quality standards of the University
  • Meeting Health Education South West Strategic priorities for practice and future workforce demands

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Community Practitioner Health Visitor Association (CPHVA)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council