Claire Bryson


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Claire Bryson qualified as a registered nurse in 1995 with a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing Studies.  Claire worked in a variety of clinical areas including Ophthalmology, Care of the Elderly, Community and Theatre.  In 1997 she completed her BSc in Health Studies as Paisley University.  Claire moved into education through various roles within NHS Ayrshire and Arran, firstly as a Practice Education Facilitator, then as a Clinical Improvement Practitioner before joining NHS Education for Scotland as a Practice Educator.    In 2014 Claire joined UWS as initially as a Teaching fellow, on completion of an MSc in Advanced Practice (Practice Education) at Dundee University she was appointed as a lecturer.  Claire is currently based in the Adult BSc Nursing team at Ayr Campus, she predominantly teaching into the pre-registration programme and the post graduate mentorship programme.   Claire is also undertaking a Professional Doctorate at University of the West of Scotland with a focus on practice education and mentorship.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Claire’s main research interest to date have been in relation to practice education and the experiences of students and mentors in clinical practice.  Claire also has an interest in systematic reviews having undertaken a systematic review project for a dissertation project for the MSc award.

Current research activities

Claire is currently undertaking her Professional Doctorate which will examine managers, mentors, and students experience of mentorship using Action Research to explore potential new models of mentorship. 

Desired research direction

On completion of her ProfD, Claire is interested in continuing to research areas within practice education, and explore how alternative models of mentorship can support practice learning within the current and future healthcare landscapes.


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