Kelly Porteous

Kelly Porteous


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Personal profile


Welcome to my PURE Profile. 

My name is Kelly Porteous and I am a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland teaching in the DipHE (soon to be BSc from Sep. 2024) Operating Department Practice (ODP) and BSc Adult Nursing (AN) programmes. I teach across all modules within the ODP programme, and within Year 2 of AN. Additionally, I supervise MSc dissertation students on a range of topics including failure to escalate concerns and effectiveness of the NEWS2 chart. Moreover, I am one of two Admissions Officers for UWS Paisley Campus for admission to the BSc Adult Nursing programme. 

BSc Operating Department Practice (with Merit) achieved in June 2017. 
MSc Health and Social Care achievde in June 2020.
PgC Academic Practice achieved in November 2022. 

As partial fulfilment for my masters studies, I conducted qualitative exploratory research on the advantages and disadvantages of critical incident debriefing within the perioperative environment. This research was conducted from Janaury through to May 2020 and identified five key themes: Time constraints, the need to learn from mistakes, fear of persecution, poor quality debriefs and the need for a protocol/guideline to initiate the conversation. 

Currently, I am a part-time Doctor of Education (EdD) student at the University of Strathclyde in my 3rd year, starting my research phase. I have received ethical approval and have commences recruitment of my primary research investigating the impact of ODP's professional identity on their engagement with feedback towards fostering a professional community. 

My key areas of experise: Perioperative care, critical incident debriefing, educational leadership, Operating Department Practice, professional identity, and communities of practice.

I am happy to support further MSc students. 

External positions

External Examiner: Operating Department Practice Programmes, Coventry University

Oct 2022Sept 2025


  • RD Surgery
  • RT Nursing