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Mark Telford

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Programme Leader for BSc Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice

I am Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice. I work as part of a collaborative team of academics and clinicians to facilitate this innovative and contemporary nurse education course, utilising the extensive resources and support provided.

Teaching and supervision

I have a vast level of experience in Children's Nursing and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) and bring to the student experience my knowledge and skills in both an acute and community context. The demands of this course are intense and supporting student learning, achievement and health and wellbeing during their journey in both theory and practice is integral to my role.

Personal areas of interest, research and development include: blended learning, technology enhanced learning and interprofessional learning.

Research interests for potential research students

Currently, I am engaged in Doctorate in Professional Practice researching engagement strategies to ensure fathers are fully engaged in their child's care.


Previous research publications have focused upon my areas of teaching and learning interest and are detailed below:

  • 'Using an integrated teaching and learning approach to deliver interprofessional practice in public health' Senior E and Telford M (2015) Nurse Education Today (10) pp. 1013-15
  • 'Healthcare students' experiences when integrating eLearning and flipped classroom instructional approaches' Telford M and Senior E (2017) British Journal of Nursing 26, (11)
  • 'The experiences of students in interprofessional learning and teaching.' Telford M and Senior E (2017) British Journal of Nursing 26, (6), pp. 350-354
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Blended learning
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Children's nursing practice
  • Working with fathers
  • Children's public health
  • Leadership and management
  • Service improvement

Following completion of my Children's Nurse education in 1993, I worked within the acute areas of paediatric neurology, neuro-oncology and general paediatrics. A personal desire to work within the community context with children and families led to my completion of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Course (Health Visiting) and the density of my working career has been spent in this area of clinical practice. Throughout this time I have worked as a Community Children's Nurse, Health Lead for SureStart Children's Centres and Manager of Children's Community Health and Integrated Services.

In 2012, I made the move into higher education as a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing at Northumbria University teaching and supporting students undertaking the degree, PgDip in Children's Nursing and SCPHN. In this role I was the Programme Lead for the MNurse Children's Nursing Programme. Following this, I moved to Teesside University to continue my academic career as course leader for SCPHN widening my teaching experience in children's nursing, SCPHN, community prescribing and public health.

Last updated 09 May 2022