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Matthew Lee

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Deputy Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in CPD

I am a registered Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with experience working clinically in operating theatres in both orthopaedic trauma and high-risk elective procedures. I have experience of service improvement projects including improving theatre flow and efficiency and waste reduction. I was responsible for facilitating effective perioperative warming to reduce the impacts of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia.

I achieved a BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) from Northumbria University achieving registration with the NMC. I then completed a PGCE HE from the University of Sunderland as well as achieving Fellowship with AdvanceHE. Then I completed an MSc Advancing Practice from the University of Stirling which allowed for exploration of topics such as Psychological Trauma and Research Methods. With the MSc Advancing Practice, I conducted my dissertation on the comparison of sociocultural factors in undergraduate nurse education in the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand. I have now achieved Senior Fellowship with AdvanceHE.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader/module leader for Practice Assessor Conversion Masterclass and Deputy Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top Up). I am also module leader for several modules both on campus and with our Sunderland Online delivery platform.

I am module leader for:

  • BSc Nursing (Top Up): NRS306 Equality, Diversity, Ethics, and the Law in the Healthcare
  • BSc Nursing (Top Up) – Sunderland Online: HNU303 Practice Based Evidence – Evidence-Based Practice

I also provide dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the NRS303 Research Proposal and HSSM75 Dissertation Project.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include 'race' and ethnicity, equality diversity and inclusion and intersectionality. I am also interested in international nurse education, service improvement and innovation within healthcare, psychological trauma and interprofessional learning.


My research while in practice focused on service improvement specifically cost efficiency improvement projects with operating theatres. Whereas my research focus know encompasses different aspects of 'race' and ethnicity, equality, diversity and inclusion and health inequalities


Number of items: 14.


Lee, Matthew, Newby, Kate and Lee, Amanda (2023) Are nurses with visible tattoos subject to public stigmatisation? British Journal of Nursing. ISSN 0966-0461 (In Press)

Lee, Matthew (2021) Is it time to follow suit and agree a surgical tray weight limit in the United Kingdom? Journal of Perioperative Practice. p. 175045892110037. ISSN 2515-7949

Lee, Matthew (2021) Supporting patients whose first language is not English. British Journal of Nursing, 30 (4). p. 208. ISSN 0966-0461

Lee, Matthew (2021) Is it time to end the use of imperial measurements? [Comment]. British Journal of Nursing, 30 (2). p. 90. ISSN 0966-0461

Lee, Matthew (2020) The efficacy of smoke-free sites with little more than signage to instil concordance [Comment]. British Journal of Nursing, 29 (21). pp. 1290-1291. ISSN 0966-0461

Lee, Matthew (2020) Schools of nursing must represent UK diversity in their teaching programmes [Comment]. British Journal of Nursing, 29 (20). pp. 1210-1211. ISSN 0966-0461

Conference or Workshop Item

Lee, Matthew and Newby, Kate (2024) Using privilege to develop allyships beyond existing ‘echo chambers’. In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2024: The future is now: Building EDI practice for the changing world of HE, 7th Mar 2024, Liverpool.

Lee, Matthew, Robinson, Gina, Clark, Liz, Lee, Amanda and Newby, Kate (2023) Innovating to enhance belonging and student mental health and wellbeing. In: Health and Wellbeing Conference: Partnerships, 15th November 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Lee, Matthew, Robinson, Gina and Clark, Liz (2023) What are the barriers or facilitators to how internationally educated nurses connect with student services such as disability and wellbeing? In: Faculty Research Seminar, 3rd November 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Lee, Matthew, Lavelle, Kayleigh, Robinson, Gina and Clark, Liz (2023) Digital Divisions: The importance of assessing digital literacy with Internationally Educated Nurses and strategies to help support and develop this. In: Digital Learning Conference, 08 Nov 2023, University of Sunderland.

Lee, Matthew (2023) Mixed-Race: “Why should I care?”. In: Equality and Diversity Staff Training, 18th January and 25th January 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Lee, Matthew (2023) Through the looking glass presumed identity through an intersectional lens. In: LGBTQI+ Multidisciplinary Research Conference: Queer Joy, 4th July 2023, University of Sunderland. (Submitted)

Lee, Matthew (2023) Understanding the impact that socio-cultural components have within an educational setting. In: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing Postgraduate Research Conference, 26th June 2023, University of Sunderland.

Lee, Matthew (2022) Embedding EDI within an Undergraduate Nursing Programme: An LGBTQ+ perspective. In: Queer Voices – The University of Sunderland’s 2nd Annual LGBTQI+ Multidisciplinary Research Conference, 21st June 2022, University of Sunderland - Online.

This list was generated on Wed May 29 22:38:26 2024 BST.

My clinical areas of expertise are within the perioperative environment and infection prevention and control (IPC) including hand hygiene and surgical scrub technique. Within the perioperative environment, I have experience of orthopaedic trauma, general, emergency, and high-risk elective operations. I also have experience of cost and service efficiency improvement projects, IPL and interprofessional working (IPW), and EDI within healthcare.

Within higher education, my areas of focus include trauma-informed approaches, decolonial thought, 'race' and ethnicity and EDI.

I am a Registered Adult Nurse (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as a Network Member of FUSE and a Fellow with AdvanceHE.

Last updated 16 April 2024