Currently I am a Senior Lecturer and was the School’s Director of Teaching, Leaning and Quality until June 2012.

My professional qualifications are Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher and My academic qualifications are Doctorate in Education (University of East Anglia); MSc in Health Sciences (St George’s Medical School, University of London); Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) (Open University) and BEd (Hons) (2:1) in Educational Studies for Health Care Professionals South Bank University.

My other role in the School is to develop and maintain educational links with international universities. The School of Nursing Sciences now has a collaborative link with the Department of Nursing at the Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Niigata, Japan.  My role is to coordinate exchange visits by staff and students between the two universities. UEA hosted a visit by student nurses and lecturers from Niigata University of Health and Welfare in March 2012 and 2013.

All Publications

Smith, S., Deane, K., D'Cruz, G., Gray, R., Flaherty, H., Ivanecka, A.


A Concept Map of What Helps People with HD Live with their Condition,

in Journal of Huntington's Disease



pp. 261-270

Full Text UEA Repository



Lapraik, C., Watts, R., Bacon, P., Carruthers, D., Chakravarty, D., D'Cruz, G., Guillevin, L., Harper, L., Jayne, D., Luqmani, R., Mooney, J., Scott, D.


BSR and BHPR guidelines for the management of adults with ANCA associated vasculitis,

in Rheumatology



pp. 1615-1616

Full Text UEA Repository



Teaching Interests

I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of adult nursing and manage the undergraduate nursing (BSc) dissertations. I am also Academic Advisor to students on Masters programmes (Masters in Clinical Education, Masters in Advanced Practice and Masters in Health Sciences) as well as undergraduate students. 

Funded Work

1.   Curriculum Development work with funding (£59,978.16) from the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and managed by the British Council’s England Partnership Africa Scheme for the benefit of the African Higher Education Centre. Commenced in August 2009 and completed in March 2011. 

Outputs achieved

a)  Development of a programme for Home and Community Care Workers for the South-West region of Cameroon that and validated by the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences, Cameroon.

b)  Development of the infrastructure for the implementation of the pre-registration curriculum in the four ‘associate’ educational institutions.

c)  Development of a curriculum for experienced/ qualified nurses so that they are contemporary in their nursing practice and validated by the University of Buea, Cameroon.

2.   Development of a ‘module’ for an international Masters programme on Migration Health with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Pecs, Hungary and 4 other European Universities as part of a Masters level programme to prepare healthcare professionals to work with migrant populations. Funded (EUROS 52,370) by the European Commission under the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme. Commenced in January 2011 and due to complete in September 2013.

3.   External Advisor to Patan Academy for Health Sciences (PAHS), Kathmandu, Nepal to  collaborate on the development of a nursing curriculum - March 2011 to February 2012.