Biography

Deputy Head of School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia; and

Professor of Occupational Therapy 

Career History

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education, UEA.
  • Master of Arts, UEA.
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), Anglia Polytechnic University.
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, London.         

 

 

Academic Background

All Publications

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Poland, F., Spalding, N., Gregory, S., McCulloch, J., Sargen, K., Vicary, P.

(2017)

Developing patient education to enhance recovery after colorectal surgery through action research: a qualitative study,

in BMJ Open

7

(6)

article no. e013498

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Spalding, N., Poland, F., Grayson, P., Leduc, R., Mcalear, C. A., Richesson, R. L., Shereff, D., Merkel, P. A., Watts, R. A.

(2014)

The informational needs of patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis--development of an informational needs questionnaire,

in Rheumatology

53

(8)

pp. 1414-1421

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Poland, F., Gregory, S., McCulloch, J., Sargen, K., Vicary, P.

(2013)

Addressing patients' colorectal cancer needs in preoperative education,

in Health Education

113

(6)

pp. 502-516

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D. G. I., Watts, R. A.

(2013)

‘In One Ear and Out the Other - It's a Lot to Take in’: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Informational Needs of Patients with ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: The Informational Needs of Patients with AAV,

in Musculoskeletal Care

11

(1)

pp. 51-59

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Poland, F., Gregory, S., Spalding, N., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2012)

Developing Responsive Preoperative Education for Patients Awaiting Colorectal Cancer Surgery,

(Poster)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Gregory, S., Poland, F., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2012)

Using poems from patients' stories to support action to promote the health and recovery of patients awaiting colorectal surgery,

(Poster)

(Published)


Poland, F., Gregory, S., Spalding, N., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2011)

Developing responsive pre-operative education for patients awaiting colorectal cancer surgery,

(Poster)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Gregory, S., Poland, F., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2011)

Using poems from patients' stories to support action to promote the health and recovery of patients awaiting colorectal surgery,

(Poster)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Poland, F., Gregory, S., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2011)

Action research team roles and realities in developing preoperative education in colorectal surgery,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gregory, S., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2011)

How may action research help patients awaiting colorectal cancer surgery to regain a sense of control over their lives?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gregory, S., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Sargen, K., McCulloch, J., Vicary, P.

(2011)

Multidimensional collaboration; reflections on action research in a clinical context,

in Educational Action Research

19

(3)

pp. 363-378

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D., Watts, R.

(2011)

What do People with Primary Systemic Vasculitis want to know about their illness?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D., Watts, R.

(2011)

What do people with Wegener's Granulomatosis want to know about their illness?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Killett, A.

(2010)

An evaluation of a problem Based learning Experience in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum in the UK,

in Occupational Therapy International

17

(2)

pp. 64-73

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D., Watts, R.

(2010)

What are the informational needs of patients with primary systemic vasculitis and how is it currently provided?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Killett, A.

(2010)

Evaluating 'placement problem based learning' as a learning strategy for masters occupational therapy students making the transition to qualified practitioner.,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Spalding, N., Killett, A.

(2010)

An evaluation of a Placement Problem Based Learning in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Watts, R., Mooney, J., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D.

(2009)

An exploration of the educational needs of patients with primary systemic vasculitis-1,

in APIMS

117

(Suppl 127)

pp. 145-145

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Watts, R., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D.

(2009)

I'm glad you know what these "vague" symptoms are doc: an exploration of the journey for a diagnosis of primary systemic vasculitis.,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Mooney, J., Watts, R., Poland, F., Spalding, N., Scott, D.

(2009)

I'm glad you know what these "vague" symptoms are doc: an exploration of the journey for a diagnosis of primary vasculitis.,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

  • Preoperative education
  • Patient education
  • Professional learning
  • Patient empowerment

My research into preoperative education initially focussed on education programmes for patients awaiting total hip and total knee replacement surgery. Recognition from this work led to subsequent research funding to continue my research into patient education with other patient groups:

Vasculitis £48,553 from the Arthritis Research Council: ‘What are the educational needs of patients with primary systemic vasculitis? Development of an educational programme.’ Qualitative research.

Colorectal surgery £210,000 from Research for Patients Benefit. ‘Improving preoperative education for colorectal surgery patients’. Action research

 

Grants/Funding

Awarding body

Grant Holder(s)

Start and end dates

Brief title of Research

Amount  (£)

 

Outcome

 

NIHR

(RfPB)

Janice Mooney, Richard Watts, Fiona Poland, Nicola Spalding

1.10.13

What are the barriers to education on rare conditions

£250000

In process

NIHR (RfPB)

Debashis Biswas, Nicola Spalding, Fiona Poland, Gaurav Kapur, Jane McCulloch, Penny Vicary.

1.7.13 – 31.3.16

PEACHES - Patient Education in Adjuvant Chemotherapy Study

£297365

In process

NIHR (RfPB)

Kevin Sargen, Nicola Spalding, Fiona Poland, Jane McCulloch, Penny Vicary.

1.1.10 – 30.3.12

Improving Preoperative Education for Colorectal Surgery Patients

220,000

Funded

Arthritis UK (formally, Arthritis Research Council)

Janice Mooney, Richard Watts, Fiona Poland, Nicola Spalding, David Scott

1.4.07 – 30.6.09

Investigating Vasculitis Information and Education

48,553

Funded

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate (BSc Honours Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy)

Teaching: Learning processes, Health Promotion; Dissertation Supervision.

Other key duties include marking assignments and visiting tutor for students on placements.

Postgraduate (MSc in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy pre-registration)

Teaching: PBL/EBL facilitation, Learning Processes, Occupational Therapy Practice; Professional Development, Anatomy; Research project supervision.

Postgraduate (post-registration)

  • Teaching - MClinEd Teaching and Learning in Health Care Settings and Practice Based Teaching
  • Personal Advisor - MClinEd, MSc Clinical Research
  • Dissertation Supervision -  MClinEd, MSc Clinical Research
  • Marking

Postgraduate (PhD)

  • PhD supervision

Postgraduate (short courses)

  • Continuing Professional Development workshops
  • Improving Presentation Skills study days
  • Patient Education study days

 

PhD Supervision

  • An investigation of the relationship between interprofessional education, interprofessional attitudes and effective interprofessional practice Hannah Schutt

Nicola is willing to supervise PGR students in the following areas:

  • Patient education
  • Preoperative education
  • Patient empowerment
  • Professional learning

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • External Examiner for PGC/PGD/MSc Advancing Practice University of Ulster. 2012 - 16
  • External Examiners Training for the COT. 2009- to date
  • Paper Presentation and Workshops at Council of Deans, June ‘Achieving Student Satisfaction’ . 2011
  • External reviewer for Canterbury Christ Church University, New Advanced Practitioner Programmes Validation. May 2011
  • Mentor for the Head of Education and Learning, College of Occupational Therapists. 2011 to date
  • External Examiner, MSc OT, Sheffield Hallam University 2009 to date
  • Reviewer for the University of Limerick in their Quality Review (Invited) 2008
  • Invited member of the COT Curriculum Working Party to plan the OT National Curriculum for 2010 and beyond. 2008 - 09
  • External Examiner for MSc Occupational Therapy, London Southbank University. 2007 - 12
  • Member of the COT Learning and Development Board 2007 - 10
  • External Examiner for Occupational Therapy, Brunel University, 3 year appointment. 2006 - 09
  • Accreditor for the College of Occupational Therapists. 2004 to date
  • External Examiner for Department of Occupational Therapy, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. 2004 - 08
  • Visitor for the Health Professions Council 2004 to date

Enterprise and Engagement activities

  • Short Courses in ‘Patient Education’ and ‘Improving Your Presentation Skills’ - 2006 to date

Administrative Posts

  • Deputy Head of School, School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Nursing Sciences, UEA. 2012 to date
  • UEA Senate member