Catherine Delves-Yates is an experienced nurse and Lecturer.  She started her nursing career as a student nurse at the Nightingale School of Nursing, London and has worked clinically in adult and paediatric critical care in the UK and has taught and nursed in America, Africa and Nepal.  Her passion is to ensure all student nurses have the knowledge, skills and professionalism to deliver compassionate nursing care to every one of their patients.  Catherine is currently researching how nurses in Cameroon merge Western and traditional medicine within the care they provide for their patients.

Career History

1990-1991        Staff Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery

1991-1992       Staff Nurse, Intensive/Coronary Care

1992-1994        Senior Staff Nurse, Intensive/Coronary Care,

1994-2000        Sister, Intensive/Coronary Care,

2000 to            Lecturer in Critical Care, Adult Nursing

date                 including the following roles and experiences:

2002-2004       Senior Advisor for Pre-registration Nursing

2003-2004       Fulbright Teaching Scholarship (August-January) teaching undergraduate student nurses at Johnson County Community College, Kansas, USA

2004-2009       Placement Officer for all clinical programmes delivered by the School

2008-2011       Adult Field Course Director

Academic Background

  • 1987-1990 Nightingale School, St Thomas Hospital, London, RGN.
  • 1997 BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, 1st Class, Anglia Polytechnic University.
  • 1998 Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education, Nottingham Trent University.
  • 2002 MSc Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.

All Publications

Steel, N., Reading, R., Allen, C.


An assessment of need for health visiting in general practice populations,

in Journal of Public Health Medicine



pp. 121-128

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

The merging of Western and traditional medicine in nursing practice.

The development of nurse education in developing countries

The application of ethnography to nursing research

Publications (under maiden name)

D’Cruz, G. & Allen, K, (2009) Using monitoring technology in Cameroon:  The World of Critical Care Nursing Vol 7 No 1 p 92-96.

Allen K (2005) Four-step method of interpreting arterial blood gas analysis. Nursing Times. 101:1, 42-45

Allen K (2004) Recognising and managing adult patients who are critically sick. Nursing Times. 100:35, 34-37

Allen K (2004) Principles and limitations of pulse oximetry in patient monitoring. Nursing Times. 100:41, 34-37

Teaching Interests

Catherine's teaching interests cover a wide range including:

  •  the care of the critically ill
  • patients with specific respiratory needs
  • Advanced Life Support 
  • the merging of Western and traditional medicine in nursing care
  • issues relating to health care in developing countries.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • External examiner for the University of Hertfordshire
  • Honorary Lecturer at the University of Buea and the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences, Cameroon
  • International advisor to the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal.