Staff Profile

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Melanie Hayward


Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, I accumulated 22 years of experience nursing within the NHS. Having trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Children’s Nurse in the mid-nineties, I worked within general medical, surgical paediatrics and oncology once qualified. Gaining an interest in public health, I moved into community work and gained my Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) qualification at Buckinghamshire New University. I worked as SCPHN within School Nursing teams before moving into safeguarding. Working as a Named and then Lead Nurse for Safeguarding Children, I had various responsibilities including safeguarding board sub-committees and contributing to serious case reviews. Before my current role, I was a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing involved in module leading, teaching, assessment, recruitment and pastoral work before moving into the role of Academic Lead for Retention and Attainment for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health.

My most recent area of study has been an MA in Education at Buckinghamshire New University, where I developed an increased interest in the use of social media within higher education. My most recent study explored the use of self-selected social media by pre-registration nursing students, the findings of which have links to benefitting student retention and recruitment.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Children Nurse, SCPHN – School Nurse, Community Nurse Prescriber and Nurse Teacher. I am a Mental Health First Aider, Domestic Abuse Champion, Nursing Now Ambassador and a member of the Children and Young People’s Nurse Academics forum.

My specialist knowledge has led me to work with Skills for Health on developing the Safeguarding Children (Levels 1-3) e-learning packages, contributing to various Department of Health and Social Care guidance documents, and other activities such as speaking at conferences, reviewing and authoring various journal articles and textbook chapters. I am also on the editorial board for the British Journal of Child Health. 

My greatest accolades to date are being in receipt of the Most Inspiring Tutor Award, nominated by Nursing Graduates in 2019, and the Students’ Union Award for Academic Partner of the Year in 2020.

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