Head of Professional Practice Skills
Following qualification as an RGN at the Royal Berkshire School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1992 Clair moved to Oxford as a staff nurse to become part of its regional Neuroscience Unit at the Radcliffe Infirmary. During this time Clair worked as a Clinical Development Nurse and Ward Sister within the unit. Clair continues to practice within the unit on a regular basis to ensure academic delivery is current and relevant.
In February 2002 Clair made the move to full time education as a Lecturer in Clinical Skills at Oxford Brookes. Since joining the university, Clair has undertaken responsibility for professional practice skills development. This involves developing, implementing, and evaluating the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy for professional practice skills at the same time ensuring collaboration with students, service users and staff about teaching and learning these skills.
Clair manages 13 skills suites across both sites which supports professional practice skills development and low to medium fidelity simulation. Since being in full time education Clair has gained extensive curriculum development at both pre and post graduate level within all branches of nursing and midwifery by being an active member of course teams within the Pre-registration and Critical and Advanced Practice programmes. Teaching areas includes: Professional Practice skills for Health and social care students, Critical and Specialist Care, Management of the neuroscience patient, Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, Advancing Health care Practise, Teaching, Learning and Assessing in the Simulated Environment
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Association of Critical Care Nursing
British Association of Neuroscience Nursing
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal Collage of Nursing
Clinical Skills Network
Execuative Board Member of Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)
Teaching experiences across the curriculum are wide ranging, from pre-registration to post-graduate study,
- Responsible for the delivery of teaching and learning activities at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, including supervising students’ projects and dissertations, marking and assessing students’ work, using appropriate materials and methods.
- Examples of courses are Advanced Clinical Health Care Practice, Critical and Specialist Care, pre registration health care curriculum.
- Subject co-ordinator for MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical) and PG Cert Non Medical Prescribing
Clair’s interests include professional practice skills teaching and assessment in the simulated environment, how simulation can be used in both pre and post graduate education to support the curriculum and assessment of competence through OSCEs and practical Exams, interperprofessional learning, patient safety and human factors.
Merriman C (2011) Chapter 14-The Patient with Seizure Activity in Critical Care Nursing-Learning from Experience. Wiley-Blackwell-
Merriman C and Westcott E (2010) Succeed in OSCEs and Practical Exams: An Essential Guide for Nurses. Open University Press
Bradshaw A and Merriman C (2007) Caring for the Older Person-Practical care in Hospital, Care Home or at Home. Wiley and Sons Ltd:West Sussex.
Peer reviewed papers
Stayt L, Merriman C (2013) A descriptive survey investigating pre-registration student nurses’ perceptions of clinical skill development in clinical placements. Nurse Education Today vol. 33, pp 425–430
Ricketts B, Merriman C, Stayt L (2012) Simulated practice learning in a preregistration programme. British Journal of Nursing Vol. 21, No. 7, pp435-440
Greenway K, Merriman C, and Statham D (2006) Using the ventrogluteal Site for Intramuscular Injections. Learning Disability Practice, Vol. 9(8):34-37.
Bradshaw A and Merriman C (2008) Nursing Competence 10 years on: fit for practice Or purpose yet? Journal of Clinical Nursing Vol. 17 No. 10 pp. 1263-1269
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Intramuscular Injections-Using the Deltoid Site. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Intramuscular Injections-Using the Dorsogluteal Site. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Intramuscular Injections-Using the Vastus Lateralis site. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Intramuscular Injections-Using the Ventrogluteal Site ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Intramuscular Injections-Using the Intradermal Site. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Greenway K (2012) Subcutaneous Injections. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Hunt J (2012) Care of the Individual with a Tracheostomy-Stoma Care and Cuff Management. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Hunt J (2012) Care of the Individual with a Tracheostomy-Suctioning. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Hunt J (2012) Care of the Individual with a Tracheostomy-Humidification and Oxygen Therapy. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Merriman C and Hunt J (2012) Care of the Individual with a Tracheostomy-Inner Tube Management and Prevention of Emergencies due to Blocked Tubes. ClinicalSkills.Net:London
Publications from RADAR
- , , , , (2015) Recognizing and managing a deteriorating patient: a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of clinical simulation in improving clinical performance in undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 (11). pp. 2563-2574. [summary page]
- Bradshaw, A, Merriman, C (2008) Nursing competence 10 years on: fit for practice and purpose yet?. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17 (10). pp. 1263-9. [summary page]
- Sharp, P, Ainslie, T, Hemphill, A, Hobson, S, Merriman, C, Ong, P, Roche, J (2006) Mentoring: A resource for those who facilitate placement learning. Interprofessional learning in practice [summary page]