Dr Ann Ewens

Head of Department Applied Health and Professional Development

Ann Ewens was appointed as Head of Department Applied Health and Professional Development in May 2015. She has worked in a number of management and leadership roles at Oxford Brookes University since 2003.

The Department of Applied Health and Professional Developments includes a range of programmes and is integrated with the new Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR). The programmes in the Department include Paramedic, Operating Department Practice, Advanced and Specialist Practice, Professional Education and Leadership and the delivery of programmes in Hong Kong for qualified nurses. In addition the Department leads on behalf of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on Professional Practice Skills including Simulation Based Education and a Healthcare CPD and training Unit. Research expertise across the department includes supportive cancer care, chronic disease management and pedagogic research. The entire Department’s activity is focused on application of knowledge and skills within a practice context and is proud of its focus on ensuring both pre-registration and post registration healthcare students are effectively prepared for a range of healthcare professional roles.

Ann has a healthcare background having trained as a nurse in Leeds West Yorkshire during the 1980’s and then worked in a number of nursing roles in acute medicine, palliative care and finally primary care as a district nurse. Following completion of her Masters in Education at Southampton University, Ann decided to enter Higher Education in 1993 to undertake her PhD and teach post qualifying students at the University of Reading. Ann’s PhD work was in the field of Iinterprofessional Education and this remains an area of interest for Ann having been the Director of an FDTL phase 4 funded project called PIPE (Promoting InterProfessional Education) focusing on the development of interprofessional teaching skills. Ann is currently company secretary of the charity CAIPE (UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education).

Ann has worked in a Head of Department or equivalent role within healthcare since joining Oxford Brookes University in 2003. In addition Ann has held a leadership role in the development of postgraduate programmes and spent a period of time as Deputy Director of the University Graduate School where she had a lead responsibility for the development of postgraduate taught provision across the University. More recently (January 2013- April 2015) Ann undertook a full time secondment to the Faculty of Business in the role of Associate Dean Strategy and Development where she held responsibility for leading strategic planning and international and UK partnerships. Both these experiences have provided a wider experience of leadership and management outside of a healthcare context. As a result Ann is a highly experienced and confident leader in many aspects of higher education.

In her role as Head of Department, Ann very much sees her role as supporting the excellent work undertaken throughout the Department and she is driving forward with Department staff key University strategic priorities including an excellent student experience, world class research and making a real impact in the local and wider community.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Company Secretary of Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
  • Member of Phi Mu Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an international nursing society for the development of scholarship and leadership in nursing.

Teaching/Research interests

Ann’s teaching interest lie mainly with postgraduate students and in particular those undertaking teacher preparation and supervision of degree by research students or postgraduate dissertation students. Ann currently supervises students and staff undertaking their postgraduate certificate in teaching qualification, and postgraduate students. She teaches on programmes supporting the development of mentors and teachers in healthcare education and in the development of research skills for healthcare staff. Interprofessional education remains a main focus of interest, but Ann has a very broad range of subjects within healthcare education that she is able to teach and supervise.

Selected Publications

Chapters in books

Ewens A and Young G (2008) Chapter 7 ‘Collaboration beyond Champions’ pg 87-96 in Howkins, E and Bray J Preparing for Interprofessional Teaching, Radcliffe, Abingdon.

Ewens A (2002) The nature and purpose of leadership. Chapter 4 in Howkins E and Thornton C (Eds) Managing and Leading Innovation in Health Care. Harcourt Health Sciences, London p69-90

Ewens A and Howkins E (2002) The development of a leadership module. In Howkins E and Thornton C (Eds) Managing and Leading Innovation in Health Care. Harcourt Health Sciences, London p91-95

Howkins E and Ewens A (1999) Interprofessional work: is effective communication possible between professionals who speak different languages? In Fisher J and Savage D (Eds) Beyond Experimentation into Meaning. EPCA Publications Farnborough p72-80

Howkins E and Ewens A (1997) Community nurses’ perceptions of self in role. In Denicolo P and Pope M (Eds) Sharing Understanding and Practice. EPCA Publications, Farnborough p277-289

Peer reviewed papers

Jones K and Ewens A (2010) Achieving Excellence in Postgraduate Community Nursing Practice. British Journal of Community Nursing 15 (12) p604-610

Ewens A (2003) Changes in nursing identities: supporting a successful transition. Journal of Nursing Management 11 p224-228

Ewens A, Howkins E and McClure L (2001) Fit for Purpose: does specialist community nurse education prepare nurses for practice? Nurse education Today 21 (2) p127-135

Ewens A and Richards J (2000) Concepts of health: implications for public health work. British Journal of Community Nursing 5 (8) p404-408

Ewens A, Howkins E and Badger D (2000) Evaluating interprofessional education from a community nurse and social work perspective. Research in Post-Compulsory Education 5 (1) p 5-21

Howkins E and Ewens A (1999) How students experience professional socialisation. International Journal of Nursing Studies 36 (1) p41-49

Allison A and Ewens A (1998) tensions in sharing client confidences while respecting autonomy: implications for interprofessional practice. Nursing Ethics 5 (5) p441-450

Ann Ewens


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