Debbie Brittain

Debbie Brittain

Senior Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB206

+44 (0) 1772 89 3834

Debbie's teaching career began initially in 1991 when she worked as a Midwife Teacher in the Lancashire College of Midwifery. She then moved to UCLan in 1992 as a Senior Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is a registered nurse and midwife.

Full Profile

Debbie Brittain is Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies and Diploma in Higher Education Sexual Health Studies. She is also Course leader for the University Certificate First Issue of Hormonal Contraception in Practice level 6 and 7.

Her other teaching responsibilities include supporting the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies, BSc (Hons) Sexual Health in Practice, UAC in Contraception and Asymptomatic Screening for STIs and HIV (Theory and Practice), Cervical Screening in Practice, and MSc/PG Dip/PG Certificate Sexual Health Studies. 

Debbie teaches across all health curricula and academic levels (4-7) whilst providing academic and pastoral support to students as appropriate. She also contributes to the teaching on the pre and post-registration midwifery pathways.

Debbie is a qualified contraceptive health nurse and undertakes observational visits within local CASH services to maintain her knowledge and support her educational and clinical role.


Brittain D., (1999) Establishing an educational programme for nurses to supply emergency hormonal contraception (combined method) to protocol. The British Journal of Family Planning: 25:118-121


Registered Nurse: Adult
Registered Midwife
Registered Midwife Teacher
Higher Education Academy: Registered Practitioner

Registered Nurse
Registered Midwife
MSc Sexual Health Studies
Certificate in Education, Manchester University
Advanced Diploma in Midwifery
City & Guild 7307 Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate
Cervical Cytology-Manchester University
ENB 901, Family Planning In Society


Royal College of Nursing

Higher Education Academy: Registered Practitioner

Associate Member: Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care

North West Contraception and Sexual Health Nurses Group

National Association for Nurses in Contraception & Sexual Health

Invited member of a Cytology/Colposcopy Discrepancy Group Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Invited working group member to develop Promoting Access to LARC – Key levels of intervention Cumbria and Lancashire Sexual Health Network

Social Media

UCLan Sexual Health


Nurse Issuing of Emergency Contraception/Symposium for ‘Reducing Teenage Pregnancy/Translating research into Practice, UCLan

Sexual Health for All Meeting the Workforce Needs, Annual Sexual Health Network

Conference, Cumbria and Lancashire Sexual Health Network

Postpartum Contraception, Learning Curve, Preston

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Debbie teaches and support students across the sexual health curriculum and currently module leads:

First Issue of Hormonal Contraception in Practice (level 6 and 7)

Introduction to Sexual Health (level 4)

Principles of Contraception and prevention of Unplanned Pregnancy (level 5 and 6 )

Cervical Screening in Practice (level 5 and 6)

Global Perspectives of Sexual Health (level 6 )

Personal and Professional Development (level 6)