Linda Sanderson

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB319

+44 (0) 1772 89 5523

Linda is Principal Lecturer in Children’s Nursing. Linda is Academic Team Leader for the Children’s Nursing team.

She teaches all levels from 4-7 and enjoys her teaching and assessing work with students.

Linda has a lead role in the School of nursing for Recruitment, International placements and Business.

Linda is at the early stages of her professional doctorate ‘Stories from abroad: The impact of international placements on student nurse experience‘


Full Profile

Linda qualified as a registered general nurse from Leeds Polytechnic in 1985, she worked in adult nursing until she started her children’s training in 1989. She began her children’s nursing career in the speciality of paediatric oncology in 1990 and she stayed there for 14 years working her way up from a staff nurse to a senior sister and taking in lecturer practitioner along the way. The lecturer practitioner role was in partnership with the University of Leeds, she was course leader for the paediatric and, latterly, adult oncology nursing courses.

In 2004 Linda moved to Airedale General Hospital and took up the position of ‘Clinical Leader’ on a 30 bedded general children’s ward. On this ward she was responsible for the care of children with all manner of acute problems; children having planned day care, children with complex needs and mental health problems. She also had responsibility for student mentoring and staff development.

Linda has been an active member of the RCN paediatric oncology nurse educators group for many years and through this group she obtained a secondment with Coventry University to develop an international, online PG Certificate in Cancer Care for Teenagers and Young Adults. In 2014 Linda developed NU3116/4044 Care of the Child with cancer module which is delivered for post registration nursing students.

Linda is a member of the Comensus Advisory Group at UCLan and advocates for the involvement of parents and children in the nursing curriculum.

  • 1985 BSc and RGN Leeds polytechnic
  • 1990 RSCN St James Hospital Leeds
  • 1998 MSc Health professional Education Huddersfield University 
  • 1998 Registered Nurse Tutor 
  • 2015 Commenced EdD at UCLan



Sanderson L (2004) The experience of children with a central venous catheter. Chapter 15 IN Gibson, F., Soanes, L., Sepion, B. (Eds.) Perspectives in Paediatric Oncology Nursing London, UK: Whurr

2. Fallon, S., Sanderson, L. (2007) Is nurse education in paediatric oncology fit for purpose? Chapter 12 IN Foyle, L., Hostad, J. (Eds.) Innovations in cancer and palliative care education Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing

3. Foley, A., Sanderson, L (2014) The principles of caring for children and families. Chapter 11 IN Peate, I., Nair, M., Wild, K. (Eds.) Nursing Practice: Knowledge and care Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell

4. Sanderson, L. (2015) Developing a Teddy Bear Clinic: A framework for involving child service users in a nursing curriculum. Chapter 20 IN Brewer, G., Hogarth, R. (Eds.) Creative Education, Teaching and Learning Hampshire, UK: Macmillan Publications Ltd

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Activities

Professional Doctorate in Education commenced January 2015 ‘Stories from abroad: The impact of international placements on student nurse experience‘


May 2015 and 2016 Sexual Health promotion project in Zambia, Africa. This project was in collaboration with Sexual Health studies. In Zambia we worked with Sport in Action.


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Teaching Levels 4-7

Link lecturer Derian House Children’s Hospice Chorley, Brian House Children’s Hospice Blackpool,

Module leader for:

NU3116 Care of the Child with Cancer
NU4044 Care of the Child with Cancer

External Activities


Seconded to Coventry University to develop PG Cert in Cancer care for teenagers and young adults. This is an on-line, international course validated to commence in February 2007


External Examiner PG Cert Cancer Care for Teenagers and Young adults Coventry University


Invited to be external panel member for validation of BA (Hons) Nursing at Hallam University


External examiner post-registration education (Child related) Nottingham University


External examiner pre-registration nursing (Child and CFP) University of Chester


Feb 2012 Joint author of a poster at HEA conference in York ‘Select to retain’

March 2013 2nd PNAE Congress, Glasgow ‘Involving Children as service users in a Pre-registration nursing program.’

June 2013 Joint author of a paper presented at HEA conference in York ‘Home Groups A Strategy to support retention across a BSc(hons) Nursing Program’

March 2015 Authenticity to action conference. Presented ‘Teddy Bear Clinic: A partnership between UCLAN students on a pre-registration Nursing course and local children’

April 2015 RCN Children and Young Peoples Nursing Conference/the RCPCH Annual Conference. Presented ‘Closer to home: Meeting the educational needs of nurses working with children with cancer’

June 2015 UCLan Teaching and Learning conference. Poster presentation ‘From Case Study to Narrative Inquiry; A Nurse lecturer’s experience of beginning a professional doctorate in education’.

March 2016 RCN Education Forum National Conference Presented ‘From Preston to Zambia: What can student children’s nurses learn from a two week international placement?’