Sarla Gandhi

Sarla Gandhi

Senior Lecturer and School Disability Lead

School of Health Sciences

Greenbank, GR216

+44 (0) 1772 89 3623

Subject Areas: Nursing

Sarla is a senior lecturer within the Acute, Operative and Critical Care Division within the School of Health and also School disability contact. Sarla's clinical background is neurosciences nursing (neuro critical care/high dependency). Sarla is course leader for Advanced Certificate - Critical Care.

Full Profile

Most of Sarla's teaching is on post registration modules at the University, predominantly within critical care. Sarla's clinical interests are varied from chronic illness/palliative/end of life care and delirium in critical care to practice development, care pathways to neurologic emergencies and living with neurological disease to evaluation at post-graduate level. Sarla's teaching special interests focus is in caring for neuroscience patients and their carers in the critical care setting, but as a ‘professional academic’ – one who is attentive to the scholarship of teaching and learning, her focus has increasingly converged towards teaching, learning and assessment (including feedback) and student support in order to enhance the student experience.

In 2011, Sarla was the first winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Student support and progression category for her work with patchwork text assessment, and once again in 2012, she was given this award as part of a team that has developed a strategy to support students with disabilities in the the practice setting.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SD2 2011
NMC Registered Nurse Teacher 2010
PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, UCLan, 2008
MSc Professional Practice (Development and Evaluation) UCLan, 2004
PG Certificate in Practice Development – Evidence Based Practice, UCLan, 2000
ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice UCLan, 1997
BSc Nursing with Health, UCLan, 1996
ENB 148 (Neuromedical and Neurosurgical Nursing Certificate)Lancashire College of Health Studies, 1994
Registered General Nurse, Preston and Chorley School of Nursing/UKCC, 1989


Journal of Neurosurgical Anaesthesiology Supplement 1, 2000 (Euro-Neuro 2000) Abstract p 26

Nursing Education in Practice(2004) 4, 114-119 Sharing what works

Rapid Emergency Stroke Pathways: Organised Systems and Education (RESPONSE) team member 2006

Nursing Education in Practice(2004) 4, 114-119 Sharing what works

Journal of Neurosurgical Anaesthesiology Supplement 1, 2000(Euro-Neuro 2000) Abstract p 26


JISC project on the use of electronic resources in higher education

Supporting students with disabilities in clinical practice

Enhancing student learning

Neuroscience nursing practice development Neuroscience nursing benchmarking

Caring for carers (Neuroscience patients)

End of Life care in acute care

JISC project on the use of electronic resources in higher education

JISC Evaluate project



Time to Think - ongoing

Supporting students with disabilities in clinical practice


Registered nurse and nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Royal College of Nursing,

British Association of Critical Care Nurses

National Neuroscience Benchmarking Group member

Honorary Contract as a staff nurse with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Neurosciences Directorate

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Sarla teaches on a variety of courses from pre-registration and post-registration in nursing, operating department practice and paramedic practice (predominately neuroscience focus) and also post-graduate (Masters) courses.

Neurosciences practice at level 6 and Masters level as module leader; module team member for a range of critical care modules.

Course leader for Advanced Certificate in Critical Care (level 6)

Personal tutor to a number of pre and post registration nursing students

Dissertation supervision for under and post graduate students

University Review Panel Member

Member of Disability Advisory Group at UCLan

Member of Placement Learning Advisory Group at UCLan

Clinical links:
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Honorary Contract with Neurosciences –Wards 2a, 2b, 2c, Neuro-Rehabilitation, also clinical link for Gynaecology and Ward 4 (Burns and Plastics with some ENT) at the same Trust

External Activities

External examiner at Dundee University

Rater for McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) which is a clinical relevance online rating system