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John Billington

Senior Lecturer in Critical Care
School of Sport and Health Sciences

John is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). His main areas of interest are acute and critical care, anatomy and physiology and the physical and psychological effects of the critical care environment. His previous roles prior to joining UCLan where in general intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care and coronary care settings. John’s research is focussed on patients, their families and clinicians’ experiences in intensive care

John is the course leader for the Post Graduate / Graduate certificate in Critical Care Nursing. His teaching is mainly related to critical care / intensive care nursing and cardiac care at both level 6 and 7. John’s research has established his position that the therapeutic relationship is pivotal to assisting the person who has experienced delirium in the critical care setting on their journey to rehabilitation and recovery. He continues to maintain an honorary contract at a local NHS Trust. He also teaches and supervises on the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, supporting students with the design and implementation of their service improvement ideas.

John’s career has included a range of clinical experience from general intensive care to his last clinical post as Senior Charge Nurse in Cardiothoracic Intensive care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2005, John became a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at UCLan where he taught across the BSc and MSc programmes. He was the course leader for the undergraduate BSc in Nursing (Pre-registration: Adult) and worked with colleagues and stakeholders to develop a number of key Adult nursing curricula, including the MSc and BSc Adult Pre-registration curricula’s in 2009, 2012 and the major modifications to the Pre-registration Nursing Programme in 2016. During his time in the School of Nursing, John was the academic lead for Adult Nursing where his role was to provide academic leadership within the Pre-Registration Adult Nursing team and to enhance the achievement of excellent quality and performance standards. In addition to this, John completed his PG Dip in Education, MSc in Practice Enhancement and gained membership as a HEA fellow. John joined the School of Health Sciences in 2017 as the Course Leader for Acute Hospital Care and Responding to the deteriorating patient. John is currently the course leader for the Post-Graduate / Graduate certificate in Critical Care nursing. He regularly attends external meetings with the Lancashire & South Cumbria Critical Care & Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network.

  • MSc Practice Enhancement, UCLan, 2009
  • PGDip Education, UCLan, 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, UCLan, 2002
  • NST307 (Preparing Mentors and Assessors), St Martins College. Lancaster, 2002
  • AdCert General Intensive Care Nursing, UCLan, 2002
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing, UCLan, 1998
  • DipHE Adult Nursing (RN), Lancashire College of Nursing, 1996

Modules Taught

  • NU3092 - Neurologic Emergencies
  • NU3093 - Assessment and Management of Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
  • NU3082 - Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Patient
  • HI4504 - Designing Quality Improvement
  • HI4505 - Leading Quality Improvement
  • Critical Care / Cardiac Care / Post critical care recovery
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): Registered Nurse – Adult / Teacher (NMC Recordable)
  • Member of British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN)
  • Member of North West Pain Network