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Rachel Cooper

Lecturer in Adult Nursing
School of Nursing

Rachel was a Pre reg nursing student at Burnley College of Health and has worked for the NHS for over 30 years. In March of 2019 Rachel became a lecturer at UCLAN but still remains clinically active on the local hospital RGN Bank. Her background is primarily Critical Care Nursing in which she worked for over two decades but in the latter years Rachel was a member of a Nurse Development team and worked alongside Directorate collegues supporting Nurse and Patient improvement streams. Rachel remains an active member on the Nursing & Midwifery Council register.

Rachels role at UCLAN is to teach, mentor, support and assess Student nurses. This can vary weekly and the range can be from the Lecture theatre to the classroom and also involves work in the Clinical Skills labs teaching and assessing in preparation for clinical practice. Rachel is a personal Homegroup Tutor known as an Academic Advisor and works closely with practice areas in the local hospitals as an Academic Assessor, supporting students in practice and collaborating with practice teams to ensure a safe and enjoyable student experience. Supporting recruitment for the Nursing course also falls under the remit of the Nurse lecturer role and Rachel engages in both onsite and offsite recruitment events. In September 2019 the Nursing Curriculum was updated and renewed to meet changing standards and requirements and Rachel has been actively involved in the development of the work for the new Nursing Modules at UCLAN.

Following completion of her Nurse training in 1992, Rachel acquired a junior staff nurse position on the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hopital. Although having thoroughly enjoyed this experience a move to Leeds saw her take up a rotational position on a Cardiac Unit for 12 months at Leeds General Infirmary. Rotating between the general Cardiology ward and Coronary Care Unit in 3 month placement blocks. Still missing the Intensive Care Nurse role and following completion of Rachels cardiology contract, she then secured a permanent position on Critical Care at Leeds General Infirmary, it was here Rachel undertook her ENB100 and ENB998 which led the way for the next 2 decades working in various positions in the Critical Care environment, ending up back at Lancashire Teaching Hopsitals where the love of this began. In 2014 Rachel felt the time was right to take up a promotion within the Nursing Directorate as a member of the Nursing and Care Developments Team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This was a challenging position which brought about increased teaching and mentoring of both students and qualified practitioners out in the clinical environment. The role was ever changing and two days rarely the same but this was what made this position interesting and right for Rachel. To mention just a few and highlight how varied this role was, this position enabled her to build upon general management skills and undertake training to support Trust investigations, undertake project management training to enable the Roll out of workstreams, saw her participate in large recruitment events for trained staff both face to face and internationally via video phone, take part in additional training to support the Trust Safeguarding Teams in regards to both patient and staff safety and allowed Rachel to build upon collaborative working skills both within the Trust and Internationally. As mentioned this role was vast and varied and allowed growth and development. Towards the end of 2018 Rachel had developed a passion for supporting new work schemes and thoroughly enjoyed the passing on of knowledge to others, teaching and mentoring became daily occurences in some form. It was at this stage she started to look for the more formal tutoring position, hence applying for the UCLAN position in early 2019.

  • Registered General Nurse (1992)
  • East Lancashire College of Nursing
  • ENB 100, ENB 998 (1996)
  • Leeds University
  • Dip Social Sciences and Policy (1998)
  • BSC (2004)
  • Open University with Distance learning
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council