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Rick Fothergill

Deputy Head of School (Students & Teaching) | Principal Lecturer, Academic Development Lead
School of Community Health and Midwifery

Rick's work across focusses on Student Experience, Quality, Curriculum Development . He has a background and expertise in Nursing, Allied Health and Psychological Therapies. He is an external examiner, BABCP course accreditor and Journal Editorial Board member and currently researching the pedagogy of humour.

As well as academic lead for the School, Rick teaches across and range of courses related to mental health and psychological therapies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Originally qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse in 1990, Rick's career has been defined by a range of clinical, educational and management experiences. Within his clinical roles he has always had a passion for psychological therapies and in 1995 qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor gaining considerable experience in the delivery of therapeutic interventions in both primary and secondary care NHS settings. In 2003 he qualified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with a first class Honours degree and later gained a MSc in Advanced Practice in CBT. He currently undertakes clinical practice within a Health and Wellbeing Service and is accredited by the BABCP. PGCE qualified, Rick has considerable, recognised experience and expertise in good practice in teaching and learning. His dedication to facilitating students learning has been demonstrated by embracing new ideas and ways of teaching and learning. This has included didactic teaching, lectures, group facilitation, seminars, role play, skills training, problem based learning, on line learning, virtual learning environments, IPL, and OSCES. His academic expertise was recognised with the award of a Teaching Fellowship in 2007 by UoC with particular commendation for innovative ways of student assessment and team leadership

  • 1990 Registered Mental Health Nurse, Huddersfield University
  • 1995City & Guilds 730/6 Teachers Certificate, Runshaw College
  • 1997Diploma in Advanced Counselling, UCLan
  • 1997Dip. H.E. in Community Health studies, UCLan
  • 1999BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (2:1), UCLan
  • 2002PGCE , UCLan
  • 2003BSc (Hons) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (1st Class), University of Cumbria
  • 2011MSc Advanced Practice CBT (Dist), University of Cumbria
  • 2017Professional Doctorate in Education (Ongoing) UCLan
  • Teaching Fellow. University Of Cumbria 2009
  • Student Experience
  • Quality Assurance
  • Curriculum Development
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Humour Pedagogy
  • NMC
  • FHEA
  • External Examiner