Adele Nightingale

Adele Nightingale

Principal Lecturer, Multidisciplinary Education and Research Team

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GB332

+44 (0) 1772 89 5707

Subject Areas: Multi-Disciplinary Education and research

Adele is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Team Leader for the Multidisciplinary Education and Research team in the School of Sport and Health Sciences. Adele is a registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) and has worked as a member of the academic staff at University of Central Lancashire since Feb 2017.

Adele is a member of the Association for Perioperative Practitioners. 

Full Profile

Adele brings many years of experience of working within the NHS as a Team Leader and as a Departmental Manager. Leadership has been pivotal in these roles and as a healthcare worker, she has developed and grown personally as a leader and been in a privileged position to recognise, develop and grow the leaders of the future. Adele brings with her creativity, energy and passion for developing leadership talent at all levels. Adele is an experienced leader who has a passion for developing people and teams to work towards a model of collective leadership, which will facilitate the delivery of high quality compassionate care. 

After leaving the NHS Adele has taught Perioperative studies to a range of perioperative practitioners, including ODPs, nurses and surgical care practitioners. Since taking up her Senior Lecturer post at UCLan she has taught many elements of leadership to healthcare students at all levels from Pre-registration Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), post registration Nurse and AHPs to Advanced Practitioners. Adele’s area of interest is focused on emotional intelligence, mind-set, conflict and developing resilience.  

Adele has worked closely with the Council of Deans for Health in the development and delivery of the national Student Leadership Programme. She is part of the Advisory group, has mentored and coached student leaders and has presented workshops at the national Student Leadership Programme Conference.

Adele is a Doctoral student and her current research project aims to explore Operating Department Practitioners’ perceptions and experiences of leadership in the healthcare environment.  


  • MSc. Clinical Leadership and Management, Edge Hill University. 2014
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Edge Hill University. 2011
  • BSc. Health and Social Care- Perioperative Pathway. Edge Hill University. 2009


  • Exploring the lived experiences of practitioners who have undertaken a Leadership programme/module

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Fitness to Practise Panel member – Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC)


Nightingale A (2019) Collective Leadership in Healthcare. RCNi online Accepted for publication 2020 UK Council of Deans (2018) 150 Leaders Programme Workshop –‘Developing resilience

Nightingale A., (2018) Developing the organisational culture in a healthcare setting Nursing standard: official newspaper of the Royal College of Nursing 32(21):53-63

Nightingale A (2019) ‘What is this thing we call Leadership?’ Oral presentation Operating Department Practitioner National Conference. Sheffield Hallam University

Weston V., Nightingale A., O’Loughlin C., Ventura R. (2017) The Implementation of the Vessel Health and Preservation framework. British Journal of Nursing

Research Activities

Operating Department Practitioners’ perceptions and experiences of leadership in Healthcare