Dr. Dawne Gurbutt

Clinical Lead for Interprofessional Education

Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

Media Factory, ME429

+44 (0) 1772 89 3639

Subject Areas: Health, Public Health

Dawne is a person-centred practitioner with extensive experience of working in areas of social deprivation. She is committed to widening participation, community engagement, interprofessional education and service user engagement. She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner with broad educational interests. She has experience of managing provision within different disciplines including Medicine, Social Work, Public Health, Allied Health and Primary Care. She is a qualitative researcher with a keen interest in narratives and the stories people tell about health and illness.

Full Profile

Dawne is an experienced practitioner and academic with a background in public health. After qualifying as a nurse, midwife and health visitor, she worked in areas of social deprivation across the North of England working directly with families and communities. An experienced academic she holds qualifications in a range of discipline areas including Health, Education, Literature and the Social Sciences and has managed a wide range of provision in different HE settings. She has been involved in mentoring and coaching for many years and has published and presented in this area including international workshops. Interactions and narrative is a continuing area of interest and her doctoral research formed the basis for a book on narratives: Gurbutt, D.J. (2007) “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Stories for learning and reflection about SIDS, Motherhood and Loss” Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Publishing

Dawne has held strategic roles including working across the four nations of the UK as Discipline Lead for Health in the Higher Education Academy, UK. Her role in the HEA included commissioning, designing, managing and delivering projects and programmes on pedagogy, public involvement, creativity in teaching and learning and she led on national initiatives including the development of an integrated PPI strategy for Health, internationalisation of the health curriculum and developing/commissioning resources to support HEI colleagues in Health. She also worked with institutional teams as a facilitator with the Change Academy. Whilst at the HEA she led on initiatives to increase collaboration across disciplines and to explore innovative ways of working to support a wider notion of ‘collaborative learning’ and to cross fertilise learning techniques and tools across disciplines. She represented the HEA on national forums on simulation in HE and creativity in the curriculum involving work with Flipped Classroom approaches, developing MOOCs and working on virtual reality resources with colleagues in Canada. She was a co- founder of the Lived Experience Network which provides a forum for service users, educators, students and practitioners to share best practice and innovation and to support each other in problem solving – the network now has a large national and growing international membership.

These strands of work have continued on her return to UCLan where she is now the Lead for Interprofessional Education across the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences. She is committed to collaborative learning and working with stakeholders and service users in IPE to improve patient outcomes. As a result of her background in Public Health and work on interprofessional education she was commissioned by CAIPE to produce a book on ‘Collaborative Practice for Public Health’. Working in close collaboration with individuals and groups has been a continuous and consistent thread throughout her career in health and education. She is currently working across the College and the wider university to facilitate interprofessional education to enable students to learn with, from and about each other and their graduate roles. Dawne is a Governor at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and a staff member of the Board at UCLan.


PhD : ‘ Making and Remaking Motherhood: Maternal Grief Following SIDS.’
MA English Literature
MA Educational Research ( Distinction)
MA Health Studies
BSc (Hons) Nursing
BA (Education with Psychology)
PG Advanced Certificate in Research Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Membership and External Activities

National Association of Educators in Practice ( Committee member)
Higher Education Partner Governor –Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Staff member UCLan Board

Research Activities


Identity and bereavement. Narratives. Interprofessional Education. Pedagogy and Creativity in the Curriculum. Service User Engagement




Gurbutt, D.J. “Working Collaboratively in Public Health.” London: Taylor and Frances Gurbutt D.J and Gurbutt R., ( 2016) Reflections on a coaching pilot project in healthcare settings. Higher Education Pedagogies, 1.1, 89-94

Gurbutt, DJ and Gurbutt R. (2015) ‘Telling Tales – creating a space for stories in practitioner education.’ In Brewer G. and Hogarth, R. (Eds) ‘Creative Pathways to Inclusion and Accessible Education’ London: Palgrave Macmillan

Gurbutt R. and Gurbutt, D.J. (2015) ‘Learning in Virtual Worlds.’ In Brewer G. and Hogarth, R. (Eds) ‘Creative Pathways to Inclusion and Accessible Education’ London: Palgrave Macmillan

Gurbutt D.J. and Gurbutt R., (2015) ‘Empowering students to promote independent learning: A project utilising coaching approaches to support learning and personal development.’ Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Issue 8. March 2015

Gurbutt, R., Gurbutt, D.J., Morris, G., Nowlam, N., Morley, M., Riesen, E., Ogilvie, S. (2015) ‘Making Clinical decisions in a virtual world.’ Published Proceedings. INTED, Madrid, Spain.