Debbie Brittain

Debbie Brittain

Principal Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB326

+44 (0) 1772 89 3834

Debbie's teaching career began initially in 1991 when she worked as a Midwife Teacher in the Lancashire College of Midwifery. She then moved to UCLan in 1992 as a Senior Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is a registered nurse and midwife.

Full Profile

I am a registered nurse  and midwife and have worked in academia since 1991. I am currently  a Principal Lecturer in Midwifery, Neonatal and Sexual Health  in the School of Community Health and Midwifery. I am also  Lead for Equality and Diversity within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing . I have a range of clinical experiences working in Midwifery and Sexual Health. I  was Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies 2013-2016  and developed the international field trips to Amsterdam, Zambia and Kenya for students on the sexual health programmes. I contribute to the teaching on the pre and post-registration midwifery and undergraduate /postgraduate sexual health programmes. I  am a  qualified contraceptive nurse with a particular interest in nurse led contraceptive service provision. I am  a cervical smear taker and  enjoy delivering  a range of  regular cervical screening updates and training for  Nurses and Doctors across the North West.

I  have recently commenced the MSc in Psychosexual Therapy at UCLan and am particularly interested in supporting women with psychosexual issues following childbirth and gynaecological surgery and oncology.


Meek, J., McCausland, C., & Brittain, D. (2015). Syphilis: diagnosis and management. HIV Nursing, 15(1), 12-14.

Meek, J., Brittain, D., & Dunnett, K. (2014). The role of the HCA in sexual health services. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 8(10), 489-495.

Brittain, D., Meek, J., Bavin, H., Taylor, K., Atkin, S., Dunnett, K., & Mupazi, L. (2014). From Preston to Zambia: a new sexual health project and an interview with an HIV counsellor. HIV Nursing, 14(4), 18-21.

Sanderson, L., Meek, J., Brittain, D., Health, A., and Wood, Z. (2015)   From Preston to Zambia: What can student children’s nurses learn from a two week placement? HIV Nursing, 15(1) 81-84

Brittain D. (2014) Conference Presentation: From Preston, England to Lusaka, Zambia: Experiences from a new sexual health project:  Presented oral abstract at the European HIV conference in Barcelona, October 19-20, 201


  • 2013 - MSc Sexual Health Studies
  • 2012 - Coaching Qualification Certificate
  • 2010 - Post Graduate Diploma Sexual Health Studies
  • 2008 - University Certificate Teaching HE Teaching University of Central Lancashire
  • 1997 - Cervical Screening  Course
  • 1995 - ENB 901 Family Planning Certificate
  • 1991 - Certificate in Education, Manchester University
  • 1991 - Registered Midwife Teacher
  • 1990 - Advanced Diploma in Midwifery
  • 1988 - City and Guilds 730 Teaching Certificate Parts 1 &2
  • 1986 - Registered Midwife
  • 1984 - Registered General Nurse


2017 - date         College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists  (COSRT)

2006 - date         Member of the Royal College of Nurses

2004 - date         Member of the Higher Education Academy

1986 - date         Member of the Royal College of Midwifery

Social Media

UCLan Sexual Health


Nurse Issuing of Emergency Contraception/Symposium for ‘Reducing Teenage Pregnancy/Translating research into Practice, UCLan

Sexual Health for All Meeting the Workforce Needs, Annual Sexual Health Network

Conference, Cumbria and Lancashire Sexual Health Network

Postpartum Contraception, Learning Curve, Preston

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Debbie teaches and support students across the sexual health curriculum and currently module leads:

  • First Issue of Hormonal Contraception in Practice (level 6 and 7)
  • Introduction to Sexual Health (level 4)
  • Principles of Contraception and prevention of Unplanned Pregnancy (level 5 and 6 )
  • Cervical Screening in Practice (level 5 and 6)
  • Global Perspectives of Sexual Health (level 6 )
  • Personal and Professional Development (level 6)