Elaine Hill

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR223

+44 (0) 1772 89 3609


Elaine is a registered adult nurse, registered operating department practitioner and academic with a specific interest in non-technical skills/human factors and simulation and their role in patient safety. She is also keen to incorporate these into multi-professional healthcare education.

Full Profile

Elaine’s career has been very varied and has included clinical work within the operating department/critical care and university posts in both psychology/computing and health; she has worked both in the UK and overseas.

She taught for a number of years on the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice and BSC (Hons) Pre-registration Nursing (Adult) programmes where she covered a variety of skills and theory teaching. More recently, she has moved into post-graduate healthcare education provision where her expertise in non-technical skills and simulation, alongside her overseas experience, have provided the basis for her teaching delivery. Elaine has also developed and delivered non-technical skills education for staff at a local NHS Trust, plus continuing professional development study days at UCLan in this area.

Elaine is involved in a number of research activities and collaborations, all of which aim to improve healthcare education and patient safety. In 2016 she jointly led a project to examine to viability of replacing some practice hours for student nurses with simulated learning. She has also worked with simulation education colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway as a result of a ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) Medical Education Travelling Fellowship award. She has recently received funding from within UCLan for a small-scale project to develop multi-professional handover training.

Elaine is currently undertaking research within the area of patient handover. She is an active member of the North West Simulation Education Network, the UCLan Medical Education Research Group and she has been recently appointed as a BEME (Best Evidence Medical Education) International Collaborating Centre reviewer.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology (Hons), University of Leicester, 1985
  • MSc Knowledge Based Systems, University of Sussex, 1988
  • MSc Health Psychology, UCLan, 2010

Teaching qualifications

  • TDLB D32/D33 assessors’/mentors’ awards, Bolton College, 1999
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Educate (post-compulsory), UCLan, 2001
  • Registered Nurse Teacher, 2010

Professional qualifications

  • Dip. H.E/Registered Nurse (adult), Lancaster University, 1996
  • ENB 183 operating department and anaesthetic nursing, University of Manchester, 1998
  • Registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Diploma in Tropical Nursing (distinction), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 2014

Research Activites  

  • Patient handover; handover education; non-technical skills education in medical and healthcare programmes.


  • Using simulation to replace practice hours for undergraduate nurses (2016); Non-technical skills in healthcare education: comparing practices in the UK and Norway (2016); Developing effective multi-disciplinary education for patient handover (2017)

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Teaching a variety of clinical and theory sessions at academic levels 4 – 7, across a range of courses.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • BEME (Best Evidence Medical Education) International Collaborating Centre reviewer; North West Simulation Education Group; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Clinical Human Factors Group; Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare; British Psychological Society; External examiner Teesside University, 2010-2013; External course review panel member, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2015); Community First Responder and trainer


  • As a presenter: Royal College of Nursing Education Forum International Conference and Exhibition. March 2017. Cardiff, UK; Association for the Study of Medical Education conference. June 2017. Exeter, UK; Association for Medical Education, August 2017. Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Higher Education Academy NET Conference. September 2017. Cambridge, UK.
  • As a delegate: Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (2014); UK Simulation in Nursing (2014)


Hill, E. and Gordon, M.G. (2017). Educational interventions to improve handover in health care: an updated systematic review. [In progress].

Hill, E. (2017). Human factors and non-technical skills education: comparing practices in the UK and Norway. Manchester: North West Simulation Education Network.

Richardson, R., Hill, E., Blake, K. and Stein, D. (2016). Using simulation to replace practice hours: project report for Health Education North West. College of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire April 2015 – March 2016. Manchester: Health Education North West.

Payne, S.J., Chesworth, L. and Hill, E. (1992). Animated demonstrations for exploratory learners. Interacting with Computers, 4(1), 3-22.