Joanne Keeling

Joanne Keeling

Pre-Registration Nursing Education Manager

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB435

+44 (0) 1772 89 5534

Subject Areas: Health, Nursing & Midwifery

Joanne is the Manager of Pre-Registration Nursing Education and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing lead for inter-professional education. She is a keen advocate of mental health and wellbeing promotion and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching.

Full Profile

Joanne joined UCLan in 2016 following a career in nursing and education spanning over 20 years. She qualified as a registered mental health nurse at Bolton and Salford School of Nursing in 1995 and her clinical practice was spent predominantly in acute mental health services, where she held various roles including that of Clinical Leader and Ward Manager. Joanne’s passion for education led her initially to a lecturing post in mental health nursing; she subsequently held a number of roles in higher education, where she developed a keen interest in curriculum design and creative approaches to learning and teaching.

Joanne currently has strategic management responsibility and operational oversight for the portfolio of pre-registration nursing programmes within the School of Nursing at UCLan, where she supports the Head of School and her colleagues in providing the best student experience possible. She is also the inter-professional education lead for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, and is committed to encouraging and supporting colleagues from various professions and disciplines in working together to create innovative approaches to student education.

Joanne’s research interests lie in the areas of mental health and wellbeing promotion with particular reference to the educational and sporting environments: she is a keen ethnographer.


Keeling J. and Major D. (2018) Transition Focused reflection and Personal Development Planning in Darvill, A., Leigh J. and Stephens M.(eds) Transition to Nursing Practice. London: Learning Matters.

Keeling, J. and McQuarrie, C. (2018) Using a Structured Model to Promote Mental Health. Journal of Public Mental Health 17(3).

Keeling, J., Sprake, A., Palmer, G. and Palmer, C. (2017) In conversation with PE, learning and school. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 11, 1, 157-176.

Keeling, J & McQuarrie, C (2014), 'Promoting Mental Health and Well-being in Practice - A Working Model', Mental Health Practice, 17(5).

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External Affiliations

  • External Examiner – University of York.
  • Independent reviewer for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship Awards 2017.

Research Activities

Joanne is currently a PhD candidate and engaged in qualitative research.


  • MA Health Care Law, University of Salford
  • MA Community and Healthcare Ethics, University of Central Lancashire
  • PGCertEd Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Salford
  • Registered Nurse Teacher, NMC
  • Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions, University of Manchester
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, University of Salford
  • Diploma in Professional Studies of Nursing (DPSN), Bolton and Salford School of Nursing
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Bolton and Salford School of Nursing


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Centre for the Advancement of Inter-Professional Education (CAIPE)
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council registrant


Keeling, J and Palmer, C (2018) Boys don’t cry but men should try? 7th European Conference on Mental Health September 2018, Split, Croatia.

Smith, Charlotte, Perera, Kathryn and Keeling, Joanne (2018) Talking inter-professional change through online collaboration. In: All Together for Better Health IX (ATBH IX) 2018 Conference, September 4-6 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.

Gurbutt, Dawne and Keeling, Joanne (2018) Practising, Preaching and Modelling collaboration – staff experiences of learning together as educators in inter-professional education. In: All Together for Better Health IX (ATBH IX) 2018 Conference, September 4-6 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.

Keeling, J and McQuarrie, C (2017) Evaluation of the use of a model to promote Mental Health and Well-being in community settings. 6th European Conference on Mental Health 4-6 October 2017, Berlin.

Keeling, J (2017) Students as academics: how can we encourage students to publish their work? Health and Social Care strand of the HEA conference Teaching in the Spotlight Tuesday 4 July 2017, Manchester.