Annie Barker

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

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Annie originally did a degree in English Language and Literature, with subsidiary studies in French at the University of Reading. Whilst living and working in London, and after a brief period of ill-health, Annie felt inspired to become a nurse, a decision she has never regretted. She completed her training in Adult Nursing at Guy's Hospital in London in 1986 to become a Registered Nurse. Following registration, Annie worked in Complex Care and Medical Nursing across the Guy's group of hospitals. After a period of travelling, she joined the Hospice of St. John and St. Elizabeth in North London, where she helped introduce the Nursing Process and developed an in-house teaching programme. Annie moved to East Anglia and worked as a Senior Staff Nurse on a gastro-enterological ward in General Medicine at Ipswich Hospital. In 1992, she qualified as a District Nurse Specialist Practitioner and was part of the pilot site for Community Nurse Prescribing. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2005 to qualify as a Practice Teacher in the community, facilitating the practice element of the District Nursing Student. Annie undertook a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interprofessional Healthcare Education in 2007 and continued to work in the community, managing a large caseload and team of eleven nurses, before joining the lecturing team at the University of Suffolk at Suffolk in September 2015.

Since joining the team Annie has led on a variety of modules and programmes, including the Return to Practice Course. She currently leads on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing programme.

Annie has eight years’ experience of teaching in higher education and has lectured across all aspects of the pre-registration curriculum, including clinical skills and on a selection of post-registration courses and other health programmes. She visits practice as a link lecturer for East Coast Community Health and St Elizabeth’s Hospice.

Annie's research interests include reflexivity in professional practice and how the creative process can help us to become the best practitioners that we can possibly be, the District Nurses' role in palliative care and the future role of the District Nurse within a model of integrated Health and Social Care.

Journal articles:

  • Cushen-Brewster, N., Barker, A., Evans, P., Langton, H., Wigens, L. and Langton, H. (2021). ‘The experiences of adult nursing students completing a paid placement during the Covid-19 pandemic’. BJoN, 30 (21).
  • Cushen-Brewster, N., Barker, A. and Evans, P. (2022). ‘The Experiences of Practice Educator Facilitators and Academics Supporting Adult Nursing Students Completing a Paid Placement During the COVID-19’. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 10 (1) pp.11-22

Chapters in books:

  • Chapter Contributor to Nursing Textbook on health promotion: Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Completion November 2023

Annie is part of a global knowledge and study exchange programme in Japan and recently led a group of students to work alongside Korean, Chinese Japanese and American students. Most recently she gave some lectures at the University of Keio on the delivery of  integrated care.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Royal College of Nursing