Mel Deal

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health
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Mel qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2000 following completion of the BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Adult Nursing degree, and gained her Teaching, Assessing and Supervision in Clinical Practice qualification in 2002. Mel achieved her Diploma in professional studies in Acute Care in 2004, and completed the MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice in 2019.

Mel joined the University of Suffolk in January 2021 having come from clinical practice gaining twenty years of cardiology experience in both primary and secondary health care settings. Mel has worked within the coronary care unit, cardiology ward, cardiac catheter suite, cardiology research as well as project management. From 2009, Mel worked as a Cardiology Nurse Specialist within Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure. As part of these roles, Mel completed several postgraduate courses, including qualifying as an independent non-medical prescriber in 2013.

Since joining the team, Mel has led on modules, as well as contributing to various programmes. Mel is currently the co-course lead for the pre-registration BSc Adult Nursing course.

Mel has had a passion for teaching throughout her career, performing in-house tutorials and formal teaching sessions whilst in clinical practice. Mel thrives on working with emerging healthcare professionals at the University of Suffolk and has achieved her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Mel lectures across various aspects of the pre-registration curriculum and on a selection of post-registration courses.

Mel’s main research interests are within Cardiology and has previously worked as a Cardiology Research Nurse (Deal: Nee Reeve).  Within her project management post, Mel focussed upon the Atrial Fibrillation National Priority Project and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Programme. Mel has continued to pursue her Cardiology research interests since joining the University. 

Deal M, Thompson DR, Ski CF. (2021) 'Harnessing technology in heart failure care'. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Epub (15.7.21) 

NHS Improvement. (2008) Heart Improvement; Atrial Fibrillation in Primary Care, National Priority Project.  Publication Ref: IMP/heart0002.
Pitt, J., Reeve, M., Whitlam, H., Pulikal, G., Ment, J., El Gaylani, N., Beattie, J., Murray, G. and Pitt, M. (June 2007). A randomised trial of drug eluting versus bare metal stents in acute ST elevation myocardial infarction. Heart (British Cardiac Society) Volume 93.

Pitt, JE., Reeve, M., Watkin, RW., Whitlam, H., Pulikal, G., Ment, J., El Gaylani, N., Beattie, JM., Murray, G. and Pitt, M.  Drug Eluting Versus bare metal stents In acute st elevation myocardial infarction (DEVINE) – a randomised control trial.  European Heart Journal (ESC Vienna 2007).

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse
  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Advance HE: Senior Fellow