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Rachel Heathershaw

Academic Lead for Practice Education


Rachel Heathershaw

School of Health and Sports Sciences

T: +44(0)1473 338436

Rachel is one of the Associate Professors in the School of Health and Sports Sciences. Rachel completed her registered nurse training at the West Suffolk Hospital (WSH) in 1987 and worked predominantly in Acute medicine and rehabilitation as a Staff Nurse and Ward Manager. Following a role supporting learning in practice, Rachel joined the University as Senior Lecturer: Practice Learning and Development in 2010.

Rachel has responsibility for the Placement Administration team, working closely with course teams and practice placement  partners.

Teaching and Other Responsibilities

Rachel has a keen interest in developing learning in practice from student and placement provider perspectives.  She also contributes to the delivery of the Masters programmes with teaching expertise focusing on leadership and self-development.

Research Interests and Publications

Rachel’s doctoral study is focused on role modelling as a leadership behaviour in nursing.