Mr Richard Breakwell RGN BSc(Hons) PGCE MA



Contact details

School of Health and Population Sciences
Medical School
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Richard Breakwell is a lecturer in nursing. His clinical experience is varied, including transplant coordination (recipient and procurement), intensive care nursing, and liver and renal services.

Richard’s current area of interest is in the principles of nursing patients in the acute setting, and the educational aspects of student progression, retention and attrition.

For his doctoral studies, Richard has designed and is exploring the use of a new model of student nurse progression.


  • MA Education 2004
  • PGCE 2002 – NMC registered
  • BSc (Hons) Combined Health Sciences 1998
  • ENB 100: Intensive Care Course 1996
  • ENB 998: Teaching and Assessing 1996
  • Registered General Nurse 1992


Richard qualified as a nurse in 1992. He worked clinically in several acute settings, including oncology, renal, liver, intensive care, and transplant coordination services, before entering nurse education in 2000.


Teaching Programmes

  • Mentor Preparation Programme
  • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust Supporting
  • Learners and Assessment in Practice (SLiP)

Teaching Activity

Principles of Acute Nursing 1 (Module Lead)
Mentor Preparation Programme (Iteration Lead)

Richard teaches across the undergraduate nursing programme, contributing to a number of modules, including subjects related to clinical skills, biosciences, acute nursing, diabetes management, and transplantation. He regularly contributes to mentor updates at the UHB NHS Trust.



Student nurse retention and educational progress


Assessment and Learning (MA)
Richard investigated a newly designed assessment document, Learning Application Reviews, to explore its impact on the levels of student learning (surface, strategic or deep learning).

ARDS and Nitric Oxide (BSc)
The literature was reviewed to explore the use of nitric oxide in patients with ARDS.

Other activities

  • Honorary Nurse Contract (UHB NHS Trust, Liver Unit)
  • Clinical Link Tutor (UHB NHS Trust)
  • Practice Placement Partnership Lead
  • Practice-based Learning Committee (Chair)
  • Member of the Bachelor of Nursing Examination Board and Curriculum Development Committee
  • Fitness to Practise and Appeals Panel Member
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer for Diversity in Health and Care
  • CITEC Inter-professional Learning Project (Nursing Representative)

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