Dr Alison Coates Ed.D MA BA (hons) Dip Ad Ed RGN RMN

Lecturer, Lead for Teaching and Learning (Nursing)


Contact details

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


Alison Coates is a lecturer in mental health nursing with a particular interest in older adult mental health care. She is also the Lead for Teaching and Learning in Nursing and leads on curriculum development issues.


  • EdD. Education Leadership
  • Suzy Lamplaugh Personal Safety Tutor 2008
  • Dip Ad Ed. The University of Nottingham. 1991.
  • MA. Sociology of Heath Care. The University of Warwick. 1990.
  • BA (Hons). History. The University of Sussex, Cultural and Community Studies School. 1986.
  • Registered General Nurse. Salford Area Health Authority.1983.
  • Registered Mental Nurse. Salford Area Health Authority. 1980.


Alison trained as a mental health and adult nurse in Salford and Manchester. As a clinical nurse Alison worked in older adult care and in forensic nursing as a Charge Nurse. She joined the University as a part time lecturer (teaching), in 1995. Since this time she has contributed and taught on undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Alison has held a variety of roles within the nursing division including Mental Health Branch Co-ordinator and Programme Director. She is currently the Lead for Teaching and Learning. 


Current teaching contribution B.Nurs modules:

  • Nursing Older People (Mental Health)
  • Personal Safety
  • Globalisation and Comparative Health
  • Principles of Nursing
  • Society Policy and Practice
  • Medication Management


  • Teaching and learning focused

Other activities

  • Company Director of BITA Pathways – a charity providing work and training for people with mental health problems
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council Quality Reviewer
  • Suzy Lamplaugh Personal Safety Tutor
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner The University of Essex


Hindle, A. Coates, A. (eds) (2011) Nursing Care of Older People. New York. Oxford University Press.

Chapter: Dementia, mental health and the older adult.

Chapter: Elimination and continence and the older adult

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