Mr Richard Greensmith FHEA, PGCAP, PGCE, NMCT, MSc, BSc, BA, Dip.N, RNA

Richard Greensmith

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Deputy Programme Director

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Richard is an Adult Field Registered Nurse with broad experience in digestive diseases, oncology and palliative care, and renal disorders, with significant experience in mentoring and supporting student nurses in clinical practice. This led to educational roles across the sector within further education and higher education with an interest in academic, and the personal and professional development of students.

Richard’s significant interests are the development of identity in line with hermeneutics, threshold concepts and praxis in which his MSc inquiry addressed liminal integration into a communitas. Additionally, two of the areas of interest and development include anatomy and physiology, and the application and understanding of digital literacies as a profession.


  • Master of Science in Health Care Education (MSc)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (for Lifelong Learning) (PGCE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Studies (BSc)
  • Bachelor or Arts in English and Dance (BA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


After provisional experience in performing arts, Richard began his health care career as a Health Care Assistant and was enamoured by the profession and the potential and possibilities. Later working as a registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and deputy charge nurse within various specialities, he was drawn to the education and guidance of student nurses.

Having experience as a sessional lecturer for clinical skills, Richard later worked in further education as a Lead for Health and Social Care and the biological health sciences. Returning to higher education, Richard delivered various content across the nursing programmes with a focus on clinical skills and anatomy and physiology; and since engaged in the consultation, preparation, and validation of a new nursing programme within the region.

Being aware that nursing has various challenging theoretical and practical concepts, Richard has current focus on the personal and professional development of students based on supporting the knowledge and application of biological sciences, and digital awareness. Whilst a key focus is on the development of professional identity and self-awareness as an individual and part of a profession.


As the Nursing Part 2 – Deputy Programme Director (DPD), Richard is also the Module Lead for the Pathophysiology for Nurses, and Evaluating Nursing Care but also currently teaches across the:

Other activities

As a Part 2 Deputy Programme Director, Richard overseas the nursing programmes in conjunction with the School and wider network to support competence and professionality.

Richard is also involved in the Digital Education Strategy for the College, liaising with local partners to develop and sustained digital literacies within the professions.

Having commenced his post in October 2021, Richard currently leads on the New Staff Support Network within the School in which peer mentorship, collaboration and engagement assist colleagues in developing knowledge, skills and know-how within the School, College and wider university.