Mrs Patricia Hibberd MA, B.Ed (Hons) RNA, RM, RHV, FHEA.

Mrs Patricia Hibberd

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Pat Hibberd is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is Programme Director for the new undergraduate Master of Nursing, post-registration mentorship preparation programmes and is the lead for the development of graduate nurse apprenticeship routes. Pat originally qualified as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham in 1981 and is a registered adult nurse and health visitor. She has formerly also worked as a registered midwife. She is an experienced nurse educator, who has worked in both executive and operational capacity within Higher Education. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, programme management and leadership of learning and teaching within nursing, health and social care. Her teaching interests focus on leadership and management, clinical education and public health and primary care nursing. Pat’s research interests include learning and teaching in nursing and clinical education, primary care roles and interfaces and career development in academic nursing.

Pat is currently an external examiner at the University of Sheffield and is a Quality Assurance Reviewer for Mott MacDonald on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


  • Master of Art (Education Studies)
  • Bachelor of Education (Nursing Education)
  • Registered Nurse (Adult)
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Health Visitor
  • NMC Lecturer / Practice Educator
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Pat’s initial nurse education was undertaken at the former Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham, later going on to qualify as a midwife from St. Marys School of Midwifery, Paddington and as a health visitor at Southbank University, London. She has completed degrees at Southbank University and University of Sheffield respectively.

She has previously worked at the University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire University and Glyndwr University, Wrexham and consequently has experience of working within both English and Welsh health and education policy and practice. Pat’s curriculum leadership has included design of undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing programmes, including the recent development of the four year undergraduate Master’s degree at the University of Birmingham. At Glyndwr University she was responsible for the strategic leadership of post registration and postgraduate nursing programmes including Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, Specialist Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice, and progressed to become the Head of the Academic Division for Psychology, Sports Science and Health, becoming part of the University Executive team.

She has previously led Masters degrees in Leadership and in Professional Education leading to recordable teaching status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. As part of her engagement in clinical leadership, Pat has led practice development programmes, action learning sets and facilitated workshops with clinical specialist nurses and managers. Her recent research has included a focus on academic education careers with a methodological interest in ethnographic and narrative research. 


Postgraduate supervision

Pat is an experienced supervisor for taught Masters and Undergraduate degree students.

Other activities

  • Quality Assurance Reviewer for Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • External Examiner – University of Sheffield


Roberts D, Hibberd P, Lewis CA, Turley J (2014)  The unique contribution of community clinical nurse specialists in rural WalesBritish Journal of Community Nursing 19, 12, 601-607

Hibberd PA (2008) Facilitating and assessing student learning: Understanding the role of the portfolio. Chapter 1 in Norman K (ed) Portfolios in the Nursing Profession: Use in Assessment and Professional Development Quay books 

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