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Prof John Unsworth

Deputy Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

John Unsworth has worked in Higher Education since 2007 and has held posts at the Higher Education Academy, University of Sunderland and at previously at Northumbria University. John’s research relates to patient safety and workforce development around competence.

John has a background in primary and community care having been a Nurse Director in a geographically large Primary Care Trust in England. From 2001 to 2007 John was professional lead for nursing, allied health and adult social care / social work within Northumberland NHS Care Trust. Until 2018 he was Board Nurse on NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group. During the pandemic he has worked for NHS Test and Trace and a Clinical Contact Caseworker and is now delivering Covid-19 vaccines in Primary Care.

He has also worked in consultancy and a number of specialist nursing roles over the past 30 years. In 2013 John was made a National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his work around simulation education and student assessment in 2013. He became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. John has worked internationally to develop practice and higher education teachers in Thailand, China, Hungary, Ghana, Vietnam, Bahrain, Ukraine and in Grenada (West Indies).

John is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

John was awarded made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to community nursing and community nurse education.

John is a Global Nursing Leadership Institute Scholar with the International Council of Nurses and has a lead role in influencing UK policy as Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

John Unsworth

Nursing and Health Policy, Workforce Policy, Patient Safety, Workforce Development, Community Healthcare, Competence, Assessment and Feedback

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Redeployment to critical care during the COVID 19 pandemic: A phenomenological study, Scott, M., Wade, R., Tucker, G., Unsworth, J. 1 Mar 2024, In: Nursing in critical care
  • Barriers and facilitators of vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19, Influenza, and Pertussis during pregnancy and in mothers of infants under two years: an Umbrella Review, Nichol, B., McCready, J., Steen, M., Unsworth, J., Simonetti, V., Tomietto, M. 2 Mar 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Healthcare Workforce Policy Brief: Vaccination and the Registered Nursing Workforce, Unsworth, J., McCready, J., Erfani, G., Nichol, B., Gordon, C., Tomietto, M. 18 Oct 2023
  • Identifying Sources of Moral Distress Amongst Critical Care Staff During the Covid-19 Pandemic Using a Naturalistic Inquiry, Scott, M., Wade, R., Tucker, G., Unsworth, J. 2023, In: SAGE Open Nursing
  • Nurses’ knowledge and self-assessment of their clinical experiences of intraosseous access: A multicentre cross-sectional study, Cicolini, G., Comparcini, D., Simonetti, V., Papappicco, C., Unsworth, J., Tomietto, M. 1 Jul 2023, In: International Emergency Nursing
  • The impact of rapid cycle simulation deliberate practice on nursing student’s resuscitation self-efficacy: a quasi-experimental study, Tucker, G., Urwin, C., Tomietto, M., Unsworth, J. Nov 2023, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Understanding the barriers and facilitators of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy amongst healthcare workers and healthcare students worldwide: An umbrella review protocol, McCready, J., Comparcini, D., Nichol, B., Steen, M., Unsworth, J., Tomietto, M. 31 Mar 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Understanding the barriers and facilitators of vaccine hesitancy towards the COVID-19 vaccine in healthcare workers and healthcare students worldwide: An Umbrella Review, McCready, J., Nichol, B., Steen, M., Unsworth, J., Comparcini, D., Tomietto, M. 12 Apr 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Advanced practice nurse roles in Europe: Implementation challenges, progress and lessons learnt, Unsworth, J., Greene, K., Ali, P., Lillebø, G., Mazilu, D. 12 Sep 2022, In: International Nursing Review
  • Barriers and facilitators to vaccination for COVID-19, pertussis, and influenza during pregnancy: Protocol for an umbrella review, Nichol, B., Simonetti, V., McCready, J., Steen, M., Unsworth, J., Tomietto, M. 26 Sep 2022, In: PLoS One

  • Christopher Parker Start Date: 01/03/2024
  • Ogechi Okorie Start Date: 01/11/2023
  • Caroline Bohlender The Role of Professional Regulation on the Development of Advanced Nursing Practice in Europe. Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Kevin Murphy Lone working in Community Nursing Healthcare Services Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • Law LLM June 02 2003
  • Philosophy PhD September 30 2002
  • Education PGCE June 30 1997
  • Nursing MSc September 01 1994
  • Nursing BSc (Hons) September 01 1992
  • Principal Fellow (PFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2021
  • National Teaching Fellow NTF 2013


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