Pauline Pearson has been Professor of Nursing at Northumbria University since 2009. Pauline practised as a health visitor until 1993, completing a part-time PhD in 1988. She has a strong background in health services research, and good links with a range of health and social care providers across the North East. Her interests include care quality and safety, interprofessional working, workforce change and aspects of public health and primary care practice. She is also recognised nationally as an expert in building community capacity to improve health and wellbeing.
Pauline led a major UK study on patient safety education for medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy, which was the subject of evidence to the UK Health Select Committee’s sixth report on Patient Safety in 2009. She has also examined the development of new roles in the mental health workforce, and evaluated the Scottish Early Clinical Career Fellowships Pilot for nurses. Current work includes a review of workload tools for critical care, implementation of patient safety education and of a National CPD framework for nurses working with older people with complex needs. She has successfully supervised 18 doctoral students to completion, with a further eight in progress, and has been external examiner for 17.