Professor Melaine Coward

Head of the School of Health Sciences
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Personal Assistant: Helen Matthews
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Areas of specialism

Reflective practice

University roles and responsibilities

  • Head of the School of Health Sciences



    Research interests




    Peer reviewed publications

    2018 Coward, M. and Rhodes, A. Reflecting for patient care improvement. Nursing Management, Accepted for publication, July 2018.

    2018, Coward, M. Reflection and personal learning.  Nursing Management, Published, July 2018.

    2018 Coward, M. Encouraging reflection in professional learning.  Nursing Management. Published, June 2018. 

    2018 Coward, M. A Case Study to Explore Nurse Educators Approaches to Teaching Reflection. Submitted March 2018 to Nurse Education Today: under review.

    2017 Coward, M.  An enquiry into nurse educators’ beliefs, understandings and approaches to teaching the concepts of reflection to adult student nurses in UK Higher Education Institutes.  Thesis submitted for Doctor of Education, awarded by Kingston University, Available at:

    2017 Bolger, S., Rhodes, A. and Coward, M. Impact of a maternal sepsis training package on maternity staff compliance with Trust guidelines. British Journal of Midwifery, 25 (2): 116-121

    2016 Coward, M., Crombie, A., Joy, M., Ream, E., Tremblay, M. and Wilson, P.  Primary Care Strategic Workforce Planning Programme. Researchgate, Available at:

    2011 Coward, M. Does the Use of Reflective Models restrict critical thinking and therefore learning in nurse education. What have we done? Nurse Education Today, 31: 883–886

    Book chapters

    2018 Coward, M. and Rhodes, A. Utilising Interprofessional learning to engender employability IN Enhancing Employability in Higher Education through Work Based Learning, Morley, D. (ED).  London: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Judith Edwards, Melaine Coward, Nicola Carey (2020)Paramedic independent prescribing in primary care – seven steps to success, In: Journal of Prescribing Practice MA Healthcare Ltd

    Paramedic practice is evolving and the number of advanced paramedics in primary care roles in the UK has risen dramatically. A significant milestone for the paramedic profession, recent legislation granting paramedics independent prescribing rights means UK paramedics are the first worldwide to receive this extension in scope of practice. Paramedic prescribing capability is expected to increase autonomy for independent case management and enhance capacity for service development. Local and national success is however likely to depend on skilful implementation and the avoidance of historical barriers. This article aims to raise awareness of potential barriers to early adoption of paramedic independent prescribing in primary care. It identifies common pitfalls prior to training and provides seven practical steps for paramedics considering pursuing non-medical prescribing training.