60 seconds with foundation professor of nursing Dave Clarke
Persevere, innovate and work as a team – you achieve so much more by working together, says foundation professor of nursing Dave Clarke.
Persevere, innovate and work as a team – you achieve so much more by working together, says foundation professor of nursing Dave Clarke
Dave Clarke qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 and a registered sick children’s nurse in 1995. Specialising in intensive care, he helped open the children’s ITU at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1996 and worked as a senior clinical nurse before moving into education. After working at Cardiff University for 16 years, rising to deputy head of school for education and students, he took up his current post as the first foundation professor of nursing at the University of Leicester in April. He lives with his partner Craig, a community occupational therapist, and their three rescue dogs.
What are your main work responsibilities?
To develop and deliver a nursing with leadership programme with dual registration: adult and mental health, child and mental health. We are also developing a midwifery with leadership programme.
Who are your clients/patients?
The course is being developed jointly with University Hospitals of Leicester and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, so the NHS, my future students and their patients.
What do you love about your job?
Working with students to innovate nursing education, especially clinical simulation, and working with clinical practice areas to develop placement learning.
What do you find most difficult?
Finding time to do everything!
What is your top priority at work?
Working with the two Leicestershire trusts and the university to develop an attractive and exciting nursing with leadership programme.
How have you developed your skills in this role?
My clinical career was hugely influential in developing my skills, knowledge and confidence before moving into education. Students are the best critics of teaching skills, and doing a PhD taught me how to be a researcher.
What has been your most formative career experience?
Working with excellent role models who have supported my career aspirations and my development. Positive role models are important for us all.
What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?
To persevere, innovate and work as a team – you achieve so much more by working together.