Biography

I am a nurse, company director and consultant with expert knowledge of leadership and management development. I have started and directed four successful businesses and worked in the whole of the UK and parts of Europe. I am skilled in the use of psychometric assessments and have worked at the NHS Leadership Centre rolling out programmes for ward managers and staff in leadership. I have an MSc in Dementia and an MA in Health Services Management, along with a BA (hons) in Nurse Education. During the current pandemic I went back to help at my local hospital as a bereavement nurse phoning every family who lost someone to the virus in my area, I was also asked to open and set up an end of life ward as ward manager. I am currently a programme lead and senior lecturer at the University of Cumbria but can’t resist going back to practice and will be working this weekend. I have written articles for a variety of professional nursing journals and am a reviewer on Nursing Management. I speak and chair national conferences regularly and have spoken at International and European conferences on e-learning and Leadership.

Qualifications and memberships

Education

2012                            Level 7 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring

2003                            MA Health Service Management

Manchester Business School

1993                            BA Education Hons (1st Class)

Manchester University

2021                           MSc in Dementia Studies at Stirling University

Professional qualifications

2003                OPP – Myers Briggs trainer

2002                Centre for the Development of Healthcare Policy and Practice (CDHPP) – Leading Empowered Organisations facilitator and coach

1993              Registered Nurse Tutor

1987              Registered General Nurse, St Thomas’ Hospital London

 

National Awards:

  • Institute of IT e-learning. Project of the Year Award

 

Professional Journal Reviewer:

2004 –2012                 Nursing Management reviewing articles on leadership & change management & writing book reviews on coaching and clinical leadership

2014 – present           Journal of Clinical Nursing – reviewer of all aspects of clinical Nursing

Academic and research interests

- Leadership & innovation development                     - Project management

- Change management and strategy development     - Staff engagement

- National & local development programmes             - Coaching and mentoring

- Dementia                                                             - Facilitation

 

Publications

Dawes, D. Handscomb, A. 2002 A pilot study to assess the case for e-learning in the NHS Nursing Times Research Vol 7 428-443

 

Richards, A. 2020 The case for transactional leadership Nursing Standard

2021 Commissioned to write CPD article for Nursing Management on ward leadership