Denise Brooks

  • Senior Lecturer in CPD-Acute and Critical Care | Department of Nursing, Health and Professional Practice  
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
 Denise Brooks


I joined the School of Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire, as a Senior Lecturer, in January 2018 following 37 years in acute and critical care experience within the NHS. My most recent clinical role was as a Nurse Consultant in Critical Care Services, and professional lead for critical care outreach and the hospital at night team, in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a large teaching hospital with multiple speciality acute and critical care services. Professional lead fo the trainee advanced critical care practitioners as part of Nurse Consultant role.My extensive experience and knowledge within clinical practice has supported my transition to the academic arena.

Prior to joining the university I was awarded an honorary contract as a clinical scholar, supporting the delivery of the post registration modules for critical care nursing. Within my first permanent post in higher education I had experience of designing and delivering a number of key lectures, simulated learning experiences and group tutorials for level 6 and level 7 students. Within my short period at the University of Central Lancashire, I was appointed assistant module leader for acute care and was involved in delivering on post registration critical care programmes, as well as specialist skills in critical care for qualified midwives. Furthermore, I was involved in recruitment and selection, parity events and both summative and peer assessments. The opportunity to join the CPD team at the University of Cumbria, leading the acute and critical care modules provides me with the opportunity to pursue my interest in the education and development of others to meet their goals, within my area of expertise.

In the future, I intend to complete my professional portfolio to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy to support my current qualifications, as well as continue my studies further through undertaking research and completing a PhD.

Qualifications and memberships

MSc Professional Practice (Development and Evaluation), University of Central Lancashire. November 2003

Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Professional Education, University of Central Lancashire, Sept 2007

Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered Nurse (part1) April 1984. Revalidation due April 2020

ENB Certificate in Burns and Plastic Surgery Nursing 1985

ENB Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice 1990

ENB Certificate in General Intensive Care Nursing 1992

Generic Instructors Course 2015

Advanced Life Support Instructor, Resuscitation Council, 2011(Recertified 2016)

Member of the Royal College of Nursing

East Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical care Network

North of England Critical care Network

Academic and research interests

Involved in national projects related to acute and critical care as part of Nurse Consultant role. Most recent: Global Tracheostomy Collaborative

Locally driven resaerch: Acute and Critical Illness: Point of Care testing (Sepsis and AKI)



National Outreach Forum (Feb 2015) Readmission to Critical Care within 48 hours of discharge: Evaluation and Improvements

North West Advancing Quality Alliance: Sepsis: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust

North West Advancing Quality Alliance: Acute Kidney Injury: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust


NW Acute Kidney Injury Advancing Quality Alliance (2015): Development of an Acute Kidney Injury Team.

National Outreach Forum (March 2016) Improving Tracheostomy Care and Education.

Article published following a sabbatical to review Burns Units in USA compared to Burns Unit UK and Service Delivery (Drysdale, D. 1989)

Recent external roles

Patient safety and human factors working group for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Appointed as lead nurse for sepsis, representing the trust at the parlimentary launch (2016)

Trust representative and expert panel member for sepsis: Advencing Quality Alliance, North West. Salford Hospitals