Mrs Melanie Hayward

Dip HE, RN Child, BSc (Hons), SCPHN, SN, PG Cert, Ed, RNT, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


Melanie had 21 years’ experience working within the NHS before entering the word of academia. Having trained at Great Ormond Street in the mid-nineties she worked within general medical, surgical paediatrics and oncology once qualified. Gaining interest in public health she moved into community work, gaining her SCPHN and working as a school nurse before moving into safeguarding. Working as a named and lead nurse for safeguarding children she had various responsibilities including safeguarding sub-committees and contributing to serious case reviews.

As well as her module leading, teaching, assessment, recruitment and pastoral responsibilities she sits on the University’s Education Committee, is the nursing academic representative within the TAP platform, is the assessment lead for the BSc Hons nursing programme and runs the university Twitter account for pre-qualifying nurses and a related Instagram account. External pedagogical activity includes being a subject matter expert and co-creator of the Skills for Health safeguarding children (levels 1 -3) training. and being part of the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board Training pool.

Scholarly activity includes peer reviewer for MA Journals,  Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing Journal and NHS National Institute for Health Research. Melanie is a member of the British Journal of School Nursing editorial board and is a contributor to various Department of Health and Public Health England documents including the Health Visiting and School Nursing programmes: Domestic Abuse and Sexual Health guidance. She is the author of the ‘What to do if…’ safeguarding series in the British Journal of School Nursing and a chapter on PSHE Education within the popular book; School Nurse Survival Guide.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has been nominated for the Most Inspiring Tutor award, two SU Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards for student support and learning and teaching practice and a Vice-chancellor award. Melanie is also an External Examiner for the BN Childrens Nursing at Bangor University.