Mrs Melanie Hayward

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

Senior Lecturer


Melanie had 23 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 is the Academic Lead for Retention and Attainment (Nursing Programmes), sits on the University’s Education Committee, is the nursing academic representative within the Access platform and runs the university social media accounts for pre-registration nursing. 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. Melanie is also an External Examiner for the BN Childrens Nursing at Bangor University.

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 Child Health 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. Melanie’s current research area is student nurse use of social media.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has been nominated twice for Most Inspiring Tutor award, for five Student Union and Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards and a Vice-chancellor award. In 2019 she won Most Inspiring Tutor Award, nominated by Nursing graduates and in 2020 the Student Union Award for Academic Partner of the Year.