Clementinah Rooke


  • University Of Huddersfield

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Clementinah is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. She is an experienced Higher Education and NMC teacher able to teach on undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes across the Human and Health Ssciences portfolio, and contribute to the management of such programmes. She has a live interest and involvement in research and scholarly activity with a particular focus on patient public involvement, quality improvement, the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing, salutogenic health design, lean health care and person centred dementia care. She is also interested in:

  1. How the people of Zimbabwe understand, explain and treat mental health illness. The subtle differences between African Caribbean people and Africans residing in the UK are often overlooked. The care of these groups remains poor in mainstream UK hospitals. A better understanding should influence better treatment outcomes.
  2. The lived experiences of black African nurses working in the NHS and/or other healthcare sectors. Do experiences of those trained in the UK differ from those who trained abroad?

Clementinah's PhD research sought to establish the extent to which poorly designed healthcare environments and communication through signage impact on visitors' ability to find their way in and around such complex hospital settings. This was an ethnomethodologically informed ethnographic research complimented by the design science approach. The research made an impact in three distinct ways:

  1. Informed the organisation of the development project at Salford Royal hospital, leading to changes in the wayfinding team;
  2. Led directly to changes in the way wayfinding information is displayed in the hospital;
  3. Led to a consultative role in the updating of wayfinding information on campus at Salford University. Other key findings from this research pointed to the financial losses incurred through missed appointments as a result of getting lost and the impact on the mental (anxiety) and physical (raised blood pressure) on the part of the wayfinder.

In 2014 she carried out research seeking to establish whether service users could effectively deliver addiction therapy alongside qualified staff. She succeeded in involving services users throughout the entire research process including writing and publishing a peer reviewed article which was featured on the front page of the Nursing Standard journal.

In 2015 whilst completing studies leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and professional education, she was involved in participatory action research seeking to investigate whether Miller's Pyramid of competence was an effective tool for promoting autonomous learning and assessment of clinical competence for student nurses. The results of this pilot study proved that it could.

In 2018 Clementinah was involved in two small research projects at the University of Bolton: 1) with a colleague testing the impact of negotiated learning on student attainment; 2) with students evaluating the effectiveness of local dementia strategies. The first project involved two cohorts of students studying on two independent units: Contemporary approaches to dementia care and Medicines management. With the aid of pre and post knowledge questionnaires, the impact of negotiated learning was tested in a pilot study of 30 adult nursing students. The preliminary results of pilot study appear to suggest a positive correlation. The findings were presented at the annual research conference hosted by the University of Bolton.The second project encouraged students studying on the Dementia unit to adopt a research approach in their critical evaluation of local dementia care provision measuring it against the national strategies. This was in part fulfilment of one of their two units of assessment. Plans are currently under way to published findings from this research working with students as co-authors. These efforts resulted in the formation of a Dementia research interest group managed by students. 

In 2019 Clementinah was the winner of The 2019 Hennell Award for raising awareness of Dementia in Zimbabwe where she addressed diverse crowds in the three main cities of Zimbabwe. Research is currently underway to establish prevalance of Dementia in Zimbabwe.

Professional advisory or consultancy work in local, national or international arena

Enhanced Personal Tutor- March 2017-2019

Member of Governance sub-steering group for Mentorship February 2017

Member of the Organising Committee for the Annual Practice Development Conference hosted by The University of Bolton, UK 2017

Specialist Advisor (SPA) on Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Substance Misuse for the Care Quality Commission during hospital inspections, August 2015 – present

Care Quality Commission champion at The University of Bolton 2015-2019

Expert Member of Research Ethics Committee (NHS) North West England 2009–2013

International Scientific Advisory Panel member for the RCN Annual research conference 2014-present

Scientific reviewer for Nursing Standard journals 2013 -present

Scientific reviewer for Nurse Researcher journals 2014 -present 

Scientific reviewer for the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) from 2010 – present.

Trustee/Treasurer for Oasis Development Trust Charity No: 1106101  since 2004

Outreach and public engagement

Clementinah is experienced in developing partner contacts with internal and external agencies in creating enterprising opportunities. She successfully organised the first annual Practice Education conference which attracted 100 plus industry delegates. This was a free conference which nonetheless had an income generating agenda as it also focused on advertising and recruitment

Outside her immediate contractual responsibilities, she has had the opportunity to form external relationships within the country and internationally through her work for the Care Quality Commission, the Royal College of Nursing and the lean constructions industry as a scientific reviewer for both journals and international conferences. In May 2019 she delivered 5 Dementia Awareness Public lectures in the three main cities of Zimbabwe and have since been invited to train the entire Health Sciences department at Zimbabwe Open University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Bank Staff Nurse: NHSP, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jan 2017 → …

Specialist Advisor , Care Quality Commission

1 Aug 2015 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Person centred dementia care,
  • The impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing,
  • Salutogenic health design,
  • Lean healthcare,
  • Healthcare requirements and wayfinding,
  • Quality improvement and improvement science,
  • Patient/service user involvement in research


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