Virginia Mitton

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Virginia joined the university as a Senior Lecturer in October 2017 and teaches both pre and post-registration courses, primarily around prescribing, long term conditions and nursing.  Virginia began her nursing career in community nursing working as a Specialist Practice District Nurse and a nurse prescriber. Virginia became an NMC Teacher in 2006 and completed an MA in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education with distinction in 2010.  Virginia has held academic posts as Programme Manager for Pre-Registration Adult Nursing at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol and Course Leader for the Non-Medical Prescribing courses at London Metropolitan University.  Throughout her academic career, Virginia has taught across a number of subjects including non-medical prescribing, long term conditions, older people, medication management, mentorship, illness & disability, health promotion and health & social care. 

Virginia has a qualitative-dominant research interest in adult pedagogy, particularly how students make sense of learning in practice.  Her MA dissertation research was a qualitative analysis to investigate how the blend of pedagogical approaches utilised in the delivery of a prescribing course positively impacts on student learning and effectively supports fitness to prescribing practice. The most positive outcome from this study was that students identified that the course heightened their awareness of their professional responsibilities and ultimately improved clinical practice.

Virginia is interested in intergenerational contact and activity and the impact that a playgroup in a care home has upon all stakeholders; children, parents/grandparents, care home residents and staff.  She is undertaking a PhD to discover more about this emerging research topic, hoping to build further knowledge of exploring the benefits of intergenerational contact and promoting wellbeing and positive attitudes in all generations involved.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Intergenerational Activity and Contact

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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Long Term Conditions
  • Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Intergenerational Activity
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Older Adults
  • Medication Management
  • mentorship
  • Learning in Practice