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Research Interests

Fiona’s main area of research interest is currently focused on nurses understanding of courage in their practice.

COPD and self-management completed for HEIC


Fiona Barchard is a Senior lecturer in Adult Nursing and Curriculum / Programme leader. She commenced work at the University of Northampton in 2006 and teaches across pre-registration and Post registration nursing from level 4 to level 7. The subjects she teaches include pathophysiology, recognition of the deteriorating patient, leadership, reflection and complex care. She was awarded her PGCTHE in 2008 and was also awarded a teaching fellowship by the University. In 2011 she commenced her Professional Doctorate and is currently awaiting approval of amends to her Thesis post a successful viva. Prior to joining the University she studied for a Degree in Health care studies and a Masters in Clinical Leadership.

Teaching Interests

Curriculum lead Nursing (all fields)

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing: Module lead for the following:

  • Year 2: Pathophysiology
  • Year 1,2 and 3 Numeracy and drug calculations (all fields pre-reg)

BSc (Hons) Post registration

  • Post registration: Adult acute care

Education/Academic qualification



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Research Output 2017 2017

6 Cs and 10 commitments: nurses’ understanding and use of courage

Barchard, F., Sixsmith, J., Neill, S. & Meurier, C., 27 Feb 2017, In : Nursing Management. 23, 10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Professional Practice

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 2 Exhibition

The University of Northampton

Fiona Barchard (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachExhibitionResearch


A grounded theory of courage in nursing - a complex, multi layered phenomenon

Fiona Barchard (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


SAGE Publications Ltd (Publisher)

Fiona Barchard (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkPublication Peer-reviewResearch


Getting to grips with Grounded theory: A critical reflection

Fiona Barchard (Speaker)
6 Apr 2017

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


Nursing Management (Journal)

Fiona Barchard (Reviewer)
7 Apr 20172019

Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkPublication Peer-reviewResearch


Adult nurses’ understanding and use of courage in their professional practice: Realising Courage in nursing

Author: Barchard, F., Jul 2019

Supervisor: Neill, S. (Supervisor), Sixsmith, J. (External person) (Supervisor), Meurier, C. (Supervisor) & Mortimer, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis