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Elaine Whitton
Senior Lecturer in Nursing



Elaine began her career as a staff nurse on medical and high dependency wards at Guy’s Hospital, London before moving to Hull to read for a degree in Social Policy and Administration.

Her career in higher education began in 1998 as a researcher at the University of Hull. This was followed by lecturing posts at the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds and Sheffield, before joining the University of York in 2021. 

Elaine’s PhD examined the contribution of learning disability nurses to partnerships in care and was awarded in 2009 by the University of Hull.

Her teaching interests include social policy (including health policy), politics, sociology, health inequalities, partnerships in care, long term conditions, professional issues, foundations for nursing, communication skills, learning disabilities, research methods, evidence-based practice, leadership and the management of change.

Elaine is the Programme Lead for the MSc Nursing (Adult) and MSc Nursing (Mental Health).


  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)
  • BA(Hons) Social Policy and Administration
  • PhD
  • PGCert Higher Education Teaching
  • PGCert Research Training
  • Registered Teacher (NMC)

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Chair Fitness to Practice



Elaine’s research interests include nursing roles, nurse education, health inequalities, supporting people with learning disabilities.


Selected publications

  • Whitton, E., Ilott, I., Thompson, J., Senbeto, S.  and Gerrish, K (2014) Guidelines for Patient and Public Involvement in the Implementation of Research Findings. NIHR. CLAHRC-SY
  • Manthorpe, J., Alaszewski, A., Motherby, E., Gates, B. and Ayer, S.  (2004) ‘Learning disability nursing: a multi-method study of education and practice’ Learning in Health & Social Care 3 (2):92-101 June
  • Manthorpe, J., Alaszewski, A., Gates, B., Ayer, S.  and Motherby, E.  (2003) ‘Learning disability nursing: User and carer perceptions’  Journal of Learning Disabilities 7(2): 119-135 1 June
  • Alaszewski, A., Motherby, E., Gates, B., Ayer, S. and Manthorpe, J.  (2001) Diversity and Change: the changing roles and education of learning disability nurses.  ENB: London
  • Alaszewski, A., Gates, B., Motherby, E., Manthorpe, J., and Ayer, S.  (2001) Educational Preparation for Learning Disability Nursing: Outcomes Evaluation of the Contribution of Learning Disability Nurses within the Multi-professional, Multi-agency Team.  Research Highlights 47  ENB: London
  • Motherby, E., Alaszewski, A., Gates, B., Ayer, S., and Manthorpe, J.  (2000) ‘How have learning disability nurses responded to the challenge of change?’  Abstract  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 44:403 June/August



Elaine teaches across a range of undergraduate modules.

External activities


Elaine Whitton

Contact details

Dr Elaine Whitton
Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Tel: 01904 32(3816)