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Melissa Owens
Director of Nursing



Dr Melissa Owens is a Registered Nurse (Learning Disability) and has worked in Higher Education since 1992. Previous roles have included Director of Pre-registration Education and, Associate Professor (Nursing).  She joined the University of York in March 2023 as Senior Lecturer, Subject Lead for Nursing and holds responsibility for the Nursing and Nursing Associate Programmes.


  • EdD
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Studies
  • BA (Hons)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies and Nursing (Community Health Studies)




Melissa’s particular areas of interest are interprofessional education and collaborative practices and, pedagogy. She completed her Doctorate of Education in 2015, which was entitled: An exploration of collaborative practice and non-formal interprofessional education by medical and nursing students in the primary care setting.


Melissa can supervise PhD students in all aspects of nursing practice that have a sociological focus. Her particular areas of interest are Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practices.


Selected publications

  • Hutchings M, McLarnon N, McDermott J, Watson A, Power A, Anderson E & Owens M (2022) Practice-based learning and the impacts of COVID-19: doing it for real? British Journal of Midwifery June, Vol 30, No 6, P333-344.
  • Power A, Park V, Owens M & Sy M (2022) Academics’ experiences of online interprofessional education and emergency remote teaching in response COVID-19: reflection informing practice Commissioned by Journal of Midwifery.  April, Vol 30, No 4, P222-228.
  • Wetzimair L, Kitema F, O’Carroll,V El-Awaisi A, Power A, Owens M, Park V, McKinley M, Anderson L Loder-Fink B (2021) The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of interprofessional education: it’s not all bad news Journal of Midwifery Vol 29, No 12, p699-705.
  • Power A, Sy M, Hutchings M, Coleman T, El-Awaisi A, Kitema G, Gallagher J, Herath C, McLarnon N, Nagraj S, O’Carroll V, Owens M, Park V, Pope E, Wetzimair L, Greaves J, Anderson L (2021) Learning in Lockdown: exploring the impact of COVID-19 on interprofessional education.  Journal of Midwifery, November, Vol 29, No 11, p648-652.
  • O’Carroll V, Owens M, Sy M, et al. (2020) Top Tips for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Research: A guide for students and early career researchers Journal of Interprofessional Care July, p1-6.
  • Jackson L & Owens M (2019) Does oral care with chlorhexidine reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in mechanically ventilated adults receiving critical care? British Journal of Nursing.
  • Barlow N & Owens M (2018) Participatory action research into implementing open access in musculoskeletal X-ray: Management and staff perspectives.  Radiography Volume 24, Issue 4, August pp:224-233.
  • Barlow N & Owens M (2017) Current waiting times in a UK MSK general x-ray department: Patient preference and satisfaction levels British Journal of Healthcare Management 23 (9) 438-447. 
  • Owens M Readle M, Haigh J & Pansini-Murrell J (2012) An Exploration of how Student Feedback for Academic Assignments could be Enhanced, when using the Software TurnitinUK’s GradeMark™  (Funded Project) Final Report.
  • Owens M, (2011) A Qualitative Study Exploring Interprofessional Working Practices in the Primary Care Setting and the Impact these Practices have on the Attaining of these Skills by Nursing Students.  Full Paper, Conference Proceedings for ‘International Networking in Healthcare (NET) Conference.  September.
  • Dearnley C, Owens M, Greasley P & Plews C  Mixing Students Mixing Methods.  In: Bromage,A Clouder,L Thislethwaite,J & Gordon,F (Eds) (2010) Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative WorkPractices and Technologies.  Hershey, Information Science Reference.
  • Owens M, Dearnley C, Plews C, & Greasley P (2010) Evaluation of a Multifaceted Pre-registration Interprofessional Education Module.  Journal of Interprofessional Care Vol 24, no 4, July.  Pp: 460-462.
  • Allen T & Owens M (2008) Urban Regeneration, Making a Difference: What factors impact on partnerships being able to work together, effectively, in order to change the health and well-being of local communities? (Funded Project) Final Report.
  • Owens M, Pearson D, Allen L, & Hutchinson J (2007) Promoting Interprofessional Learning Across West Yorkshire (Funded Project) Final Report.
  • Beck J & Owens M (2007) Monitoring Student’s Level’s of Online Engagement in a Pre-registration, Interprofessional Education Module Full Paper published in the Conference Procedings for ‘EIPEN’ (European Interprofessional Education Network) September, Krakow.



  • BSc Nursing
  • MNurse
  • Nursing Associate


  • MSc Nursing

External activities


  • Board member of CAIPE (Centre of Advancement for Interprofessional Education)
  • Co-Lead of the Faculty Development Priority Group

Editorial duties

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Reviewer for Advances in Medical Education and Practice

Melissa Owens

Contact details

Dr Melissa Owens
Director of Nursing

Tel: 01904 32(3278)