Staff profile

Dr Andrew Dainty


Anatomy and Physiology Lecture




College of Health and Social Care


School of Nursing and Professional Practice

Research centre

University Professorial Council


St Helena, Chesterfield



I was originally a student nurse at the University of Derby, graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Nursing in January 2008. I started my career in nursing working as a staff nurse within a busy renal directorate at a large University teaching hospital within the East Midlands. I later moved to an Emergency Department whilst completing a BSc Nursing. In 2011, I was awarded a prestigious NIHR fellowship to study a Master of Arts in Research Methods which was completed with distinction in 2012 wilst working as a gastrointestinal research nurse for a NIHR Clinical Research Network.

In 2012, I made the decision to pursue interests in gastrointestinal research, completing a PhD in 2016 relating to the psychological aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. During this time, I fulfilled a variety of roles in acute and outpatient gastrointestinal services and built a reputation based upon a passionate interest in the evaluation of complex healthcare interventions.

I am currently a lecturer in Health and Social care and spend most of my time working with Trainee Nursing Associate and Assistant Practitioner apprentices from a variety of backgrounds. I am very passionate about widening participation to Higher Education and enabling others to take part in clinical research. I also have other roles within the College of Health and Social Care, such as the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee and Assisting in the leading of the FdSc Nursing Associate and Assistant Practitioner programmes. 

Teaching responsibilities

Lecturer within the College of Health and Social Care.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

International experience

European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) Summer School Graduate (2015)

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications

Blog Posts

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr Andrew David Dainty, Lecturer at the University of Derby, talks about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and whether psychological treatments can help.