Staff profile

Dr Andrew Dainty

Senior Lecturer

Anatomy and Physiology Lecture




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research centre

University Professorial Council


St Helena, Chesterfield



My career in healthcare began as a healthcare support worker within a minor injuries unit. I joined the University of Derby as a student nurse in 2005, 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.

I later moved to an Emergency Department whilst completing a BSc in Nursing in 2010. 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 whilst working as a gastrointestinal research nurse for an 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 on a passionate interest in the evaluation of complex healthcare interventions. I am also a graduate of the European Academy of Nursing Science complex interventions summer school programme. 

I am currently a senior lecturer in pre-qualifying healthcare 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 in Higher Education and enabling others to take part in the research. 

Teaching responsibilities

Senior Lecturer Pre-Qualifying Healthcare.

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Recent publications

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Dr Andrew David Dainty, lecturer, registered nurse and researcher working within the Health, Psychology and Social Care at the University of Derby, talks about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and whether psychological treatments can help the common, long-term condition.