Samantha Harris-Fox

Lecturer in Pre-Qualifying Health Care


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery



I am a Lecturer in Pre-Qualifying Health Care and also a registered nurse on the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) register. 

As well as teaching responsibilities I am presently in the role of admissions tutor for the BSc Adult nursing at the Kedleston road campus.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the pre-registration adult nursing programme predominantly on stage two across all modules including clincal skills and simulation.

I lead and teach the "Developing professional knowledge and values in adult nursing" module which explores how evidence underpins nursing practice. It considers debates around ‘best available’ evidence and enables students to appraise different types of evidence and its utility for practice.  Students consider field specific nursing skills and knowledge in relation to a range of evidence-based therapeutic treatments and interventions.  Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches are explored within the context of nursing care.

Professional interests

Prior to working as a lecturer at the University of Derby, I worked as a band 7 nurse specialist in adult and paediatric intensive care. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I returned to clinical practice on days off to support the vaccination programme at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

Research interests

Whilst in clinical practice I acted as principal investigator for several studies related to the nursing care of patients and their families receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) during their critical illness and intensive care experience.

My current research interests include resilience and wellbeing in student nurses. 

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN).


Recent conferences

I have presented at both national and international intensive care conferences including South Africa, France and USA.

I presented recently at the British Association of Critical Care Nurses conference in Bournemouth.