Staff profile

Rachel Spink

Lecturer in Nursing

Rachel Spink sitting at a table


Nursing, Public Health and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning



My career within the Nursing and Social arena has been diverse.  The varied roles I have had are as a Registered Nurse Orthopaedics, Research Nurse, Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Health Visitor, Specialist Public Health Nurse, Nurse Prescriber and  mentor for pre and post registration students. I have worked in Community Practice for 20 years as a caseload holder in Yorkshire and lead professional in respect of Early Help assessment, Looked after Children and safeguarding. Working closely with Key professionals and stakeholders in delivery of service. I have initiated innovative practice which includes the setting up of a young people’s sexual health centre and presented both at local and National conference on a plethora of subjects around young people’s sexual health and access to services.

In 2007 I was fortunate to pilot and deliver on an intensive therapeutic evidence based licenced programme from the United States to young people, first time parents - The Family Nurse Partnership. Key areas I covered during this time were personal health, environmental health, life course development, maternal role and family. Having undertook my MA in Public Health my studies focused on male’s access and engagement with Maternal Health Services.

Following reconstruction of the 0-19 year’s public nursing service in my local area and subsequent decommissioning of the FNP programme in 2016, I returned to a Specialist role as both a Health Visitor, student mentor/assessor, tutor and supervisor for colleagues and peers. Hence utilising both reflective and restorative practice models. As a mentor and tutor I have supported students whilst on placements, and worked closely  universities  delivering on training sessions such as Resilience in practice, Motivational Interviewing, Child development, Perinatal mental health, foetal brain development and attachment.

Research interests

Innovative practice in young people’s sexual health, Child development, Digital Resilience and safeguarding. Taken part in research including randomised control trials. Worked with Birbeck University of London in respect of data. I have particular interests in developing changes in practice and fostering resilience in professional roles. I am passionate with regards to education and progression and in supporting others for social purpose.

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Additional interests and activities

I am open to new ideas and learning.