Clinical Education

The Clinical Education Team contributes to the Trust’s vision and upholds its values through the provision of effective clinical education and quality learning environments.  We support our existing and future staff to develop the right behaviours, skills and competencies to provide compassionate, person-centred care.

Donna Parkinson – Head of Practice Education and Development

RN, SCPHN, BSc (Hons), Cert Ed, Practice Teacher

Donna qualified as a Registered Nurse (Child) in 1993, a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in 2009 and gained NMC Practice Teacher status in 2010. Donna has practiced in a range of primary and secondary healthcare settings within the UK in addition to lecturing in Further Education and Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care programmes.  Donna has always had a passion for education and practice development having been a nurse mentor and lecturer throughout her career.  Donna’s role as Head of Practice Education and Development overseas the Clinical Education Team and Resuscitation Service in creating and delivering effective, high quality practice based education and learning environments which support staff and learners to develop the right skills, competencies and behaviours. 


Sarah Bartlett - Practice Education Compliance Officer

ILM Level 5 - Leadership and Management

ILM Level 5 - Coaching & Mentoring

Sarah brings extensive experience from diverse career backgrounds such as the Army and the Fire Service. Her role is to support sustainable delivery of clinical education by maintaining databases, producing reports and ensuring effective liaison between the Education, Development and Training Department and multidisciplinary teams across the Trust to demonstrate activity and compliance with quality assurance standards.


Heather Thomas - Learning Environment Facilitator

Heather Thomas joined Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service in 1985 and went on to qualify as a Registered Nurse (Adult) in 1987.  During her time in the Royal Air Force she worked in Military Hospitals in the UK and overseas and gained experience in a wide variety of nursing specialities.  She chose to specialise in Operating Department Nursing and trained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  Heather then cared for patients in a variety of Theatre settings, the highlight of which was Paediatric Recovery Nursing at the Children’s Hospital Birmingham.  Teaching in Clinical Practice has always been integral to her clinical practice and she went on to become Lead Resuscitation Officer in her last trust. Heather is delighted to join the Clinical Education Team and looks forward to supporting all clinical staff including, students, mentors and practice educators, in developing excellence in clinical practice by putting the patient at the centre of all that we do. 


Faye Ekere - Learning Environment Facilitator

Faye qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse in 2008. She then worked in two Accident and Emergency departments in Wales and London, before moving to Bournemouth where she progressed to the role of Clinical Site Manager. In 2016 she moved to the Isle of Wight to become a Learning Environment Facilitator within the Clinical Education Team. Teaching and supporting learners in practice has always been integral to Faye’s clinical practice, and she is passionate about developing the workforce of the future to ensure patients remain at the heart of everything we do and receive high quality, person-centred evidence-based care.



Nicola Ridley - Learning Environment Facilitator

RN, BSc (Hons)

Nicky qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse in 1996, and finally gained a BSc in Clinical Practice in 2009. She has worked predominately in the Perioperative setting, and has also gained experience within the Research setting. She feels privileged to have worked with both staff and students in many different settings, where ongoing education has always been of special interest. Nicky has now joined the Clinical Education team as a Learning Environment Facilitator. She will continue to support both students and mentors in making the most of every learning opportunity, and to promote the importance of safe, person-centered care in good quality learning environments. Nicky hopes to also play a part in the Trust's improvement journey of Getting to Good.


Kelly Russell - Practice Development Facilitator

Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing

Kelly qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2004.  She chose to specialise in Cardiac Nursing which is where she has spent the majority of her Nursing career. Kelly is passionate about ensuring that all patients receive high quality evidence-based care and strongly believes that a well educated and competent workforce contributes to the Trust’s vision of quality care for everyone, every time. Kelly has joined the clinical education team as a Practice Development Facilitator and looks forward to supporting staff in their clinical environments.  


Samantha McKeown - Practice Development Facilitator 

Samantha moved to the Isle of Wight from Dorset to start her nurse training in 1984, and decided to stay on the island and work at St Marys, getting her first job on a acute medical ward specialising in diabetes, rheumatology and sexual health. Samantha has always been committed to acute ward based nursing, and developed an aptitude for the specialty of adult medical patients. She has developed her career with a special interest in end of life care, diabetes, and more recently gastroenterology. Samantha has always been involved with, and maintained an interest in developing nursing students and junior members of staff, regularly mentoring them to become expert practitioners in their own right. A more recent development has been her interest in healthcare leadership and her completion of the postgraduate Mary Seacole qualification under the NHS Leadership Academy. Samantha is delighted to now be a member of the development and training team, working with other like-minded professionals, as a Practice Development Facilitator, and is looking forward to develop this new area of expertise



Derek Bampton - Practice Development Facilitator

Registered General Nurse (RGN)

Derek qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1990.  he has had many roles across multiple specialities to include Accident & Emergency, Chronic Pain management, Resuscitation, Community nursing, Continence Advisor and his last role was as an Infection Control Nurse for 9 years. Derek is passionate about ensuring that all patients receive high quality evidence-based care and strongly believes that a well educated and competent workforce contributes to the Trust’s vision of quality care for everyone, every time. Derek has joined the Clinical Education Team as a Practice Development Facilitator and looks forward to supporting staff in their clinical environments.


Carl Read - Medical Devices Trainer

Carl joined Hampshire Ambulance Service in 1990 and went on to qualify as a Paramedic in 1993. In 2002, Carl joined University Hospital Southampton working initially as a Resuscitation Training Officer before changing roles to design and build the Trust’s simulation centre. He has since worked in the Wessex region for several years helping staff to develop their teaching facilities. Carl joined the Isle of Wight NHS Trust in the Autumn of 2017 taking on the role of medical devices trainer. He is keen to provide staff with as many learning opportunities as he can and takes a special interest in ECG training for the Trust. He works closely with the Practice Development Facilitators and other staff in the Education Training and Development Department to ensure the best quality training is available for all.


Nathan Rowe - Practice Education Administrator

Level 3 NVQ Business & Administration

Nathan joined the Trust in 2015 as an Apprentice within the Clinical Education Team.  He then went onto work within other departments before returning to the Clinical Education Team in December 2017.  Nathan is currently studying an NVQ Level 4 in Business and Administration.  Nathan’s role is to support the Practice Education Compliance Officer and provide effective clerical/administrative support to include internal and external course administration, to assist with the smooth running of the team/department and effective delivery of training and student support across the organisation.

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