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Mrs Elizabeth Crighton

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing / Children's Nursing Team and a Registered Nurse Teacher. I have worked in the Higher Education sector for several years planning, delivering and evaluating programmes of learning for both pre and post-registration students. Previous roles include Strategic Lead for Education at Shooting Star Children's Hospice, Practice Educator at the Louis Dundas Centre for Paediatric Palliative Care at Great Ormond Street  Hospital and Clinical Nurse Specialist (Cystic Fibrosis)

I have an extensive range of clinical and educational experience caring for children and young people with long-term and life-limiting conditions across hospital, community and hospice settings. I am passionate about making a positive impact in the specialist area of paediatric palliative care through effective education.

Areas of specialism

  • Paediatric palliative and end of life care and CYP with complex care needs
  • Transition from student to newly qualified nurse (NQN)
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Mentoring and assessment of students in practice
  • Employability
  • Social Media and digital professionalism

Courses taught



  • MSc Healthcare Education and Clinical Leadership
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy
  • Registered General Nurse (RGN) / Registered Sick Children's Nurse (RSCN)


My key areas of research interest include paediatric palliative and end of life care education, clinical leadership and role transition; supporting students to manage the move from student to newly qualified nurse and the students experience of practice placements.

  • Children's Nursing Team, Kingston University and St George's University, London (2018) Nursing Care of Children and Young People, Oxford: Clinical Pocket Reference Ltd (Author of a chapter)

  • Crighton, E. Anderson, D. Martin, D. and Taylor, RM. (2018) A Multi-site evaluation of readiness to transition to newly qualified nurse in a single cohort of children's nursing students, Nursing Children and Young People, doi:10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1049

  • Newton, J. Taylor, RM and Crighton, L. (2017) A mixed-methods study exploring sign-off mentorship practices in relation to the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Vol 26; 3056-3066 

  • Crighton, L. (2015) Representing children's palliative care across the curriculum- the importance of educating the undergraduate children's nursing workforce, Relay: A practice journal for Together for Short Lives

  • Crighton, L. (2012) The role of HCAs in a children's hospice and their learning and development needs, British Journal of HCAs, Vol 6 (08) p404-409

  • Publications

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