Director of Vocational Learning Developments
Telephone:020 7815 8455
School/Division:Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Sheelagh Mealing is the Lead for Vocational Learning. She trained as a Registered Adult Nurse at Lewisham Hospital in the 1970's, gaining clinical experience in orthapaedic nursing and intensive care nursing. She gained her teaching qualification at South Bank Polytechnic in the 1980's and taught in Lewisham School of Nursing, Guys School of Nursing and the Brook Hospital School of Nursing.
With the introduction of Project2000 and the move into Higher Education, Sheelagh took an Associate Dean role at the University of Greenwich. Her Masters Degree, obtained at Greenwich, enabled her to focus on the role of student evaluation in curriculum design. Moving to London South Bank University in 1999, she first worked in Pre-Registration Nursing before coming fully involved with the training and education of the un-qualified workforce in the NHS.
Her current interests are around the role to be played by Higher Education in supporting these workers who are so influential in the patient experience and ensuring the NHS managers have access to the highest quality learning opportunities for these grades of NHS staff.
Sheelagh's specialist areas include:
- Health education
- Health training
- Health care assistants and support workers
Sheelagh Mealing is the Director of Vocational Learning Developments in the Institute of Vocational Learning within the School of Health and Social Care.
The institute's mission is to offer high quality, value-for-money education and training opportunities for the unqualified workforce in NHS Trust and other health providers across London (also called Bands 1-4, health care assistants, support workers).
She has worked in the fields of both pre-registration and post-registration nursing education.
Her educational expertise, in the area of assessment, spans both the higher education sector as well as schools and colleges.
Sheelagh's development and research activity throughout her career has been focused on improving the quality of care through effective education suited to the particular needs of the health care worker and their employers.
Sheelagh works for two awarding bodies who deliver health and social care qualifications at academic level 3:
- Edexcel's Principal Learning (previously known as the 14-19 Diploma) as the Principal Moderator
- OCNLondon Access to HE Diplomas in Nursing/Midwifery/Science as a Specialist and Lead Moderator