Alison Cork

Alison Cork RN, BSc Hons/ENB Higher Award, PGDip, MA

Principal Lecturer, Adult Nursing

Alison Cork is a Principal Lecturer for Adult Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

After initial qualification as a registered nurse, Alison successfully secured posts in various accident and emergency departments in the South East England. Her career progression in accident and emergency nursing achieved the post of Practice Development Nurse in 1999.

Alison joined the university in 2004 as Senior Lecturer and instrumental in developing and delivering various courses in the area of emergency care, leadership and management. She regularly reviews potential publications for the Emergency Nurse Journal and is widely published both as a single and joint author.

Alison became Principal Lecturer and also Programme Leader for pre-registration Adult Nursing in 2007. The role encompasses all aspects of the programme, including curriculum development and monitoring; recruitment and retention; reporting to internal and external bodies; providing academic and pastoral support to students and developing new ways of working within the university and apply Nursing and Midwifery Council regulations. A key part of this role is liaising with practice partners to ensure that student placements remain contemporary, focused, and provide an excellent environment for student nurses to develop and refine their skills and knowledge.

Alison is lecturer on a range of subjects, including emergency care, leadership, change management and decision making to pre and post-qualified health professionals such as nurses, midwives and paramedics.

She is the Key Account Manager for Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Link tutor for Adult Nursing placements on the Princess Royal site of the same Trust.

Posts held previously:

  • 2004–07, Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing, University of Greenwich
  • 2002–04, Lecturer Practitioner, University of Greenwich, Greenwich Healthcare
  • 1999–2004, Practice Development Nurse, Greenwich Healthcare

Responsibilities within the university

  • Principal Lecturer, Adult Nursing
  • Programme leader for pre-registration Adult Nursing
  • Course lecturer on pre-registered and post-registered programmes
  • Link tutor
  • Leads on Student Experience


  • Key Account Manager for Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Recruitment workforce, South London NHS Trust
  • NHS London, implementing values-based testing into student nurse selection
  • Ongoing peer reviewer of articles for Emergency Nurse
  • Ongoing peer reviewer of articles for Nurse Education Today

Research / Scholarly interests

Alison's research interests are around the acquisition and development of skills. Her original research for her MA investigated to what extent student nurses maintain the skill of taking manual blood pressures and reaffirmed the link between skill decay and time. Her notable publications delves into this and also change management, leadership and decision making for paramedics.

Recent publications

Book section

Cork, Alison and , Jennings, Katherine (2018), Leadership styles and the impact on practice. McGraw-Hill. In: , , In: Amanda Blaber (ed.), Blaber’s Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective. McGraw-Hill, (3rd) . pp. 265-277 . ISBN: 9780335243273 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.