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Mrs Julie Messenger

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Professional biography

Julie is provides academic and business leadership to the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care as Head of Nursing. In addition she ensures the effective management and deployment of unit resources which include staff, budgets, infrastructures and equipment. Julie exercises academic leadership at School, Faculty and University level, as a member of the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care senior management team and is active in contributing to the development of school and faculty strategy.


Julie is a reviewer for Mott MacDonald, an organisation contracted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to approve and monitor nursing provision from educational and service perspectives - ensuring compliance with standards set by professional statutory bodies. This role also entails the consideration for approval of programmes in Nursing where professional acknowledgement/accreditation by the NMC is sought. Julie brings to the school this knowledge and experience and is therefore central to the external monitoring and approval processes that the unit is required to engage with.


Since 2011 Julie has contributed to many of the reviews for internal quality assurance by regularly chairing internal Programme Periodic Reivews for the university. This has enabled Julie to demonstrate effective leadership and influence over many subject areas of the university. 


Since joining the Open University, Julie has held the role of Assistant Head of Department (up to June 2015); a role that enabled her to lead and steer curriculum innovation. She has chaired module KYN279 - Refining professional practice and knowledge in adult nursing as well as contributed to the reconfiguration of the nursing programme, authoring for KYN107- Introducing professional practice and knowledge in nursing and KYN291- Developing adult nursing practice. Julie has authored for K320 - Mentorship and assessment in health and social care settings. The innovative development of K316 - Exploring practice - a project based module encouraging independent learning via an online resource has been a significant area of production work for which Julie provided leadership as module Chair, taking this into presentation for its first year of delivery. Julie  led the development of K117 - Enhancing your healthcare practice that was innovative in that it adopted an online approach to teaching and learning - a first for the faculty with level 1 students and was written to respond to the needs of both health care support workers undertaking development as part of a Foundation Degree and for pre-registration nursing students. The thinking behind this approach preceded the publication of the Willis report 2012 that very much advocated such approaches. More recently, development work has centred on a product replacement for mentorship that integrates the use of OpenLearn with a non-accredited portfolio assessment for nurses seeking eligibility to register as mentors on local trust registers. Again Julie led on this resource using a design that was innovative and unique; drawing on both informal and formal learning products to increase the flexibility, cost attractiveness and responsiveness of this product. This product was approved by the NMC in March 2015 as an NMC recognised route to mentorship. The NMC approval panel described this product as one that "provides an innovative, flexible mentorship programme."


Julie has led numerous approval events including the 2012 Pre-registration nursing curriculum based on the NMC 2010 standards for pre-registration nursing, promoting predominately a shared curriculum for adult and mental health fields of practice using an online learning spine to direct students to specific areas of learning for their practices. This has enabled pre-registration students to have full exposure to the needs of multiple service users and through this added insight, provide the tools and expertise to respond in a sensitive and appropriate manner when providing care.


Julie's practice background reflects Adult Nursing Care with special areas of interest in the field of wound care being driven by her clinical experience in surgical nursing and leadership. Since moving into education, Julie has developed a particular interest in promoting effective leadership and management and this reflects Julie's post graduate studies and work experience in education. Her scholarship has focused on areas related to academic skill development for widening participation students.

Research interests

Facilitation of learning

Gender and organisational implications

Embracing diversity within organisations

Service user voice in practice and education

Working to incorporate and evaluate models of service improvement into the pre registration curricula

Factors affecting assessment achievement in students entering higher education from widest participation groups.

Teaching interests

Organisational Development


Professional Development 


Quality governance

Service improvement models

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Department of Nursing Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care
FHSC Teaching and Learning Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care


Case study: what supports students to improve their grades? (2016-06-03)
Sieminski, Sandy; Messenger, Julie and Murphy, Sam
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 31(2) (pp. 141-151)

'Ready to hit the ground running': alumni and employer accounts of a unique part-time distance learning pre-registration nurse education programme (2014-10)
Draper, Jan; Beretta, Ruth; Kenward, Linda; McDonagh, Lin; Messenger, Julie and Rounce, Jill
Nurse Education Today, 34(10) (pp. 1305-1310)

Widening participation in pre-registration education in the United Kingdom - alumni and employer accounts of a unique part-time supported open learning route (2013-09-04)
Draper, Janet; Beretta, Ruth; Kenward, Linda; McDonagh, Lin; Messenger, Julie and Rounce, Jill
In : 24th International Networking Education in Healthcare Conference (3-5 Sep 2013, Cambridge)

Recognising the potential: maximising meaningful learning in practice settings (2010-09-08)
Messenger, Julie; Waights, Verina; McDonagh, Lin; Kenward, Linda; Bottoms, Rosemary; Draper, Janet; Counihan, Sheila and Holland, Lesley
In : Networking in healthcare education (7-9 Sep 2010, Cambridge, UK) (p 156)

Breaking circuits (2010-09)
Messenger, Julie and Waights, Verina
In : Nurse Education Tomorrow (7-9 Sep 2009, Cambridge, UK)

Practice learning and student support – The Open University experience (2009)
Messenger, Julie
In : NET2009 (8-10 Sep 2009, Cambridge)

Online learning to support practice development (2009)
Messenger, Julie
In : RCN Joint Education Forums’ 2nd International Conference and Exhibition (11 Jun 2009, Glasgow)