Professional Biography

Teaching Responsibilities

Module lead and Senior Lecturer for:
Negotiated /Open Learning
Discovery and Establishment of Advanced practice
Managing Risk and Root cause Analysis
STEPS to Personal Success
Research MSc supervisor

Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator:
I liase, facilitate, support, teach and negotiate with students, their employing NHS organisations, the university and mentors and assessors to ensure that students on the MSc for Advanced Practice are provided with a positive work based learning programme and achieve successful outcomes in complex situations.


As a podiatrist by profession I worked in a range of roles and settings across the NHS between 1979 and 2005, before moving into education at the University of Bolton.

As Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator, I work with students, mentors and employers to ensure that students on the MSc Advanced Practice have successful work-based experiences, while my own MSc in Practitioner Research has led to a range of research interests. These include topics relating to advanced practice role development, research ethics, clinical and research governance and personal development programmes.

I provide dissertation supervision for masters students, supervise negotiated and open learning projects, am a learning facilitator for a number of PhD students and an expert member of the Central Manchester branch of the North West Research Ethics Committee.

Recent Publications/Papers Delivered at Conference

First. S.,(2009) ‘Judaism ‘ in Tabernacle, B., Honey, M., and Jinks, A.,(Eds) Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People. Oxford . Oxford University Press. Pp98-99

First, S.R., Rotherham, C., (2008) An unnecessary death: What we did to stop it happening again. Learning Disability Today. Feb : Vol 8:issue 01 p 10-13

First, S.R., (2007) Expert Witness Nursing Standard. Vol 21, No 52, p26-27

First, S.R., MCGregor, E., (2006) Success of the Emergency Care Practitioners in Salford . Emergency Nurse. Vol 14, No 8, p10-13

First, S.R., Winter, A.M.,(2006)  Advanced Practice – leaping over the boundaries Clinical Governance Bulletin. Vol 6, No 3,  p2-5

First, S.R., (2005) Report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales .Oct 2005 Annex: Report of a clinical review by Salford PCT. Home Office: London

First, S.R., (2004) Has Something Significant Happened to you? Changing to a reporting culture. Clinical Governance Bulletin. Vol 4 No. 6 p 10-12

First, S.R., (2002) Herbal Hypericum and Calendula Ointments: A viable option as a wound dressing. Presented at Conference  Wounds UK 2002, Harrogate

First, S.R., (2002) Herbal Hypericum and Calendula Ointments: A viable option as a wound dressing. Podiatry Now Vol 5 Issue 4 April p162-169.

Presentations at conference:

2009 University of Bolton, Health and Social services Research Day. 
Session F‘ Supporting Research Students out in the workplace’ – ‘Susan First, Carole Truman & Alison Wilson-Shaw
2008 University of Bolton Annual Teaching and Learning conference Susan First 
Let’s have a laugh; the use of humour in learning & teaching
2008 University of Bolton, Health and Social services Research Day
Forming Collaborations and Creating Partnerships in Research