Rachel Unwin
First Name: Rachel
Surname: Unwin
Position: Lecturer, Adult Nursing
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 26 2953

Rachel is a lecturer in adult nursing with special interests in palliative care, long term condition management and non-medical prescribing. She has had experience of nursing in a variety of acute and community settings and has also undertaken midwifery training at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. In 1989 she began work as a sister in a newly established hospice near Chester. Since then palliative care and education were key fields of practice prior to coming to Robert Gordon University in 2006. She held posts with Macmillan and Marie Curie prior to that time.

She is now involved in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Duties and Responsibilities

Rachel is involved in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Undergraduate; She is module lead for a first year adult nursing care module and has a personal tutor group. She is part of the module team for adult nurses in year three.

Postgraduate; She is module lead for Non-Medical Prescribing and Palliative Care. She is a module team member for Managing Long Term Conditions and Chemotherapy.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate and postgraduate adult nursing, palliative care, long term condition management and non-medical prescribing.

Academic Background

Rachel graduated in 1983 with a 2.1 BSc. (Hons) Nursing Sciences and RGN from Hull University. In 1988 she completed an MSc. Health Education at Manchester University.

In 2008 she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

Research Interests

As an undergraduate student, Rachel conducted a small retrospective research project exploring the experience of carers who had looked after a relative who was dying at home. She has been part of audits locally looking at the management of lymphedema and heart failure. She was also part of a review team in 2004 looking at the subject of of bereavement care which was funded by the Scottish Executive. This has continued to be a key theme for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Current Research

Rachel is currently a Professional doctorate student at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is currently undertaking taught modules in research methods and professional development.  The intended focus for her final research will involve an exploration of palliative support for people with heart failure.

Professional Memberships

  • Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
  • UK Oncology Nursing Society


UNWIN, R., et al. 2016. Supporting practice learning time for non-medical prescribing students: manager’s views. Nursing Management, 23(3), pp. 25-29.

PATERSON, R., REDMAN, S., UNWIN, R., MCELHINNEY, E., MACPHEE, M. and DOWNER, F., 2016, Non-Medical prescribing assessment – An evaluation of a nationally agreed multi-method approach, Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), pp. 280-286.

UNWIN, R., 2012. HIV/AIDS and Bereavement. Chapter 13 in; P. WIMPENNY and J. COSTELLO. Eds. Grief, Loss and Bereavement: evidence and practice for Health and Social Care Practitioners. Abingdon. Routledge.

WEBSTER, B.J., GOODHAND, K., HAITH, M. and UNWIN, R. 2011. The development of service users in the provision of verbal feedback to student nurses in a clinical situation environment. [online]. November. Nurse Education Today. Available at;

STEPHEN, A.I., WIMPENNY, P., UNWIN, R., WORK, F., DEMPSTER, P., MACDUFF, C., WILCOCK, S.E and BROWN, A.M. 2009. Bereavement and Bereavement Care: A consultation on practice in Scotland. Death Studies,  33; pp. 239-261.

UNWIN, R., et al. 2016. Supporting practice learning time for non-medical prescribing students: manager’s views. Nursing Management, 23(3), pp. 25-29.

MAIN, M., and UNWIN, R., 2008, Chemotherapy; no place like home? Journal of Community Nursing, 22(10), pp. 4-9.

WIMPENNY, P., UNWIN, R., DEMPSTER, P., GRUNDY, M., WORK, F., BROWN, A. and WILCOCK, S., 2006. Literature Review on Bereavement and Bereavement Care. The Robert Gordon University with The Joanna Briggs Institute. Available from;


UNWIN, R., GOODHAND, K., WHITTINGHAM, K., and OLDROYD, L. 2014. Can you hear me and can you read me? Student experiences of receiving verbal and written feedback via GradeMark. Poster presentation for Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference, RGU November 13/14, 2014.

BRANDER, S., GOODHAND, K., and UNWIN, R., 2012. Using online low fidelity healthcare scenarios to promote safe and effective person centred care in the pre-registration nursing curriculum. Poster presentation for Scottish Clinical Skills Network, Napier University, Napier University, Edinburgh, 2012.

UNWIN, R., 2008, Presentation: What are the views of post-registration nursing students concerning assessment methods on a short course in Chemotherapy? Nurse Education Today Conference, Cambridge, September 2008.