Prof Paula Groves

Senior Lecturer, Acute Care

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Paula is a qualified orthopaedic registered general nurse with over 15 years’ experience in trauma and elective orthopaedics, and ten years as an infection control link nurse.

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Initially, Paula undertook a two-year diploma course in orthopaedics before training as a state enrolled nurse. She then gained experience in medicine for the elderly and cardiac care, before taking the conversion course to become a registered general nurse (RGN).

As an RGN, Paula for a year on general surgery before returning to orthopaedics nursing. She became an NVQ assessor before moving into teaching at Anglia Ruskin – training healthcare support workers before going on to pre-registration nurse training.

Research interests

  • Distance learning: interest in developing better use of resources and more user friendly methods for distance learning
  • Infection control: antimicrobial resistance. Different approaches to care to reduce infections
  • Orthopaedics: advances in orthopaedics diagnostics and early treatment to reduce impact of long-term conditions on joint integrity.


Paula is module leader for Principles of Orthopaedic Care and Prevention and Management of Infection. She also conducts lectures for pre-registration nursing modules and clinical skills teaching.


  • MSC Medical and Health Care Education, Anglia Ruskin University, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Medical and Health Care Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Practices, Anglia Ruskin University
  • A1, APU/Edexcell, 2005
  • V1, APU/Edexcell, 2005
  • APU European Computer Driving Licence, Anglia Polytechnic University, 2003/4
  • Certificate of Education, Anglia Polytechnic University, 2002/3
  • D34 Internal Verifiers award, APU/Betec, 1996
  • D32/D33 Assessors award, APU/BETEC, 1996
  • ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, Mid Essex Health Trust, 1995
  • State Registered Nurse (conversion course), Southend Health Authority/ENB, 1990
  • State Enrolled Nurse (ENG), Mid Essex Health Authority/ENB, 1985
  • Orthopaedic Nursing Diploma, Black Notley, 1982