Staff Profile


Mrs Anna Johnstone

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922736

Profile summary

My nursing career started in Manchester where i qualified as an RGN. I worked in Stroke Rehabilitation Unit post qualifying and then on a Nursing Development Unit ( Acute Medicine) at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Following this i moved to Canterbury to take a job at Nunnery Fields Hospital, as a Ward Manager on a Stroke Rehabilitation Unit. My specialist area is stroke care, with a keen interest in the psychological and emotional facets of rehabilitation and adapting to changes as a consequence of a stroke.

i took on a research fellow post at Canterbury Christ Church university in 1996, which enabled me to continue in clinical practice two days a week and three days lecturing. I then went part-time in 1999 working 3 days a week, managing a young family and work. The thing that i enjoy the most in my work is facilitating student nurses in their development throughout the three year course. I can relate well to people and enjoy my job immensely after nearly 20 years teaching.

I teach Collaborative practice in years 1,2 and 3.

Leadership and Management

Transition into Professional Practice

Professional Development

I am keen to develop expressive therapies into the curriculum.

Research and knowledge exchange

After completing my MSc Rehabilitation Counselling i published in the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation. I was nominated the International Council of Nurses award for work in collaborative practice in Stroke rehabiltiation. I gained funding from the Florence Nightingale Foundation to travel to Canada to explore psychology and stroke, this tour took me to Toronto, Alberta and Edmonton where i was able to work with a range of disciplines that were supporting people with disabilities.

The mainstay of my work today is all about the student, this is what i love the most because it is about people and their stories and journeys. Students will face many obstacles both internal and external and facilitating their ability to cope and adapt to changing situations and self-belief is an important aspect of my role. Int the classroom delivering student centred curriclum is a privelage.

Teaching and subject expertise

stroke rehabiltation

art-based inquiry in nurse education

building people to achieve the best that they can be

psychological inquiry


management and leadership

transition into professional practice



the use of narrative and art to connect to students experience of personal and professional development


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