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Mrs Annabel Louise Smoker RGN, BSc (Hons), MA, PGDipEd (Adults)

Lecturer in Nursing, School Lead for Employability

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Annabel Smoker is a Lecturer within Health Sciences, University of Southampton and the School Lead for Employability. She is extremely proud to be involved in shaping the career pathways and promoting the talents of students who will be the future leaders in healthcare.

Employers are keen to employ Southampton healthcare graduates. Why? Because they are high achievers in their clinical and academic work, professional, resilient, resourceful and responsive to the changing needs of service users and organisations.

Annabel manages and continues to develop Health Sciences' flagship Employability Week prepares final year students from all FOHS programmes for the transition into qualified professional employment. In addition to employability activities across the different undergraduate curricula, Annabel and her colleagues work to promote student/employer engagement through key events such as the Autumn FOHS Careers Fair. Year on year exhibitor numbers grow; in November 2015 a record 75 employers from many varied healthcare settings will use this popular opportunity to meet our high calibre undergraduates. “Launching your Career in Nursing and Midwifery: a Practical Guide” (Smoker 2016) complements the school’s career advice to students. This title was commissioned by Palgrave MacMillan and will be available from December 2015.

Annabel’s clinical and published expertise also covers the nursing management of dermatological conditions, with particular focus upon fungal infections and the use of topical steroids and emollients in eczema. She is module lead for the BN undergraduate Long term conditions module, where self-management and working in partnerships with service users and carers to promote the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) agenda are central themes. Annabel likes to capitalise on curriculum innovation opportunities and uses a variety of teaching format (Skype, conference days, workshops with service users/ patient organisations and forum theatre) and assessment based on the people’s lived experiences to engage with students and broaden their learning experiences. She is a member of the School’s Experts by Experience (EbE) forum which also contributes to the process of curriculum design and innovation.

Work history

2013 Excellence in Teaching Award University of Southampton Students Union

2011 – 2012. Contributor Southern Healthcare’s Neurological Care Pathways project

2012 to present School Lead for Employability responsible for Employability Week and the annual Healthcare Sciences Careers Fair

2009 – 2010 Visiting Lecturer Southern Healthcare Trust Modernising Education and Practice in Long-Term Conditions project

2009 Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award University of Southampton 2005 – 2006 Dermatology Liaison Nurse Specialist (0.2 WTE) Southampton University Hospitals (NHS) Trust/ Southampton City Primary Care Trust – Secondment

1998 – 1999 Research Sister, Dermatology Unit, Salisbury District Hospital/ MARC’s Line, Wessex Cancer Trust (0.4 WTE) - Secondment

1998 Cannon Foster Prize for MA Distinction University of Portsmouth

1994 – present Teaching Fellow/ Lecturer School of Nursing, Southampton now Health Sciences University of Southampton

1993 – 1994 Senior Staff Nurse, Elderly Care Unit, Southampton General Hospital

1989 – 1993 Staff Nurse, Cardio-thoracic Unit, Southampton General Hospital

1986 – 1989 RGN Southampton Hospitals School of Nursing

Research interests



Research group

Health Workforce & Systems

Lead for Employability

Member of Health Sciences Engagement Forum

Member of Employability Strategy Network Group

Member of Experts by Experience Group (FOHS)

Member of British Dermatological Nursing Group Research Committee

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Smoker, Annabel and Voegeli, David (2014) Topical steroid or emollient - which to apply first? A critical review of the science and debate. Dermatological Nursing , 13 , (2) , 15-26 .


Module Lead for Long Term Conditions and Care NPCG2027

Academic Tutor for BN undergraduates


Dermatology nursing

Long term conditions


Mrs Annabel Louise Smoker
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/3011

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