Angela Smith was born in Clevedon, England but moved to Newport after her father gained employment with British Steel. Angela worked within the banking industry (HSBC) for many years in a variety of locations throughout South Wales both before and after having children. She completed a Law degree from 200-2003 (LLB 1st Class Honours) at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Angela then completed a PGCE (FE) (Distinction) at Cardiff University. Angela has since completed a Masters Degree (LLM) through distance learning at Bristol University. Prior to joining Swansea University, Angela taught for a number of years through the medium of video conferencing.

Angela currently teaches on a variety of modules within the College of Human and Health Sciences. These include teaching large groups of undergraduate students (e.g. Nurses, Paramedics, Osteopaths, Medical Sciences and Humanities) on a range of legal and ethical topics (e.g. Law on consent, Law on confidentiality, Equality, Principles of Medical ethics and Truth telling) but similarly engaging in small group work tutorials on these topics. Her role as a lecturer also involves teaching postgraduate students studying for their Masters degrees. Angela is actively a part of providing teaching days for qualified nursing staff working with ABMU and Hywel Dda Health Board on a range of topics (Documentation, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards). Marking of examinations and assignments throughout the academic year is also part of Angela's role at the College. When called upon, Angela has taught on a variety of other degree programmes on a ad hoc basis when her expertise is required. For example, Angela has recently taught on the Social Work degree programme.

In terms of research, Angela's main areas of interest are Law and Reproduction, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Mental Capacity. She is currently applying for HEA Fellowship and has recently submitted an article with a colleague on sex selection.


  1. Smith, A. Informed consent: how much information should we give patients? British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 14 3 127 129
  2. Smith, A., Parkhouse, J. Informed consent; legal and ethical considerations Nursing and Residential Care 20 4 158 161
  3. Smith, A., Parkhouse, J. Documentation in health care: avoiding vague language Nursing and Residential Care 20 2 101 103
  4. Smith, A. Children and consent: the key issues British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 14 1 36 38
  5. Smith, A. Euthanasia and the law in the UK European Association of Centre of Medical Ethics No 36 6 7

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  • PM-260 Bioethics

    Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we die? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary or all of the above? This module will explore fundamental ethical issues that arise in medicine, healthcare and the life sciences. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. Through an analysis of extant principles, theories and practices, this module aims to develop students' critical awareness of the moral, ethical and legal issues inherent within medicine, healthcare and the life sciences more broadly.

  • PM-268 Healthy mind, healthy body?

    This module aims to answer the question `does having a healthy mind translate to having a healthy body'? It explores the multiple associations between mental health and physical conditions that significantly impact people¿s quality of life, demands on health care and other services, and wider societal consequences. The module also explores contemporary issues, debates and influences on the prevention of mental health conditions and the promotion of well-being.

  • PM-352 Reproductive Biology and Medicine

    This module is designed to provide students with knowledge of the biochemistry, physiology and pathology of human pregnancy, fetal development, parturition and menopause. Particular focus will be given to fertility treatments and pharmacological interventions of menopause. Lectures will cover a recap of endocrinology of reproduction, and provide details of assisted reproductive technologies. Lectures will be supported by case studies which include current clinical approaches used to treat infertility and menopause.

  • PMIM101 Health Informatics in Context

    In this module, students will study the skills required by the professional health informatician with an introduction to information governance, including privacy and the maintenance of confidentiality, data security, legislation, ethical considerations, and current UK and global eHealth strategies. Students will also begin to develop their academic skills in literature searching, the critical evaluation of research literature and reflective practice.

  • PPS305 Law and Ethics in Health & Social Care

    This module will address a range of problems that combine legal and ethical aspects, as they arise in the context of health and social care.

  • SHC230 Professional Practice 2

    This module follows from the year 1 module in Professional Practice and further develops some topics as well as introducing others. The material is designed to provide support knowledge for the Healthcare Science student in their professional practice.

  • SHF108 Introduction to Personal and Professional Development

    This module provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for personal and professional development for health care providers.

  • SHF201 Introduction to Business Management for Health Care

    This module will introduce the students to the core concepts and principles relating to business management, with a patient-centric approach, whilst exploring the legal and ethical aspects of creating a new business. Due to the competitive nature of healthcare provision it is necessary to have an underpinning knowledge of business practice and management.

  • SHF309 Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods

    This module introduces students to the concept of evidence based practice and will provide an introduction to research methods.

  • SHG3034 Safeguarding Children and Young People

    This module provides students with theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of safeguarding children and young people, including the development of relevant legal frameworks and guidance and the responsibilities of different professional groups and agencies to work in collaboration..

  • SHH115 Introduction to Health Law

    The introduction to health law module focuses on the key concepts of law as they apply to health care.

  • SHH211 Health Law and Practice

    This module focuses on the role of law in health care practice with a range of client groups.

  • SHH313 Ethics in Health and Social Care

    This module aims to develop students' critical awareness of the moral dimension of health care. Ethical analysis of relevant issues is based upon extant theory and principles. Students are encouraged to reconsider ethical issues in their day to day practice, against their developing knowledge and understanding of literature, and broader organizational/social/policy implications.

  • SHHM13 Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership

    This module provides students with the opportunity to critically examine their role in relation to management and leadership issues. The focus will be on providing the student with knowledge and skills to enhance their practice.

  • SHHM51 An Introduction to Health Care Law and Ethics for Physicians Associates

    This module will introduce students on the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) / MSc Physician¿s Associate Studies to the core concepts in health care law and ethics that will inform their practice.

  • SHN130 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Child)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN131 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN271 Health Promotion and Public Health (Adult)

    Health promotion and public health are essential components of the nurse‿s role. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of public health development, the nurse‿s role and priorities for action such as inequalities, advocacy and partnership working. Key principles of health promotion and its role within public health will also be explored. The module will also provide students with knowledge of how to promote health within practice across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • SHN3045 Nurse Prescribing for Community Nurse Practitioners (V100)

    This module facilitates the students¿ acquisition of the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe effective prescribing from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary making them clinically accountable for any action that they take as part of their prescribing role. The benefits of nurse prescribing has been consistently reported in the literature with evidence to show improved patient care and satisfaction, increased access to medicines, reduction in waiting times and delivery of high quality care (Royal College of Nursing 2012). To practice competently at this level requires practitioners to possess knowledge of pharmacology and ethical and legislative frameworks. Successful completion will enable the practitioner to record their qualification as a `Community practitioner nurse prescriber (V100)¿. A prescribing practice teacher (PT) or sign-off mentor (SOM) or Practice Assessor (PA) will support each student in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The PT / SOM or PA will work alongside the student in guiding prescribing practice in a simulated environment. N.B. If at any time unsafe practice is demonstrated, an automatic fail will result.

  • SHNM00 Introduction to Nursing (Adult)

    This module will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional values that underpin safe, effective, evidence-based practice. A range of teaching methods will be used to develop fundamental nursing skills including, bio science, infection prevention and control, moving and handling; vital signs; recognition and response to abnormal parameters; nursing documentation; therapeutic management of aggression and de-escalation; fundamental care delivery; basic life support; and introduction to medicines management. Students will learn about historical and contemporary nursing practices and explore how nursing will develop in the future.

  • SHNM26 Application of nurse prescribing experience to a specialist field of practice

    This is a consolidation of previous learning where students have successfully completed the level 6 V150 / V300 module. The module will enable students to consider ongoing developments in nurse prescribing practice through the completion of a case study approach. In recognition of prior learning, students will have the opportunity to review their prescribing practice, acknowledge any recent developments and showcase their capability of prescribing knowledge and skills.

  • SHP307 Persons and Illness

    The module¿s objectives are to provide students with an appreciation of the connection between our concept of the person and our understanding of some of the conditions that are the objects of medical attention, including aspects of mental health, disability, genetics and dying.

  • SHPM45 Introduction to Law and Medicine

    This module introduces the legal system in England & Wales and its role in medicine. Students will be introduced to the nature of law and legal argument and learn how to evaluate case law in relation to consent to examination and treatment.

  • SHPM46 Patients, Professionals and the Law

    This module introduces the students to the law relating to negligence, reproduction, end of life issues and confidentiality through the use of case law and statute law.

  • SHPM47 Mental Health, Mental Capacity and the Law

    This module introduces students to the laws relating to mental health and mental capacity. Case law will be used to analyse the role of law in this area and mental health will be used as a basis for considering the impact of human rights on healthcare.

  • SHPM48 Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental theoretical approaches to ethics in relation to examples taken from healthcare. It also considers the nature of moral judgements and the relation between ethics and the law.

  • SHPM49 The Boundaries of Life

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental ethical and philosophical issues at the beginnings and ends of life. These include the ethics of abortion, euthanasia, and the concepts of human death and moral status.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

  • SW-M08 Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

    This module provides students with relevant skills, knowledge and critical understanding in the application of the best current evidence to social work practice in adult care. Policies, theoretical perspectives, services and strategies in Wales relevant to the provision of care, safeguarding, well-being and citizen-directed support of particular adult groups are considered. Particular attention is given to partnership and inter-disciplinary working, principles of assessment, positive approaches to risk and outcomes-focused care with a range of service users and carers. The module considers the history and current application of law and policy in adult community care in the Welsh context. The module incorporates practitioner, carer and service-user perspectives.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Module Lead - SHH 211 Medical Sciences and Humanities Law

    2015 - Present