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Dr Jane Rutty

Job: Principal Lecturer Adult Nursing

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research group(s): Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 201 3897




Personal profile

Dr Jane Rutty is a Principal Lecturer in Nursing with a clinical background in critical care nursing and research nursing. 

Her current principle roles include that of:

  • Deputy Faculty Head of Research Students (Health and Life Sciences)
  • Deputy School Head of Research (Nursing and Midwifery)
  • Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences
  • Specialist Teacher in research, advancing practice and medico-legal nursing 
  • PhD supervisor. 

Jane also has an active research programme through her post doctoral studies in Translational Nursing.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs


Rutty G N and Rutty J E (2012) Did the participants of the mass fatality exercise Operation Torch learn anything? Journal of Forensic, Science, Medicine and Pathology 8(2):88-93. 

Rutty G N and Rutty J E (2012) Perceptions of the near virtual autopsy.  Journal of Forensic Legal Medicine 18(7):306-309.

Bell K, Tanner J, Rutty J, Astley-Pepper M and Hall R (2015) Successful partnerships with third sector organisations to enhance the student experience: A partnership evaluation.  Nurse Education Today  35(3): 530-534.

Rutty J E, Morgan B and Rutty G N (2015) Managing transformational change: Implementing cross-sectional imaging into death investigation services in the United Kingdom.  Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging 3:57-60.


Rutty J E (2015) Religious attitudes to death.  IN Payne-James J and Byard R W (editors) Encyclopaedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2nd edition. Elsevier, Oxford, pp 88-108.  


Rutty J E (2015) Forensic Nursing: The practice of nursing globally when health and legal systems intersect.  The Annual National Medico-Legal Seminar (The Medico-Legal Society of Singapore (MLSS) and Singapore Medical Association (SMA)), 25th October. 


Rutty J, Rutty G, Morgan B and Brough A (2016) Using Post Mortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) images and videos as an advanced tool for teaching anatomy as an adjunct to traditional methods with nursing and midwifery curriculums.  Royal College of Nursing Education Forum International Conference and Exhibition (Telford International Centre), 15-16 March.

Rutty J, Rutty G, Morgan B and Brough A (2016) Using PMCT as an advanced teaching tool for anatomical based courses that do not have access to cadavers.  5th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging (Amsterdam, Holland), 12-14 May. 

Rutty J (2016) The meaning of Being as a nurse involved in the work of death investigation: A North American view and its implications to practice in England.  International Association of Legal Medicine Intersocietal Symposium (Venice, Italy), 21-24 June. 

Rutty J ( 2016) The role of the death investigation nurse in the USA and its application to this emerging forensic science in the UK.  International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice (Denver, Colorado, USA), 29 September – 2 October. 

Rutty J and Amoroso J (2016) The use of PMCT to the traditional invasive autopsy in natural and suspicious deaths: Critical reflections on consenting the bereaved for teaching and research in this area of work.  International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice (Denver, Colorado, USA), 29 September – 2 October. 

Rutty J and Brough A (2016) Creating and integrating the advanced tool of PMCT images and videos as an adjunct to traditional methods of anatomy teaching to increase undergraduate nursing, midwifery and policing students’ understanding and learning experience. International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice (Denver, Colorado, USA), 29 September – 2 October.


Rolland A and Rutty J (2013) EMLETB Increasing the future supply of General Practice Nurses.  RCN Education Forum International Conference and Exhibition. Glasgow, Scotland, 5-7 July. 

Brough A, Rutty J, Rutty G and Morgan B (2016) Using PMCT as an advanced teaching tool for anatomical based courses that do not have access to cadavers.  Midlands Academy of Medical Research Festival (Leicester), 15 April. 

Research interests/expertise

Jane's research is around translational nursing and includes the following topic areas currently:


Includes legal aspects of nursing and advancing forensic nursing roles such as custody care, sexual assault examination, death investigation, mass disasters etc.


Includes religious attitudes to death.


Includes quality assurance, volunteering and international partnerships.

Areas of teaching

Jane teaches at both under and postgraduae level in the following subject areas:

  • Advancing clinical practice;
  • Medico-legal nursing;
  • All aspects of reseach.



University of Bradford

MSc Nursing

University of Manchester / Royal College of Nursing Institute

BSc (Hons) Education Studies (Nursing) / NMC Teacher

University of Wolverhampton / Nursing and Midwifery Council 

Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing

University of Westiminter

NMC Registered General Nurse (Adult)

Redbridge Health Authority / Nursing and Midwifery Council

Courses taught


Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences - DHSci


Leads modules at both under and postgraduate level relating to the subject areas of:

  • Developing and advancing clinical practice;
  • Research into practice.

Honours and awards

Honorary Senior Lecturer for contribution to Teaching and Forensic Nursing, University of Leicester.

Visiting Associate Professor in Forensic Science (Nursing), National Univeristy of Singapore 2015.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • International Association of Forensic Nursing
  • International Council of Nurses - Education and Research
  • International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
  • Royal College of Nursing - Critical Care Nursing Forum, Research Society, Education Forum, Ethics Forum, History of Nursing Society
  • Specialist Interest Group for Practice Focused Doctoral Research
  • Professional Standards Authority (Professional Stakeholder Network)

Professional licences and certificates


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Recorded qualification as Teacher


  • Fellow

Conference attendance


The Annual National Medico-Legal Seminar (The Medico-Legal Society of Singapore (MLSS) and Singapore Medical Association (SMA)), 25th October 2015.

Royal College of Nursing Education Forum, International Conference and Exhibition (Telford International Centre, UK), 15-16 March 2016.

International Association of Legal Medicine Intersocietal Symposium (Venice, Italy), 21-24 June 2016.

International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice (Denver, Colorado, USA), 29 September – 2 October 2016.

Consultancy work


  • Medico-legal nursing
  • Higher education and quality assurance


Department of Health (2010) Medical Examiner – An E-Learning Project commissioned by the Department of Health for the training of Medical Examiners following implementation of the Government’s reform for of the process of death investigation in England and Wales. Jane wrote four modules on faith considerations in caring for the deceased and their families. 

National Policing Improvement Agency (2012) A project to update the National Exhumation Protocol. Jane contributed by writing the religious aspects of exhumation in a multicultural society. 

University of Leicester (2016) Jane was consulted to develop a new MSc in Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation.

Current research students


First supervisor

Patricia Avedu - Patients living with essential hypertension in Ghana.

Angela Cobbold - The implementation of an accredited qualification on staff in sterile services: career progression and job satisfaction.

Jon Ellis - The lived experiences of the emerging Advanced Paramedic Practitioner working in the community to prevent emergency admissions.

Mandy Gamble - How patients with complex health problems (including their carer and case manager) value and experience case management in a commnity setting.

Leanne Holman - The lived experiences of adoptive parents caring for children with attachement difficulties.

Sue Lord - A comparison of the barriers and facilitators in the implementation of non-nursing roles in the Operating Room across Europe.

Karen Murray - Alcohol, my liver and me: Exploring patient views of the "alcoholic" in Alcoholic Liver Disease.

Susan Palmer - Optimizing patients for referral and transfer to Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

Gemma Ryan - The effects of social networking on professional accountability.

Second supervisor

Rachael Carroll - The lived experiences of Health Care Assistants working within the acute sector in influencing multi-disciplinary relationship centred care delivery.

Nlokozo Ncube - The exploration of the spirituality dimension and it’s significance in the recovery of mental health patients.

Srwa Rasul - The notion of clinical credibility in Iraq.


Ma'en Aljezawi (2012) Exploring preventive interventions and risk factors of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers: A retrospective matched case-control design.  

Externally funded research grants information

Rutty J (2008) New methods of support to promote personal tutoring.  East Midlands HWD - £11,891.30.

Rutty J (2008) Operation Torch - Evaluation of a multi-national, multi-agency contaminated mass fatality exercise in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.  Contracted by University of Leicester as part of their European Commission Grant - £7,487.50. 

Professional esteem indicators


Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine - Reviewer.

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology - Reviewer.

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice - Member International Editorial Review Board.

Journal of Clinical Nursing Studies - Member International Editorial Review Board.

The Cochrane Collaboration - Embase Screener.


Journal of Forensic Nursing - International Member of the Advisory Board.

McMaster University - Sentinel Reader for Evidence Based Nursing,

Journal of Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology - Editorial Panel Member.

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