About Us

The Masterful Mentoring Game was originally created at Bournemouth University by Jo Hirdle and Belinda Humphries who are practice learning advisors at the university. They both have a wealth of practical nursing experience in addition to their academic roles:


Jo Hirdle

RMN, D.P.S.N., MA Nursing, PG Cert in Education

Jo is a Registered Mental Health Nurse who worked for many years in specialist addition services. Her clinical expertise lies in facilitating therapeutic treatment interventions such as group work and one to one therapies for clients with alcohol problems. Her role in education commenced in 2002 as lecturer practitioner at Bournemouth University delivering the BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Interventions for addiction programme and latterly developing the Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Practice unit.  In 2007 Jo expanded her work in education and became part of the University’s Practice Learning Adviser team. This role involves linking with a variety of clinical areas for health and social care, providing education and support for mentors in practice. Jo enjoys the diversity of her role which involves much liaison, collaboration and working with practice partners. She is always keen to research and implement new ideas and innovations that can assist the delivery of practice education.

Belinda Humphries

RN, Bsc (Hons) in Nursing, PG Cert in Education

Belinda is a University Practice Learning Adviser at Bournemouth University. Upon qualification in 1987 she worked within the acute medical field specializing in respiratory medicine. After 15 years she then experienced the role of registration and inspection officer for the independent sector before commencing at Bournemouth University. Since 2000 she has been a lecturer and practice education link for both pre and post registration education in health and social care. Her interests include providing innovative ways to educate, provide guidance and disseminate information to mentors who are supporting pre-registration students. More specifically her work focuses on working in partnership with clinical colleagues, in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in order to provide quality practice placements.  

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