Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Brook Building, BB 405
+44 (0) 1772 89 2510
Subject Areas: Health and Social Care; Nursing; Midwifery; Allied Health; Public Health;
Nigel is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing with responsibility for 6400 students and 310 academic and research staff, facilitating taught and research degrees in nursing, midwifery, allied health, sports and exercise science. Nigel is a member of the university Senior Leadership Team and the academic board. He is the VC nominee and chair of student appeals and complaints. Nigel is chair of North West Council of Deans of Health a member of the National Council Executive Team with a lead for teaching and learning. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA.
Nigel has worked as an adult and mental health nurse in a variety of clinical and management roles in the Midlands, London and North West. In his role as Executive Dean he leads a faculty with 310 academic and research staff, facilitating pre and post registration education with over 6400 nursing, midwifery, allied health, public health, counselling and psychological therapies, and sports and exercise science students. Nigel is Chair of the North West Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) and co-chair of the North West Higher Education Partnership group. He is a member of the National Council of Deans Executive Team and has the national lead for teaching. He has six years’ experience working across the UK as an NMC reviewer involved in course approval and monitoring events and was a member of the NMC Quality Framework steering group which developed the ‘right touch’ approach for NMC monitoring. Nigel is an advocate of health agendas influencing university business. He has contributed at university and chaired faculty academic standards and quality assurance; student experience; and research and innovation committees. Nigel chairs the faculty Executive Team meetings. He is committed to academic staff induction and professional development and has shared the programme he developed for staff in health at an NMC reviewer’s conference, as an example of effective practice. He led a project contributing to implementation of the HEA accredited university framework, enabling staff to obtain associate and fellow status through a practice route. He strongly supports inter-professional learning and values collaborative working with executive nurse and professional directors. He chairs events, with Executive Directors from partner provider organisations developing solutions to challenges affecting education and practice, leading to enhancements to the university portfolio and policies. Nigel led a project with senior education managers from 42 NHS Trusts in the North West of England focused on improving educational governance. He remains informed of changes in health care through his role as a governor within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he chairs the Trust nomination and remuneration committee.
Nigel values contact and feedback from students and has regularly facilitated meetings with students to discuss issues and expectations, which has culminated in adopting a ‘you said we did’ approach across the faculty. Nigel is passionate about delivering a quality student experience and use of creative teaching and learning methods and digital technologies. He has has facilitated a funded HEA teaching and learning workshop and developed educational resources including a commercially marketed board game and an interactive CD Rom and book focused on enhancing mental health practice and psychological interventions. Nigel has been a strong advocate and values service user and carer involvement in course development, delivery, assessment, evaluation and research. Nigel has promoted integration of the schools research and course portfolios so that researchers share their methodological expertise and current findings with students in module teaching, workshops and conferences. He has been instrumental in the achievement of seven knowledge transfer partnerships with voluntary and charitable organisations. Nigel's personal research focuses on enhancing teaching and learning. His Doctorate in Education used a case study design to explore stakeholder perceptions of academic dishonesty and approaches used to promote academic integrity in nursing students. Nigel chaired a university group which evaluated the management of plagiarism resulting in the development of a university policy and procedures promoting academic integrity.
Nigel believes in utilising staff strengths and experience and promotes solution focused principles within the college. He has facilitated leadership programmes with academic and administrative staff and acts as a mentor using a coaching model. Nigel has worked collaboratively with unions and Human Resource staff, reviewing and developing a unified consistent role and job description for Principal Lecturers. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is passionate about learning beyond registration and education of assistant, specialist and advanced practitioners. He feels privileged to be a nurse and teacher and uses his position and role to influence the enhancement of the quality of care for patients and their families. He is the lead judge for the Student Nursing Times Educator of the Year Award. He is a member of the North West coast steering board for Collaboration for Leadership of Applied Health Research and Care.
Stakeholder perceptions of academic and practice dishonesty and approaches used to promote academic and practice integrity in nursing students
Evaluation of supervisor & mentor experiences supporting Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers (PCGMHW’s)
Enhancement of service user and carer involvement in course development, delivery and evaluation
Evaluation of school academic staff induction programme
Registered Nursing & Midwifery Council (RN Adult)
Registered Nursing & Midwifery Council (RN Mental Health)
Registered Nursing & Midwifery Council (Lecturer)
Member Royal College of Nursing
Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
UCLan Pedagogy Research Group
Solution focused brief therapy
Health care education strategy and practice
Case study research
Harrison,N. (2000) Gay affirmative therapy. A critical analysis of the literature. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 28 (1) 37 – 53
Newbigging,K; Nixon,D; Playle,J; Lyons,C & Harrison,N (2005) Addressing the Implementation Challenges: Introducing Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers. The Mental Health Review. 10, 1, p16-21
Harrison,N. ; Lyons,C ; Baguley,C & Fisher,D. (2009) An educational evaluation of supervisor and mentor experiences when supporting Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 16, 416-423
Harrison,N. (2010) Stakeholder perceptions of academic dishonesty and approaches used to promote academic integrity: findings from a pilot study 4th International Plagiarism conference proceedings and abstracts CD Rom Towards an authentic future ISBN: 9780956102119
Dix,J. ; Carter,B. ; Gibbon,C. ; McKeown,M. & Harrison,N. (2014) Developing an understanding of the contribution of service users to nurse education in the classroom: An HEA funded Doctoral Programme, Health and Social Care Education (Accepted Nov 2013)
McKeown,M. ; Dix,J. ; Jones,F. ; Carter,B. ; Malihi-Shoja,L. Mallen,E. & Harrison,N. (2014) Service user involvement in practitioner education: movement politics and transformative change Nurse Education Today Special Issue (Accepted Mar 2014)
Harrison,N.; Lyons,C. & Knott,D. (2000) Paper presentation: An evaluation of experiential risk assessment / management workshops. A collaboration between service and education providers. ENB National Mental Health Conference. Robinson College, Cambridge. July 17th& 18th.
Knott,D. & Harrison,N. (2001) Poster presentation: The formal and informal measurement of clinical skills acquisition in mental health nurses.ENB Research and Development Conference. Assessing Practice and Making It Happen. London. May 9th.
Harrison,N.; Lyons,C. & Knott,D. (2002) Paper presentation: An evaluation study reporting the experiences of clinical supervision by prison officers as supervisees, on working with inmates with mental health problems and mental health nurse lecturers as supervisors. BACP 8thCounselling Research Conference. London. May 17th & 18th.
Harrison,N.; Lyons,C. & Knott,D. (2002) Paper presentation: Preparing prison officers to work with inmates with mental health problems through clinical supervision. Royal College of Nursing National Mental Health Conference. Laying the Cornerstones. Valuing Mental Health Nursing in a Time of Change. Cambridge. July 8th& 9th.
Harrison,N.; Knott,D. & Lyons,C. (2002) Paper presentation: Promoting the mental health of prison officers and inmates with mental health problems through clinical supervision. The Second World Conference. The Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. Developing Partnerships: Science, Policy and Programmes Across Cultures. London. September 11-13th
Harrison,N. & Park,M.A. (2003) Paper presentation: Mental health awareness training for Discipline officers: A partnership approach to education delivery. HM Prison Service Conference. Sharing Good Practice in Health Care. York. April 14th& 15th
Harrison.N. (2003) Paper presentation: What difference could the tool make? An education providers perspective. Graduate Primary Care Mental Health Worker. Conference. Nottingham. 2nd& 3rd September
Harrison,N (2003) Paper presentation: Promoting mental health in prisons. The Lancashire experience – Lessons learnt from mental health awareness training with prison officers. 9th International NPNR Conference. Addressing Discrimination and Difference. RCN Oxford September 24th - 26th
Harrison.N. & Westerby.N. (2004) Invited Paper & Panel Member. Service User Involvement in Graduate Mental Health Worker Education & Training. Bolton Reebok Stadium. March 24th
Harrison,N. (2004) Invited Keynote Paper. Integrating Service User Involvement. Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers Supporting Delivery. National NIMHE Conference. Crown Plaza Birmingham April 1st
Harrison,N.; Playle,J. & Lyons,C. (2004) Parallel Session: Supervision and Mentorship. Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers Supporting Delivery. National NIMHE Conference. CrownPlazaBirmingham April 1st
Harrison,N. & Johnson,E. (2004) Keynote Conference Paper: Enhancing Service User Involvement. Mainstreaming Service User and Carer Participation in Education and Training the Mental Health and Social Care Workforce. National Institute for Mental Health in England (North West) Manchester City Football Stadium. September 24th
Harrison,N. (2004) Paper Presentation: Enhancing mental health skills development through Service User (patient) involvement in course development, delivery & evaluation. 5th FINE Conference – Working together for European nursing education, how to develop skills / competencies. University of Sibiu. Romania. October 14th – 16th
Harrison,N. (2004) Paper Presentation: Enhancing mental health skills development through Service User (patient) involvement in course development, delivery and evaluation. Unlocking the Potential: Partnerships in Health and Social Care. North East Wales Institute of Higher Education. November 5th
Lyons,C.; Fisher,D.; Baguley,C. & Harrison,N. (2005) Paper Presentation: Using an Educational Programme to Support the Introduction of New Mental Health Services in Primary Care. International Nursing Conference: Approaches and Methods. Yantai, Shandong, People’s Republic of China. September 23rd-25th.
Harrison,N. & Lyons,C. (2005) Paper Presentation: New roles, new ways of working: developing practice based education in primary care. Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology. 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. The University of Dublin. November 2nd - 4th
Lyons,C.; Baguley,C.; Fisher,D. & Harrison,N. (2005) Poster Presentation: New roles, new ways of working in Mental Health: Integrating Workforce Development and Service Delivery 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. University of Dublin. November 2nd - 4th
Harrison,N. (2006) Evaluation of a multi-professional academic staff induction programme in Higher Education. Poster Presentation. PIPE Interdisciplinary Conference: More than just a PIPE dream, Emerging issues in research, education and practice. Oxford. July 3rd
Harrison,N,; Shoja,L. & Barnhurst,S. (2007) Concurrent paper presentation. Climbing up the ladder of involvement. Authenticity to Action Conference. University of Central Lancashire. 7-9th November
Harrison,N. (2008) Paper presentation. An exploration of a strategic approach to promote academic integrity in nursing students: preliminary findings using a case study approach within one higher education institution 3rd International Plagiarism Conference Northumbria University 25th June 2008
Shoja,L. & Harrison,N. (2009) Paper presentation. A model of service user & carer involvement in Higher Education NMC / HLSP Reviewer Conference 20th September University of Birmingham (by invitation)
Harrison,N. (2009) Concurrent paper presentation. I am a leader, advocate, adviser, facilitator, mediator, coach and critical friend: A Higher Education manager’s tale
Authenticity to Action 2nd International Conference. University of Central Lancashire. 6-8th November
Harrison,N. (2010) Paper presentation. Stakeholder perceptions of academic dishonesty and approaches used to promote academic integrity: findings from a pilot study 4th International Plagiarism conference University of Northumbria Towards an authentic future 23rd June 2010 ISBN: 9780956102119
Harrison,N. (2010) Paper presentation Academic integrity in nursing students School of Education Student Research Conference University of Manchester 6th July 2010
Harrison,N. (2011) Summary of achievements with Academic staff induction & Service User / Carer Involvement Invited poster presentation following ‘outstanding award’ for resources & practice learning NMC Reviewer Conference London 21st September 2011
Harrison,N. (2012) Opening Address Self Harm Conference University of Central Lancashire Westleigh Conference Centre 10th September 2012
Harrison,N. (2013) Promoting health and well-being in staff and students Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing Conference Preston 10th April 2013
Harrison,N. (2013) Opening Address Real Impact in Education and Research Health Research with Real Impact Conference UCLan Preston 15th May 2013
Harrison,N. (2014) Workshop: The unique context in clinical education: How can we meet the practical need for standardised learning Epigeum Imperial College London 21st October 2014
Harrison,N. (2015) Keynote UK Epigeum Advisor role - Teaching & Assessment in Practice Resource for Nurses, Midwives & Allied Health Educators Webinar 29th October 2015
Harrison,N. (2016) Development of a definition of academic and practice misconduct and understanding of influencing factors Higher Education Academy Annual Health & Social Care Conference – Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning Glasgow 24th February 2016
Harrison,N. (2016 Engagement of stakeholders in university & practice settings enabled exploration of perceptions of academic dishonesty and approaches used to promote academic integrity Engage Conference, Uclan, Preston 19th May 2016
Harrison,N. (2016) A hierarchy of academic and practice misconduct occurring in nursing students International Education Conference Venice, Italy 6th June 2016 (Winner of best presentation)
Harrison,N. (2016) Academic Misconduct in Nurse Education – Working together towards greater understanding, management and prevention (HEA Funded workshop) Uclan, Preston 29th June 2016
Dix,J.; Carter,B.; McKeown,M. & Harrison,N. (2016) Mutual development through authentic relationships: Adventures, journey and appreciative stories of service user engagement in nurse education Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference (COMET) Aalborg, Denmark 4-6th July 2016