Phil first joined The Open University as an Associate Lecturer (AL) in 2003. After increasing his teaching portfolio, undertaking a range of consultancy work for the Faculty of Health & Social Care, becoming an OU VQAC Assessor and taking on additional responsibilities (as an AL mentor and monitor), he accepted the post of Staff Tutor (Health & Social Care) within The OU in the North in August 2007. Phil's professional background is in the field of mental health. As a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Nurse Tutor he has over 30 years of varied experience within the NHS, independent care, Further and Higher Education sectors. This experience has included leading both clinical and academic teams as well as managing various innovative, collaborative curriculum development projects.
Phil held appointments as an External Examiner for the Foundation Degree Assistant Practitioner in Health & Social Care at Liverpool John Moores University, the BA Joint Honours Health & Social Care/Health in Contemporary Society programme at Northumbria University and the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In February 2013, Phil was appointed Associate Dean - Nations & Regions and in this role had responsibility for the strategic management of Faculty teams based in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, East Grinstead, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Leeds, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Oxford. Having secured promotion to Senior Lecturer he stepped down as Associate Dean in January 2016 to pursue his academic interests and returned to his substantive post as a Staff Tutor serving north east England and Cumbria. More recently Phil has been working with OU Validation and Partnerships as a Validation Panel Chair, was appointed as a member of the School's Academic Staff Promotions Group, acted as a mentor for several staff submitting cases for promotion to Senior Lecturer, is building his portfolio of published work and has been appointed to the editorial boards of the two journals: the International Journal of Caring Sciences and the Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences . He continues to hold effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and a member of the Royal College of Nursing. He is currently undertaking an EdD with Newcastle University .
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