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Phil Coleman

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Professional biography

Phil first joined The Open University (OU) as an Associate Lecturer 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 a 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 35 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 has 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. He recently accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship (De Gruyter), was previously an Editorial Board Member of the open access journal Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (Newcastle University) and has been an academic reviewer for manuscripts submitted to Blackwell Science, BMJ, DeGruyter, Elsevier and Pearson Publishing.

In 2013, Phil was promoted to Senior Lecturer. He was also 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. During his term of office as an Associate Dean he received several awards for exceptional performance but the appointment ended in 2016 due to this post disappearing in a revised management structure for the new Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies (a merger of the Faculty of Health & Social Care and the Faculty of Education & Language Studies). He therefore returned to his substantive post as a Staff Tutor serving Northeast England and Cumbria.

More recently, Phil has been working with OU Validation Partnerships as a Chair for Validation, Revalidation and Major Changes panels. He was appointed as a member of the School's Academic Staff Promotions Group, Learning & Teaching Group, is a mentor for new appointees and staff submitting cases for promotion to Senior Lecturer, a facilitator for academic colleagues formulating their research and scholarship development plans and is building his portfolio of published work. He continues to hold effective registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, is a Fellow of the Society for Education & Training and a member of the Royal College of Nursing. He is currently undertaking a part-time EdD with Newcastle University and is scheduled to complete this award in 2023.

Research interests

Research interests include:

  • Models of part-time study within the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme
  • Ethical decision-making and the HSC academic.
  • Training and development needs of HSC stakeholders.
  • The influence of formal and informal learning within practice-related education
  • Academic leadership and management

Current research activity:

  • Stakeholder analysis of block and integrated Pre-Registration Nursing Programme delivery models .

Teaching interests

Teaching interests include:

  • Work integrated learning.
  • The effect of practicum design on educational experience and outcomes         .
  • Ethical principles and decision-making in healthcare practice.
  • Preceptorship and supervision as support frameworks for healthcare practitioners.
  • Mental Health care - principles and practice.

Recent collaborative research activity with Dr. Anson Tang, Associate Dean (Practice Education) & Associate Professor, Tung Wah College, Hong Kong.


Explaining the Practicum Experiences of Pre-Registration Nursing Students in Hong Kong using the Theory of Human Relatedness (2023-04-12)
Coleman, Phil and Tang, Anson
International Journal of Work Integrated Learning, 24, Article 4(2) (pp. 227-240)

Practicum structures and nursing student retention/achievement rates in a United Kingdom university: a quantitative analysis (2023-03)
Coleman, Phil
Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière, 9, Article 7(1)

The use of block and integrated practicum structures within employer-sponsored pre-registration nursing programmes: a Critical Realist study (2022-03-01)
Coleman, Phil
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 12(3) (pp. 47-58)

The Theory of Human Relatedness as a Potential Underlying Causative Mechanism in Nursing Student Placement Experiences: A UK-Based Critical Realist Study (2022-02)
Coleman, Phil
International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 9(1) (pp. 44-65)

Validity and Reliability within Qualitative Research for the Caring Sciences (2022)
Coleman, Phil
International Journal of Caring Sciences, 14(3) (pp. 2041-2045)

“Yes, the type of student supervision matters, but what about the placement structure?” – A Critical Realist review of block and integrated practice learning models within pre-registration nursing programmes (2021-01-10)
Coleman, Phil
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 11(1) (pp. 39-50)

A Realist Synthesis of Potential Underlying Causative Mechanisms Related to the Optimal Design of a Nursing Student Practicum (2021)
Coleman, Phil
EAS Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 3(3) (pp. 106-117)

A Critical Realist review of practice learning experiences within pre-registration nursing programmes (2020-06)
Coleman, Phil Michael
EAS Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 2(3) (pp. 202-212)

A Critical Realist Review of Pre-Registration Nursing Student Stress (2020)
Coleman, Phil and Vance, Gillian
International Journal of Studies in Nursing, 5(2) (pp. 28-40)

Purpose, Quality and Value in Critical Realist Research within Nurse Education (2019-06)
Coleman, Phil
Nurse Media Journal of Nursing, 9(1) (pp. 103-116)

Cultural differences in General and Psychiatric Nurses: A critical analysis using Social Identity Theory (2019-01-18)
Coleman, Phil
Aporia: The Nursing Journal, 10, Article 2(2) (pp. 17-27)

An examination of Positivist and Critical Realist Philosophical Approaches to Nursing Research (2019)
Coleman, Phil
International Journal of Caring Sciences, 12(2) (pp. 1218-1224)

In-depth interviewing as a research method in healthcare practice and education: value, limitations and considerations (2019)
Coleman, Phil
International Journal of Caring Sciences, 12(3)

Mature student perceptions of formal and informal learning on a diploma in childcare and education course (2003)
Coleman, Phil
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 8(2) (pp. 231-248)

The pre-entry guidance experiences of students undertaking an 'access to health and professions allied to medicine' (PAMs) programme (2002)
Coleman, Philip M.
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 7(3) (pp. 307-324)

Ethical practices in the provision of guidance by further education health care tutors who hold a nursing, midwifery or health visiting qualification (2002)
Coleman, Philip M.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, 26(2) (pp. 119-128)

Depression during the female climacteric period (1993)
Coleman, Philip M.
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 18(10) (pp. 1540-1546)

The Integrated Vocational Route (IVR): an employer-driven learning programme in health & social care practice at the FE/HE interface (2011)
Coleman, Phil and Mendelson, Felicity
In : The Future Agenda for Higher Level Skills and Work-Based Learning. University Vocational Awards Council Annual Conference. (11-12 Nov 2010, York)