The philosophy and ethics of professional practice

 

The research group brings together scholars from a range of academic disciplines to research philosophical and ethical aspects of professional practice. Based in the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, we aim to engage with all professional practice, including healthcare, the law and police.

 The research group is convened by Dr Paul Snelling  Paul is a registered nurse whose research interests are public health ethics and professional practice.  Paul is also course lead for  MPhil / PhD   in the school of Nursing and Midwifery. Paul is interim chair of the West Mercia Police Internal Ethics committee. Paul welcomes enquires about any aspect of the group’s activities: p.snelling@worc.ac.uk

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Members

Professor Eleanor Bradley is Professor of health psychology whose research interests include prescribing and patient confidentiality. Eleanor is an expert in qualitative research and has a particular interest in grounded theory and meta-synthesis.  She currently co-chairs a qualitative research special interest forum with Dr Theresa Mitchell, designed to encourage the use of rigorous, innovative qualitative methodologies amongst academics and our postgraduate research students. Eleanor’s research outputs are here

 Dr Melody Carter is  Deputy Head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Principal Lecturer in nursing. Her research interests are Nursing philosophy and theory, sociology of health and illness, qualitative research methods, institutional ethnography, critical pedagogy, care and wellbeing of older people, and arts for health and wellbeing. Melody’s research outputs are here

 Dr Kerry Gaskin is Principal Lecturer in children’s nursing and head of department of midwifery and CPD. She is a mixed methods researcher, whose research interests include the ethics and practice of children’s nursing practice. Kerry’s research outputs are here

Professor Alison Kington is  Professor in Psychology of Education in the School of Education. She has worked in a number of research and teaching roles and has gained extensive experience of, and expertise in, designing and conducting mixed methods research in education and social psychology.  Alison’s research outputs are here

Dr Martin Lipscomb is Senior Lecturer in Nursing. His research concerns evidence-based practice and philosophy of nursing. He has written over 10 papers for the journal Nursing Philosophy and four books for Routledge. Martins research outputs are here

Dr Béré Mahoney Principal Lecturer in the School of Psychology, and a Chartered Psychologist. She is course leader for MPhil/PhD in psychology. Her research interests include victimisation, the social and psychological costs of crime, sexuality and gender identity, eating behaviour, ageing and appearance concerns and beliefs about aging, and individual differences. Béré’s research outputs are here

 

Associate Professor Theresa Mitchell is Associate Professor of Patient Experience. She is a qualitative researcher interested in the philosophical underpinning of qualitative research. Theresa’s research outputs are here 

Dr Kay Norman is Principal Lecturer in nursing and Head of practice and Partnerships.  Her research interests relate to the image and perceptions of nursing, with recent work focusing on young people’s perceptions of nursing as a career and the image of nursing in general. Kays research outputs are here

Dr Brian Nyatanga is Senior Lecturer in Applied Professional Studies. His research interests lie in the areas of palliative care like death anxiety, burnout, survivorship and cultural competence and quality of life. His research outputs are here

Dr Paul Snelling is Principal Lecturer in nursing. His research is in public health ethics and professional regulation and ethics. He is an editorial Board member of Nursing Philosophy Paul’s research outputs are here

Dr Carla Solvason  is Senior Lecturer in Children and Families in the School of Education.  Her key research interest is the topic of ethicality and how it can be embedded within professional development and caring research. Carla’s research outputs are  here

Dr Yvonne Thomas  is Principal Lecturer in Allied Health and an Occupational Therapist, who has extensive experience of educating health professionals especially related to professional practice. Yvonne’s research expertise is in qualitative methods, focusing on student practice experiences and professional decision making. Her interests are in critical pedagogy, values-based practice and cultural competence. Yvonne research Outputs are here

 

Visiting Academics

 Professor Steve Hams  has been Executive Director of Quality and Chief Nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since October 2017 and is responsible for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions and quality. He is also the Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

Reverend Professor Philip McCormack was appointed Principal of Spurgeon’s College South London following a career as a Chaplain in the British Army. In 2013 Philip became the academic lead on ethics nationally and internationally for the British Army. He articulated the ethical foundation of the British Army and created a practical model of ethics widely embraced, taught and used within the Army and the Royal Marines. 

John Paley is a Visiting Fellow. He has authored or co-authored approaching 100 academic papers, books and book chapters, reviews and commentaries. Latterly his focus has been in the field of philosophy of nursing and nursing research, and in retirement he continues to produce internationally acclaimed books and other outputs. John's latest book,  Concept Analysis in Nursing: A New Approach was published in February 2021

 

Associate members

 Recent publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Lipscomb, M. (2020). Neoliberalism and neoliberals: What are we talking about?. Nursing Inquiry, 27(1), e12318. Read the full paper here

Ward, L., & Carter, M. (2020). Learning how to SMILE. Improving physical and mental health through nurse education and creative practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 43, 102712. Read the full paper here

Carter, M. (2019). Political discourse in the hospital heterotopia. Nursing Philosophy20(4), e12263. Read the full paper here

Lipscomb, M. (2019) Politics and Nursing. Nursing Philosophy, 20 (4). e12285 Read the full paper here

Lipscomb, M. (2019). Politics in the classroom. Nursing Philosophy, 20(3), e12251. Read the full paper here

Thomas, Y Seedhouse, D., Peutherer, V. and McLoughlin, M. (2019) An Empirical Investigation Into the Role of Values in Occupational Therapy Decision-making. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82 (6). pp. 357-366. Read the full paper here

Bradley, E., & Green, D. (2018). Involved, inputting or informing: “Shared” decision making in adult mental health care. Health Expectations, 21(1), 192-200. Read the full paper here

Snelling, P.C. (2018) The Subversion of Mill and the Ultimate Aim of Nursing. Nursing Philosophy, 19 (1). pp. 1-9 Read the full paper here

Solvason, C. (2018) ‘Just how important is ethics within early childhood research and professionalism.’ Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 6 (2), pp 166-176. Read the full paper here

Snelling, P.C. (2017) Can the Revised UK Code Direct Practice? Nursing Ethics, 24 (4). pp. 392-407. Read the full paper here

Carter, M. (2016). Deceit and dishonesty as practice: the comfort of lying. Nursing Philosophy, 17(3), 202-210. Read the full paper here

Snelling, P.C. (2016) The Metaethics of Nursing Codes of Ethics and Conduct. Nursing Philosophy, Read the full paper here

Lipscomb, M. (2015) Just How Wide Should 'Wide Reading' Be? Nursing Philosophy, 16 (4). pp. 187-202. Read the full paper here

Carter, M (2014) Vocation and Altruism in Nursing: The Habits of Practice. Nursing Ethics, 21 (6). pp. 695-706. ISSN Read the full paper here

Lipscomb, M (2014) Research Report Appraisal: How Much Understanding is Enough? Nursing Philosophy, 15 (3). pp. 157-170. Read the full paper here

Baird, K. M., & Mitchell, T. (2014). Using feminist phenomenology to explore women's experiences of domestic violence in pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(6), 418-426. Read the full paper here

Snelling, P.C. (2015) Who Can Blame Who for What and How in Responsibility for Health? Nursing Philosophy, 16 (1). pp. 3-18. (4). pp. 229-249. Read the full paper here

Snelling, P.C. (2014) What’s Wrong with Tombstoning and What Does This Tell Us About Responsibility for Health? Public Health Ethics, 7 (2). pp. 144-157. Read the full paper here

Books

Lipscomb, M.  (2019) Nursing Literature Reviews: A Reflection. Routledge, London. ISBN Paperback: 9780415792714 Hardback: 9780415792707 ebook: 9781315211442

Lipscomb, M.  (2017) Social Theory and Nursing. Routledge Key Themes in Health and Society . Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group, Abingdon. ISBN Hardback 9781138186071

Paley, J. (2016) Phenomenology as Qualitative Research: A Critical Analysis of Meaning Attribution  https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315623979 Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group, Abingdon

Lipscomb, M.  (2016) Exploring Evidence-based Practice: Debates and Challenges in Nursing. Routledge Key Themes in Health and Society . Routlegde - Taylor and Francis, Abingdon. ISBN Hardback: 978-1-138-78990-6 E-book: 978-1-315-76455-9

Lipscomb, M.  (2014) A Hospice in Change: Applied Social Realist Theory. Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism) . Routledge - Taylor and Francis, Abingdon. ISBN Hardback: 978-0-415-62251-6 E-book: 978-1-315-88530-8

 

Current projects

Past events

On 16th February 2021 the Research Group hosted a book launch for John Paley's new book: Concept Analysis in Nursing: A New Approach  A video of the event can be found  here

 

Upcoming events

 

Please contact Dr Paul Snelling for further information

p.snelling@worc.ac.uk