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 29 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.
In the last few years 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. His term of office as Associate Dean ended in January 2016 and he returned to his substantive post as a Staff Tutor/Senior Lecturer in north east England. More recently Phil has been working with OU Validation Services as a Validation Panel Chair, was appointed as a member of the School's Academic Staff Promotions Group and has acted as a mentor for several staff submitting cases for promotion to Senior Lecturer. 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.
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