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Mr Phil Coleman

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • phil.coleman

Professional biography

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 for various programmes delivered by partner colleages, was appointed as a member of the School's Academic Staff Promotions Group, has acted as a mentor for several staff submitting cases for promotion to Senior Lecturer and has been building his portfolio of published work. 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 .

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:

  • Development of integrated vocational and academic  progression pathways at the FE/HE interface as a means of widening participation in HE and enabling National Occupational Standards to be achieved within an academic learning experience.
  • Provision of innovative and cost-effective collaborative learning solutions to meet the workforce development needs of HSC employers and practitioners, such as the creation of stakeholder-driven, practice-focused, non-accredited taster sessions, master classes and conferences  and conferences         .
  • Ethical principles and decision-making in healthcare practice.
  • Preceptorship and supervision as support frameworks for healthcare practitioners.
  • Mental Health care - principles and practice.


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) ((In Press))
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(2) ((In Press))
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)


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