Gary Mitchell


  • Room 04.309 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom

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I have an interest in the following topics and methods - Care of Older People, Care Homes, Dementia, Delirium, Frailty, Parkinson's Disease, Palliative Care, Advance Care Planning, Oral Health, Communication, Restrictive Practice, Oncology, Oral Chemotherapeutic Treatments, Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, Nursing Education, Asynchronous Approaches to Education, Digital Education, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research, Mixed-Methods Research, Systematic Reviews and Scoping Reviews.


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Personal profile


I am the Year One Lead for the undergraduate Professional Nursing (BSc) course at the School of Nursing and Midwifery (September intakes).  At postgraduate level, I occupy the role of Pathway Lead for the Specialist Practice in Older People's Nursing Programme.

I am the module coordinator for the year one evidence-based nursing module and teach across the entire year one undergraduate professional nursing programme.  I am also involved in teaching across the graduate-entry masters adult nursing programme.  At postgraduate level, I also co-coordinate the Dementia Care Programme.  I am also actively involved in the supervision of postgraduate masters and PhD students.

I act as a link-lecturer for a number of clinical areas and serve as a personal tutor for a group of 25 undergraduate student nurses at the School.  I also occupy the role of academic lead for peer mentoring (nursing) within the School and sit on the School's Health & Conduct Committee, SWAN Committee, Research Showcase Steering Group, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and Teaching Excellence Student Support (TESS) Group.  I am also a member of the University's Central Student Appeals Committee (CSAC).

With regards to scholarship of teaching & learning, I am interested in the co-development and evaluation educational podcasts, gamification and other modes of asynchronous learning.  I currently chair the 'Technology Enhanced Learning' Research Stream within the 'Education & Practice' Research Theme.

Research Interests

I am currently involved in a number of funded research projects.  The common thread of my research is around supporting healthcare professionals to optimise their nursing practice through knowledge translation activities.

Research Focus

Current Funded Projects:

Fitzsimons D, Thompson G, Mitchell G, Rice B, McKenna N, Smart A, Caughers G, Neubeck L, Hanson C, McHale S, Forrest B, Woodside J, Clarke M.  (2022-2024)  Co-creation of a digital resource to build students’ skills in assessing cardiovascular risk, motivating change and sustaining a healthier lifestyle in themselves and others.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Brazil K, Doherty J, Mitchell G, Green J, Harrison-Denning K, Finucane A, Doody O, Coffey A, Preston N (2022-2023).  Supporting decision-making on goals of care for community dwelling patients living with a progressive life-limiting illness.  Marie Curie.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C, Graham-Wisener L, Kerr H, Rogers K, Stark P & Prue G (2022-2023) Co-Design of a Digital Serious Game to Promote Public Awareness about Pancreatic Cancer.  NIPANC.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C, Thompson D, Tierney P & Hill L (2022-2024) Identifying Priorities for Heart Failure Education in Care Homes: A Delphi Study.  HSC R&D Office.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C, Thompson D, Tierney P & Hill L (2022-2024) Optimising Quality of Life for People Living with Heart Failure in Care Homes: Co-Design of a Digital Intervention.  Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

Mitchell G (North PI), Brown Wilson C, Wong A, Barry H, Birch M (QUB) & Coffey A (South PI), McCurtin A, Tuohy D, Graham M, Tierney A, Murphy J (UL) Improving prevention, recognition and management of delirium across the island of Ireland through the co-design of an interdisciplinary digital resource for undergraduate healthcare students.  Higher Education Authority Ireland.

McKenna G, McCorry N, McEvory C, Mitchell G, O'Neill C, Brocklehurst P, Tsakos G, Lappin C (2022-2024) The impaCt Of dietary intake and Nutrional status in CaRe homes on orAl heaLth: an EviDence synthesis (CONCEALED).  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Carter G, Parsons C, Mitchell G, Monaghan C, Santin O (2022-2023)  Supporting Demenita Caregivers in Vietnam.  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Internal Scheme.

Brown Wilson C, Carter G, Mitchell G (2022-2023) Co-design of an Indonesian Dementia Awareness Game.  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Internal Scheme,

Rainey D, Linden M, Monaghan C, Mitchell G. (2021-2022) Co-production of a digital game to improve school-children perception about nursing.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Brown Wilson C, Mitchell G, Carter C, Monaghan C.  (2021-2024) The coproduction of an e-resource to support staff in meeting the needs and aspirations of people living with dementia in their intimate and sexual relationships.  South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C, Parsons C & McKenna G (2021-2023)  Exploring Student Nurse Experiences of Using a Digital Intervention to Support Older People in Non-Hospital Settings: A Qualitative Study.  HSC R&D Office.

Mitchell G, Carter G, Parsons C, Barton C, Kelly R, Rogers C & Brown Wilson C (2020-2022) Co-development of a digital intervention to reduce restrictive practices in care homes.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C, Coleman D, Brocklehurst P, Tsakos G, Lappin C & McKenna G (2020-2022) Development of a digital intervention to improve oral health for older people living with complex needs in the community.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.


Completed Funded Projects:

Linden M, Monaghan C, Mitchell G & Rainey D. (2020-2021) Co-producing an educational intervention about the nursing profession for post-primary school children to increase recruitment of males.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.

McCance T, Brown D, Mitchell G & Gormley K (2019-2022) Recording care through the PACE Framework: Research Evaluation of an innovative approach to person-centred care planning.  Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.

Brown Wilson C, Clarke S, Carter G, Mitchell G.  (2021-2022) Coproduction of a digital game about dementia for primary school children.  ESRC.

Brown Wilson C, Carter C & Mitchell G (2018-2019) Development of a digital game to improve public perception of dementia.  Dementia Development Services Trust.

Mitchell G, Brown Wilson C & Craig S. (2019-2020) A qualitative evaluation of the dementia friends programme delivered to undergraduate medical and nursing students in Northern Ireland. Alzheimer's Society.

Mitchell G, Carlisle S, McMullan J. Wong A, Stark P. (2020-2021) Co-development of Parkinson's Disease awareness podcast for nursing students.  Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.

Dodd S, Mitchell G, Carter G. (2020-2021) Images and Empathy: Enhancing positive perceptions of dementia among nursing students using an artist-produced photobook.  Arts Council of Northern Ireland & HSC R&D Office.

Brazil K, Carter G, McCann A, Mitchell G, Preston N, Harding A, Finucane A & Harrison-Denning K. (2020-2021) Necessary discussions: Advance care-planning for nursing homes in a COVID-19 outbreak.  Economic Research Council.




2021 Teaching Award - Student Nominated Category (Queen's University Belfast)

2020 Teaching Award - Rising Star Category (Queen's University Belfast)

2017 Student of the Year (Queen's University Belfast)

2016 Nurse of the Year (British Journal of Nursing Awards)

2015 Inspirational Nurse Leader (Nursing Times Awards)



I am currently the chair for the Royal College of Nursing's Older People's Forum.  This forum represents more than 12,000 nurses and support staff providing care to older people in the United Kingdom.

I hold the title of QN (Queen's Nurse) in recognition of my contribution to nursing practice, education and research in the field of community and care home nursing.

I occpuy the role of editorial board member with BMC Geriatrics, BMC Nursing and the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

I hold an active Fellowship with Evidence Synthesis Ireland.

I am an active Coach in the Council of Deans #150 Leaders Programme.

I am a current member of the NICE Clinical Guideline Committee for CG1O3: Delirium: Prevention, Diagnosis and Management.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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