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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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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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 (2019-2021) Recording care through the PACE Framework: Research Evaluation of an innovative approach to person-centred care planning.  Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.


Completed Funded Projects:

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)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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