Gary Mitchell


  • Room 04.309 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have an interest in the following broad topic areas: - Older People - Care Homes - Dementia - Delirium - Palliative Care - Communication - Restraint - Oncology - Oral Chemotherapy - Ethnography - Qualitative Research


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Personal profile


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 co-coordinate the 'Working with People with Dementia' Programme and support delivery of the specialist practice programme in the 'Nursing Older People' programme pathway.

I act as a link-lecturer for a number of clinical areas in the Downe Hospital and independent sector.  I also support a number of nurses, undertaking their specialist practice (older people), with clinical visits throughout Northern Ireland.  In addition, I serve as a personal tutor for a group of 50 undergraduate student nurses at the School.  I also occupy the role of academic lead for peer mentoring (nursing) within the School.

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.

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

Funded Projects:


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 digitial 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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



2020 Teaching Award (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)



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