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I have an interest in the following topics and methods -
Care of Older People, Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Community Nursing, Dementia, Delirium, Frailty, Parkinson's Disease, Heart Failure, Diabetes Care, 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 occupy the role of Pathway Lead for the Specialist Practice in Older People's Nursing Programme and Course Lead for the PG Cert in Nursing Care of the Older Person in Care Home Settings.  I am also the founder and academic lead for the University's Future Ready Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Champion Programme at the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.  Formally, I acted as year one lead in the BSc Professional Nursing programme (2021-2024).

I 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 primary 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.  At the school, I also occupy the role theme lead for the Education & Practice Research theme.  I sit on the School's Research Committee, Postgraduate Research Committee, Internationalism Committee, Academic Offences Committee and 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. 

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:

Brazil K, Doherty J, Mitchell G (2024-2029) In-Touch: Implementation of a person-centered palliative care iNtervention To imprOve comfort, QUality of Life and social engagement of people with advanced dementia in Care Homes.  Horizon Health and Innovate UK.

Mitchell G, Stark P, Carter G, McEvoy C, Brown Wilson C (2023-2024) Identifying Priorities for Diabetes Education in Care Homes: A Delphi Study.  HSC R&D Office.

Mitchell G, Stark P, Carter G, McEvoy C, Brown Wilson C (2023-2024) Optimising Care Home Nursing Practice in Diabetes Care: Co-Design of a Digital Intervention.  Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Mitchell G, Stark P, Brown Wilson C, Holden P, Rogers K, Kerr H, Graham-Wisener L, Caughers G, Prue G.  (2023-2024) Co-Creation of an Asynchronous Digital Resource for Healthcare Professional Students about Pancreatic Cancer.  Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer (NIPAC)

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.  (2022-2025)  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.

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 Nutritional status in CaRe homes on orAl heaLth: an EviDence synthesis (CONCEALED).  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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, 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:

McEvoy C, Townsend R, Brown Wilson C, Carter C, Clarke S, Mitchell G, Woodside J (2023-2024).  Maintain your super brain: Co-development and implementation of a digital game for primary school children.  Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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.

Brown Wilson C, Mallon A, Carter G, McLaughlin D, Mitchell G.  (2022-2023) Co-designing an e-resource to support the resilience of domiciliary care workers.  HSC R&D Division.

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, 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.  Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer (NIPANC).

Carter G, Parsons C, Mitchell G, Monaghan C, Santin O (2022-2023)  Supporting Dementia 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.

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.

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.


Research Focus

2024 Teaching Award - Team Category (Queen's University Belfast)

2024 Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-Registration) Award (Student Nursing Times Awards)

2023 MBE - Services to Nursing and Dementia Care (King's Birthday Honours)

2023 Teaching Award - Team Category (Queen's Unviersity Belfast)

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 have been awarded a MBE for services to Nursing & Dementia Care.

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 am a publicly appointed member of the Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) Council Board.

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 occupy 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.

I am a current member of the NIHR Research Programme for Social Care (RPSC) Funding Committee.

I hold the role of external examiner at the University of Liverpool (BN Nursing), University of Southampton (MRes Clinical & Health Research) and Trinity College Dublin (MSc in Dementia & MSc in Specialist Gerontology Nursing)

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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