Mike Barker

Mike Barker



I qualified as a nurse in 1986 and enjoyed a career in England as an anaesthetic nurse and the former West Germany as a nurse anaesthetist, before moving into nurse education in 1991 and higher academia with the University of Salford in 1996, where I have remained ever since. My personal interests include football (being an avid Manchester United fan), travel and playing guitar. Some of my proudest achievements include gaining my Private Pilot’s Licence in the USA in 2006 and being awarded the Blair Collister Memorial Academic Prize in 1996 by the University of Manchester.


Module Leader – Introduction to Adult Nursing module

Module member – Nursing Practice & Decision Making module

Module member – Post Qualifying Clinical Decision Making module

Manual Handling trainer to Pre-registration BSc (Hons) in Nursing

Member of Faculty – Acute Illness Management course

International Link Lecturer – Hochschule Fulda, Germany

Personal Teacher to 50 students

University Link Lecturer to 5 clinical links at the Royal Bolton Trust

Research Interests

My research interests in the past have included the effects of returning student nurses on the performance of qualified clinical staff in operating theatres. This formed the thematic study for my Master of Philosophy degree. My current research interests lie in the exploration of addiction to social media for ‘Generation Z’ (aka ‘millennials’), focusing upon its effects and consequent implications for higher academia and the nursing profession.

Qualifications and Memberships

MPhil, BA (Hons) in Nurse Education, RGN


Rushton, M & Barker, M (2015) How to perform basic life support Nursing Standard, 30(15), pp.34-36.

Barker, M & Smith, J & Rushton, M A (2015) How to assess deteriorating patients Nursing Standard 30(11), pp.34-36.

Stephens, M, Hennefer, DL, Gloster, AS, Barker, M and McGrath, D 2011, Evaluating the effectiveness of Skype as a tool for promoting internationalisation of the nursing curriculum , in: Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) 6th International Conference : Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, 6 - 8 July 2011, The University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.

Barker, M (1996) Should there be a nursing presence in the operating theatre? British Journal of Nursing 5(18), pp.1134-1137.

Complete list http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/9385.htm

Postgraduate research

Perioperative nursing, anaesthetic nursing.