Dr Mark Mitchell

Dr Mark Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

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Senior Lecturer with 30 years teaching and research experience at both Manchester Royal SoN and Salford University. Teaching and research interests centre largely upon adult psychological health. Published book ‘Anxiety Management in Adult Day Surgery: A Nursing Perspective’ (2005) and ‘Contemporary Preoperative and Postoperative Care’ a chapter in Companion to Nursing (2011) clearly demonstrate this. Also, I have one of the largest single author publication records for the School of Nursing’s academic staff, am ranked 22nd most cited author in the whole University (http://usir.salford.ac.uk/cgi/stats/report) (highest nurse academic) and my publications have been entered as part of the last three REF submissions. Moreover, I have three papers already published and assessed for the next REF submission.


I currently teach in two pre-qualifying modules - Developing the Evidence Base for Practice (Dissertation module) (CRN 32229) and Human Relations and Introduction to Counselling (CRN 32203). My post-qualifying modules include Enhancing Professional Health Care Practice (CRN 33265), MSc Therapeutic Relationships (CRN 29831), MSc Dissertation programme and MSc Clinical Science which specialises in Critical Care and Vascular Science. Additionally, I contribute to the research teaching in pre and post qualifying Midwifery modules. I am the Lead for the C16 Research Theme, currently developing the programme and related Scheme of Work. Industrial Collaboration Zone (ICZ) Lead. Over 2,500 references relevant to minimal stay surgical nursing and research papers stored in personal Endnote programme and updated weekly. Display cabinet outside my office containing my posters and publications for anyone to view. Invited reviewer for manuscripts presented for publication to the Journal of Advanced Nursing (2004 to present), Journal of Clinical Nursing (2005 to present) and British Journal of Nursing (2010 to present).

Research Interests

Research interests concern anxiety management in adult elective minimal stay surgery. My Masters dissertation encompassed a survey of n=150 day surgery patients and my Doctorate a quasi-experimental research design concerned patient information provision, patient anxiety, locus of control and self-efficacy. My post-doctoral studies have all been surveys concerned with specific causes of pre-operative anxiety, minimal stay surgery staff and information provision, post-discharge recovery; and more recently, prisoner-patient experience of minimal stay surgery together with nurse/ midwife experience of caring for prisoner-patients in hospital.

  • Day surgery/ minimal stay
  • Information provision
  • Anxiety management
  • Unpopular patient.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered District Nurse
  • Registered Clinical Nurse Teacher
  • Registered Nurse Teacher (Cert Ed.)
  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc in Applied Psychology
  • Doctorate in Applied Psychology
  • Member of the British Association of Day Surgery
  • Member of the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery


Mitchell, M. (2017) Day surgery nurses’ selection of patient pre-operative information. Journal of Clinical Nursing. (In Press).

Mitchell, M. (2015) Compliance with driving instructions following anaesthesia for a day-case procedure. Ambulatory Surgery Journal. Vol.21 No.1 p.4 - 9. http://www.iaas-med.com/index.php/journal-home

Mitchell, M. (2015) Home recovery following day surgery: A patient perspective. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol.24 No.3-4 p. 415 - 427.

Mitchell, M. (2013) Literature review: Home recovery following day surgery. Ambulatory Surgery Journal. Vol.19 No.1 p. 13 - 27. http://www.iaas-med.com/index.php/journal-home

Mitchell, M. (2012) Influence of gender and anaesthesia type on day surgery anxiety. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol.68 No.5 p.1014 - 1025.

Complete list  http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/9398.html

Postgraduate research

  • Psychological care and elective minimal stay surgery
  • Information provision and elective minimal stay surgery
  • Unpopular patient/ nurse attitudes in adult health
  • Survey and questionnaire construction in adult health
  • Quasi-experimental research design in Adult health