Dr Mark Mitchell

Dr Mark Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

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Dr. Mark Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer withn the School of Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work and Social Science at the University of Salford . He has over 30 years of experience as an active-researcher and an academic lecturer at both the University of Salford and Manchester Royal.

Dr. Mitchell's research interest centre largely upon adult psychological health, he is a highly cited author and some of his recent publications are:

  • Anxiety Management in Adult Day Surgery (2002)
  • A Nursing Perspective’ (2005)
  • ‘Contemporary Preoperative and Postoperative Care’ a chapter in Companion to Nursing (2011)

Dr. Mitchell is one of the largest single author publication records for the school of Nursing's academic staff, and his publications are ranked 22nd most cited author-(http://usir.salford.ac.uk/cgi/stats/report) (highest nurse academic) and his publications have been entered as part of the last three REF submissions. Moreover, he has three papers already published and assessed for the next REF submission.


Mark currently teaches in two pre-qualifying modules - Developing the Evidence Base for Practice (Dissertation module) (CRN 32229) and Human Relations and Introduction to Counselling (CRN 32203). His 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, and he will contribute to the research teaching in pre and post qualifying Midwifery modules.

Mark is 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 is outside his office containing 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. 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. 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

1992: BA Psychology (Open University)

1996: MSc Applied Psychology (University of Manchester

2002: PhD Applied Psychology (University of Salford)     

Registered Nurse

Registered District Nurse

Registered Clinical Nurse Teacher

Registered Nurse Teacher (Cert Ed.)


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, 21.(1).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, 24. (3-4) 415 - 427.

Mitchell, M. (2013) Literature review: Home recovery following day surgery. Ambulatory Surgery Journal, 19.(1).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,68.(5). 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