Neil Withnell

Neil Withnell

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

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Following a career in Mental Health Nursing since 1985 I joined the University of Salford in July 2002 as a Lecturer Practitioner in Mental Health Nursing. I made the move to become a full time Lecturer in November 2003 and in July 2008 I became a Senior Lecturer.


I teach across all pre-registration, post-qualifying and post-graduate programmes. My academic interests focus around acute mental health care, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Family Interventions, physical health care in mental health and simulation to enhance learning.

I am extremely proud to have been awarded a teaching excellence award in 2009 and the award for best personal tutor in 2012 and 2013. All of these awards were as a result of nominations from the students.

Research Interests

My particular research interests focus on Family Interventions in mental health.

Qualifications and Memberships

1988 – Registered Mental Nurse
1997 – Diploma in Professional Practice of Nursing (enhanced practice in mental health)
1999 – BSc (HONS) Professional Practice of Nursing (incorporating the higher award)
2006 – MSc Family and Individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of Psychoses
2006 – Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and Research (registered qualification with the NMC)

2013 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Along with a colleague, Neil Murphy, I have published a book on Family Interventions in mental health.