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Mike Barker



Mike Barker qualified as a nurse in 1986 and enjoyed a clinical career in anaesthetic in England andEurope. In 1991 Mike entered nurse education and 1991 he entered higher academia with the University of Salford where he has remained ever since.

Mikes personal intersts include football (being avid Manchester United fan), travel and playin guitar. Some of his proudest achievements include gaining a 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

1986: Registered General Nurse (Rochdale School of Nursing)

1995: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Nursing Education BA (Hons) (University of Manchester)

1995:Registered Nurse Teacher (RNT) (United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, & Health Visiting).

2003: Master of Philosophy MPhil (United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, & Health Visiting)



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.

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Postgraduate research

Perioperative nursing, anaesthetic nursing.