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School of Health and Society

Neil Withnell

Associate Dean Academic Quality Assurance


Following a career in Mental Health Nursing 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 have carried out various roles before my current role as Associate Dean Academic Quality Assurance in 2017. I am passionate about enhancing the student experience and have a keen interest in social media and technology enhanced learning.


Mental Health Nursing, Family Interventions, CBT.

Research Interests

I am currently involved in a research project ealuating Garden Needs.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • MSc Family and Individual CBT of Psychoses
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice of Nursing
  • PGCert in HE Practice and Research (registered teacher with the NMC)
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA


Howarth, M & McQuarrie, C & Withnell, N & Smith, E (2016) 'The Influence of Therapeutic Horticulture on Social Integration ', Journal of Public Mental Health, 15(3), pp.136-140.

Chadwick, A & Withnell, N (2016) 'Developing confidence in mental health students to recognise and manage physical health problems using a learning intervention', Nurse Education in Practice, 19, pp.25-30.

Nerantzi, C & Withnell, N (2016) 'We just 'clicked': Sharing Individual Experiences as Part of Teams', in: Teaching with Team Projects in Higher Education, Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa CA, USA, pp.43-60.

Withnell, N (2015) 'Using smart devices to enhance learning - the use of twitter and blogging in nurse education', in: Smart learning: teaching and learning with smartphones and tablets in post compulsory education, First edition, Melsig, Sheffield, UK, pp.231-235.

Withnell, N & Murphy, N (2012) Family Interventions in Mental Health, 1st edition, McGraw Hill, Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK.

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