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Dr Chris McLean PhD, PCAP, RN


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Dr Chris McLean is Lecturer within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

After undertaking a first degree in Philosophy Chris commenced his nurse training in 1992. After a working primarily within the field of critical care he joined Health Sciences in 2002.

Chris has held responsibility for the design and delivery of education relating to the development of acute care skills and the recognition and response to the deteriorating patient. He has worked in various module and programme leadership roles within the school, and has particular expertise in the use of simulated practice to develop acute care skills.

Chris completed his PhD “Thinking about patients and talking about persons in critical care” in 2012.

Research interests

Chris’s current research is associated with the ”Fundamental Hospital Care” strand of the Wessex CLAHRC

Current research interests centre on the relationship between ward culture and staff patient interactions as they impact upon the patient experience of compassionate care.

Specific current and recent projects include:

  • Leading the development of a ‘Key Nurse’ model as a means of promoting relational care within NHS organisations (During a clinical lecturer internship funded by NHS South Central (2013-14. )
  • A feasibility study to develop the Quality of Interactions Schedule (QuIS) for use as an outcome measure in acute hospital care (2014-15).
PhD supervision

 Currently supervising PhD projects as follows (1) evaluating interventions to strengthen organisational capacity to deliver compassionate care in the NHS; (2) impact of intentional rounding

Research group

Health Work and Systems

School lead for peer review

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Book Chapter

  • McLean, C., & Barr, O. (2013). Professional values: what are they? In Achieving Competencies for Nursing Practice. A Handbook for Student Nurses (pp. 21-36). Maidenhead, GB: Open University.



Working Paper

Deputy programme lead for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

Module co-ordinator for NPCG3020 ‘Foundations of Nursing Practice’.

Chris has a particular interest in the role of values in healthcare education. He made a significant contribution to developing the Values Based model underpinning 2011 nursing curriculum.

Critical care nursing

Recognising and responding to deterioration

Values based education

Culture within acute healthcare

Organisation of ward nursing care

Dr Chris McLean
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3005

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