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Dr Chris McLean PhD, PCAP, RN

Principal Teaching Fellow

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Dr Chris McLean is Principal Teaching fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Chris trained as a nurse after undertaking a first degree in Philosophy and worked primarily within the field of critical care before joining Health Sciences in 2002.

Chris has significant experience in programme leadership and curriculum design, as well as particular expertise in 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 particular expertise in the use of simulated practice to develop acute care skills.

Chris is currently the programme lead for the Master of Nursing (dual field) pre-registration nursing programmes

Research interests

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

In his current role as a Principal Teaching Fellow Chris’s primary research activity is in the supervision of PhD students. This draws on expertise in the areas of ethnography, clinical decision making and critical care.

Currently supervising PhD projects as follows (1) video ethnography examining the role of the trauma nurse in UK hospitals (2) How the cultural context in Ghana influences women making decisions about breast cancer treatment (3) Influences on the decision making processes of nurse prescribers in primary care.

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

In addition to the PhD projects listed above, other recent projects include:

Debriefing needs of ward nurses after involvement in cardiac arrest (2018)

A feasibility study to develop the Quality of Interactions Schedule (QuIS) for use as an outcome measure in acute hospital care (2014-15).

Research group

Health Workforce & Systems


Chris’ current role is as the progamme lead for the Master of Nursing (pre-registration) programme within the School. This is a four year integrated Masters programme which leads to registration in two fields of nursing.

Working closely with other programme leads, this role involves providing leadership and support to the academic staff delivering the pre-registration nursing programmes at Southampton, and in supporting the students on these programmes.

Chris is also an associate editor for the International Journal of Nursing studies

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Chris contributes to teaching across nursing programmes. Key areas of interest / expertise include: decision making; healthcare culture; ethnographic methods; ethics; values based healthcare; and all aspects of acute / critical care.

Chris has a clinical background in intensive care nursing. He no longer currently normally holds a clinical role, though did gain recent experience of working within a critical care unit in order to support the NHS response to the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020.

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

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