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Principal Teaching Fellow & Mental Health Group Manager

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Sam is a Principal Teaching Fellow within the School of Health Sciences and the Group Manager for Mental Health Nursing.

Sam is a dedicated teacher and researcher who specialises in recovery-focused acute mental health care, patient safety, suicide prevention, organisational culture and quality improvement.  He is an invited member representing the Higher Education sector of a national steering group looking at the role of Mental Health Nurses within society.

Sam’s main clinical background is in crisis, acute mental ill health, and suicide and self-harm prevention.  Has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including Forensic Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Acute and Psychiatric Intensive Care Wards, A&E Liaison Psychiatry and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment at clinical, operational and strategic managerial levels.

Prior to joining the School of Health Sciences, Sam taught Psychiatry on the Medicine Programme at the University of Southampton where he developed clinical and academic assessments for trainee doctors alongside managing a service improvement project across West Hampshire.

In 2018 Sam published a large systematic review of NHS Safety & Quality Improvement and retains research interests in workforce, safety, quality improvement and the culture of organisations.  

He is currently working on a large systematic review of staffing and safety within the mental health workforce alongside a number of other projects relating to patient safety, suicide prevention and perinatal mental ill health.

Research interests

My research interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Healthcare Management Systems
  • Quality Improvement
  • Organisational Structure and Culture
  • Staffing and Safety in Mental Health Settings
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Crisis
  • Acute Mental Health

Research project:

Staffing and Safety in Mental Health, with Prof Jane Ball and Paula Libberton

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  • Lead for Mental Health Nursing and Mental Health within other Health Sciences Programmes
  • Module Leader for Managing Acute Changes in Health Status
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Psychological Interventions in Crisis and Acute Mental Health
  • Patient, Staff Safety and Human Factors
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research Methods: Systematic Review
  • MSc Dissertation Supervision
Mr Samuel Woodnutt
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/3011

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