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Mr Samuel Woodnutt

Mr Samuel Woodnutt

Principal Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • Patient and Staff Safety
  • Organisational Systems
  • Epidemiological/ecological approaches to patient safety

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Sam is a Principal Teaching Fellow and the Director of Programmes for Nursing and Midwifery.  His research focuses around the quality and safety of mental health care, incorporating quantitative methodologies to understand and model safer staffing.  He is a registered mental health nurse, registered teacher (General Teaching Council) with QTS, holds an MSc with distinction and is a current PhD student under the supervision of Professor Peter Griffiths, Professor Jane Ball and Dr Chiara Dall'ora.

Sam's education combines psychological formulation, risk assessment, research methods, lived experience and high-fidelity simulation to provide rounded, in-depth and contemporaneous education to pre-registration health care professionals.

Sam is an invited member of multiple national steering groups for Mental Health Nursing, working alongside NHS England, Health Education England, the Queen's Nursing Institute and colleagues across a number of sectors.

Alongside this, he has over 10 years experience in a variety of operational and strategic clinical roles, specialising in acute psychiatry, crisis intervention/suicide prevention and management, alongside therapeutic approaches to care.