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Professor John Playle is a Mental Health Nurse by profession, having worked clinically in a range of mental healthcare hospital and community settings where he set up a range of innovative primary care mental health services with General Practices in Central Manchester. After qualifying as a mental health nurse he trained as a counsellor and undertook further studies in psychodynamic Group Analysis. He then completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Huddersfield. His first degree is in Nursing (with education) and he has a Master’s in Social Research Methods.
He worked as a lecturer in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield during the mid-1990s and completed a research study into the subject of patient compliance. In 1999 John moved to the University of Manchester, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work where he pursued further research into Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, and wider Professional Workforce issues. In 2007 he was promoted to Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Manchester and in 2010 took up post as Associate Dean External Affairs for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences there. John took up the post of Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in September 2012.
John is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.
John’s research activities have been in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, and wider Health Professional Workforce issues. He was one of the lead researchers on a Department of Health (DH) funded systematic review of Service Users’ and Carers’ views of mental health nurses (MHNs) commissioned to inform the Chief Nursing Officer’s (CNO) review of Mental Health Nursing in England and Scotland. He was also one of the lead researchers on a recently completed National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study examining the implementation of the CNO Review recommendations across all NHS Trusts and Universities in England.
John is recognised by his peers as one of the leading Mental Health Nurse academics in the UK and has been a key member of national health policy and professional education steering groups contributing to a range of national policy guidance documents as well as providing consultancy on mental health workforce development and service implementation issues to Trusts across the UK. He served as Academic Advisor on staff training and education for the Prison Service in England for a number of years, has sat on a range of journal editorial boards, is a reviewer for key international journals and a grant reviewer for national research funding bodies. From 2006 to 2009 John served as elected Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK. He also played a key role in the development of the Mental Health Nursing component of the new UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) pre-registration nursing curriculum in 2010. He has published widely on a broad range of subjects, including a highly successful core text book on Mental Health Nursing, and has presented numerous papers at National and International conferences.
Edward, K., Ousey, K., Playle, J. and Giandinoto, J. (2017) ‘Are new nurses work ready the impact of preceptorship. An integrative systematic review’ Journal of Professional Nursing . ISSN 8755-7223
Playle, J (2014) Our research [Video]
Dickinson, T., Cook, M., Playle, J. and Hallett, C. (2013) ‘Nurses and subordination: a historical study of mental nurses perceptions on administering aversion therapy for sexual deviations’ Nursing Inquiry . ISSN 1440-1800
Dickinson, T., Cook, M., Playle, J. and Hallett, C. (2012) ‘Queer treatments: giving a voice to former patients who received treatments for their sexual deviations’ Journal of Clinical Nursing , 21 (9-10), pp. 1345-1354. ISSN 0962-1067
Baker, J., Swarbrick, C., Campbell, M., Playle, J. and Lovell, K. (2012) ‘A follow-up evaluation of the impact of the Chief Nursing Officers review of mental health nursing in Mental Health Trusts and Universities in England: comparisons of two e-surveys’ Journal of Advanced Nursing , 68 (3), pp. 625-635. ISSN 0309-2402
Callaghan, P., Repper, J., Lovell, K., Playle, J., Baker, J., Clifton, A., Shaw, T., Stacey, G., Nelson, P., Minshull, S., Swarbrick, C., Schneider, J. and Watkins, M. (2012) Evaluation of the Chief Nursing Officers Review of Mental Health Nursing in England University of Nottingham
Baker, J., Playle, J., Nelson, P. and Lovell, K. (2010) ‘An evaluation of the impact of the recommendations of the Chief Nursing Officers (England) Review of Mental Health Nursing in Mental Health Trusts and Universities in England: findings from stage one, an e-survey’ Journal of Clinical Nursing , 19 (17-18), pp. 2590-2600. ISSN 0962-1067
Playle, J. and Bee, P. (2009) ‘Service Users expectations and views of Mental Health Nurses’. In: Mental Health Nursing Skills. Oxford: Oxford University Press. . ISBN 9780199534449
Hunter, A., Playle, J., Sanchez, P., Cahill, J. and McGowan, L. (2008) ‘Introduction of a child and adolescent mental health link worker: education and health staff focus group findings’ Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 15 (8), pp. 670-677. ISSN 1351-0126
Callaghan, P., Repper, J., Lovell, K., Playle, J., Schneider, J., Baker, J. and Watkins, M. (2008) ‘Impact of mental health nursing review assessed’ The CNO Bulletin .
Bee, P., Playle, J., Lovell, K., Barnes, P., Gray, R. and Keeley, P. (2008) ‘Service user views and expectations of UK-registered mental health nurses: A systematic review of empirical research’ International Journal of Nursing Studies , 45 (3), pp. 442-457. ISSN 0020-7489
Ekers, D., Lovell, K. and Playle, J. (2006) ‘The use of CBT based, brief, facilitated self-help interventions in primary care mental health service provision: Evaluation of a 10-day training programme’ Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing , 9, p. e88-e96. ISSN 1361-9004
Gray, R., Lovell, K., Bee, P., Brooker, C., Playle, J., Roach, P. and Keeley, P. (2006) User and carer views and expectations of mental health nursing: A systematic review Department of Health England
Munro, S., Baker, J. and Playle, J. (2005) ‘Cognitive behaviour therapy within acute mental health care: A critical appraisal’ International Journal of Mental Health Nursing , 14 (2), pp. 96-102. ISSN 1445-8330
Gray, R., Barnes, P., Bee, P., Brooker, C., Curran, J., Lovell, K., Keeley, P., Playle, J., Rance, J. and Robson, D. (2005) Mental health nursing: literature review synthesis and recommendations. Appendix III of Rights, Relationships and Recovery: The Report of the National Review of Mental Health Nursing in Scotland Scottish Executive
Newbigging, K., Nixon, D., Playle, J., Lyons, C. and Harrison, N. (2005) ‘Addressing the Implementation Challenge: Introducing Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers’ Mental Health Review Journal , 10 (1), pp. 16-21. ISSN 1361-9322
Mullarkey, K., Keeley, P. and Playle, J. (2001) ‘Multiprofessional clinical supervision: challenges for mental health nurses’ Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 8 (3), pp. 205-211. ISSN 1351-0126
Playle, J (2000) ‘Critically appraising research studies’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (11), pp. 10-16. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘Qualitative Approaches to Research’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (9), pp. 4-8. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘Concepts of compliance: Understandings and approaches’ Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care , 26 (4), pp. 213-219. ISSN 1471-1893
Playle, J (2000) ‘Experimental Designs in Research’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (7), pp. 6-13. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘Research Designs: The survey’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (6), pp. 17-24. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘Sampling issues in research’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (5), pp. 20-27. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘Developing research questions & searching the literature’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (2), pp. 20-24. ISSN 0140-0908
Playle, J (2000) ‘The nature of research’ Journal of Community Nursing , 14 (1), pp. 14-20. ISSN 0140-0908
Mullarkey, K. and Playle, J. (1999) ‘Masculinity, employment and health’. In: Men's Health: An Introduction for Nurses and Health Professionals. : Churchill & Livingstone. pp. 171-190. ISBN 9780443059193
Playle, J. and Mullarkey, K. (1998) ‘Parallel process in clinical supervision: enhancing learning and providing support’ Nurse Education Today , 18 (7), pp. 558-566. ISSN 0260-6917
Playle, J. and Keeley, P. (1998) ‘Non-compliance and professional power’ Journal of Advanced Nursing , 27 (2), pp. 304-311. ISSN 0309-2402
Playle, J (1996) ‘Quality in nurse education: an exploration of the concept of students as customers’ Nurse Education Today , 16 (3), pp. 215-220. ISSN 0260-6917
Playle, J (1995) ‘Humanism and positivism in nursing: contradictions and conflicts’ Journal of Advanced Nursing , 22 (5), pp. 979-984. ISSN 0309-2402