Portrait of Professor John Playle Professor John Playle

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Biography

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.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

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.

Recently Completed Projects:

  • Evaluation of the Implementation of Recommendations from the Chief Nursing Officer’s Review of Mental Health Nursing’, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), £250,000.
  • Development of international collaboration for Mental Health Nursing Research and Education exploratory project, part of the Worldwide University Network (WUN), £20,000.
  • Department of Health (DH) commissioned systematic review of 'Service Users views and expectations of UK MHNs'. Part of CNO review of MHN in England and Scotland, National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation Programme (NIHR SDO), £30,000.
  • Evaluation of the use of a structured core skills development programme in pre-registration Mental Health Nursing Curriculum: A pre and post test comparison, £25,000.
  • Evaluation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Stockport Primary Care Trust, £10,000.
  • 18 month project implementing and evaluating effectiveness of a mental health liaison worker pilot project in Stockport secondary Schools (year 9 pupils), Health Foundation, £160,000.

 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Edward, K., Ousey, K., Playle, J. and Giandinoto, J. (2017) ‘Are new nurses work ready – the impact of preceptorship. An integrative systematic reviewJournal of Professional Nursing . ISSN 8755-7223

2014

Playle, J (2014) Our research [Video]

2013

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

2012

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 Officer’s review of mental health nursing in Mental Health Trusts and Universities in England: comparisons of two e-surveysJournal 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 Officer’s Review of Mental Health Nursing in England University of Nottingham

2010

Baker, J., Playle, J., Nelson, P. and Lovell, K. (2010) ‘An evaluation of the impact of the recommendations of the Chief Nursing Officer’s (England) Review of Mental Health Nursing in Mental Health Trusts and Universities in England: findings from stage one, an e-surveyJournal of Clinical Nursing , 19 (17-18), pp. 2590-2600. ISSN 0962-1067

2009

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

2008

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 findingsJournal 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 assessedThe 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 researchInternational Journal of Nursing Studies , 45 (3), pp. 442-457. ISSN 0020-7489

2006

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 programmeClinical 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

2005

Munro, S., Baker, J. and Playle, J. (2005) ‘Cognitive behaviour therapy within acute mental health care: A critical appraisalInternational 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 WorkersMental Health Review Journal , 10 (1), pp. 16-21. ISSN 1361-9322

2001

Mullarkey, K., Keeley, P. and Playle, J. (2001) ‘Multiprofessional clinical supervision: challenges for mental health nursesJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 8 (3), pp. 205-211. ISSN 1351-0126

2000

Playle, J (2000) ‘Critically appraising research studiesJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (11), pp. 10-16. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘Qualitative Approaches to ResearchJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (9), pp. 4-8. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘Concepts of compliance: Understandings and approachesJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care , 26 (4), pp. 213-219. ISSN 1471-1893

Playle, J (2000) ‘Experimental Designs in ResearchJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (7), pp. 6-13. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘Research Designs: The surveyJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (6), pp. 17-24. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘Sampling issues in researchJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (5), pp. 20-27. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘Developing research questions & searching the literatureJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (2), pp. 20-24. ISSN 0140-0908

Playle, J (2000) ‘The nature of researchJournal of Community Nursing , 14 (1), pp. 14-20. ISSN 0140-0908

1999

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

1998

Playle, J. and Mullarkey, K. (1998) ‘Parallel process in clinical supervision: enhancing learning and providing supportNurse Education Today , 18 (7), pp. 558-566. ISSN 0260-6917

Playle, J. and Keeley, P. (1998) ‘Non-compliance and professional powerJournal of Advanced Nursing , 27 (2), pp. 304-311. ISSN 0309-2402

1996

Playle, J (1996) ‘Quality in nurse education: an exploration of the concept of students as customersNurse Education Today , 16 (3), pp. 215-220. ISSN 0260-6917

1995

Playle, J (1995) ‘Humanism and positivism in nursing: contradictions and conflictsJournal of Advanced Nursing , 22 (5), pp. 979-984. ISSN 0309-2402