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Phil commenced the role of Professor of Nursing and Head of Department of Health Sciences in June 2015.
Phil joined the University of Huddersfield following a long career at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, where he fulfilled the following leadership roles:
He was promoted to Professor of Nursing Education in 2012.
Phil is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and was awarded a University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2013. He has been a member of the organising committee for the International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference since 2010. This Conference attracts more than 300 health care educators each year.
Phil has a strong interest in health services and pedagogical research. His health services research focusses on the needs of people experiencing chronic pain. Phil is interested in the development and delivery of novel interventions for people with chronic pain. During the MUSICIAN trial he worked with Professor Karina Lovell to develop telephone-delivered psychological interventions. This work is being continued in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team led by Professor Gary Macfarlane in the MAmMOTH trial. More recently he has been working with Dr Deborah Antcliff and colleagues to develop an activity pacing framework for the management of chronic pain / fatigue.
Pedagogical research has involved evaluations of educational innovations, and service user and carer engagement in educational provision. Phil is a co-investigator for a study examining the impact of prior care experience on retention and progress of student nurses.
Phil’s research contributions were recognised when he became a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science in 2012.
Phil’s contributions to teaching and learning, research and leadership are underpinned by a clinical career in adult and mental health nursing. He worked in both hospital and community settings prior to embarking on his academic career.
MAmMOTH trial (2015-19):
This is an interdisciplinary study using a randomised controlled trial design determine whether telephone-delivered cognitive behavioural interventions reduce the persistence and recurrence of chronic pain. The study is funded by Arthritis Research UK.
Prior Care Experience Study (2015-19):
This study will examine the impact of prior experience of caring prior to commencement of a pre-registration student nursing programme. The study is funded by the Department of Health.
Developing an Activity Pacing framework for the management of pain / fatigue (2016-19):
Study associated with a HEE/NIHR funded Clinical Lectureship for Dr Deborah Antcliff.
Antcliff, D., Campbell, M., Woby, S. and Keeley, P. (2017) ‘Activity pacing is associated with better and worse symptoms for patients with long-term conditions’ The Clinical Journal of Pain , 33 (3), pp. 205-214. ISSN 0749-8047
Ancliff, D., Keeley, P., Campbell, M., Woby, S. and McGowan, L. (2016) ‘Exploring patients opinions of activity pacing and a new activity pacing questionnaire for chronic pain and/or fatigue:a qualitative study’ Physiotherapy , 102 (3), pp. 300-307. ISSN 0031-9406
Macfarlane, G., Beasley, M., Prescott, G., McNamee, P., Keeley, P., Artus, M., McBeth, J., Hannaford, P., Jones, G., Basu, N., Norrie, J. and Lovell, K. (2016) ‘The Maintaining Musculoskeletal Health (MAmMOTH) Study: Protocol for a randomised trial of cognitive behavioural therapy versus usual care for the prevention of chronic widespread pain’ BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 17 (1), p. 179. ISSN 1471-2474
Antcliff, D., Campbell, M., Woby, S. and Keeley, P. (2015) ‘Assessing the Psychometric Properties of an Activity Pacing Questionnaire for Chronic Pain and Fatigue’ Physical Therapy , 95 (9), pp. 1274-1286. ISSN 0031-9023
Beasley, M., Prescott, G., Scotland, G., McBeth, J., Lovell, K., Keeley, P., Hannaford, P., Symmons, D., MacDonald, R., Woby, S. and Macfarlane, G. (2015) ‘Patient-reported improvements in health are maintained 2 years after completing a short course of cognitive behaviour therapy, exercise or both treatments for chronic widespread pain: long-term results from the MUSICIAN randomised controlled trial’ RMD Open , 1 (1), p. e000026-e000026. ISSN 2056-5933
Kendal, S., Keeley, P. and Callery, P. (2014) ‘Student help seeking from pastoral care in UK high schools: a qualitative study’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 19 (3), pp. 178-184. ISSN 1475-357X
Mulvey, M., Macfarlane, G., Beasley, M., McBeth, J., Symmons, D., Lovell, K., Keeley, P. and Woby, S. (2014) ‘Reply to: Recognizing the scale of joint hypermobility burden: comment on the article by Mulvey et al’ Arthritis Care & Research , 66 (3), pp. 496-497. ISSN 2151-464X
Antcliff, D., Keeley, P., Campbell, M., Oldham, J. and Woby, S. (2013) ‘The development of an activity pacing questionnaire for chronic pain and/or fatigue: a Delphi technique’ Physiotherapy , 99 (3), pp. 241-246. ISSN 0031-9406
Mulvey, M., Macfarlane, G., Beasley, M., Symmons, D., Lovell, K., Keeley, P., Woby, S. and McBeth, J. (2013) ‘Modest association of joint hypermobility with disabling and limiting musculoskeletal pain: results from a large-scale general population-based survey’ Arthritis Care & Research , 65 (8), pp. 1325-1333. ISSN 2151-464X
Beasley, M., Prescott, G., McBeth, J., Scotland, G., Lovell, K., Keeley, P., Hannaford, P., McNamee, P., Symmons, D., Woby, S., Gkazinou, C. and Macfarlane, G. (2013) ‘OP0232 Long-Term Effects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Exercise for Chronic Widespread Pain’. In: Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) 2013, 12th 15th June 2013, Madrid, Spain , p. A131-A131
Mairs, H., Lovell, K. and Keeley, P. (2013) ‘Psychosocial interventions for the negative symptoms of psychosis’ Mental Health Practice , 16 (5), pp. 19-22. ISSN 1465-8720
Speed, S., Griffiths, J., Horne, M. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘Pitfalls, perils and payments: service user, carers and teaching staff perceptions of the barriers to involvement in nursing education’ Nurse Education Today , 32 (7), pp. 829-834. ISSN 0260-6917
Mairs, H., Lovell, K. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘Carer and mental health professional views of a psychosocial treatment for negative symptoms in psychosis: a qualitative study’ International Journal of Nursing Studies , 49 (10), pp. 1191-1199. ISSN 0020-7489
Pryjmachuk, S., Gill, A., Wood, P., Olleveant, N. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘Evaluation of an online study skills course’ Active Learning in Higher Education , 13 (2), pp. 155-168. ISSN 1469-7874
Mairs, H., Lovell, K. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘Clinician views of referring people with negative symptoms to outcome research: A questionnaire survey’ International Journal of Mental Health Nursing , 21 (2), pp. 138-144. ISSN 1445-8330
Rigby, L., Wilson, I., Baker, J., Walton, T., Price, O., Dunne, K. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘The development and evaluation of a blended enquiry based learning model for mental health nursing students: making your experience count’ Nurse Education Today , 32 (3), pp. 303-308. ISSN 0260-6917
Griffiths, J., Speed, S., Horne, M. and Keeley, P. (2012) ‘'A caring professional attitude: What service users and carers seek in graduate nurses and the challenge for educators’ Nurse Education Today , 32 (2), pp. 121-127. ISSN 0260-6917
McBeth, J., Prescott, G., Scotland, G., Lovell, K., Keeley, P., Hannaford, P., McNamee, P., Symmons, D., Woby, S., Gkazinou, C., Beasley, M. and Macfarlane, G. (2012) ‘Cognitive behavior therapy, exercise, or both for treating chronic widespread pain’ Archives of Internal Medicine , 172 (1), pp. 48-57. ISSN 0003-9926
Macfarlane, G., Beasley, M., Jones, E., Prescott, G., Docking, R., Keeley, P., McBeth, J. and Jones, G. (2012) ‘The prevalence and management of low back pain across adulthood: results from a population-based cross-sectional study (the MUSICIAN study)’ Pain , 153 (1), pp. 27-32. ISSN 0304-3959
Kendal, S., Keeley, P. and Callery, P. (2011) ‘Young People's Preferences for Emotional Well-Being Support in High School-A Focus Group Study’ Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing , 24 (4), pp. 245-253. ISSN 1073-6077
Kendal, S., Callery, P. and Keeley, P. (2011) ‘The feasibility and acceptability of an approach to emotional wellbeing support for high school students’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 16 (4), pp. 193-200. ISSN 1475-357X
Mairs, H., Lovell, K., Campbell, M. and Keeley, P. (2011) ‘Development and pilot investigation of behavioral activation for negative symptoms’ Behavior Modification , 35 (5), pp. 486-506. ISSN 0145-4455
Rutherford, S. and Keeley, P. (2009) ‘Assessing parenting capacity: are mental health nurses prepared for this role?’ Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 16 (4), pp. 363-367. ISSN 1351-0126
Keeley, P., Creed, F., Tomenson, B., Todd, C., Borglin, G. and Dickens, C. (2008) ‘Psychosocial predictors of health-related quality of life and health service utilisation in people with chronic low back pain’ Pain , 135 (1), pp. 142-150. ISSN 0304-3959
Edberg, A., Bird, M., Richards, D., Woods, R., Keeley, P. and Davis-Quarrell, V. (2008) ‘Strain in nursing care of people with dementia: Nurses experience in Australia, Sweden and United Kingdom’ Aging & Mental Health , 12 (2), pp. 236-243. ISSN 1360-7863
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
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. and Keeley, P. (1998) ‘Non-compliance and professional power’ Journal of Advanced Nursing , 27 (2), pp. 304-311. ISSN 0309-2402
Invited keynote address: ‘Developing the next generation of healthcare educators – challenges and opportunities’. International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference (2016).
External examiner of doctoral studies (2016; 2017)
National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013).
Editor for Special Issue of Nurse Education Today (2013-14).
University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award (2012).
Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (2012).
Department of Health Doctoral Research Training Fellowship (1999-2002).
Health services research
Mental healthcare provision
Educational innovations and evaluation
Service user and carer engagement
Prior care experience and impact on retention and progress of student nurses
Kendal S (2009) The use of guided self-help to promote emotional wellbeing in high school students.
Mairs H (2009) Behavioural activation for negative symptoms: A preliminary investigation.
Antcliff D (2014) The Development of an Activity Pacing Questionnaire for Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue.
Seston C. Incorporating peer led teaching as part of the pre-registration nursing curriculum: a feasibility study (provisional title).
Lee R. A Randomised Pilot Study of Therabite versus Wooden Spatula in the Amelioration of Trismus in Head and Neck Cancer Patients.
Roodt C. A qualitative study exploring participant perceptions and views of Trichotillomania (provisional title).
Moreno A. Proprioception, a key factor in movement control: A concept analysis (provisional title).
Kayode T. Improving access and uptake of maternal health care in Low and Middle Income Countries: Evaluation of the Nigeria maternal child health conditional cash transfer programme.
Head of Department, Human and Health Sciences