Dr Christopher Wagstaff BA, RMN/ DIP, Msc, PG Cert Ed.

Dr Christopher Wagstaff

School of Nursing
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Address
Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Chris Wagstaff is a Senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He worked for the NHS for 14 years before entering Higher Education.  He is a clinical nurse specialist in mental health and brings this experience to his role as the mental health Field of Practice lead for nursing in the college.

Chris’ responsibilities as Field of Practice lead are the coordination of the teaching on the clinical modules, having an overview of mental health placements, liaising with trust partners and ensuring that the curriculum reflects current policy and best practice.

He is tutor and lecturer to a range to students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, training both mental health nurses and other professionals.  Chris plays a strategic role in the Collaborative Learning Initiative (CLI).  The CLI is joint learning involving clinicians, students, carers and service users, all specialising in mental health. 

Aside from teaching and Field of Practice lead responsibilities Chris has an important role in the admissions team, particularly with A2B and ROP applicants and those applicants applying to transfer from other universities.

PhD investigated disengagement from mental health services.  When services fail to adequately engage with patients the consequences can be wide ranging; the PhD touched on ambivalent relationships with mental health services, violence, drug use and homelessness.  He is currently working on projects the investigate violence in in-patient units; self-harm in prisons; patient led risk assessments; drug use in the over 55 population and cannabis use amongst patients with schizophrenia.  Chris' research is usually qualitative in nature.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Nursing Research in 2015
  • PG Cert Ed in 2009
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2004
  • Msc in Health Science in 2003
  • RMN/ Dip in 1995
  • BA in Philosophy in 1990

Biography

Chris Wagstaff is a senior lecturer at the School of Health & Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He worked in a variety of roles for the NHS for 14 years before joining the University of Birmingham in 2004.  He is a clinical nurse specialist in mental health and brings this experience to his role as the field of practice lead for mental health nursing in the college.

Chris had his school education in Holland and America before coming to Birmingham in 1987 to study Philosophy.  After graduation he went to work in the Midland Nerve Hospital as a nursing assistant before doing his nurse training at Hollymoor Hospital.  After qualification Chris worked in a number of positions in Solihull, Birmingham & Worcester.  His last three jobs were all with Assertive outreach teams and he continues to have clinical links with the local Mental Health Trust.

Teaching

Most academic years, Chris leads three clinical modules, at 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate level. 
He also contributes to clinical and theoretical modules at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Postgraduate supervision

Chris supervises students on the MRes programme and PhD students.

Research

PhD investigated disengagement from mental health services.  When services fail to adequately engage with patients the consequences can be wide ranging; the PhD touched on ambivalent relationships with mental health services, violence, drug use and homelessness. 

Chris is a member of the ‘Risk, Aggression and Violence’ research programme.  He is currently working on projects: investigate violence in in-patient units; self-harm in prisons; patient led risk assessments; drug use in the over 55 population and cannabis use amongst patients with schizophrenia. 

Chris research is usually qualitative in nature.

Other activities

2004/2005: involved in writing the NICE guidelines for the Treatment of Bi-Polar affective disorder;

2005-2007:  mental health lead in the rewriting of the Bnurs curriculum;

2006- 2007: Development of an On-Line Assessment workbook;

2006-2010: Development of a Self Harm training website (ILaSH);

2007-Present:  20 national and international conferences

2011-2013:  Fitness to Practice coordinator for nursing.

2011-2013:  Access Admissions Tutor for BNurs programme;

2012:  Invited to submit to NICE Good Practice guidelines - {cited: 13-2-17}

2013: Short listed for Nursing Times Nurse Lecturer of the year.

2015-Present:  Scientific Committee for the European Conference Mental Health

2015/16:  Joint developer on the Dementia: Managing challenging behaviours MOOC.  Available on Futurelearn.

Publications

Bradbury-Jones C, Brekenridge J, Clark MT, Herber O, Wagstaff C and Taylor J. (2017) The State of Qualitative Research in Health and Social Science Literature: A Focused Mapping Review and Synthesis. International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Wagstaff C, Graham H, Larkin M and Nettle M. (2016) The experiences of mental health services for ‘black’ men with schizophrenia and a history of disengagement: a qualitative studyInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Wagstaff C and Williams R. (2014) Specific design features of an interpretative phenomenological analysis studyNurse Researcher. 21 (3), pp. 8-12.

Wagstaff C, Jeong H and Nolan M. et al (2014) The accordion and the deep bowl of spaghetti: Eight researchers' experiences of using IPA as a methodology, The Qualitative Report, 19 (24)

Salkeld R, Wagstaff C and Tew, J. (2013) Toward a new way of relating: An evaluation of recovery training delivered jointly to service users and staff. Journal of Mental Health, 22 (2), p. 165-173

Wagstaff C, Rose J, Tew J, et al (2012) Qualitative evaluation of learning between different professional groups. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 8(4), pp. 219-228

Wagstaff C, Williams R and Farrell DP. (2011) Disengagement of clients from mental health services. Mental Health Practice, 14(8), pp.20-22.

Wheeler H and Wagstaff C. (2011) Mental Health Law in Wheeler, H. (2011) Law, Ethics and Professional Issues in Nursing:  A Reflective and portfolio building approach, London, Routeledge

Williams R, Hewison A, Wagstaff C and Randall D. (2011) ‘Walk with your head high’: African and African-Caribbean fatherhood, children’s mental well-being and social capitalEthnicity & Health

Randall D, Williams R and Wagstaff C. (2010) The parent trap: promoting poor children’s mental health. Poverty, 137, pp. 11-14.

Wagstaff C. (2007) Towards understanding the self-perception of people with a psychotic illness who use illicit substances and have a history of disengagement from mental health services: qualitative researchInternational Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research, 12(3), pp: 1503-20.