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

Dr Christopher Wagstaff

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Senior Lecturer
Programme Director for MSc in Nursing

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.

Chris’ responsibilities as the program director for the MSc in nursing are to ensure the design and delivery of high-quality learning opportunities for students on the programme. He provides strategic oversight and direction of the programme.  As the programme director, he provides the ‘glue’ between modules by supporting and bringing together module leaders to facilitate the design and delivery of a cohesive programme.  He is also the admissions lead for the programme.

He is a tutor and lecturer to a range of students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, training nurses in all fields of practice.

Chris helped develop and launch the first programme for mental health nursing in Guyana, at the University of Guyana.  He delivers a few lectures there every year and also has dissertation students.

He is currently exploring the possibility of developing a shared postgraduate teaching program with Universidade de São Paulo. 


  • 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



2009: Virtual Presentation - on CLI at the 4th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Athens, Greece

Other activities

  • 2021 Contributed to the Consultation on Triple Zero City Strategy Birmingham 2020-2030- identified and evidenced alcohol prevalence in the Punjabi Sikh Community that  required address.
  • 2017 onwards active member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK).
  • 2015 - 18:  Joint developer/ Contributor on the Dementia: Managing challenging behaviours MOOC.  Available on Futurelearn.
  • 2013: Shortlisted for Nursing Times Nurse Lecturer of the year.
  • 2012:  Invited to submit to NICE Good Practice guidelines - {cited: 13-2-17}.
  • 2011 - Present  Fitness to Practice coordinator for nursing.
  • 2007-Present:  Over 20 national and international conferences.
  • 2006-2010: Development of a Self Harm training website (ILaSH).
  • 2006- 2007: Development of an On-Line Assessment workbook.
  • 2005-2007:  mental health lead in the rewriting of the Bnurs curriculum.
  • 2004/2005: involved in writing the NICE guidelines for the Treatment of Bi-Polar affective disorder.


Recent publications


dos SAntos, KC, Magalhães, LS, Caetano, KAA, Stacciarini, J-MR, Rezende, LP, Vilac, VDSC, Wagstaff, C, Pillon, SC & Teles, SAT 2024, 'Exploring the universe of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis in trans women: A qualitative analysis of access, use and adherence', International Journal of Transgender Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/26895269.2024.2351456

Wagstaff, C 2024, 'Obsessive compulsive disorder: overview of the condition and its nursing management', Nursing Standard, vol. 39, no. 4, e12269. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2024.e12269

Wagstaff, C, Davis, A, Jackson-McConnell, E, MacDonald, M, Medlyn, A & Pillon, SC 2023, 'Experiences of homeless people who use psychoactive substances: an interpretative phenomenological study', Drugs, Habits & Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/DHS-04-2023-0012

Trettel, ACPT, Muraro, AP, Nascimento, VFD, Andrade, ACDS, Espinosa, MM, Oliveira, ECD, Wagstaff, C & Pillon , SC 2023, 'Fatores Sociodemográficos e de Saúde Associados aos Sintomas Depressivos Durante a Pandemia de COVID‐19: Um Estudo Transversal', Revista Portuguesa de Psiquiatria e Saúde Mental, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 36-48. https://doi.org/10.51338/rppsm.439

Deering, K, Wagstaff, C, williams, J, Bermingham, I & Pawson, C 2023, 'Ontological insecurity of inattentiveness: Conceptualizing how risk management practices impact on patient recovery when admitted to an acute psychiatric hospital', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.13245

Wagstaff, C, Kaur-Aujla, H, Ghoorun, M, Arat, S, Simbani, N & Ramtohul, A 2023, 'Reflections on problems that could explain the glass ceiling for black mental health nurse academics' Mental Health Nursing, vol. February/ March 2023, pp. 10-12.

Junqueira, MADB, Pereira, NM, Diehl , A, Perruci , LG, dos Santos , RA, dos Santos , MA, Pillon, SC & Wagstaff, C 2023, 'Substance use and mental health of Brazilian truck drivers', Annals of Psychology, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 384-394. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.482401

Wagstaff, C, Hemingway, S, Tuffour, I, Simbani, S, Arrey, S, Miller, E & Currid, T 2023, 'Support for culturally and linguistically diverse mental health and learning disability student nurses', British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 12, no. 4, 8, pp. 1. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjmh.2023.0019

Oliveira Souza, F, do Nascimento, V, Espinosa, M, Pillon, S, Wagstaff, C & Terças-Trettel, AC 2023, 'The COVID-19 pandemic’s risk factors for depression among postgraduate healthcare students', Salud Mental, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 211-220. https://doi.org/10.17711/SM.0185-3325.2023.026

Wagstaff, C, James, T, Simbani, N & McCarthy-Grunwald, S 2022, 'Clinical supervision in difficult times and at all times: Mental Health Nurse Academics UK reflection' Mental Health Nursing, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 6-9.


Kaur, H & Wagstaff, C 2024, From Sikhi Spiritual Abuse to Sikhi Spiritual Healing. in J Siebert (ed.), Abuse in World Religions: Articulating the Problem: Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible. vol. 2, Routledge, New York.

Kaur, H & Wagstaff, C 2024, What’s faith got to do with it? Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sikh Communities. in J Siebert (ed.), Abuse in World Religions: Articulating the Problem: Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible. vol. 1, Routledge, New York.


Wagstaff, C, Deering, K, Lawson, SM & Colwell, L 2023, 'Learning from media coverage of recent service failings in mental health care: A response from mental health nurse educators', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12960

Review article

Masih, M, Wagstaff, C & Kaur-Aujla, H 2024, 'The global psychological and physical effects of domestic abuse and violence on South Asian women: A qualitative systematic review', Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, vol. 5.

Kaur, H, Lillie, K & Wagstaff, C 2022, 'Prognosticating COVID therapeutic responses: ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief', Frontiers in public health, vol. 10, 799593. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.799593

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