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

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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


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.

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.

Barros, GMD, Diehl, A, de Moura, AAM, Miasso, AI, Laranjeira, R, da Silva, CJ, Pillon, SC, Wagstaff, C & de Moraes Horta, AL 2022, 'The perceptions of domestic violence by a family member who uses crack or cocaine: a secondary retrospective cross-sectional study', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 10, 6325. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19106325

de Moura, AAM, Bassoli, IR, de Silveira, BV, Diehl, A, dos Santos, MA, Wagstaff, C & Pillon , SC 2022, '¿Sería el aislamiento social durante la pandemia de COVID-19 un factor de riesgo para depresión?', Rev Bras Enferm, vol. 75, no. Suppl 1, e20210594. https://doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167-2021-0594

De Araújo Lima, LA, De Souza Monteiro, CF, Nunes, BMVT, Da Silva Júnior, FJG, Fernandes, MA, Zafar, S, Dos Santos, MA, Wagstaff, C, Diehl, A & Pillon, SC 2021, 'Factors associated with violence against women by an intimate partner in Northeast Brazil', Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 669-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2021.10.006

Hallett, N, Wagstaff, C & Barlow, T 2021, 'Nursing students' experiences of violence and aggression: a mixed-methods study', Nurse Education Today, vol. 105, 105024, pp. 105024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105024

da Cunha, VF, Pillon , SC, Zafar, S, Wagstaff, C & Scorsolini‐Comin, F 2020, 'Brazilian nurses’ concept of religion, religiosity, and spirituality: a qualitative descriptive study', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 1161-1168. https://doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12788

Barros, GMD, Horta, ALDM, Diehl, A, Miranda, RODR, Moura, AAMD, Seleghim, MR, Silva, CJD, Santos, MAD, Wagstaff, C & Pillon, SC 2020, 'Prevalence, consequences and factors associated with drug use among individuals over 50 years of age in the family perspective', Aging & Mental Health, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2020.1808879

Diehl, A, De Souza, RM, Madruga, CS, Laranjeira, R, Wagstaff, C & Pillon, SC 2020, 'Rape, child sexual abuse and mental health in a Brazilian national sample', Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520915546

Perruci, LG, Diehl, A, Da Silveira, BV, Teixeira, JA, Souza, J, Miasso, AI, Dos Santos, PL, Dos Santos, MA, De Souza, RM, Pillon, SC & Wagstaff, C 2020, 'The emotional and psychiatric problems of adolescents on parole whose parents are substance users: a Brazilian cross-sectional study', Journal of Child Health Care, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 253-267. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493520925661

Mann, A & Wagstaff, C 2019, 'Psychosocial treatment for methamphetamine use and the associated mental health symptoms', Advances in Dual Diagnosis, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 132-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-11-2018-0022


Reinaldo, AMDS, Pillon, SC, Wagstaff, C, Silveira, BV, Gomes, NDMR & Pereira, MO 2020, População em situação de rua: maior vulnerabilidade e invisibilidade durante a pandemia de COVID-19. in Enfermagem em saúde mental e COVID-19. Editora ABEn, pp. 46-52. https://doi.org/10.51234/aben.20.e04.c06

Other contribution

Kaur, H & Wagstaff, C 2021, Embracing Afghanistan’s refugees into the UK’s health and social care system. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. <https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/10/24/embracing-afghanistans-refugees-into-the-uks-health-and-social-care-system/>


Kaur, H, Lillie, K & Wagstaff, C 2021, 'Oral paper; Prognosticating Covid-19 therapeutic responses: a bottomless pit of ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief', Paper presented at European Conference on Mental Health (ECMH) 2021, 29/09/21 - 1/10/21.

Review article

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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