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About Dr Mike Brownsell

An experienced nurse, academic, and educationalist; Mike became interested in developing leadership skills early in a healthcare student’s journey through working alongside strategic health authority colleagues to develop the Student Quality Ambassadors (SQA) programme, now implemented across nine NW Universities. 

Whilst Head of the Acute Care Department, his interest in technology and its use in supporting students led to developing the first digital non-medical prescribing programmes in 2004, followed by creation of online practice assessment and placement evaluation software in 20013.  The latter has led to his current appointment as Director of the Practice Assessment and Evaluation Service, where his research interests remain focused. 

Having deployed twice Afghanistan, and more recently to Kenya; Mike’s role as a Lt Col in the Army Reserve, keeps him fully grounded in acute clinical practice, and sustains a continued interest in Leadership and Coaching.


MSc Dissertation Support

Nursing and Healthcare 


Staff & Student experience of eLearning (PhD Thesis)

Non Medical Prescribing

Leadership and Coaching 

Published Work

Finnegan, A.P., Brownsell, M., Steen, S., & Templeman, J. 2018. Evaluating the Needs of the Armed Forces Community. University of Chester. At: Accessed 21 March Nurse Education Today. 54, 62-63

Brownsell, M.  McArdle, J (2012) Development of a Cross Sector, Region Wide Standardised Numeracy Assessment Process within Health Care. NEPNET International Conference. Baltimore, USA. (Conference proceedings)

Brownsell, M (June 2010). My mother warned me about methodologies like you! An exploration of the Delphi Survey. Poster presentation at Postgraduate Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (PRASH) conference, 16th June 2010

Abbott M, Brownsell M, McArdle J & Sherrington S, (2009) Delivering Non-Medical Prescribing Education in the United Kingdom through the utilisation of a blended E-learning solution. AMAPI International Conference Proceedings. Japan

Brownsell, M, Abbott, M (2008) A Collaborative E-Learning Approach to Delivering the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme. AACE International Conference Proceedings, 2008 Las Vegas.

Contributing author to Oxford Guide:  Medicines Management in the Elderly, in The Care of Older Adults. M Parsonage (Ed) Oxford University Press. Accepted 2008

Contributing author to, Oxford Guide: Handbook of Nurse Prescribing, Sue Beckwith & Penny Franklin (Eds) (2007). Oxford University Press

Cook, I & Brownsell, M (2005) From contact to distance: the non-medical prescribing programme revisited. Nurse Prescriber; 2 (2), Cambridge University Press.

Helen L Leathard, Mike Brownsell, Margaret Abbott, Martin Lennard, Simon Maxwell. Education for New Prescribers – A summary of the proceedings of a symposium held at the British Pharmacological Society, December 2005. British Pharmacological Journal