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Sam previously studied psychology whilst working with the victims of violent crime. Later he worked with the offenders of these crimes. Following this he trained as a mental health nurse and worked in community mental health services specialising in assessment, home treatment and crisis resolution where he qualified as a non-medical prescriber.

Sam has previously completed research in student mentorship and peer mentorship, the perception of gender in nursing, practice education and student mental health and wellbeing.

Currently working for Edge Hill University as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice he is co-leading on the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme and a post graduate module looking at Frailty and supporting other programmes within the Medical School. Having previously supported the pre-registration nursing and nursing associate provisions within the School of Nursing.

Research Interests

Research interests include:

Gender in nursing

Peer mentoring

Student mental health and well being

Practice Education (Formative Learning, Practice Assessment)

Pharmacy Practice


Student Inclusion (disability, neurodiversity, BAME and LGBTQ+)


Mentorship in professional practice,

Non medical prescribing,


Preparation for practice (BSc Nursing & Nursing Associates)

Nursing Associates (teaching a range of subjects covering both physical & mental health)

Pre-Registration Nursing (teaching a range of topics including anatomy and physiology, mental health, mental health assessment and pharmacology)

Advanced Clinical Practice (mental health & service user assessment)

Paramedic Practice (mental health assessment)

Clinical Skills (accross the Facutly of Health, Social Care & Medicine)