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About Ian McGonagle

Ian qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1986 and focused his clinical work for people with long term mental health problems, both in-patient residential services and in the community. During a secondment to the NHS Trent Regional office in Sheffield he completed two large research projects on: advanced mental health nursing practice; and the education needs of prison health care nurses. On return to NHS clinical services, he gained experience in the organisations strategy department before accepting a promotion to the role of senior manager in a mental health trust with a responsibility for education and development. He was then approached to take a post with the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI). He joined the NHS mental health new ways of working team and led the national implementation of the 10 Essential Shared Capabilities and the national Race Equality and Cultural Capability education programmes and other values based practice initiatives. He also worked on organisational development programmes for the national institute on mental health team development (Creating Capable Teams Approach). CCAWI was integrated within the University of Lincoln in 2007 and Ian joined the University on a full time basis in 2009 as a principal lecturer. While at the University he completed national and international projects on;  ‘Refocusing the Care Programme Approach’; A learning resource for care coordinators (Department of Health).  ‘Essential Capabilities’ a ‘values based’ educational programme for children and young peoples’ services in England (National Children’s Support Service); The National competency toolkit for nurses and midwives in Ireland (National Council for the Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland);  ‘Excellence in care and treatment planning’ Bilingual training resources for mental health workers, to support the implementation of mental health legislation in Wales (Welsh Government).  As part of the welsh Government project, Ian also contributed to the national Code of Practice for the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010. He has published research and academic papers in international peer reviewed journals and has spoken at a number of national and international conferences, on educational processes, workforce development and the link between evidence based practice and values based practice.

Department Responsibilities

Externally funded project and research work with a range of service providers and Government departments. I teach on the masters programme in Social Work and contribute to other under- and post-graduate degrees across the School of Health and Social Care.

Subject Specialism

Mental Health; Nursing; Values Based Practice; Clinical Supervision; Workforce development


  • PhD — University of Lincoln, 2016
  • MSc in Research Methods (Health Research) — University of Derby, 2000
  • BSc (Hons. 2:1) Advanced Nursing Practice — Nottingham Trent University, 1995
  • Dip. Nursing (ENB Higher Award) [Distinction] — University of Derby, 1992
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse — Derby School of Nursing, 1986

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Research Interests

  • Clinical Academic Careers

  • Clinical Supervision

  • Mental Health

  • Values Based Practice

Research Groups Memberships

  • Interprofessional Education Research Group
  • Understanding Nursing Careers (Europe) (UDINE-C)
  • Mental Health, Health and Social Care (MH2aSC)

Research Projects

  • Developing a study to explore the attitudes and perceptions of Kenyan nurses surrounding dignity in care — awarded £4964 by UoL College Research Fund in 2016
  • Delivery of the Bronze Scholar Clinical Academic Programme — awarded £450000 by Health Education England: East Midlands in 2016
  • Exploring the impact of Clinical Academic Career training — awarded £5000 by UoL College Research Fund in 2016
  • Clinical Scholar Silver Clinical Academic Programme — awarded £90000 by Health Education England: East Midlands in 2015
  • Clinical academic interns project — awarded £98000 by Health Education England: East Midlands in 2014
  • Clinical academic interns project — awarded £113000 by Health Education England: East Midlands in 2013
  • PSA 16 and impact of homelessness and employment indicators on work of care coordination — awarded £50000 by in 2010
  • Excellence in care and treatment planning. — awarded £250000 by Welsh Government in 2010
  • Case Study of CAHMS Core Functions — awarded £15000 by Skills for Health in 2009
  • Development and delivery of national training materials for the re-focussed Care Programme Approach — in 2007
  • Evaluation of national RECC training materials — awarded £10000 by Department of Health in 2007

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations