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Phil is Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), having been appointed to the role in May 2017. Phil joined the University of Huddersfield in June 2015 as Professor of Nursing and Head of Department of Health Sciences, a post he held until December 2017.

Phil joined the University of Huddersfield following a long career at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, where he fulfilled the following leadership roles:

  • Head of Primary Care Division
  • Director of Innovation in Learning and Teaching
  • Director of Undergraduate Education and
  • Director of External Liaison and NHS Educational Contracts.

He was promoted to Professor of Nursing Education in 2012. In the same year he was awarded Fellowship of the European Academy of Nursing Science.

Phil is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and was awarded a University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2013. He was a member of the organising committee for the International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference from 2010-2018. This Conference attracts more than 300 health care educators each year.

In 2018, Phil became a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Phil’s contributions to teaching and learning, research and leadership are underpinned by a clinical career in adult and mental health nursing. He worked in both hospital and community settings prior to embarking on his academic career.

Research Expertise and Interests

Health services research

  • Predicting outcome for people with chronic pain, including musculoskeletal pain.
  • Developing and delivering novel and accessible interventions for people with chronic pain.
  • Development of an Activity Pacing Questionnaire for Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue.

Mental healthcare provision

  • Behavioural activation for negative symptoms
  • The use of guided self-help to promote emotional wellbeing in high school students
  • Educational innovations and evaluation
  • Service user and carer engagement
  • Prior care experience and impact on retention and progress of student nurses

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 1998 2018

Activity pacing: Moving beyond taking breaks and slowing down

Antcliff, D., Keeley, P., Campbell, M., Woby, S., Keenan, A-M. & McGowan, L., Jul 2018, In : Quality of Life Research. 27, 7, p. 1933-1935 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
2 Citations (Scopus)

Randomised feasibility study to compare the use of Therabite® with wooden spatulas to relieve and prevent trismus in patients with cancer of the head and neck

Lee, R., Yeo, S. T., Rogers, S. N., Caress, A. L., Molassiotis, A., Ryder, D., Sanghera, P., Lunt, C., Scott, B., Keeley, P., Edwards, R. T. & Slevin, N., May 2018, In : British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 56, 4, p. 283-291 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Feasibility Studies
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Quality of Life
Mouth Neoplasms
1 Citations (Scopus)

The concept of compassion within UK media-generated discourse: A corpus-informed analysis

Bond, C., Stacey, G., Field-Richards, S., Callaghan, P., Keeley, P., Lymn, J., Redsell, S. & Spiby, H., 20 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nurse-Patient Relations
2 Citations (Scopus)

Activity Pacing is Associated with Better and Worse Symptoms for Patients with Long-term Conditions

Antcliff, D., Campbell, M., Woby, S. & Keeley, P., Mar 2017, In : Clinical Journal of Pain. 33, 3, p. 205-214 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Adjustment
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Pain
2 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring patients’ opinions of activity pacing and a new activity pacing questionnaire for chronic pain and/or fatigue: A qualitative study

Antcliff, D., Keeley, P., Campbell, M., Woby, S. & McGowan, L., 1 Sep 2016, In : Physiotherapy. 102, 3, p. 300-307 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Secondary Care
Low Back Pain