Centres And GroupsDr John Wells

Dr John Wells

Dr John Wells PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), PGDip(Education) RNT, RPN

Head of the Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences (Appointed September 2005)

Professional registration

Registered Nurse Tutor An Bord Altranais
Registered Psychiatric Nurse An Bord Altranais

King’s College University of London 2004 PhD, Nursing Studies
London Guildhall University 1993 MSc, Care, Policy & Management
London Southbank University 1993 Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Registered Nurse Tutor)
University of Manchester 1983 BA (Hons) (2:1), History
Henry Thornton School, London 1979 8 'O' levels & 4 'A' levels

Professional Institution   

School of Nursing St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London 1988 ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing
School of Nursing St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London  1984 Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)

Further Training   

National Centre for Social Research, London  2001 Qualitative Data Interviewing and Analysis
Dept of Psychotherapy, St George’s University Hospital, London 1991 Individual Psychotherapy
Institute of Group Analysis,  London 1991 Introductory Course to Group Analysis

Appointments and Esteem Indicators
Waterford Institute of Technology 2002-2005 Lecturer - Mental Health Nursing
Waterford Institute of Technology 2000-2002 Lecturer - Social Care
South Eastern Health Board 1998-2000 Nurse Tutor
Kings College, University of London 1993-1998 Lecturer in Nursing
South Bank University 1992-1993 F/T Postgraduate Student
Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1992 Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Springfiled Hospital London 1990-1991 Ward Manager, Acute Admissions (Grade G)
Springfield Hospital London 1990-1990 Community psychiatric nurse and rehabilitation ward manager (Grade G)
Springfield Hospital London 1989-1990 Deputy ward manager,Acute Admissions (Grade G)
Maudsley Hospital London 1987-1989 Staff nurse, Adolescent unit  (Grade E)
St George’s Medical School, London 1984-1987 Student Nurse
Central London College 1983-1984 Teacher
National Army Museum London 1982-1983 Research Assistant, 'Barracks Project'

Advisory Bodies


WIT Management Co-ordinating Forum 2005 to present Committee member
School of Health Science Management Committee, WIT 2005 to present Deputy chair-person
WIT Research Council 2002 to 2004 Council member
Department of Nursing Research Ethics Committee 2007 to present Chairman


Research Governance Committee, Waterford Regional Hospital 2007 to present Committee member
WIT-HSE (SE) post-graduate steering committee 2005 to present Co-chair person
WIT-HSE (SE) Local Joint Working Group 2005 to present Co-chair person

Department of Health and Children Committee for the Implementation of the National Nursing Research Strategy 2007 to present Committee member
National Advisory Drugs Training Programme Sub-committee 2007 to present Committee member
ABA advisory group on Requirements and Standards for the RPN One Year Post Registration Education Programme  2007 Committee member
Fellowship in Nursing Health Research Board 2006 Review panel member

UDINE C group (Understanding developments in Nurse Education and Careers) 2008 to present Chairman

External examining   
Department of Nursing, University of Hertfordshire 1998 to 2001 BSc mental health nursing


The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services 2008 to present Member of the editorial board
Journal of Advanced Nursing 2001 to present Review panel member
Journal of Mental Health. 2005 to present Review panel member
Journal of Nurse Education Today 2007 to present Review panel member
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 1994 to present Review panel member
International Journal of Nursing Research 2008 to present Review panel member
The Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies 1998 to 2000 Deputy editor

Research Awards
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Union 2008 €365,085 Reducing Occupational Stress in Employment (ROSE) – Lead applicant
The National Academy for Integrating Research, Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL) 2008 €1,000 How Teaching Using A Multiple Intelligence Teaching Approach Affected Student Achievement In An Undergraduate Education Programme In Ireland – co-applicant
WIT BEHEST 2008 €23,000 The establishment of a health informatics research group – co-applicant
WIT BEHEST 2008 €6,000 Gender sensitive mental health services -  co-applicant
Council of Directors of the Institutes of Technology 2007 €46,000 Continuing education and support of preceptors in the clinical setting: a collaborative action research project –  co-applicant
National Council for Nursing and Midwifery and Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit HSE – South East 2007 €40,000 A service impact evaluation of a post-graduate education programme for nurses – co-applicant
WIT BEHEST 2006 €10,000 Establishment of a health and social marketing research cluster – co-applicant
Council of Directors of the Institutes of Technology 2006 €35,000 A comparative analysis of employers’ views on disability policy and the employment of people with enduring mental health problems – Sole applicant
Waterford Youth Training and Enterprise 2004 €1,700 Meeting the employment needs of marginalized youth – Sole applicant
South Eastern Health Board 2001 £35,000 The role of hospital based industrial therapy units in the SEHB and their impact on the  quality of life of people with enduring mental illness – Sole applicant
South Eastern Health Board 2001 £2,500 WAVE Project–A soft systems evaluation of a resettlement support project for persons recovering from mental illness – Sole applicant
Department of Health and Children, Dublin 1999 £40,000 Factors affecting recruitment to RPN pre-registration programmes in Ireland – Lead applicant
General Nursing Council Trust 1997 £2,180 Variables affecting CPNs achieving commissioned priorities – Sole applicant
City and Hackney NHS Trust 1997 £3,000 Implementation of Supervised Discharge – Sole applicant
Total Research Income to date   €527,785
£79,500 (Ir)


Postgraduate Research Supervision

Current: 1 PhD student – Mr Michael Bergin – Title of study ‘Exploring gender sensitive mental health services through a critical realist perspective
(co –supervisor Professor Sara Owen, University of Lincoln)
Expected completion date July 2010.
1 MSc student – Ms Charlotte Wall

Past: 6 MSc students