Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall


Over the years I have held a number of strategic roles within the School including acting Head of School, Director of Learning and Teaching, Director of Practice, Institute Head, Postgraduate Research Tutor and currently Head of Faculty Graduate School for the Faculty of Medicine and Health.


  • Head of Faculty Graduate School

Research interests

My research is focused on cardiac disorders in particular psychosocial adjustment in men and women following implantation of an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) and I supervise a PhD project around service user decision making with regard to cardiac devices.

I have supervised numerous dissertations at postgraduate level and undergraduate research projects, involving qualitative research methods and mixed methods. Successful PhD projects have included a variety of topics such as the influence of masculinity on help-seeking behaviour of white and South Asian men following chest pain, the information needs about herbal remedies for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and using realist evaluation to understand the impact of radiographers interpreting mammograms.

Current PhD projects include evaluating the use of dashboards to enhance quality outcomes (applying realist evaluation); the experience of those who decide to have an ICD and the use of peer-led intervention to improve health behaviours within a secure environment. 

I have experience using survey methods involving quantitative and qualitative methods to assess anxiety, depression and quality of life especially in relation to the effects of acute and long term cardiac disorders. I have experience of qualitative methods using interview techniques and focus group work and a range of approaches to qualitative data analysis. I am able to support quantitative systematic reviews and meta-analysis. 

I am a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and International Journal of Nursing Studies. 


  • PhD Cardiovascular Physiology
  • BSc Nursing
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Nursing

Student education

With regard to learning and teaching activity, I lead two modules and contribute to a range of modules across the School, with my primary focus being the application of biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders. l also contribute to the development of clinical skills and clinical examination. I maintain strong links with clinical partners and indeed view the partnership with practitioners and service users and carers as central to the focus of learning and teaching and research activity.

I am a co-author of a book examining the biological basis of metal health problems and have recently lead the publication of an introduction to anatomy and physiology for healthcare professionals text (Scion publishers 2017).

Research groups and institutes

  • People, systems and services
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