Professor Peter Martin

School of Health and Social Care
Professor Peter Martin
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872097

  • Location

    2S2.4.09, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment



I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1983 and retain an active interest in the education and professional development of my profession. Whilst I have worked in a range of fields, my particular clinical interest remains in working with people with on-going experiences of mental illness. With the stresses and strains of working in contemporary mental health environments nurses need to remain aware of their critical role in ‘being with’ people during period of health and illness. At the University of Essex I have worked with pre-registration health and social care students. In 2013 I developed an innovative pre-registration work based learning curriculum working with a local NHS Trust and the Nursing & Midwifery Council. I am currently leader of a first year module on compassionate care in mental health nursing; this module addresses the core principles and practice of mental health nursing with new students. I designed and have led the Professional Doctorates in Health & Social Care this programme at the University of Essex since 2001. On inception the programme was original and I continue to evolve the programme to meet the changing demands of students and employers. The programme recruits students primarily from the east of England working in health, social care and education environments. In addition to the above: • I lead and teach on modules at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels across the School. My teaching relates to specialist areas of interest: • Mental health theory & practice (particularly recovery) • Research theory and practice • Reflective practice as a strategy for continuous professional development • Nursing theory & practice • Organisation development & change • I support the School educational endeavour in the role of Director of Education • I provide supervision to a range of PhD students, traditional and professional doctorate routes. EXTERNAL EXAMINER External Examiner University of Wales - Swansea (- 2004) External Examiner University of Wales - Bangor (2005-2009) External Examiner University of Bedford (2011-2015) Nursing and Midwifery Council Reviewer (2010 - 2013) External Examiner University of Salford (2011-2015) External Examiner Teeside University (2015 - present)


  • 1998 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wales

  • 1992 Cert. in Education, University of Wales

  • 1991 Bachelor of Nursing, University of Wales

  • 1989 Cert. Health Service Management, Institute of Health Management

  • 1987 Diploma in Nursing, University of Wales

  • 1983 Registration in Mental Nursing, Colchester and District School of Nursing,


University of Essex

  • Director of Education, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (2017 - 2020)

  • Head of Nursing, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (1/1/2010 - 1/1/2013)

  • Head of School, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (1/1/2007 - 1/1/2010)

  • Graduate Director, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (1/1/2003 - 1/1/2007)

Other academic

  • Professor, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (2017 - present)

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (2001 - 2017)

  • Lecturer, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex (1997 - 2001)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Qualitative methods, particularly Grounded Theory

Key words: Qualitative methods, particularly Grounded Theory
Open to supervise

Mental Health Nursing

Key words: Mental Health Nursing
Open to supervise

Professional & Clinical Education

Key words: Professional & Clinical Education
Open to supervise

Professional/Clinical Practice

Key words: Professional/Clinical Practice
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Unconscious Bias - Sexuality

Invited presentation, Diversity in Education, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15/6/2018

Last chance to see... the evolution of the mental health nurse

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Professorial Inaugural Lecture, Colchester, United Kingdom, 22/1/2018

2017 Student Nursing Times Finalist - Educator of the Year


2017 Student Nursing Times Finalistfor Work Based Learning


2017 Student Nursing Times Finalist for MSc & BSc Nursing conjoined teaching


Flexible Nursing - an HEI Perspective

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Flexible Nursing Pathway - Celebrating Success, Rolla, United States, 6/12/2016

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Therapeutic Practitioner (HS245)

  • The Therapeutic Practitioner (HS283)

  • Professional Portfolio 2 (HS994)

  • Professional Portfolio 1 (HS995)

  • Extended Professional Portfolio (HS996)

  • Delivering Compassionate Care as a Mental Health Nurse (HS505)

Previous supervision

Nisrin Alqatarneh
Nisrin Alqatarneh
Thesis title: Family Centred Early Intervention Programmes in Jordan: A Grounded Theory Study Into Family and Occupational Therapists' Collaboration
Degree subject: Occupational Therapy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 31/7/2020
Judith Skargon
Judith Skargon
Thesis title: Exploring the Attitudes of Mental Health Nurses and Mental Health Nursing Students Toward the Physical Health of Service Users – a Mixed Methods Study
Degree subject: Nursing
Awarded date: 29/7/2020
Gareth Partington
Gareth Partington
Degree subject: Professional Practice (Health Care)
Degree type: Master of Science
Awarded date: 19/4/2020
Francois Potgieter
Francois Potgieter
Thesis title: Young Persons' Experiences of Inpatient Care When Presenting with Self-Harm
Degree subject: Applied Psychology
Awarded date: 18/12/2019
Stephen Charles Edward Wood
Stephen Charles Edward Wood
Thesis title: The Use of Life Story Work in an Age Inclusive Dementia Service: A Participatory Action Research Study
Degree subject: Health Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 14/10/2019
Michelle Ann Felton
Michelle Ann Felton
Thesis title: Exploring and Contextualising Expertise in Relation to the Safeguard Lead Nurse
Degree subject: Nursing
Awarded date: 1/4/2019
Michel Nkwati Maboh
Michel Nkwati Maboh
Thesis title: Nurse Education in Cameroon: A Grounded Analysis on Seizing the Opportunity of the Moment
Degree subject: Nursing Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/7/2017
Anne Marion Corrin
Anne Marion Corrin
Thesis title: Surviving and Thriving in Practice Placements: A Qualitative Exploration of Student Nurses' Practice Placement Learning Experiences
Degree subject: Health Care Education
Awarded date: 30/6/2016
Martin Cleverley
Martin Cleverley
Thesis title: Older Peoples Fitness Test, a Feasibility Study to Develop a Fitness Test for Older People That Can Measure Variations in Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Degree subject: Health Studies
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 16/3/2016


Journal articles (9)

Maboh, MN., Martin, PJ. and Stallabrass, SP., (2019). Seizing The Opportunity Of The Moment; Nurse Education In Cameroon: a Grounded Theory Research Study. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 100178-100178

Wood, S., Kennedy, M. and Martin, P., (2017). Life story work that brought wide benefits. Journal of Dementia Care. 25 (1), 26-28

Bulpitt, H. and Martin, PJ., (2010). Who am I and what am I doing? Becoming a qualitative research interviewer.. Nurse Researcher. 17 (3), 7-16

Dein, S., Stygall, J. and Martin, PJ., (2006). The use and expectations of prayer among women with breast cancer. Healing Ministry. 13 (4), 23-31

Bulpitt, H. and Martin, PJ., (2005). Learning about reflection from the student. Active Learning in Higher Education. 6 (3), 207-217

Martin, PJ., (2000). Hearing voices and listening to those that hear them. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 7 (2), 135-141

Martin, (1999). An exploration of the services provided by the clinical nurse specialist within one NHS trust. Journal of Nursing Management. 7 (3), 149-156

Martin, PJ., (1999). Influences on clinical judgement in mental health nursing. NT Research. 4 (4), 273-281

MARTIN, PJ., (1995). The developing role of the Educational Facilitator. Journal of Nursing Management. 3 (3), 137-141

Books (3)

Martin, P., (2018). Coping & Thriving in Nursing. Sage. 1526423618. 978-1526423610

Martin, P. and Harrison, M., (2017). LGBT+ Perspectives. Editoriale Scientifica

Fox, M., Green, G. and Martin, P., (2007). Doing Practitioner Research. SAGE. 1412912342. 9781412912341

Book chapters (2)

Martin, PJ. and Holt, EM., (2020). Learning to Listen to Your Own Health and Wellbeing. In: Health and Wellbeing. The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I. and Loughran, T., . Editoriale Scientifica. 101- 118. 8893916630. 9788893916639

Harrison, M. and Martin, P., (2017). Being Unaware of Being Aware. In: LGBT+Perspectives. The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I., . 8893910454. 9788893910453

Reports and Papers (1)

Martin, PJ., (2003). Mental and emotional health in a rural district of the United Kingdom

Grants and funding


Expert consultancy in advising on the roll-out of flexible approaches to pre-registration nurse education across East of England

Health Education Authority

+44 (0) 1206 872097


2S2.4.09, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment