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Ruth Mitchell


Personal profile

Academic Biography

Current Employment

Principal Lecturer/ Subject Lead in Service Improvement, Teesside University

Previous Employment

  • 2005-2013 Senior Lecturer in Service Improvement, Teesside University
  • 2004-2005 Senior Lecturer in Skills, Teesside University
  • 2002-2004 Clinical Lead for Continence/ Practice Development Nurse (District Nursing), South Tyneside Primary Care Trust
  • 2000-2002 District Nursing Sister, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust
  • 1999-2000 District Nursing Student, South Tyneside Health Care Trust
  • 1998-1999 Continence Research Nurse/ Community Staff Nurse South Tyneside Health Care Trust
  • 1996-1998 Senior Research Assistant, University of Northumbria
  • 1994-1996 Research Associate, University of Huddersfield
  • 1994-1996 Staff Nurse, Huddersfield Nuffield Hospital


  • 2008 UCPPD in Learning and Teaching in Professional Practice, Teesside University
  • 2006 PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University
  • 2003 MSc Health Sciences (Research Methods) - Distinction, University of Northumbria
  • 2000 BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies, Class: 1st, University of Northumbria
  • 1994 Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Class: 2'1, University of Wales College of Medicine (NEWI)
  • 1990 A Levels: English Literature- B, German- E, History- D, Conyers School, Yarm, Cleveland
  • 1988 10 GCSE's Grades A-C, Conyers School, Yarm, Cleveland

Professional Qualifications

  • 2014 Healthcare Leadership Model Facilitator
  • 2011 Emotions and Behaviour at Work (Emotional Intelligence) Facilitator, EBW
  • 2011 Leadership Framework Facilitator, Right Managemen
  • 2007 MBTI Step 1 Facilitator, OPP
  • 2005 LQF facilitator, Right Management
  • 2000 District Nurse, UKCC
  • 2000 Independent Nurse Prescriber, UKCC
  • 2000 ENB Higher Award, ENB
  • 1994 Registered Nurse- Adult, UKCC

Additional Information

I am the Principal Lecturer/Subject Lead for Service Improvement team in the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University - and am responsible for the operational management of the Service Improvement Team and ensuring the quality of the design, delivery and evaluation of educational provision within the team. I have a professional background in community nursing and service development and has worked at the University 10 years.

My particular interest is leadership development and its application and impact within the workplace. I am an experienced Myers Briggs Type Inventory (Step 1) facilitator, NHS Health care Leadership Model 3600 facilitator and Emotions and Behaviour at Work (emotional intelligence) facilitator.

I have designed and delivered a number of leadership programmes within the university, current programmes include: MSc Transformational Leadership, BSc Integrated service improvement and short courses such as, Working Effectively, Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership and Interdependent Working. I am experienced in delivering programmes at a number of academic levels and to a range of students including clinical, non-clinical and support staff.

Ruth has been heavily involved in the design and delivery of a range of leadership programmes for external partners. These partners have been from across a range of sectors within health and social care, including public and private sector organisations and the independent sector. Ruth has developed strong partnership working skills and very aware of the need to be flexible and adaptive to partners expectations and needs.