Mike Phillips

Interim Executive Dean

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

As interim Dean in the School of Health and Social Care, Mike brings 20 years of experience as a clinician and leader in the NHS to recruiting and educating the health and social care workforces of the future. He has worked in a number of innovative roles in the health sector - most recently designing, developing and leading a team of practitioners delivering anaesthesia in a large acute NHS Trust. He also worked with numerous other NHS organisation and Private Sector providers to develop their workforces, as well as delivering commercial education programmes nationally and internationally.

Mike’s interests are in improving patient safety through human factors and ergonomics education - predominantly delivered through simulation-based education. As well as developing the School’s use of simulation as a pedagogy, he has led on the design and delivery of new simulation facilities, faculty-development in this area, and on the planned creation of the Health Innovation Centre at the University. Mike’s passion for patient safety improvement led to the creation of Staffordshire University’s unique Masters in Human Factors for Patient Safety and the inclusion of ‘human factors’ education across its undergraduate programmes.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

Master of Science
Postgraduate Certificate in Education


  • Patient Safety
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Simulation-based Education
  • Anaesthesia
  • Perioperative Practice
  • Patient Safety
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Simulation-based Education
  • Anaesthesia
  • Perioperative Practice

Research interests

Mike is currently a Doctoral student researching the experience of academics in the use of Simulation-based Education.


Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing – Chapter 6: Preoperative Optimization. Oxford university Press. London. 2016

Comparison of Patient Experiences of Pain During Awake Cataract Phacoemulsification using Sub-Tenon’s Block and Topical Anaesthesia – Anaesthesia (AAGBI) – January 2015

Sub-Tenon’s Blocks by PA(A)s – Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (WSM Supplement) September 2011

The ‘Two-to-One Model’ of Delivering Anaesthesia using PA(A)s in Day Surgery has no Detrimental Impact on Clinical Outcomes - The Journal of One Day Surgery – June 2013

Ten Years of Non-Physician Delivered Anaesthesia (in the UK) – Journal of Operating Department Practitioners – February 2014

What’s in a Name? An Evaluation of Public Perceptions of Job Roles within the Modern Anaesthesia Team – Journal of Perioperative Practice – April 2015.

PICC Lines in a Ward-Based Environment – European Society of Intensive Care Medicine – September 2010.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020