Mike Phillips

Executive Dean

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

As the Executive Dean in the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Mike brings 20 years of experience as a clinician and leader in the NHS to one of the University’s three Schools. He is driven by a passion for enhancing safety through the lens of Human factors & Ergonomics, delivered using innovative pedagogies with simulation and immersive education at the core.

He has developed the ‘Simmersive’ approach including co-design of the innovative ‘Five Stage Approach’ to simulation at Staffordshire University and the development of estate and technological infrastructure to support the delivery of the very best in health and science education. This includes leading the delivery of the University’s Centre for Health Innovation in Stafford (https://www.staffs.ac.uk/about/facilities/campus-transformations/centre-for-health-innovation).

Mike has worked in a number of innovative roles in the health sector prior to moving into Higher Education on a full-time basis in 2017. His roles have included designing, developing and leading a team of practitioners delivering anaesthesia in a large acute NHS Trust. He also worked with numerous other NHS organisations and Private Sector providers to develop their workforces, as well as delivering commercial education programmes nationally and internationally.

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
  • Simmersive
  • Anaesthesia
  • Perioperative Practice


Browne, E., Phillips, M., (2022) Developing a Framework for the Integration of Skills and Simulation - The 5-Stage Approach https://www.ijohs.com/article/doi/10.54531/KYBT8535#

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.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021