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Phil Holdich


About Phil Holdich

Phil qualified as a registered nurse in Leeds in 1984 working in neurosurgery, general surgery and care of the older person after qualifying. He trained as community nurse in 1990 working in various settings including a specialist caseload of patients with HIV/AIDS.

From 1995 to 2006, he was employed as specialist nurse/facilitator for diabetes in various healthcare settings in West Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight. During this period he worked alongside higher education providers including the University of Leeds and the University of Warwick. His career has been focussed on improving knowledge of diabetes for healthcare professionals and strategies for supporting patients with long-term conditions, promoting self-management and more person-focussed care. This was expedited in his previous post as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield (2006-2017) where he continued to maintain a clinical role as an honorary nurse specialist in diabetes care whilst supporting initiatives to develop diabetes practice in primary care and community settings.

Phil is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with extensive experience teaching healthcare professionals including adult, mental health, learning disability and children’s nursing, podiatry, operating department practitioners, AHP and Non-Medical Prescribing. Phil joined Leeds Beckett University as a Senior Lecturer in May 2017 and continues to teach across a range of pre and post registration programmes.

Current Teaching

Phil teaches across pre and post registration programmes. He is module leader for the Level 6 Pre-registration nursing dissertation module, Leadership, Change Management and Enterprise, Level 4 Communications module and the Community Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Module (V100). He contributes to teaching research from Level 4 to Masters Level and leads a group of student nurses for skills practice.

Research Interests

Phil’s research interests have been focussed on diabetes care, risk and risk literacy and he has recently completed a professional doctorate which explored risk literacy in patients with type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals in general practice. He has presented his work at national and international conferences, including Diabetes UK Professional Conference (Glasgow, March 2016), the Universities Safety and Health Association (Belfast, April 2016) and the 16th International Conference on Integrated Care (Barcelona, May 2016).

Phil supervises students undertaking their dissertations for BSc, Masters degrees and doctoral studies. From working towards his own doctorate, Phil is able to support students to understand the research process and develop their critical analysis skills. Furthermore, the focus of his research is risk literacy which has diverse applications to communication, patient education and long-term conditions which he integrates into teaching at pre and post registration level.

Currently, Phil has collaborated with the Universities of Huddersfield and Lubek on a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies for patients’ experience of risk communication after acute myocardial infarction, he is writing a paper from his thesis ‘Exploring the concept of risk literacy and supporting patients with type 2 diabetes as risk managers: a study design’ and, with colleagues from Leeds Beckett and a third sector service provider, evaluating a service which provides case management for patients who have experienced brain injury.

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