Dr Phil Harper

Programe Lead (Hong Kong Programmes)

Phil qualified as a general nurse in 1982 and specialized in general intensive care nursing. Phil spent 22 years as a nurse in the Royal Air Force, gaining a wide range of clinical experience both in the UK and overseas. Phil completed his nurse teaching qualification in 1994 and has both pre and post-registration nursing teaching experience in several Higher Education institutions. Phil has a particular interest in the assessment of pain and culture and diversity. He completed an MSc in Medical Anthropology in 1998 and his PhD in 2005 where he explored the influence of military culture on military nurses when assessing post-operative pain. Phil has been at Oxford Brookes University since September 2007.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Royal College of Nursing

Teaching/Research interests

Research awareness

Evidence-based practice

Ethnicity and Health

Pain – assessment and management (acute and chronic)

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed papers

2008 ‘Ethnomethodology and its application in nursing.’ Journal of Research in Nursing. Vol 13 (4), pp 311-323.

2007 ‘How military nurses rationalize their post-operative pain assessment decisions.’ Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol 59(6), pp 601-611.

2006 ‘Emergency defence nursing, skills and development’. Defence Editorial. British Journal of Nursing, Vol 16(1), p 5.

2006 ‘No pain, no gain: pain behaviour in the armed forces.’ British Journal of Nursing, Vol 15(10), pp 548-551.

2006 ‘Different skills, different attitudes, same duty of care.’ Guest editorial. British Journal of Nursing, Vol 15(10), p.537.

2005 ‘Personal experience of aeromedical evacuation of patients in the Balkans.’ British Journal of Nursing, Vol 14(4), pp 202-204.

2005 ‘Defence nursing: the need to raise its profile among nurses.’ British Journal of Nursing, Vol 14(4), p 195.

1999 ‘The Placebo effect and the hidden benefits or oral medications’. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 8(9), pp 589-592

Phil Harper


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