Julie Bailey-Mchale

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning

After graduating with a sociology degree I commenced my mental health nurse training in 1987.  On completion of the programme I commenced working as a staff nurse in an acute inpatient setting and then moved to providing care for patients within a prison setting.  After a while within the prison service I moved back to an inpatient setting where I undertook the role of Ward Manager.  During this time I became interested in interventions for people with psychosis and commenced a master’s degree in cognitive behavioural interventions for psychosis. 

I joined the University of Chester in 2001 as a lecturer and developed my teaching skills on a number of programmes particularly pre-registration mental health nursing and professional education programmes including mentorship.  In 2007 I moved to the Isle of Man to introduce pre-registration mental health nursing across the island.  I had a wonderful six years on the island but decided to move back to Cheshire and to the University.  I am now Head of Department for Social Work and Interprofessional Education working alongside colleagues within the Department and Faculty leading the interprofessional education agenda.


MSc Individual and Family Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis.

Post Graduate Diploma Professional Education (NMC Stage 4 Teacher)

Post Graduate Certificate Medical Social Anthropology

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

BA (Hons) Sociology


Current studies: PhD


I contribute to teaching on the BN Nursing and M.Ed. Professional Education, and I am a postgraduate dissertation supervisor.


My research interests include the facilitation of learning within the practice setting and particularly facilitating transformative learning opportunities within professional education.

I am currently undertaking a PhD using interpretive phenomenological analysis to explore the experience of the first practice placement for pre-registration nursing students.

Published work


Bailey-McHale, J. & Hart, D. (2013).  Mastering Mentorship: A Practical Guide for Mentors of Nursing, Health and Social Care Students. Sage: London

Book chapters

Macintosh, A., Bailey-McHale, J. & Dulson, J. (2010).  The Value and Values of Service Users in J. McCarthy and P. Rose, (Eds) Values Based Health and Social Care.  Sage: London

Bailey-McHale, J. & Black, C. (2010).  Palliative Care and the Person with Mental Ill Health in M Baldwin and J Woodhouse (Eds) Key Concepts in Palliative Care.  Sage: London

Bailey-McHale, J. & Moore, L (2010).  Peer learning and observation in A. McIntosh, J. Gidman and E. Mason-Whitehead (Eds) Key Concepts in Healthcare Education.  Sage: London

Bailey-McHale, J. (2010).  Transformative Learning in A. McIntosh, J. Gidman and E. Mason-Whitehead (Eds) Key Concepts in Healthcare Education.  Sage: London

Bailey-McHale, J. (2008).  Diversity in E. Mason-Whitehead, A. Macintosh & A. Bryan (Eds) Key Concepts in Nursing.