Professor Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead

Professor of Health and Social Care

I joined the University of Chester in 2000, prior to this I was member of the University Liverpool, academic staff. My clinical background is in health visiting, midwifery and nursing.

Qualifications

I hold a number of memberships; British Sociological Association, Royal College of Nursing (History and Research Forums).

My qualifications are:

2016: Senior Teaching Fellow (HEA): University of Chester

2000: PhD:  University of Liverpool

           ‘Understanding teenage pregnancy and stigma: an analytical and comparative study’

2000: Postgraduate Diploma Education: University of Huddersfield

1993: BA (Hons) Sociology: University of Liverpool

1987: Health Visitor Certificate: University of Liverpool

1983: State Certified Midwife: Northampton

1985: Certificate in Tropical Medicine for Nurses: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

1981: State Registered Nurse: St George’s Hospital, London

1978: Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate: Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London

Overview

My research publishing activities are principally in the area of stigma, within a range of contexts, I am particularly interested in the challenges faced by educationalists in teaching stigma and moving from stigma to equality in health and social care and wider spheres of life. I also have an established record of mentoring new writers and book editors.

I jointly led and was included in the 2013 REF submission Allied Health Professions; Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy and was also Chair of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Ethics Committee six years. I also developed and lead the professional doctorate (health and social care) for four years.

I have jointly organized the FHSC Postgraduate Research Conference for five years.

I am engaged in the professional development of new supervisors and the supervision of students, and I have a strong interest in how mature students manage the demands of studying, work and family life. I have been Postgraduate Tutor since 2011. 

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society and Riverside Museum is a significant area of University engagement with the wider community. Working with volunteers in ensuring that our museum of health and medical artefacts, together with the First World War Museum is maintained and open to the public is an interesting aspect of my role. The Historical society has a thriving lecture series, where eminent nurse and medical historians, give public lectures throughout the academic year. 

Developing a new MSc in Rural Health Centre Shrewsbury is a new innovation and development which is to be delivered from University Centre Shrewsbury

I have been external examiner at a number of universities including; King’s College, Northampton, Huddersfield, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Gloucestershire, New Bucks University and University of Salford. 

I review books and papers for international journals and publishing houses and research. 

Teaching

Research Students and Staff

  • Over 50 MSc successful dissertation completions
  • 12 successful PhD completions

I am currently supervising a number of doctoral students (PhD and Professional Doctorate), engaged in a wide range of research projects, examples include; stigma, mental health, higher education, experiences of veterans, occupational health, women’s education in Afghanistan, trauma in childbirth experienced by women in Niger.

 

Current Teaching Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader MSc Rural Health (Institute of Medicine)
  • Programme Leader MA History of Science (Institute of Medicine)
  • Module Leader Professional Doctorate, Writing for Publication (level 8)

Research

  • Stigma
  • Health Inequalities
  • Doctoral Education
  • Teenage Pregnancy and Abortion
  • Rural Health
  • Medical and Nursing History 

Stigma Research

I am always interested to meet potential new PhD students, particularly those involved in researching stigma.

I have been engaged with stigma research, publishing, teaching and supervision since I was awarded my PhD in 2000. Examples of my current projects include:

  • ‘Stigma to equality in health and social care’, a single authored text to be published by Sage in 2018.
  • Stigma of teenage abortion.
  • Stigma of bowel disease.
  • Stigma across the life course and through time.
  • Teaching stigma in health and social care and in higher education in general.

Published work

Selected Publications Since 2001


Books

Worsley, A., Mann, T., Olsen, A. & MASON-WHITEHEAD (2013). Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. London: Sage Publications.

Mcintosh-Scott, A., Mason, T., MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., & Coyle, D. (2013) Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. London: Sage Publications

Mcintosh, A., Gidman, J. MASON-WHITEHEAD (2010) (ed.) Key Concepts in Healthcare Education. London: Sage

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. Mason, T.(2007) Study Skills for Nurses. 2nd Edition. London: Sage

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., (2007) Mcintosh, A., Bryan, A. & Mason, T. (ed.) Key Concepts in Nursing. London: Sage

Mason, T. & WHITEHEAD, E.(2003) Thinking Nursing. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

WHITEHEAD, E. & Mason, T. (2003) Study Skills for Nurses. London: Sage

Mason, T., Carlisle, C., Watkins, C. & WHITEHEAD, E. (2001) Stigma and Social Exclusion in Health. London: Routledge

 

Journal Articles

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., (2013), Ridgway, V., Barton, J. Passed without a stroke: A UK mixed method study exploring student nurses' knowledge of stroke
Nurse Education Today, Volume 33, Issue 9, Pages 998-1002 
 
Richman, J., Mason, T., MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., Mcintosh, A. (2009) Social Aspects of Clinical Errors.
International Journal of Nursing Studies. Do1:10.1016/jijnurstu.2009.10.06

WHITEHEAD, E. (2008) Can teach, will teach? Sex education in schools. British Journal of School Nursing. Oct. 266-70.

WHITEHEAD, E. (2008) An exploratory study of teenage pregnant women: differences in demography and relationship formation. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 14: 292-295

WHITEHEAD, E, Mason, T. & Ellis, J. Retention and Recruitment of Nursing (2007)
British Journal of Nursing

WHITEHEAD, E (2007) Understanding the intergenerational factors associated with teenage pregnant women. Midwifery  

Flynn, S. & WHITEHEAD, E (2006) An exploration of issues related to nurse led clinics. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing.10,86-94

WHITEHEAD, E & Mason, T. (2006) Assessment of risk and special observations in mental health practice: a comparison of forensic and non-forensic settings. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Mason, T. & WHITEHEAD, E. (2005) The social construction of stigma in healthcare settings. In: A.Boran (ed.) Decoding discrimination: inequality, distinction or difference: Chester; Chester Academic Press

WHITEHEAD, E. (2001) We should have known better: exploring the impact of pregnancy on the mental health of teenage women. Mental Health Care. 4 (1): 22-25.

WHITEHEAD, E. (2001) Teenage pregnancy: on the road to social death. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 38: 437-446.

Mason, T., WHITEHEAD, E. (2001) Some specific issues concerning the seclusion of female patients. Journal of Medicine, Science and the Law. 41 (4): 315-324 

 

Chapters in Books

Hall, R & MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2013). The Research Journey In: A. Mcintosh-Scott, T. Mason. E.MASON-WHITEHEAD & D. Coyle. Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. London: Sage Publications

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2013). Feminist Research In: A. Mcintosh-Scott, T.Mason. E.MASON-WHITEHEAD & D. Coyle. Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. London: Sage Publications

Ruspini, E & MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2013) Longitudinal Research In: A. Mcintosh-Scott, T.Mason. E.MASON-WHITEHEAD & D. Coyle. Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research. London: Sage Publications

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. & Mason, T. (2012) Assessment of risk in special observations in mental health practice; a comparison of forensic and non-forensic settings. In D. Holmes,  Trudy Rudge, Amélie Perron  (eds). (2012) (Re) Thinking Violence in Healthcare Settings 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2010) Stigma. In: J.Woodhouse, M. Baldwin (eds). Key Concepts in Palliative Care. London: Sage Publications 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2010). Marginalised Groups. In: J.Woodhouse, M. Baldwin (eds) Key Concepts in Palliative Care. London: Sage Publications. 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2010). Study Skills. In: A. Mcintosh, J. Gidman, E. MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (eds.) (2010) Key Concepts in Education in Healthcare. London: Sage Publications 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (2010). Equality and Diversity. In: A. Mcintosh, J., Gidman, J., MASON-WHITEHEAD, E. (eds.) (2010) Key Concepts in Education in Healthcare. London: Sage Publications 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., (2008). Environment. In E. Mason-Whitehead, A.Mcintosh, A. Bryan, T.Mason (eds). Key Concepts in Nursing. London: Sage Publications. 

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., (2008). Stigma and Social Exclusion. In: F.Wilson, A. Mahmbala (eds). Key Concepts in Public Health. London: Sage Publications

MASON-WHITEHEAD, E., & Mason, T. (2007) Stigma in Health Care. In D.Abrams, J. Chrisitan (eds). The Handbook of Social Exclusion Research. London: Wiley 

WHITEHEAD, E., Mason, T., Carlisle, C., Watkins, C.,  Historical Developments. (2001) In: T. Mason, C. Carlisle, Watkins, C., E. WHITEHEAD (eds.) Stigma and Exclusion in Healthcare. London: Routledge. 

Watkins, C. Mason, T., Carlisle, C., WHITEHEAD, E. The changing dynamic of stigma. (2001) In: T. Mason, C. Carlisle, Watkins, C., E. WHITEHEAD (eds.) Stigma and Exclusion in Healthcare. London: Routledge 

Carlisle, C., Mason, T.,  Watkins, C., WHITEHEAD, E. Relationship to practice. (2001) In: T. Mason, C. Carlisle, Watkins, C., E. WHITEHEAD (eds.) Stigma and Exclusion in Healthcare. London: Routledge.

Mason, T., Carlisle, C., Watkins, C., WHITEHEAD, E. Manifesto for change. (2001) In: T. Mason, C. Carlisle, Watkins, C., E. WHITEHEAD (eds.) Stigma and Exclusion in Health care 

 

Reports 

WHITEHEAD, E. In: Acheson, D. (1998) Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health. London: HMSO

Ellis, R., Hogard, E., O’Keefe, A., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2001) Cost Effectiveness in Sure Start Birkenhead North. Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. Confidential

Ellis, R., Hogard, E., O’Keefe, A., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2001) A Report on the Contribution of Home-Start Birkenhead  to the Objectives of Sure Start Birkenhead North. Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. ISBN 1-902275-16-9

Ellis, R., Hogard, E., O’Keefe, A., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2002) A Report on the Organisation and Management of Sure Start, Birkenhead North. Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. Confidential.

Ellis, R., Hogard, E., O’Keefe, A., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2002) A Report on the Role of the Midwife within Sure Start, Birkenhead North,. Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. ISBN 1-902275-14-5

Ellis, R., Hogard, E., O’Keefe, A., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2002) A Report on the Role of the Child-Care Lecturer within Sure Start, Birkenhead North. Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. ISBN 1-902275-12-2

Regan, J.A., Ellis, R., Hogard, E., MASON, T. and Whitehead, E. (2003) Evaluation of the PEEP Project at Sure Start Birkenhead North, Social Health Evaluation Unit, University of Chester. ISBN 1-902275-18-5

MASON-WHITEHEAD, Melling K, Evaluation of Podiatry Provision in Halton and District. Age Concern (2009)

Steen, M, MASON-WHITEHEAD, (2013) Evaluation of Stockport services for young women.
Stockport Council
 
Thomas, M., Alford, S., MASON-WHITEHEAD (2014) Evaluation of Shrewsbury hospital to home service.
Shrewsbury Clinical Commissioning Group

 

Invited Editorials and Forwards

WHITEHEAD, E. (2001) Bringing the outsiders in: tackling social exclusion. British Journal of Community Nursing. 6 (7): 3278

MASON-WHITEHEAD (2014) Frances Wilson, Mzwandile Andi Mabhala and Alan Massey. Forward for Health Improvement and well-being strategies for action: Open Univeristy (In Press)

 

Theses

WHITEHEAD, E. (2000) Understanding Teenage Pregnancy and Stigma: A Comparative and Analytical Study. University of Liverpool.