Dr Patrick Marshall

Dr Patrick Marshall

Lecturer in Healthcare Leadership

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Paramedical PeriOperative and Advanced Practice


  • BA (Birmingham City University)
  • PGCert (Newman University, Birmingham)
  • MBA (University of Leicester)
  • PGCert
  • EdD (University of Hertfordshire)


Dr Patrick Marshall Profile

I’m the Programme Director for the MSc in Healthcare Leadership which focuses on global healthcare.

Formerly I was a senior lecturer in leadership in the Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care, course leader for the MSc programme and the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Organisational and Regional Change Leadership at Sheffield Hallam University. I gained practical leadership experience in schools in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Hertfordshire. I was a headteacher for 10 years in a secondary school, during which time I completed my EdD, which explored how headteachers used reflective conversations to support, sustain and improve their leadership practice. I was Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education (PME) in Kent Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS). I became Academic Head of School of Leadership at KSS. Here I created an MA programme in leadership designed to address the practical reality of being a clinician in the NHS. This programme grew out of his work on a freestanding postgraduate module in leadership in clinical settings that I led. I have also supported senior clinicians to improve and benchmark their teaching, visiting them in their various clinical settings. I still run bespoke leadership workshops for NHS Trusts introducing clinical leadership and service improvement to the full range of health and social care professionals.

At the University of Birmingham I taught in their medical school and on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc in Healthcare Leadership for the NHS Leadership Academy. Both as a cohort leader and tutor.

My EdD on the reflective professional practice of head teachers in UK secondary schools was published as a book in 2016. My research interest is in the relationship of practice and academic theory in the context of professional reflection relating to performance and well-being. I am also interested in practice-based research, my doctorate was completed whilst I was still a practising head teacher.

I also teach, assess and supervise doctoral students at Hull and previously at Sheffiled Hallam and the University of Hertfordshire I currently teach on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes which focus on leadership, education, advancing practice and professional reflection.

I teach on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as training healthcare professionals in leadership and management.

Research interests

Specialist areas of interest

I am interested in professional reflection and how this can impact on leadership performance. I am especially interested in how professionals reflect together and how this affects leaders’ resilience and professional relationships. I am currently researching into the impact on leaders when their public sector organisations scapegoat them.



Traumatised Leaders: When organisations turn on their leaders looking at the personal impact and costs of being a leader in the health and education.

Liminal Leadership

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications to work with me and colleagues in healthcare

on leadership in general, healthcare leadership, educational leadership, professional reflective practice.

Doctoral Supervision

•Doctoral supervisor training for the University of Hertfordshire 2013 Two days

•EdD Student for the first two years of her education study 2013-5

•Doctoral training simulation programme from Sheffield Hallam University assessed over 3 months Equivalent to 1 completion

•Director of Studies 2019 2022 successful DProf completion Relational Leadership in the NHS: How Healthcare Leaders Identify with Public Engagement https://shura.shu.ac.uk/30739/

•Principal supervisor for PhD in Grounded Theory of Safety Medication Administration

•Principal supervisor for PhD in Evaluation of the NHS-VMI Partnership in developing culture of continuous improvement

•Principal supervisor for PhD in Exploring Practices of Catecholamine Changeovers in Critically Ill Neonates in Jordan

•Second supervisor for PhD in Experiences of health inequality for disabled refugees

I have supervised over 100 Master level dissertations.

Conference presentation

Presenter at ‘Start with People’ conference

2023 - 2023

A presentation of the research project exploring the experiences of patients staff and carers during Covid

Presenter at SynEnergy The Microsystems Festival 2022 JÖnkÖping Sweden

2022 - 2022

Presentation on a research paper about staff development and Allied Health Professionals to be published in the BMJ

External examiner role

External Examiner

2022 - 2026

External examiner for MBA

External examiner

2019 - 2023


External examiner

2018 - 2022

iBSc Prehospital Medicine

Honorary position

Honorary Lecturer

2023 - 2028

Membership/Fellowship of professional body



Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)


The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, commonly known as the Royal Society of Arts, is a London-based organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges.