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Biography

Born in London, educated in the UK. Prof. Wells qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1988 and worked in a number of London based clinical services before transitioning to an academic career. He holds a PhD from King's College London, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. John lives in County Kilkenny and works in Waterford City, Ireland. He is Dean of the School of Health Science at South East Technological University, where he also sits on the Executive Management Team as part of the University's senior management team.

National Profile

Prof. Wells has served on various Irish national advisory committees in the health and nursing arena, including as a board member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; the undergraduate review of nurse education; the national research strategy for nursing and the national advisory panel on drugs (training subcommittee). In addition he was chairperson of the nursing panel for the Undergraduate Awards in 2011 and 2012. He currently is a member of the National Research Ethics Committee for Clinical Trials.

International Engagement

Prof. Wells is a visiting Professor in Nursing at King's College London and a Visiting Professor Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maribor; a Senior Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow;International Ambassador Vision 20/20 initiative, Drexel University, USA; Review panel member, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Swiss National Science Foundation. He previously was a visiting Professor in Mental Health and Social Integration at Lincoln University He has authored over 120 papers, book chapters and one book.

Research Interests

An active researcher and writer with expertise in Policy and Systems Analysis; Quality Improvement in clinical services; the relationship of Work Related Stress with Work Engagement and supporting stressed workers through ICT based interventions. Methods expertise includes Case Study Design; Soft Systems Analysis, Participatory Research and Frameworks Analysis.

Prof. Wells has been awarded research grants as both principal investigator or collaborating researcher to the value of: €3,461,273; £77,500 (Ir) and £5,180(stg).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, 'Community mental health policy in the 1990s: a case study in corporate and street level implementation', Kings College London

19982004

Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, London South Bank University

19931994

Masters Degree, 'A content analysis of the public discourse on NHS reform in the 1980s', London Metropolitan University

19911993

Bachelors Degree, 'James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and the English Civil War in Lancashire', University of Manchester

19791982

External positions

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2021 → …

Fellow Ad Eundem, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons

2017 → …

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