Lecturer / Senior Lecturer Public Health
Graeme Mitchell is the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health and his focus is on the teaching and development of the BSc and MSc programmes. He is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, with 20 years’ experience as an Environmental Health Practitioner in local government across North West. His environmental health interests centre on housing, pest control and emergency planning. In addition to being an active member of the Faculty he has been involved in the development and delivery of international programmes in Malaysia. He has conducted research into student expectations of university and the role of Facebook within a degree programme
He is currently supervising a PhD which concerns leadership behaviour and its influence on quality and safety in a health care environment and is contributing to papers which focus on the historical development of public health and the role of fast food outlets in embracing healthy eating.
Graeme Mitchell's Papers
Graeme Mitchell, Peter Bohan
British Journal of Healthcare Management, Vol. 21, No. 8, pp 384–394, 2015.
Abstract: Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) now control around two-thirds of the NHS budget, influencing healthcare provider priorities and playing a key role in implementing the NHS plan. However, significant failures in healthcare have highlighted a dissonance between expressed values of leaders and everyday routine practices. This research explores the leadership behaviour of commissioners and the role it plays in determining quality and safety in healthcare. The research took a two phase approach: phase 1 used focused video ethnography to observe commissioners in a mock board room setting; phase 2 employed a quantitative questionnaire to determine the leadership behaviours that subordinates would expect their commissioners to adopt. The findings of this research identified that the leadership style most prevalent within the commissioners was transactional in nature. The questionnaire to subordinates of commissioners identified that transformational leadership had the best outcome on staff performance if this was linked to positive leadership style. In addition, commissioners appear to lack consistency when analysing risks effectively and holding providers to account, citing issues such as ‘professional drift’ and concerns over further scrutiny, as validation for this approach. This confusion of leadership behaviours, allied with poor analyse of risk leaves commissioners prone to repeating previous healthcare failures.
Journal of Environmental Health Research, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2014.
ABSTRACT Takeaway and fast food often contain excess levels of saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories per portion. The abundance of takeaways and fast food outlets serving this food at a reasonable price makes frequent consumption of these foods easier. As well as the impact this has upon public health, the takeaway industry lacks regulation with regard to nutrition; making the task of creating ‘healthier takeaways’ a formidable task for Environmental Health Practitioners. The aim of the research was to identify what influences a takeaway’s decision to adopt a healthy eating initiative (HEI) and produce healthier meals. Using convenience sampling, the study looked to collect quantitative data using questionnaires. The study identified that for takeaways which had adopted the HEI, the most important reason was to make food healthier, whereas those takeaways who were considering adopting the HEI in the future identified customer demand as the reason for adopting it. In addition the study established that the level of deprivation of the area in which a takeaway was located was not related to the uptake of the HEI. These factors have been quantified through administering questionnaires to 40 takeaway proprietors in person, in the study area (Wirral). This identified that lack of interest, customer demand and lack of enforcement are the main problems that result in takeaways not producing healthier options.