Stephen Mullay

Stephen Mullay


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Steve is a Registered General Nurse, independent prescriber, and has a specialist practitioner qualification in gerontological nursing. He is a Queen's Nurse. He has a PhD in nursing/dementia, a first- class honours degree in Health Sciences, a first-class honours degree in clinical nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing degree awarded with distinction.

He works as a lecturer in the School of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. During his wider career, he has worked in a range of hospital and community settings, in roles including nursing home care assistant,  nursing auxiliary, Staff Nurse, Senior Staff Nurse, Senior Charge Nurse, Dementia Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, dementia team lead, bank community Staff Nurse, and NHS/local authority integrated dementia service redesign project manager. He has also worked as an independent older people's consultant nurse, and as an expert nurse witness in litigation.

He has a specific interest in the lived experiences of older people with dementia, particularly the issues surrounding associated significant stress & distress and how to approach that. He referees articles on dementia for several academic journals. He is also interested in the development of new/innovative strands of advanced nurse practice, especially to help meet context-specific difficulties in availability of healthcare expertise and specialist services (such as in remote and rural geographical locations, but in the face of contemporary challenges to healthcare resources overall).

He has experience in qualitative research methodologies and methods, with a particular liking for ethnographic approaches as a means of conducting community-centred research.   

He has recently submitted a funding bid to conduct a pilot study of an unusual approach to advanced nurse practice in a remote/rural area of Scotland, and is currently collaborating with colleagues from a number of British universities in constructing a research proposal about frailty. 


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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

member, Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland

2019 → …

member, British Geriatrics Society

2009 → …


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