Brian Johnston, MRes



Brian Johnston MRes, BSc (Hons), BA, RMN, PG Cert. TLHE, HEA Fellow

Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies; Lecturer BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care, Lecturer BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies, at the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland.

Brian has held a variety of positions within the community health care setting including working as a Community Psychiatric Nurse for older people providing assessment and clinical interventions to patients and support for their families.  Additionally, he worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager within an Assessment Unit for older people and latterly he worked as Older People’s Services Co-ordinator within a primary care setting, during this time he successfully utilised project management skills for a range of complex interagency initiatives.

During his 32 year career he has been interested in how services are developed and delivered to older people, particularly how health and social care services work together.  This interest is particularly focused on how these services are targeted to vulnerable individuals with the greatest needs.  This interest allowed him the opportunity to be involved in a number of secondments including working with NHS Education for Scotland on the Joint Future agenda. 

Since working in higher education he has developed knowledge and skills in the preparation and delivery of evidence-based educational materials in a range of specialised subjects including Gerontological Nursing, Evidence-based Practice, Dementia Care, Integrated Working, Care Management, Rehabilitation and Enablement, Family Health Nursing, Palliative Care, Medication Concordance and Depression in Older People.    

Brian was a key member of two major UWS project teams; the ‘Nursing in Families’ Project and ‘Serious Gaming in Higher Education’.  The “Nursing in Families’ Project” securing European Commission funding. 

Currently, Brian is a Professional Doctorate candidate focusing on education. 



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The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.

Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016

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