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Dr Patrick Marshall BA (Hons), PGCE, MBA, NPQH, EdD, FRSA, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Leadership


I am 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. 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 in Kent Surrey and Sussex and then for the University of Birmingham teaching in their medical school and on their MA Leadership in Healthcare for the NHS Leadership Academy.


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. 

Following ten years of headship, I became Academic Head of School of Leadership in a south coast deanery. 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 junior, middle grade and senior clinicians and multi-disciplinary teams. 

I also teach, assess and supervise doctoral students on the University of Hertfordshire's EdD programme. I currently teach on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes which focus on leadership, education, advancing practice and professional reflection.

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.


Centre for Leadership

Subject area

Leadership, professional reflection and medical education


Course lead for MSc Medical Leadership

Course lead for Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Organisational and Regional Change Leadership


Module lead for service improvement planning and evaluation on MSc Leadership in health and social care MBA Medical Leadership, MSc Medical Leadership, MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care, MSc Healthcare Education, MSc Advancing Clinical Practice, Professional Practice in Organisational Change Leadership

MSc Leadership (Medical and Social Care)

Work based learning for service improvement
Leading and managing people
Leadership perspectives
Leading change
Strategic and systems thinking
Research for practice
Leadership in Practice

MSc Healthcare Education

Introduction to healthcare education
Advancing your healthcare practice

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Non medical prescribing for pharmacists



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



Marshall, P (2016) Reflective Conversations with Headteachers: Exploring School Leadership, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany


Marshall, P. and Penlington, C. (2013) 'Why Junior Doctors are Innovation Leaders' Health Services Journal, 12 July 2013

Hadley, L., Marshall, P., Black, D. (2014) 'Pairing Trainee Managers and Doctors: an Initiative to Facilitate Joint Working for Better Patient CareBritish Journal Hospital Medicine, February 2014

Penlington, C. and Marshall, P. (2015) 'Group Dynamics in Organisations: A Core Literacy for Innovation Leaders in the NHS' Journal of Health and Medical Economics, November 2015 (Vol2 1:8)


Marshall, P and Hiley J (2015) The West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme: shaping innovative regional clinical academic training for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and health scientists UKCRFN Conference

Marshall, P Relwani, A (2015) Foundation Leadership Development Workshops and Foundation Leadership Programme Dartford and Gravesend Leadership Conference Conference Papers

Marshall P. (2017) Leading Schools in Times of Trauma- When organisations turn on their leaders keynote at Trauma in Schools: A one day conference supporting school staff and school leaders The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust 13 October 2017 

Hadley L. and Marshall, P. (2013) Annual leadership assessments, service improvement projects and academic modules – teaching clinical leadership across the continuum Paper presented at Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s Medical Research Conference 5 December 2013

Marshall P. (2013) Reflective practitioners: finding your inner voice Paper presented at BERA’s conference (British Educational Research Association) 4 - 6 September 2013

Marshall, P., Penlington C. and Hadley L. (2013) Leading service improvement: learning to be a leader through practice-based inquiry Workshop at ASME’s conference (Association for the Study of Medical Education) 10 - 12 July 2013

Hadley L. and Marshall, P. (2013) Leadership from the Ground Up: the diverse ways local leadership can be developed in LEPs using service improvement projects Workshop at the HEKSS conference 25 - 26 April 2013

Other activities

  • External examiner iBSc Prehospital care at Queen Mary's, University of London
  • External course reviewer for MA Education for Clinical Contexts at Queen Mary’s University of London
  • Postgraduate Medical Journal (BMJ) peer reviewer since summer 2012
  • Teaching and Teacher Education peer reviewer since summer 2012
  • School governor at Longcroft School, Beverley

Postgraduate supervision

Work concerned primarily with personal and professional reflection in leadership in both education and the NHS

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