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Gary Souter

Head of Nursing

School/Department: Healthcare, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7355

Email: gs316@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I am the Head of Nursing and oversee our innovative MSci Nursing with Leadership programmes. These include the MSci Nursing with Leadership with Dual registration (Adult and Mental Health Nursing/Child and Mental Health Nursing), alongside the MSci Nursing with Leadership (Adult Nursing), and MSci Nursing with Leadership (Mental Health). I am also a mental health nurse with a clinical background of working in High Secure forensic services with men with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. I have substantial experience of working in research intensive universities and I have undertaken a number of senior roles within pre-registration nurse education. I am also an external examiner for the BN Mental Health Nursing course at Cardiff University.

My research interests include mental health in professional football , and mental health in elite sport. I have recently submitted my PhD Thesis entitled 'How are male professional footballers affected by mental health within football?'

Research

I have recently submitted a PhD Thesis entitled 'How are male professional footballers affected by mental health within football?'. The aim of this study is to understand how issues in male professional football are constructed socially and impact upon mental health. The objectives are: • To identify the issues in male professional football than can affect men’s mental health. • To critically discuss the social construction of male professional football and how men are socialised into professional football • To explore how the identified issues affect men’s help seeking behaviour within professional football. 

I completed a MSc dissertation where I conducted a critical literature review exploring why men self-harm.

Publications

(0) Souter Gary, Tonge Alan and Culvin Alex (2021). The impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of professional footballers.  Managing Sport and Leisure, DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2021.1877569 

Souter, Gary, (2019). Substance abuse and gambling in professional football. Football Medicine and Performance, 30.

Souter, Gary, Lewis, Robin & Serrant, Laura (2018). Men, Mental Health and Elite Sport: A Narrative Review. Sports Medicine - Open. DOI: 10.1186/s40798-018-0175-7

Wood, David and Souter, Gary (2018). What can be done about the lack of men in nursing? Nursing Times. 24 September 2018

Stickley, Theodore; Hui, Ada; Souter, Gary & Mills, Danielle (2016) A community arts programme for older people: an evaluation, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20 (1), 22-28

Souter, Gary (2015). Why do men self-harm? A literature review. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Vol 4 (4)

Souter, Gary (2015). An action research project to evaluate the named nurse understanding of Recovery in forensic mental health. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Vol 4 (2)

Stickley, Theodore, Paul, Keyna, Crosbie, Brian, Watson, Michael and Souter, Gary (2014): Dancing for life: an evaluation of a UK rural dance programme, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.942438.

Supervision

Mental health

Teaching

I teach on the MSci Nursing with Leadership and Dual Registration across the majority of modules including: Foundations of Nursing Practice Evidence Based Practice modules across the course Leadership modules across the course Fundamental knowledge values and skills for mental health assessment Specialist care in mental health practice Management of long term conditions in mental health Treatment and therapeutic interventions in mental health Professional Development.

I am also involved in the management of the leadership and evidence based practice modules. My Publications include:

SOUTER, G., TONGE, A., & CULVIN, A. (2021) The impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of professional footballers, Managing Sport and Leisure, DOI: 0.1080/23750472.2021.1877569

SOUTER, Gary (2019). Substance abuse and gambling in professional football, Football Medicine and Performance, 30, 28-30

SOUTER, Gary, LEWIS, Robin & SERRANT, Laura (2018). Men, Mental Health and Elite Sport: A Narrative Review. Sports Medicine – Open. DOI: 10.1186/s40798-018-0175-7

WOOD, David & SOUTER, Gary (2018). “What can be done about the lack of men in nursing?” Nursing Times. September 24th

STICKLEY, Theodore; HUI, Ada; SOUTER, Gary & MILLS, Danielle (2016) A community arts programme for older people: an evaluation, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20 (1), 22-28

SOUTER, Gary (2015). Why do men self-harm? A literature review. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Vol 4 (4)

SOUTER, Gary (2015). An action research project to evaluate the named nurse understanding of Recovery in forensic mental health. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Vol 4 (2)

STICKLEY, Theodore, PAUL, Keyna, CROSBIE, Brian, WATSON, Michael & SOUTER, Gary (2014): Dancing for life: an evaluation of a UK rural dance programme, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.942438

Press and media

Mental health and football Mental health and elite sport Pre-registration nursing with leadership

Awards

2014 - Nominated for Inspirational Teacher Award 2015 - Winner of an Inspirational Teacher Award 2016 - Faculty winner of an Inspirational Teacher Award & Nominated for University Award. Also nominated for outstanding student support award. 2018 - Invited to be the President the Men Into Nursing Together (MINT) group 2021 - Nominated for a Citizen Award in the category of Inspiring Leader 2021 - Nominated for a SuperStar Best Lecturer Award

Conferences

Souter G (2021) “How are male professional footballers affected by mental health within football” - Presented at the International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Inaugural Conference April 2021 Souter G (2021) “The importance of social networks in professional football” - Presented at the ESA Research Network 28 midterm conference “Sport and Crisis: Bodies Practices Representations” University of Teramo Italy. March 2021 Souter G (2019) Mental Health and Professional Football - Keynote at the Football Collective Conference 2019 Bramall Lane Sheffield United FC Souter G (2014) “Is there a way to educate staff and inform practice by exploring the reasons men self-harm?” March 2015 - BIGSPD (British & Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder) Leeds

Qualifications

I have a Registered Mental Health Nurse and I have an MSc in Health Care Education Recordable Nurse Teacher Status with the NMC and I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health.
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