Dr Mark Cole PhD, Msc, Bsc (Hons), RN (Adult and Mental Health)

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

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Research interests

My PhD was titled: The Social Construction of Hand Hygiene as a Simple Measure to Prevent Health Care Associated Infection

I have particular interests:

The Social Construction of Heathcare Asociated Infection as a Health Service Priority

Hand Hygiene Compliance

Policy Language and the way that this Shapes Behaviour


Selected Papers

Bleakley G and Cole M (2019) Organ donation: reducing the risks of health care associated infection. British Association of Critical Care Nurses. Association of Critical Care Nursing 24, 3, 149-152.

Cole M (2018) Do we have to enforce non-compliance before we settle on more achievable guidelines? Nursing Standard. November.

Cole M, (2016). How language choice can affect HCAI prevention. Nursing Times 112: 18-19.

Cole M, (2015). A discourse analysis of hand hygiene policy in NHS trusts. Journal of Infection Prevention 16: 1 - 6.

Cole M, (2014). Are hand hygiene guidelines suitable for mental health? British Journal of Mental Health 3: 218-222.

Cole M, (2012). Breaking the chain of infection. Nursing and Residential Care 14:288-291.

Cole M, (2011). Infection control: a focus of general practice. Nursing in Practice 61: 64-68.

Cole M, (2010). Healthcare workers' uniforms: roles, types and determining policy. British Journal of Nursing 19: 438-441.

Cole M, (2009). Storytelling: its place in infection control education. Journal of Infection Prevention 10: 154-158

Stacey G, Cole M, (2009). Addressing infection control in pre-registration mental health nurse training. Journal of Mental Health Nurse Training, Education and Practice 4: 3-10.

Cole M, (2009). Exploring the hand hygiene of student nurses: A case of flawed self assessment. Nurse Education Today 29: 380-388.

Cole M, (2008). The true cost of healthcare associated infection. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing 12: 136-138.

Cole M, (2008). HCAI challenging the assumptions. British Journal of Healthcare Management 14: 376-381.

Cole M, (2007). Infection control: worlds apart primary and secondary care. British Journal of Community Nursing 12: 301-306.

Cole M, (2006). Qualitative research: a challenging paradigm for infection control. British Journal of Infection Control 6: 25-29.

Cole M, (2005). Using a motivational paradigm to improve handwashing compliance. Nurse Education in Practice 6: 156-162.  






Methodological knowledge

Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display