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Nursing and Allied Health

Dr Sean Mackay

Dr Sean Mackay

Telephone: 0151 231 4005



Sean worked as a health visitor in Manchester before joining LJMU. He is passionate about public health nursing, being the Programme Manager for Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing programmes. He has supported the provision of public health nursing programmes nationally and through policy development and professional body regulation. He has published toolkits through Public Health England for school nurses on health needs assessment and evaluation.

Sean is the Faculty’s Associate Dean for Global Engagement. Since joining LJMU, he has taught in Finland, Ethiopia, Indonesia (as part of a DFID funded project), Nepal and Malaysia, and led field trips for students to Uganda and The Gambia.
He has been link tutor for collaborative programmes with KPJ International College in Malaysia since 2007.

Sean’s research interests include fatherhood, online research methods, evaluation of public health initiatives, and community involvement in health programmes in low and middle income countries.


2018, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, PhD
2002, Manchester University, United Kingdom, Masters in Health Sciences (Public health and primary care)
1998, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCertificate in teaching and learning in higher education
1992, Manchester University, United Kingdom, Batchelor in Nursing (Honours)

Academic appointments

Associate Dean Global Engagement, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present


Journal article

Germain J, Harris J, Mackay S, Maxwell C. 2018. Why Should We Use Online Research Methods? Four Doctoral Health Student Perspectives QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH, 28 :1650-1657 DOI Author Url Public Url

Turner G, Mackay S. 2015. The impact of school nurse interventions: Behaviour change and mental health British Journal of School Nursing, 10 :494-506 DOI

Mackay S. Out of Africa. Nursing times, 96 :33 Author Url

Turner GL, Mackay S. Seeking Evidence for School Nursing British Journal of School Nursing, 12 :490-491 DOI


Turner G, Mackay SCR. 2017. School nurse toolkit: Evaluation of behaviour change interventions :1-25 Publisher Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Simkhada B, Mackay S, Khatri R, simkhada P, van Teijlingen E, Sharma CK, Angell C, Pokhrel T, Marahatta S. 2016. Continual Professional Development (CPD): Improving Quality of Nursing Care in Nepal Health Prospect: Journal of Public Health, 111 Author Url


Mackay SCR. Evidence-based practice in health promotion Whitehead D. Health promotion & health education in nursing Palgrave Macmillan DOI

Conference publication

Mackay SCR. Public health nursing: learning across the globe 2nd BIMP International nursing conference

Engagement & Impact

External collaboration:

World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery, Technical Advisor. 2017

Department of Health Health Visitor Taskforce, Education Advisor. 2012, Royal College of Paediatrics and Community Health, Lead Editor of Healthy Child Programme elearning package. 2010

United Kingdom Standing Conference on Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Education, Chair. 2010

Teaching qualification:

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 1998