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Alan Pringle

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Alan trained as a Registered Mental Health nurse at Leverndale Hospital in Glasgow and as a Registered General Nurse at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. After working in the city as a Staff Nurse Alan moved to Mansfield to work at Millbrook Mental Health Unit when it opened in 1987. During his time at Millbrook Alan was a charge nurse on two of the acute wards (Maun and Trent) and was nurse in charge of the multidisciplinary Day Therapy Area until 1993.

In 1993 Alan worked as a teacher practitioner between Millbrook and the University of Nottingham School of Nursing, a role that involved teaching three days per week and clinical work for two.

In 2004 Alan took up a full time post with the University of Nottingham as a lecturer in mental health nursing.

He successfully completed his PhD which focused on Football and Mental Health on 2008

Alan contributes to and leads a range of modules in the BSc and GEN programmes run by the School of Health sciences as well as teaching on post registration modules and supervising PhD students.

He is involved in the development and evaluation of sport and mental health programmes at NOtts County FC, Coventry City FC and at Nottinghamshire Cricket Club.

His most recent publications have focused on the use of stand-up comedy techniques in teaching and on the use of anecdotes as a teaching tool.

Expertise Summary

Alan has worked in the area of using football as a vehicle for mental health promotion and interventions in a number of ways in recent years.

His PhD looked at the impact that actively supporting a club (in this case Mansfield Town FC) could have on the mental health of supporters. He was involved in the development of the "It's a Goal!" which places staff in football stadiums to work primarily with young men in mental health promotion and mental health intervention work. The programme began in 2004 and continues to run

Alan was involved in developing the Positive Goals football league with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust. This league for service users involves teams from all over the county coming together to play matches on a monthly basis and each year comprises of between 10 and 12 teams.

Alan is currently involved with football and mental health programmes run by Notts County, Coventry City and Nottinghamshire Cricket Club.

Alan also has an active interest elderly and dementia care and has published and researches in this field. This has included building and using memory rooms and the use of ipad technology for reminiscence in dementia care.

Teaching Summary

Main teaching

A range of teaching , mostly focusing on mental health, on the BSc and GEN Nursing programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. Teaching on post registration modules and teacher induction programes. Supervision of PhD students.

Research Summary

  • Football and mental health
  • Using innovative methods of data collection
  • Dementia care
  • The use of anecdotes and stand up comedy techniques to enhance educational engagement

Recent Publications

Past Research

Various football and mental health projects

The use of timelines in dementia care

The use of ipad technology in dementia care

The role of Mauritian nurses and mental health care in the UK

The use of anecdotes and stand-up comedy techniques to enhance engagement in education

  • RICHARDSON I, PLANT N AND PRINGLE A, 2020. Football in the Community Perspectives in Public Health. 139, 3
  • PEARSON M AND PRINGLE A, 2020. Men's Mental Health. In: KIRBY R S, CARSON III R C , KIRBY M G AND WHITE A, ed., Men's Health Informa Healthcare. (In Press.)
  • CARTER T AND PRINGLE A, 2019. Football and mental health. In: KRUSTRUP P AND PARNELL D, ed., Football as Medicine: Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion 1. Routledge.
  • HEUN R AND PRINGLE A, 2018. Football does not improve mental health: A systematic review on football and mental health disorders Global Psychiatry. 1(1), 25-37
  • 2018. Organic mental health problems. In: Mental Health Nursing: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students 1. Wiley Blackwell.
  • PRINGLE A AND SOMMERVILLE S, 2013. Computer Assisted Reminiscence Therapy : Developing Practice Mental Health Practice. 17(4), 34-37
  • PRINGLE A, 2012. Depression and suicide in Sportspeople Nursing in Practice. 34-37
  • NICKEL J AND PRINGLE A, 2011. Time to Change Sport and Mental Health Project Evaluation Time-to-Change.
  • PRINGLE A, 2010. Is Watching Football Good For Your Mental Health Lambert Academic Publishers.
  • PRINGLE A AND SMITH M, 2010. The Latest Score ; an evaluation of the "It's a Goal!" programme IAG.
  • STICKLEY, T. CLIFTON, A. CALLAGHAN, P. REPPER, J. AVIS, M. PRINGLE, A. STACEY, G. TAKOORDYAL, P. FELTON, A. BARKER, J, RAYNER, L. JONES, D. BRENNAN, D. DIXON, J., 2009. Thinking the unthinkable: does mental health nursing have a future?: Comentary Journal of Psychaitric and Mental Health Nursing. 16, p.300-304
  • PRINGLE A, 2009. The growing role of football as a vehicle for interventions in mental health care Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 16(6), 553-557 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A AND BRITTLE R, 2008. Pringle A and Brittle R. In: HALL A, KIRKBY SD AND WREN M M, ed., Care Planning Across Professional and Organisational Boundaries Blackwell. (In Press.)
  • MCELROY, P. EVANS, P and AND PRINGLE, A., 2008. Sick as a parrot or over the moon: an evaluation of the impact of playing regular matches in a football league on mental health service users Practice Development in Health Care. 7(1), 40-48 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A, 2008. Men’s Mental Health – an overview. In: KIRBY R S, CARSON III R C , KIRBY M G AND WHITE A, ed., Men’s Health Informa Healthcare. (In Press.)
  • FOREMAN A AND PRINGLE A, 2007. I am the visual aid. In: STICKLEY T AND BASSETT T, ed., Teaching Mental Health John Wiley and Sons. (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE, A. AND SAYERS, P., 2006. It’s a Goal ! the half time score Mental Health Nursing. 26(3), 14-17 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A, 2006. Using an integrated care pathway for ECT. In: HALL J AND HOWARD D, ed., Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health Churchill Livingstone. (In Press.)
  • MELDRUM J AND PRINGLE A, 2006. Sex, lives and videotape Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. 126(4), 172-177 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A, 2006. Here to stay - or go ? Nursing Standard. 20(42), 71-72
  • PRINGLE A AND MELDRUM J, 2006. The Think-in-Pictures project Practice Developments in Healthcare. 5(4), 185-198 (In Press.)
  • MATTHEWS S AND PRINGLE A, 2005. The Memory Room Practice Developments in Healthcare. 4(1), 14-17 (In Press.)
  • DUDLEY D AND PRINGLE A, 2005. The timelines project; helping us see the person not the disease Journal of Dementia Care. (In Press.)
  • GRAY, N.J., MCLUSKEY, J., MOPPETT, I., PRINGLE, A. and TRUEMAN, I., 2004. Patients as assessors of students: stakeholder opinions in medicine, nursing and pharmacy International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 12, R48
  • PRINGLE A, 2004. Can watching football be a component of developing good mental health in men? Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. 124(3), 122-128 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE, A., 2004. Alive and Kicking, fathers, football and mental health OpenMind. 7
  • DUDLEY, D. and PRINGLE, A., 2004. the use of timelines in dementia care Nursing Older People. VOL 15(ISSU 10), 18-21
  • PRINGLE, A. AND SAYERS, P., 2004. It's a Goal ! ; basing a Community Psychiatric Nursing service in a local football stadium Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. 124(4), 234-238 (In Press.)
  • 2004. The use of timelines in dementia care Nursing Older People. 15(10), 18-20
  • MUSSRUCK D AND PRINGLE A, 2003. Korean War Flashbacks; treating PTSD Mental Health Nursing. 23(4), 4-8 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A, 2002. Clerical Guidence Community Care. 1(7), 38-39 (In Press.)
  • BEARDSALL L, GOUGH J AND PRINGLE A, 2002. A Developing an ECT integrated pathway Practice Developments in Healthcare. 1(1), 21-35 (In Press.)
  • PRINGLE A, A view from the terraces Mental Health Nursing. 22(5), 12-16 (In Press.)

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