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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.

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!" programme , This programme places staff in football stadiums to work primarily with young men in mental health promotion and mental health intervention work. "It's a Goal!" has run in 16 different professional clubs from large premiership clubs like Manchester United and Stoke City to lower division clubs like Macclesfield Town and Plymouth Arglye.

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 a member of the Football and Mental Health Group for TIme -to-Change the national anti-stigma organisation and works with Notts County's Football in the Community team to evaluate a number of their programmes.

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.

Alan regularly reviews for the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Teaching Summary

Main teaching

B71P06 Common Foundation Module. Teaching the communication and interpersonal skills components of the module to student nurses from all branches.

B72M17/18 Mental Health module. Teaching mental health nursing sessions

Adult branch - teaching sessions on Suicide and self harm and on PTSD

EBP teaching sessions on health promotion and on getting theory into practice

MNsci - teaching sessions on dementia care

DNSci - teaching sessions on dementia care

Research Summary

  • Football and mental health
  • Using innovative methods of data collection
  • Dementia care

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

Future Research

The use of ipad technology in reminiscence work with people who suffer from dementia.

Evaluation of the "On The Ball" football and mental health programme running at Notts County FC

"She's One Of The Boys" - an exploration of the perception of femininity and female football supporters with supporters from Nottingham Forest FC

Evaluation of the Notts County Right Minds women's project

Evaluation of Central Lancashire Trust's CBT and football programme

  • 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.
  • 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 SMITH M, 2009. The Latest Score ; an evaluation of the "It's a Goal!" programme IAG.
  • 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.)
  • 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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