Dr Paul Snelling


Principal Lecturer


Contact Details

email: p.snelling@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542615

Registered General Nurse (1990)

BSc (Hons) in Health Studies (Coventry) (1997)

MA in Ethics of Health Care (Swansea) (2003)

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (UWE) (2003)

Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Social Research, (UWE) (2004)

PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence (University of Manchester) (2014)

Teaching & Research


  • Research methods and independent study
  • Pre-registration nursing modules


  • Personal Responsibility for Health
  • Philosophy of Nursing
  • Health promotion
  • Nurse Education
  • Professional regulation

Professional experience

Registered General Nurse 1990


Peer reviewed papers

Snelling P.C. (2016) The metaethics of nursing codes of ethics and practice Nursing Philosophy early access on line

Snelling, P.C. (2015) Can the revised UK Code direct practice? Nursing Ethics early access on line

Snelling, P.C. (2015) Who can blame who for what and how in responsibility for health? Nursing Philosophy. 16(1), 3-18.

Snelling, P.C. (2014). Whats Wrong with Tombstoning and What Does This Tell Us About Responsibility for Health?Public Health Ethics, 7(2), 144-157.

Snelling, P.C. (2014). Challenging the moral status of blood donation Health Care Analysis, 22, 340-365.

Snelling, P.C. (2013). Intentional rounding: a critique of the evidence. Nursing Times; 109: 20, 19-21.

Snelling, P.C. (2013). Ethical and professional concerns in research utilisation: Intentional rounding in the United Kingdom. Nursing Ethics 20(7), 784-797

Snelling, P.C. (2012). Saying something interesting about responsibility for health . Nursing Philosophy 13, 161-178.

Snelling, P.C., Lipscomb, M., Lockyer, L., Yates, S., Young, P. (2010).Time spent studying on a pre-registration nursing programme module: An exploratory study and implications for regulation. Nurse Education Today, 30 (8) 713-719.

Lipscomb, M. and Snelling, P.C. (2010). Student nurse absenteeism in higher education: An argument against enforced attendance. Nurse Education Today, 30 (6) 573-578.

Young, P., Yates, S., Rickaby, C., Snelling, P.C. Lipscomb, M and Lockyer, L (2010) Researching student absence: Methodological challenges and ethical issues. Nurse Education Today, 30 (4) 291-295.

Lipscomb, M., and Snelling, P.C. (2006). Moral content and assignment marking: An exploratory study. Nurse Education Today, 26 (6) 457-464.

Butler Williams. C, Snelling, P.C. and Duffy, L (2005). Implementing a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive critical care. Nursing Standard 19 (17) 33 38.

Snelling, P.C. and Lipscomb, M (2004). Academic Freedom, Analysis, and the Code of Professional Conduct Nurse Education Today 24 (8) 615621.

Snelling, P.C. (2004). Consequences count: against absolutism at the end of Life. Journal of Advanced nursing 46 (4) 35035.

Snelling P.C. and Duffy, L. (2002) Developing self-directed training for intravenous cannulation. Professional Nurse 18 (3) 137142.

Edited Books

Sellman, D., and Snelling, P.C. (Eds) (2010) Becoming a nurse: A textbook for professional practice. Pearson Education, . Harlow: Pearson Education ISBN 978-0132389235

Book Chapters

Thomas, R and Snelling, P.C. (2010) Law. In: Sellman, D and Snelling, P.C, (eds.) Becoming a nurse: A textbook for professional practice. Pearson Education, pp. 68-101.

Snelling, P.C. (2010) Ethics In: Sellman, D and Snelling, P.C, (eds.) Becoming a nurse: A textbook for professional practice. Harlow: Pearson Education, pp. 37 -67 .

Albarran, J., Snelling, P.C. and McKay, U (2005). Practical Resuscitation: Recognition and Response (Chapter 1). In: Moule, and Albarran, J.W. (ed.).Practical Resuscitation: Recognition and Response

Snelling P Recognising the sick patient and preventing cardiac arrest. in Moule, P, and Albarran, J.W. Recognising and responding; Practical skills in resuscitation. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford

Snelling. P.C. Drugs and Delivery in Moule, P, and Albarran, J.W. Recognising and responding Practical skills in resuscitation. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford

Other Public Output

Lipscomb, M and Snelling, PC (2010) Editorial - Value dissonance in nursing: Making sense of disparate literature. Nurse Education Today, 30 (7) 595-597.

Snelling P.C. ( 2013) 'Rounding is an evidence-free idea driven by political whim' Nursing Times (invited editorial) 2nd April 2013.

Snelling P.C. (2014) 'Can you explain the Friends and Family Test results to patients' Nursing Times 2nd April 2014.

External Responsibilities

  • Peer reviewer for Health Care Analysis, Nurse Education Today, Nursing Philosophy
  • Editorial Board member, Nursing Philosophy
  • Treasurer, International Philosophy of Nursing Society.