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Mr Neill Thompson

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology

Department: Psychology

Neill Thompson is a senior lecturer, programme lead for the MSc occupational and organisational psychology programme and chartered psychologist.

Neil Thompson Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Neill is also module lead for the postgraduate module Employee Selection and Assessment, undergraduate option Social Psychology of Work and CPD option Applying Human Factors to Healthcare Organisations. He also teaches qualitative methods to postgraduate and undergraduates in psychology.

Neill’s research focuses on applying principles and methods from social and occupational psychology to the workplace, with the aim of informing organisational practice. His primary area of interest is in workplace bullying with other interests in human factors in healthcare, employee selection and more broadly the use of qualitative methodology.

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Northumbria University
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MSc Organisational Psychology
MA Human Resource Management
BSc (Hons) Social Psychology

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Neill’s research concerns applying principles and methods from social and occupational psychology to the workplace. Primarily his work is focused on workplace bullying and the multi-level impact that this has on the individual, team and organisation.

Despite a great deal of interest in the topic of workplace bullying there has been less of a focus on the development and evaluation of evidence based interventions. Neill was part of a team that conducted a large scale evaluation of the evidence base for existing interventions. From this he has also been involved in the development and evaluation of interventions designed to tackle workplace bullying in applied settings.

More recently, Neill has also begun to take an interactional focus to workplace bullying research through the use of discourse analysis and discursive psychology.
Other areas of interest include the broad use of qualitative research methods to organisational issues, the use of employee selection approaches, and human factors in healthcare. 

Professional Activity

Prior to joining the University, Neill worked as an in-house Occupational Psychology consultant in the NHS and in a number of Human Resource Management roles across different sectors.

In 2011, Neill completed workplace bullying training with international experts Prof Stale Einarsen, Prof Helge Hoel and Dr Maarit Vartia. He continues to work with organisations to develop, deliver and evaluate workplace bullying interventions. He is a member of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment.

Neill holds the Qualification in Test Use: Occupational Ability (formerly Level A) and the Qualification in Test Use: Personality (formerly Level B) in the use of NEO PIR, HDS, APTI, MBTI, Saville (WAVE) and continues to consult with organisations in the area of employee selection.

Since 2010, Neill has been involved in the delivery of human factors (non-technical) training and continues to work in the NHS on related work activities and projects.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Neill has worked with The Medical Schools Council, North Leadership Academy, NPIA, The Department of Health, as well as a number of NHS organisations across the UK. He was a co-investigator on an NIHR- HS&DR funded evidence synthesis of workplace bullying interventions published in 2013.

Neill has a longstanding collaboration with Dr Madeline Carter and Professor Jan Illing from the Medical Education Research Centre, Durham University.

Current/Recent Projects

2015 - A qualitative evaluation of a resilience training programme to reduce undermining behaviour in the NHS 

2015  - Implementing ‘flipping the classroom’ and case based learning in occupational psychology:  Northumbria University Teaching Quality Excellence Fund 

2014 - An evaluation of the use of Drama Based Training (DBT) in developing a safety culture 

2014 - An evaluation of an organisation wide workplace bullying strategy in the NHS 

2013 - A Discursive Psychology approach to workplace bullying 

2010 - Realist Review of Workplace Bullying interventions.  NIHR HS&DR  

Key Publications

Thompson, N.J., Corbett, S.C., and Welfare, M.W. (2013) A qualitative study of how doctors use impression management when they talk about stress in the UK. International Journal of Medical Education, 4:236-246. 

Carter, M., Thompson, N., Crampton, P., Morrow, G., Burford, B., Gray, C., et al. (2013) Workplace bullying in the UK NHS: a questionnaire and interview study on prevalence, impact and barriers to reporting. BMJ Open. June 1, 2013;3(6). 

Illing, J.C., Carter, M., Thompson, N.J., Crampton, P.E.S., Morrow, G.M., Howse, J.H., et al. (2013) Evidence synthesis on the occurrence, causes, consequences, prevention and management of bullying and harassing behaviours to inform decision making in the NHS. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. 

Morrow, G., Thompson, N., Crampton, P., & Illing, J. (2011) Barriers and enablers for career progression in Black Minority and Ethnic Minority employees in the NHS. Literature Review report for Northeast Leadership Academy. 

Thompson, N.J., Corbett, S.C., Chiappa, C., Larsen, L.D. & Welfare, M. (2009) Contemporary experiences of stress in UK Foundation level doctors. The Clinical Teacher, 6, 83-86.

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