Anne Mills

Dr Anne Mills

  • Principal Academic in Health Promotion
  • Executive Business Centre EB611, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Anne has a professional background in nursing, midwifery and health visiting and public health projects, in the UK and Europe. Now working as a principal academic in the Centre for Public Health at Bournemouth University Anne's research interests are centred around communication for health and wellbeing, volunteering activities and person centred wellbeing projects. Anne leads the MSc Public Health, health promotion and dissertation units and is co-lead for the iwell research group.

Journal Articles


  • Mills, A., Rees, K., Burdett, T. and Knight, A., 2020. Helping student nurses to self-care and develop their promoting health communication skills. In: 8th International Nurse Education Conference 26-29 April 2020 Stiges, Spain.
  • Mills, A., Ryden, J. and Knight, A., 2020. The Future Nursing Workforce: their health and wellbeing. In: Joining Forces for Wellbeing 25 March 2020 Winchester, UK.
  • Mills, A., Rees, K., Burdett, T. and Knight, A., 2020. Overcoming the Obstacles: Delivering a Brief Intervention Initiative (MECC) within an Undergraduate Nursing Programme. In: HEE - Joining Forces for Wellbeing 25 March 2020 Winchester.
  • Mills, A., Turner Wilson, A. and Rees, K., 2018. A local initiative to promote the initiation of health conversation skills in student nurses. In: Wessex Public health Conference - making the Case for Investment in Prevention 22 March 2018 Southampton University.
  • Rees, K., Mills, A. and Turner Wilson, A., 2018. Embedding Every Contact Counts (MECC) within a Nursing UG Programme. In: Population Health and Prevention Conference 7 March 2018 Leeds.
  • Mills, A., 2018. Personal Best Stories: Journeys into and beyond volunteering. In: The Voluntary sector and Volunteering Research Conference 8-9 September 2015 Leeds Beckett University.
  • Mills, A., Rees, K. and Turner-Wilson, A., 2016. Leaders for Justice in Future Public Health Practice. In: International Academic Forum 29 June-3 July 2016 Brighton.
  • Heaslip, V., Spriggs, A, Mills, A., Scammell, J., Warren, A., Mercer, A., Addis, A., Bond, M., Latchford, C. and Borwell, J., 2016. "Humanising the Interview Process”; an Evaluation of Service User/Carers Contribution to Value Based Recruitment in a Pre-registration Adult Nursing Programme. In: NET/NEP 6th International Nurse Education Conference 3-6 April 2016 Brisbane, Australia.
  • Spriggs, A., Heaslip, V., Mills, A., Warren, A. and Haynes, J., 2015. Service User/Carers contribution to Value Based Recruitment in a Pre-registration Adult Nursing Programme. In: NET; networking for education in healthcare 8-10 September 2015 Churchill College, Cambridge.
  • Gál, A. and Mills, A., 2011. Three Query Locally Decodable Codes with Higher Correctness Require Exponential Length. STACS, 9, 673-684 Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik.


PhD Students

  • Sarah Morton. Nurse Volunteering in the Covid 19 Pandemic, (In progress)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Health Promotion and Partnership Working

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Health Promotion for the UG Nursing Programme
  • Health Promotion for the UG Nutrition Programme
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing Throughout Life 18/19


  • Embedding MECC into Nurse education (Health Education Wessex, 01 Sep 2019). In Progress
  • Supporting Brief Intervention within Nurse Education (Burdett Trust for Nursing, 01 Sep 2019). Awarded

Conference Presentations

  • NET, Supporting students: Developing healthy conversation skills., 01 Sep 2021, Online
  • NET, Health and wellbeing experiences of first year student nurses: finding equilibrium to succeed, 01 Sep 2021, Online
  • Wessex Public Health Conference 2020, The future nursing workforce: their health and wellbeing., 25 Mar 2020, St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, UK
  • Wessex Public health Conference - making the Case for Investment in Prevention, A local initiative to promote the initiation of health conversation skills in student nurses, 22 Mar 2018, Soutrhampton University
  • Population Health and Prevention Conference, Embedding Ever Contact Counts (MECC) within a Nursing UG Programme, 07 Mar 2018, Leeds
  • International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference, Co-creation – Student Nurses join the Interview Panels for Adult Nursing., 06 Sep 2016, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • World Health Promotion Conference, Promoting Health: Ensuring equity, sharing the benefits of volunteering., 22 May 2016, Curitiba. Brazil
  • Health and Wellbeing through Occupation OSE 2015 Conference, Stories of Volunteering, 03 Sep 2015, Bournemouth University
  • The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Personal Best Volunteering Stories, 03 Sep 2015, Leeds Beckett University
  • International Festival of Public Health UK, Promoting health: journeys into and beyond volunteering, 02 Jul 2015, Manchester University


  • EdD in Personal Best Stories - a Biographical Approach (Southampton University, 2014)
  • PGCE in Teaching (Southampton University, 2002)
  • MSc in Health Education and Health Promotion (Southampton University, 2001)
  • Registered Health Visitor in Health Visiting (Southampton University and NMC, 1985)
  • Registered Midwife in Midwifery (General Nursing Council. Queen Charlotte's Hospital for Women, 1982)
  • Dip HE in Nursing (London University, 1980)
  • Registered Nurse in Adult Nursing (General Nursing Council. Salisbury District Hospital, 1979)


  • Churchill Fellowship - Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit various health care settings and higher education organisations Canada to investigate the practical and theoretical health promotion and public health content of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes and learn about health and wellbeing initiatives for student nurses and registered nurses in those settings. (Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 2018)


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