Julia Terry is a Mental Health Nurse and having worked with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for a number of years became one of the most dedicated and hardworking lecturers I know. Since joining the College, Julia has gone from strength to strength. She is currently the team Leader for the Mental Health team within the Department of Nursing. She excels in this role by being a leading light and a positive role model. She has guided and mentored staff and helped them to develop their potential.
Using her initiative, Julia set up a Service User and Care Involvement Group which allows students to have access to ‘real life’ patients and families during their nurse education. The service users are involved with student nurse selection, curriculum development and teaching sessions. This wealth and breadth of experience is highly valued by students and staff as it allows us to appreciate the ‘other’ side of health care, allowing staff and students to think more holistically about the care we provide. In addition to this, Julia wanted to promote the good work our student nurses do, so with the support of the Head of College created a new student award, the ‘Student Service User and Carer Award’ which showcases students who go the extra mile when providing care.
Julia is also a mum of 3, and whilst working full time, is now undertaking a PhD in exploring mental health nurse roles and user involvement. She has resilience and determination to succeed in the Higher Education setting and strives to achieve the best for her team, her students and the College. In addition to this, Julia is keen to support the equality agenda and has recently become the Chair of the Career Development University Athena Swan Group. In this role she leads the team in devising new thinking and strategies to improve the careers of academic and professional services staff across the university. Her role with Athena Swan is an integral part of the University’s bid for a Silver Award.
Julia is a truly inspirational leader and one which her friends and colleagues admire and respect.