I am an Associate Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences. I lead the team for Mental Health Nursing and Children’s Nursing in the Department of Nursing. I also co-ordinate the Service user and carer involvement group for health professional programmes, ensuring the user and carer perspective is a key focus of our student experience.

I was the first mental health nurse in the UK to be awarded a Fellowship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). My NICE Fellowship has 3 strands: I am developing public and patient involvement initiatives in Wales in partnership with the Welsh Government, I am developing and promoting teaching resources to inform health professionals about NICE, and I have established the NICE student champion scheme in the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Over the past 8 years I have led a number of research projects. My research focuses on service user involvement initiatives, inter-professional projects and mental health. I am currently undertaking PhD study exploring roles and identities in mental health nursing in a climate of increasing service user involvement.

Publications

  1. & Does Education Improve Mental Health Practitioners’ Confidence in Meeting the Physical Health Needs of Mental Health Service Users? A Mixed Methods Pilot Study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 34(4), 249-255.
  2. & A menu for learning: a World Café approach for user involvement and inter-professional learning on mental health. Social Work Education, 1-22.
  3. Delivering a basic mental health training programme: views and experiences of Mental Health First Aid instructors in Wales. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing 18(8), 677-686.
  4. Experiences of instructors delivering the Mental Health First Aid training programme: a descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 17(7), 594–602
  5. Service user involvement in pre-registration mental health nurse education classroom settings: a review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

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Teaching

  • SHG269 Safeguarding Children and Young People

    This module provides students with theoretical knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children and young people, including the development of relevant legal frameworks and guidance and the responsibilities of different professional groups and agencies to work in collaboration.

  • SHG3078 Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice

    The aim of the module is to equip health and social care professionals to respond to the physical health needs of adults with mental health problems, as this client group has high levels of morbidity and mortality. The module aims to better equip staff to work between primary and secondary care to ensure that the range of health needs are met. During the module there will be opportunities for staff to develop physical healthcare assessment skills and engage in health promotion strategies. The module may be taken as a stand-alone module or as part of the BSc Mental Disorder pathway.

  • SHGE00 Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice

    The aim of the module is to equip health and social care professionals to respond to the physical health needs of adults with mental health problems, as this client group has high levels of morbidity and mortality. The module aims to better equip staff to work between primary and secondary care to ensure that the range of health needs are met. During the module there will be opportunities for staff to develop physical healthcare assessment skills and engage in health promotion strategies.

  • SHGM12 Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice

    The aim of the module is to equip health and social care professionals to respond to the physical health needs of adults with mental health problems, as this client group has high levels of morbidity and mortality. The module aims to better equip staff to work between primary and secondary care to ensure that the range of health needs are met. During the module there will be opportunities for staff to develop physical healthcare assessment skills and engage in health promotion strategies.

  • SHN3023 Specialised Mental Health

    This module introduces students to a wide range of specialist practice skills and approaches used within mental health service provision. In doing so, students may explore and evaluate diverse and novel interventions. Alongside this, the module facilitates the revision and review of pharmacology, administration of medication and medication management.

  • SHN3055 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Adult)

    This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of adult nursing.

  • SHN3059 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Mental Health)

    This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of mental health nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of mental health nursing.

  • SHN3063 Leadership and Management (Mental Health)

    The aim of this module is to enable the student to participate in the organization, management and delivery of safe care to clients / service users with mental health problems in accordance with recognized legal, ethical and professional frameworks for mental health practice. The module aims to ensure that students develop a critical understanding of the processes of clinical governance and continuous quality improvement through clinical leadership and can apply these principles to the practice setting.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator - Service User and Carer Involvement (Health) Group

    2010 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • Secretary, All Wales Senior Nurse Advisory Group – Mental Health

    2013 - Present

  • NICE Fellow , NICE Fellow

    2015 - Present

  • Trustee, Swansea Mind

    2015 - Present

  • Professional Advisory Committee, Gellinudd Mental Health Recovery Centre, Hafal

    2015 - Present

  • Chair, Athena Swan Career Progression Working Group

    2015 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Higher Education Academy – Teaching Development Grant 2012 - 2013

    Inter-professional World Café on mental health – involving service users and carers and students from mental health nursing and social work, £2294

  • Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship - The pursuit of excellence in user involvement in nurse education 2011 - 2012

    ‘An evaluation of instructors’ experiences of delivering Mental Health First Aid training in Wales’, £1650

  • First into Research (RCBC Wales) 2008 - 2009

    ‘An evaluation of instructors’ experiences of delivering Mental Health First Aid training in Wales’, £9000