Michael Coffey specialises in research on the delivery and organisation of community mental health care with a specific interest in exploring multiple perspectives. He has published research on worker and service users’ experiences of care for hearing voices and forensic psychiatric aftercare. He is currently exploring recovery oriented care planning in community mental health.

Areas of Expertise

  • mental health
  • service delivery and organisation
  • qualitative research

Publications

  1. (0). Talking about risk, doing risk assessment. doi:DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36296.11521
  2. & Ordinary risks and accepted fictions: how contrasting and competing priorities work in risk assessment and mental health care planning. Health Expectations 20(3), 471-483.
  3. & Study protocol: a mixed methods study to assess mental health recovery, shared decision-making and quality of life (Plan4Recovery). BMC Health Services Research 16(1)
  4. & ‘Seeking authorization’: a grounded theory exploration of mentors’ experiences of assessing nursing students on the borderline of achievement of competence in clinical practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing
  5. & Concepts, Models and Measurement of Continuity of Care in Mental Health Services: A Systematic Appraisal of the Literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

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Teaching

  • SHGM08 Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice

    A review of community nursing education programmes throughout Wales (commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) led to the decision that future provision of education for practitioners working in the community will focus on a modularised approach. This new modularised approach enables the provision of an educational framework that matches the profile of different roles within community nursing teams. The module in particular will focus its attention on the many challenges facing practitioners today who work in this continuously changing yet challenging environment. The module addresses the recommendations put forward in recent policy documents Community Nursing Strategy (WAG 2009) and Together for Health (WG, 2011). This module will follow the design and structure (as dictated by the All Wales working group for community nurse education) of the core community module in that there are 4 themes which form the underlying content of the module. The themes are as follows: 1. Community as the context of care; 2. Professional Role and Accountability; 3. Clinical Practice in the Community; 4. The Family.

  • SHGM09 Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice

    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine and develop the core values, knowledge and skills associated with the provision of safe, effective and collaborative mental health care in the community. By the end of the module students will have knowledge of the formal and informal resources available to people living with mental health problems in the community, and will recognise the importance of promoting partnerships with service users in meeting needs. Students will be supported to develop their capabilities in assessment, care provision and coordination and decision-making, with due regard to the available evidence, and will have knowledge of relevant policy and law related to community mental health practice.

  • SHGM10 Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in community and primary health practice. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to primary health practice and the role of public health. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.

  • SHHM34 Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work

    The module examines key issues in research on social work and social care by presenting a series of case studies illustrating various research methods applied in these areas.

  • SHN3042 Research and Development in Community Nursing Practice

    This core module builds on students¿ previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process to include an appreciation of how practice and research are interrelated and its application to community nursing practice. There is an emphasis on 'action learning' approaches - which means that students are encouraged to read, notice and reflect on their practice and knowledge development and share their progress/difficulties in an educative, supportive and challenging arena (with other students and teachers). The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills learned whilst developing their own personal and professional practice. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice, which is essential to a practice discipline, students will be placed in concurrent practice.

  • SHN3051 Research & Development in SCPHN Practice

    This core module builds on students' previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process to include an appreciation of how practice and research are interrelated and its application to SCHPN practice. There is an emphasis on 'action learning' approaches - which means that students are encouraged to read, notice and reflect on their practice and knowledge development and share their progress/difficulties in an educative, supportive and challenging arena (with other students and teachers). The focus of this module is `research appreciation'. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills learned whilst developing their own personal and professional practice. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice, which is essential to a practice discipline, students will be placed in concurrent practice.

Supervision

  • Exploring participants' talk about mental health nursing in the context of service user involvement (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt
  • Promoting emotional well-being in secondary schools in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • An investigation into the introduction of the Australian, Victoria Model of Mental Health Triage as the gateway to secondary mental health services in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • Implementing Evidence based Practices in Mental Health: A case study and review (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Damon Berridge
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
  • An ethnographic study of emotion work in emergency pre-hospital care (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Hughes
  • An examination of the feasibility, opportunities and challenges of Ecotherapy as an effective intervention for mental health service users in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups

  • Service Delivery and Organisation research development group

    A group concerned with researching, and improving, the organisation and delivery of services. Members include people with personal experience of using services, academics, practitioners and managers, and people who work in universities, in the NHS, in campaigning and third sector organisations and in independent capacities.