Nick Weaver, PhD in Mental Health and Care Planning in Wales


Nick Weaver, a PhD student at the College of Human and Health Sciences, tells us about his experiences and achievements since completing the BN Mental Health Nursing degree at Swansea University’s St David’s Park Campus in Carmarthen.

Nick said: "I completed my training and graduated from Swansea University with a first class honours degree in BN Mental Health Nursing in 2014. Prior to this, I worked as a professional support worker in the third sector. By entering the nursing profession, I wished to advance my ability and impact in my care and support role, as well as come into direct contact with the fields of psychiatry and health research.

"I chose to study at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences due to the quality of the University and its excellent location. I would recommend Swansea University because it guides you properly into your chosen field of expertise, and gives you the freedom to pursue your interests with autonomy. After graduating, I was awarded the Margaret Perry Award for outstanding scholarly achievement, which I was very happy to receive.

"I then worked for one year on an acute psychiatric ward in Hywel Dda University Health Board. This experience grounded me in the realities of clinical mental health nursing, and formed a healthy foundation for a career in mental health nursing.

"In 2015, I received a scholarship from the RCBC (Research Capacity Building Collaboration) which is backed by Health and Care Research Wales. This has allowed me to commence my PhD in mental health and care planning in Wales.

"My other interests include psychosocial interventions implemented by nursing professionals. This led me to successfully introduce a Relaxation Group for residents at the acute psychiatric ward where I worked after completing my training. I was able to contribute a poster representing this project at the 1000 Lives National Learning Event in Cardiff 2015."