Current appointments

(2006- ) Nottingham University, School of Education. Associate Professor.   Teaching across a range of modules pertaining to mental health (eg teachers), Counselling and Psychotherapy MA, branch programme leader for counselling children and young people.  Phd research supervision (currently 12 students), research (50%) – externally funded AHRC grant for creative mutual recovery (See current research grants).        

(2015- ) Consultant Psychotherapist – Prison Therapeutic Community.  HMP Dovegate.

(2014- ) Arts co-ordinator Institute of Mental Health  (co-ordinating the public programme, education and arts, exhibitions.    

(2013- ) Member of Social Futures (IMH) co-ordinating committee.  Theme Integrated research group theme lead:  Mental Health & the Performance Arts.

(2013-2016) Arts & Humanities Research Council.  Grant £189K. Project lead, Mutual recovery & clay therapy.   

(2013- ) Universities Training College/Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association. Chair of training standards.

(2013- ) Schools & Mental Health in China – Theme leader.  Institute of Mental Health.  

(2013- ) DoH Task Force: Compassion in Practice and Improving Inpatient Mental Health Care (CiP) - convenor.   

(2012- ) Managed Innovation Network Convenor – Research into self-harm and suicide in school age children and young people. Institute of Mental Health.

 (2006-present) Chair of the appointments panel: Skellern Lecture & Wiley-Blackwell JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award (www.skellern.info).  

External appointments

2016 NMC Pre-registration programme re-validation.  External Panel member.  London South Bank University. April 12

2014 NSPCC Spotlight on Suicide.  Pre-publication reviewer.    

2013 NIHR RP-PG-1212-10021 reviewer, EMPOWER: Enabling and Motivating People (with a Personality Disorder) in Occupation, Wellbeing, Education and Responsibility North East London NHS Foundation Trust (Feigenbaum, J)

2011-2016 Newman University Birmingham.  External examiner.  2 programmes: i) MSc in Psychotherapy, ii) MSc in Treating Personality Disorder.

2011-2014 University of Worcestershire. External examiner Fd Sc Counselling.    

2005-2009 Cassel Hospital/University of East London. External examiner: MA Psychosocial Nursing,  

2007-2009 Nottinghamshire Health Care Trust.  Consultant to Psychological Therapies Directorate, running team building days

External examiner appointments – doctoral research

April 2016 Turner. CAT Therapy.  Sheffield Hallam University.  

Feb 2016  Natalia Solovieva Group Psychotherapy and Psychosis. University of Essex.  

April 2013 PhD Anne E Guy. Psychotherapy and the medical model.  University of Roehampton.

January 2013 PhD Phillipa Rasmussen.  Mental Health Nursing Child & Adolescent.  Flinders University. Adelaide, Australia.

July 2011 PhD Sarah Knight.  Being heard in the counselling relationship: an investigation into the experience of hard of hearing clients.  PschyD Counselling Psychology.  Roehampton University. Awarded subject to minor amendments.

July 2011 PhD Barbara Richards. Suicide impact & professional responses. University of Reading.  Awarded.

April 2011 PhD Anne Aiyibusi.  Approaches to nursing personality disorder in high secure settings.  University of Middlesex, School of Nursing.  Supervisors: Professor Daniel Kelly, Vicky Franks & Janet Holmshaw.  Awarded.   

September 2008 PhD Maureen Sears, Title: Women who have set fires: learning for change.  University of Surrey. Supervisor: Professor John Holford.  Awarded.

Internal examiner appointments – doctoral research

Pui Chi Tse. Counselling Supervision in Hong Kong: A Qualitative Study of the Intern Experience. July 2014. Awarded subject to minor amendments.

Christopher Middleton.  Caring, control & compliance: nursing’s struggle to be audible [D of Health Sc].  Supervisor: Professor Mark Avis. Internal examiner, UoN, School of Nursing & Midwifery.  Awarded subject to minor amendments.  July 2012.

Frances Gascoigne.  The Use of Scripted guided imagery in nurse education.  PhD.  Internal examiner. Feb 11 2012.  Awarded subject to minor amendments.

Jean Patricia Flynn. Rehabilitation as an Educational Project: Exploring educators perspectives on their practice. EdD.  Internal examiner.  December 2011.  Awarded subject to minor amendments.  

Debbie Dixon.   Higher education in China – graduate experience.  Internal examiner, UoN, School of Education.  May 2011. Referred.

Susan Melling. Transition, an examination of study nurse experience in their first practice placement.  Internal examiner, UoN, School of Education.  Supervisor: Professor Simon Mcgrath.  January 2011.  Awarded.

Helen Mackenzie. HE Students experience of Academic Play.  Internal examiner, UoN.  Supervisors: Dr Monica Maclean & Professor Roger Murphy. January 2011.  Awarded.

William Whitehead. Implementing clinical mentorship in adult nursing [Ed D].  Internal examiner, UoN.  Supervisor: Professor John Wallis.  November 2010.  Awarded.

Previous Appointments  

University College London. Visiting lecturer: MRCPsych course, teaching on: personality disorders, psychotherapy, therapeutic communities (2004-2008).

University of Sheffield. Lecturer f/t, Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability (2004-2006).    

University of Reading. Lecturer p/t, MA Counselling, School of Health & Social Care (1998-2004).  

Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). Seconded Clinical Reviewer for Appointed as clinical reviewer November 2000. Trained January 2001 (2000-2004).

University of Greenwich. Visiting Lecturer & module convenor, BA Psychology, module on psychiatry (2003).

Oxford Brookes.  Southern Counties Psychotherapy Training, p/t tutor, group psychotherapy clinical supervisor (1998-2004)  

Berkshire NHS Trust.  Senior Adult Psychotherapist.  Including secondments; clinical supervisor; (1994-2004)

Broadmoor Hospital. Psychotherapy Department [4 sessions] Locum psychotherapy consultant cover: clinical supervision and staff group facilitation.  MDT reading seminar leadership.  Initial patient consultation and extended assessment (2000-2001).

University of East London. BA Psychosocial studies seminar group leader, visiting tutor (1998-2001).

Goldsmiths, University College London.  MA in Group Psychotherapy, visiting tutor & module leader; social and cultural processes (2002-2006).

Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute.  Consultant setting up a YOI Therapeutic community, developing and running group therapy programme, clinical supervisor (1997)

South London and Maudsely NHS Trust. Clinical Nurse Researcher, f/t, developing a range of research projects relating to the delivery and effectiveness of a range of HIV and Health education intervention programmes.  Co-wrote service & evaluation protocols for the first dedicated out-patient methadone maintenance clinic in the UK (1992-1994).    

South London and Maudsely NHS Trust.  Staff group facilitator, clinical supervisor (1991-1994), Ward Manager Witley House Two, Drug Dependency Unit (1988-1992). Staff Nurse: Ward Six, general acute, Maudsley  (1986-1988). Staff Nurse: ICU (Villa), Maudsley (1985-1986). Student Nurse: Variety of specialist psychiatric settings: Eating Disorders, Epilepsy, Forensic, Drug and Alcohol Addiction. 6 month final placement on Behaviour Therapy unit (1983-1986).

Bethlem Royal Hospital. Support Worker  (1981-1983)


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