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OVERVIEW. Core appointments, qualifications & other key roles


MHN and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, 25 years NHS career contribution to mental health and learning disabilities in a range of settings, from in-patient intensive care, to community settings, to high secure. Academic positions in 6 UK Universities: Uof Nottingham (Assoc Prof), Uof Sheffield (lecturer), Uof Reading (lecturer, 0.4FTE), UCL (visiting lecturer), Uof Greenwich (UG module leader), UofL Goldsmiths (visiting lecturer). Visiting Professor Russian State University for Humanities.  Authored or co-authored 122 publications, delivered 43 keynote addresses in 8 different countries.  In 2011 delivered a keynote address at XXII Symposium on Child Mental Health, Ningbo, China. In 2019, presented evidence to the Russian State Civic Office Minister for ‘Healthy and Sober Russia’. Appointed as the 2021 Skellern Lecturer, an accolade bestowed by senior colleagues in the field of mental health nursing (www.skellern.info). Experience in leading a number of large grant applications and have secured funding for several research projects, with key projects funded over the next 5 years (Education specialist for Slade’s Recovery College research £1.7m), ESRC accelerator grant (£48K). Led or been a co-applicant on research grant capture income to £1,621,209.  PhD examinations, external examiner x12, internal doctoral examiner x11. Highly experienced research mentor and supervisor.   12 doctoral student completions. Education leadership, Course leader to 3 Masters level programmes, currently course leader for the highly regarded MA Trauma Informed Practice. Editor of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, editorial board member Adolescent Psychiatry (edited by Lois Flaherty at Harvard), Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing (edited by Lawrie Elliot, CU Glasgow).    


2020-current. Visiting Professor, Russian State University of Humanities.  Visiting Professor, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis

2019-present. Executive Strategy Group, Institute of Mental Health.

2017-2020. Visiting Professor, University Reaviz, Moscow, RU.

2006-present University of Nottingham, Associate Professor, School of Education,  

2016 – 2018 Visiting Professor, University of Woolangong, Australia.

2013-2018. HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community Prison, clinical consultant psychotherapist [0.2 FTE].

2004-2006. University of Sheffield. Lecturer in MH & Learning Difficulties, Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability.[FT].

2000-2001 Broadmoor Hospital, Consultant Psychotherapist, [0.4 FTE].

1998-2004. University of Reading. Lecturer p/t, MA Counselling, School of Health & Social Care [0.2 FTE]/ NHS Adult Psychotherapist [0.8 FTE]

1994-2004. Berkshire NHS Trust.  Senior Adult Psychotherapist.  [FT].

2000-2004 Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) Clinical Reviewer [secondments x2 week long reviews].

1992-1994. South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Clinical Researcher, HIV and Health education intervention programmes. [FT]   South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.  

1988-1992. Ward Manager Witley House Two, Drug Dependency Unit. South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.  

1980-1987. Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital. Mental Health Nurse, Student, staff nurse.


2018-present. National Institute for Health Research.  Reviewer.

2014-present. Arts Co-ordinator, Institute of Mental Health link.  

2013-present. IMH Centre for Social Futures (SoFu) Operational Executive group. Launched 6 December. 8 Integrated Research Groups with strong user involvement and clinician engagement. Total external funding (current or completed in this last year): £10,020,882. 5 NIHR, 3 AHRC, Department of Health, Big Lottery, The Burdett Trust for Nursing, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, General Nursing Council, Crime Drugs partnership, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services, Universitas 21 Health Group Project Funding. 45 current PhDs, including 2 ESRC studentships + 9 completed + 2 starting this next year.2008-present. Health Humanities Steering Group. Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery link.

2006-present. Chaired 15 appointments panels across 3 schools, (Nursing, Business, Psychology).

2011-2017. Training standards chair for the University Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (UPCA).

2016 Nursing & Midwifery Council Pre-registration programme re-validation. London South Bank University. External Panel member, Mental Health Specialist.

2006-2013. Editor of Research in Brief section in: Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing.  JPMHN has an impact factor of 1.082

2003. University of Greenwich. Visiting Lecturer & module convenor, BA Psychology, module on psychiatry [0.2FTE].

1998-2012. Editorial Board Member: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care (US based nursing journal)

1998-2004. Oxford Brookes.  Southern Counties Psychotherapy Training, p/t tutor, group psychotherapy clinical supervisor [0.1FTE].  

1998-2001. University of East London. BA Psychosocial studies seminar group leader, visiting tutor. [6 days PA].

2006-2020. Chair of Appointments panel Skellern Lecture & Wiley/Blackwell JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award.  The event has been hugely successful and well regarded by practitioners, and the academic community, and recipients since 2006 have been a blend of practitioners and academics.  Two of the best-known Lifetime recipients are Helen Bamber and Jo Brand.      

2002-2006. Goldsmiths, University College London.  MA in Group Psychotherapy, visiting tutor & module leader; social and cultural processes. [10 days PA].

2002-2004. UCL, visiting tutor, MRCPsych, teaching trainee psychiatrists about personality disorder and Therapeutic Communities. [1-day PA].  

2001-2007. Association of Therapeutic Communities [ATC, now TCTC] – Treasurer, responsible for all ATC accounts including, research, journal and conference accounts (over £0.5 million through the accounts during time in office).  The ATC is an umbrella organisation that representing over 80 TC across the UK in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists quality service network for TCs


2006. Certificate in Learning & Teaching University of Sheffield.

2002. PhD ‘Democracy & user-involvement in the NHS’ (NHS Workforce Confederation Funded).  UEL/Tavistock.  Supervised by Professors Rustin (UEL/Tavistock), Hinshelwood (University of Essex), Richards (UEL).

1995. MA Psychoanalytic Studies. Tavistock Clinic & UEL.

1991. Diploma in Psychotherapy. Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  UKCP Registration number: 994715

1988. Diploma in Substance Abuse. English Nursing Board [ENB 616] Institute of Psychiatry, London.

1987. Certificate in HIV Pre and Post Test Counsellor (HIV) Awarding body, Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital.

1985. Registered Mental Nurse (RMN). Awarding body Nursing Midwifery Council. NMC registration number: 83K0231E.


Celeste Foster PhD by publication.  Adolescent Psychiatric Intensive Care. PhD 2020 University of Salford

Mahin Goldbandi Do individuals diagnosed with BPD report an increased level of empathy after completing a year of treatment in a TC? D Clin Psych 2017 University of Essex

Cindy Egginton Secondary Trauma PhD 2017. Flinders University, Adelaide

James Turner Cognitive Analytic Therapy PhD 2016 Sheffield Hallam University

Natalia Solovieva Group Psychotherapy and Psychosis PhD 2016 University of Essex

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

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

Sarah Knight Being heard in the counselling relationship: an investigation into the experience of hard of hearing clients. PschyD C Psych  2011 Roehampton University

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

Anne Aiyibusi Approaches to nursing personality disorder in high secure settings PhD 2011 University of Middlesex

Maureen Sears Women who have set fires: learning for change PhD 2008 University of Surrey


2019-present. University of Essex.  BA Sociology with Psychosocial Studies.  

2017-2020. Birkbeck, University of London.  External Examiner 2 courses, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Graduate Certificate, Psychodynamic Practice.

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

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

2005-2009. Cassel Hospital/University of East London. MA in Psychosocial Nursing  


Amanda Basey British and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the Care of The Local Authority Who Go Missing. DForenPsych Jan 2021. Kevin Browne

Stephen Drysdale Understanding the impact of childhood trauma DForenPsych Feb 2019 Kevin Browne

Julie Dixon What influences career choice for Mental Health Nurses? PhD  Feb 2019 Monica Mclean

Pui Chi Tse Counselling Supervision in Hong Kong: A Qualitative Study of the Intern Experience PhD July 2014. Qing Gu, Max Biddulph

Christopher Middleton Caring, control & compliance: nursing’s struggle to be audible PhD July 2012. Mark Avis

Frances Gascoigne The Use of Scripted guided imagery in nurse education.   PhD Feb 2012 Eric Hall

Jean Patricia Flynn Rehabilitation as an Educational Project: Exploring educators perspectives on their practice EdD Dec 2011 Roger Murphy

Susan Melling Transition, an examination of study nurse experience in their first practice placement EdD Jan 2011 Simon McGrath

Helen Mackenzie Students experience of Academic Play EdD  Jan 2011 Monica Maclean &  Roger Murphy

William Whitehead Implementing clinical mentorship in adult nursing EdD Nov 2010 John Wallis   

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