I am Professor of Mental Health in the School of Nursing.
I obtained my PhD from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College, University of London. I also have a MSc. in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy from Goldsmiths College, University of London, a BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, (1st Class), Registered Mental Nurse Qualification, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Research Methods and a Diploma in Statistics.
Research and knowledge exchange
Feasibility study to assess the delivery of a novel isometric exercise intervention for people with Stage 1 hypertension in the NHS. Funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Fund. £279,110.00. Co-applicant.
Survey of elderly care in South London secure services. Funded by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. £60,000. Principal Investigator.
Transitions of Older People from Secure Services. Funded by South London Partnership of Mental Health Trusts. £50,000. Academic Lead.
The Use of Family Focus Groups to Co-Produce Services within Combat Stress. Funded through University research Internship scheme. £3,500. Research Lead.
Exploring the barriers faced by prisoners with mental health needs using the nacro support service. University QR funding. £3,000. Research Lead.
2020: Scoping exercise - The introduction of Lived Experience Practitioner roles in emergency departments in South London. Funded by South London Partnership of Mental Health Trusts. £22,500. Co-applicant.
2019: Restarting a prisoner's life onto a supportive path leading to RESETtlement in the community – The RESET Study. Funded: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. £92,781. Principal Investigator.
2018: Implementing and Evaluating Peer Supported Open Dialogue in NHS mental health services. Funded: Health Foundation. £233,659. Co-applicant.
2017: Redesigning employment processes to ensure the sustainable implementation of individuals with lived experience of mental health as peer support workers. Funded: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. £194,640. Academic Lead.
2015: A pilot trial to assess the effect of a structured communication approach on quality of life in secure mental health settings (Comquol). Funded: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme. £246,997. Principal Investigator.
2015: A depression recognition and treatment package for families living with Stroke (DepReT-Stroke). Funded: Research for Patient Benefit Programme. £249,000. Chair of Steering Group.
2012: The introduction and evaluation of remote communication technology in mental health practice. Funded: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. £109,000. Academic Lead.
Teaching and subject expertise
I teach on the Graduate College’s Research Degree Programme and the Faculty's Master programme. I have successfully supervised ten students to completion of their PhD studies and acted as Chair for a further six successful students. I have been an examiner (internal and external) for several doctoral dissertations. I also supervise students undertaking Masters’ research and systematic review dissertations.
N. Holt - The Impact of Spirituality on Health by People who Identify as Spiritual but Not Religious
S. Maginn – Prison Officer Mental Health and Wellbeing (PrisOM) Study
V. Stirrup – Supporting Peer Support- A Grounded Theory Study of organisational support for Lived Experience Practitioners in an NHS Foundation Trust.
J. Tallent – An examination of a service designed to support prisoners with mental health problems on their release from prison
Chair of Studies
J. Gilmore- An examination of the relationship between gay people and their health and healthcare providers
C. Laker – Spiritual distress in end of life (EOL) patients within a community setting.
A. Martin – Is my mind my own? Inside managing self-diagnosed insomnia in a mixed market economy: a critical autoethnographic study
C. Madzokere - Feasibility and Effectiveness of individualised patient-derived internet-based physical activity encouragement in people with co-morbid type-2 diabetes and leg osteoarthritis.
E. McCloskey - Baby loss, grief, and the quest for community: A mixed methods study investigating the role of ethnic diversity in peer support groups for stillbirth bereaved parents
A. Phillips - An ethnographic-based study into service user's perspectives on their recovery from drug and alcohol dependency.
PhD in Professional practice
J. McCartney - Executive Functioning, Substance Use Disorder and the Therapeutic Community
I am member of the national Mental Health Nurse Academics UK. I am also a member of the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust Research and Development Group and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Research and Development Steering Committee. I am currently a Member of the Research Working Group reporting to the NHS England Adult Secure Clinical Reference Group and also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Invited Review Service. Previously, I was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Faculty Working Group on the Management of Violence and helped develop the published guidance on management of violence.
I am an Associate Editor for BMC Psychiatry (2020 Impact Factor: 3.630) and a reviewer for a number of journals including: International Journal of Nursing Studies; International Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology; Perspectives in Public Health; and BMJ Open. I also peer review for the following funding bodies: National Institute of Health Research, Programme Grants for Applied Research; National Institute of Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit Fund; Health Review Board, Ministry of Health, Ireland; The Big Lottery Fund.
I am currently a member of the University Research Research and Enterprise Integrity Committee. On a Faculty level, I am the Chair of the Faculty Mental Health Research hub and a member of the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy Unit of Assessment (UoA 3) REF Steering Committee and lead author of the mental health research impact case study which formed part of the REF submission. I am also a member of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Strategic Executive Team.
Publications and research outputs