Daniela Collins is a qualified First Level Mental Health Nurse, Manager and an Educator and is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, London. Daniela is a Director of Programmes for Mental Health and joined Middlesex University in 2004 and has been involved in health and social care professional education and training since 1998, supporting workforce development in health and social care, mainly the NHS, local authority, primary care and charity originations.
Daniela has a combined twenty-six year experience of health care leadership. Daniela completed an MSc in Mental Health at the Medical School, King’s College London in 2004, and is a qualified Corporate and Executive Coach with the Coaching Academy London. Daniela is an active faculty mentor for staff and is currently working towards completing a PhD.
Daniela’s research interests include digital health, technology enhanced learning, distance education, leadership, mentoring and coaching staff and students.
Daniela is an active member of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the university wellbeing committee and the digital committee. Daniela is an executive member of the Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (ANSA) for England and Wales and represents peers at the NHS Leadership Academy, the NHS Women’s Leadership Forum for London.
Daniela has several awards for excellence in practice. She was elected by faculty and was awarded the Middlesex University Teaching Fellowship in 2015, for an outstanding personal excellence in teaching and supporting learning.
Native or Bilingual Proficiency: English, Macedonian, Serbian, Croation
- Students as partners and Student engagement through partnership
- Digital Health
- Mentoring & Coaching / Personal and Professional Development
Peer Research Reviewer Roles:
Sept 2014 - Present Journal of Mental Health Training, Education & Practice Role: Peer Manuscript reviewer
Sept 2014 – Present Journal of Advances in Dual Diagnosis Role: Peer Manuscript reviewer
Sept 2010 – Present Journal of Drugs, Education and Prevention & Policy Role: Peer Manuscript reviewer
June 2016 - Present Middlesex University School of Health Research Committee Role: Ethics Committee Reviewer
Collins D.A. (2016) Neuroscience of Addiction: Understand the Addicted Employee. Recovery Plus Workplace Wellbeing Conference, 03.11.2016. The Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London, UK http://events.recoveryplusdb.com/recovery-plus-in-the-workplace/
Collins D. A. and Dadzie L. (2016) Leadership and Compassion in a Postgraduate Leadership Training Course. IENE4. Conference: 'Promoting Culturally Competent and Compassionate Leadership for Nurses and Other Health Professionals' Conference Poster 27.07.2016 - London, UK Project URL: http://www.ieneproject.eu
Public Health England, Health and Wellbeing Directorate (Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Division), the RCN, Addaction and ANSA (2017) The role of addiction specialist nurses in recovery orientated treatment systems - National Guidance’ (Publication expected by Department of Health in 2017)
Sept 2014 - Present: Doctoral research: Leadership (ongoing research project)
Collins, A.D. (2014) Seminar on International Dimensions of Addiction. Drug & Alcohol Research Centre Middlesex University London 29.05.2014. London: DARC
Odro, A.B. , Dadzie, LK, Collins, D., Lodoiska, R., Ryan, P, (2014) Evidence of MH Promotion Criteria in the BSc MH Nursing prog. Journal of MH Training, Education and Practice. Vol 9. Issue 3.
Collins, A. D., Clancy C., Cajada L. (2014). Spotlight on lack of substance misuse training. Oral presentation on the 17.10.2014. International Nurses Society on Addictions 38th Annual Educational Conference, Washington DC, USA
Hafford-Letchfield T, Carney C., Macdonal A., Colins A.D., Clancy C and So, T. (2014) Ways of seeing: using filmmaking to engage students with communities. Enter Mental Health Annual Symposium, 17-19 June 2014, Barcelona Spain.
Collins, A. D., Clancy C., Cajada L. (2014). Spotlight on lack of substance misuse training. Research and Advances in Psychiatry. Vol. 1 (No. 1 Suppl.) Supplement on Novel Psychoactive Substances. 2014 January - March, Congress Report, 9 - 56. pp.15
Collins, A. D., Clancy C., Cajada L. (2014). Spotlight on lack of substance misuse training. Oral presentation on the 15.05.2014 European Commission/EMCDDA, 3nd International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances. Rome, Italy.
Jan 2014 - 15 Project Global Classroom in Addictions USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil & Middlesex University
Collins, A. D., Clancy C., Cajada L., Foley L. (2013). Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs): Challenges ad implications for Public Health. Current Drug Abuse Reviews Volume 6, No. 4, pp.28
Collins, A. D., Clancy C., Cajada L., Foley L. (2013). Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs): Challenges ad implications for Public Health. European Commission/EMCDDA, 2nd International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances. Swansea, Wales, UK
Holmes, K., Collins D.A., Homshaw J., Ryan, P. (2013) Peer Support Workers in Mental Health Acute Services. London: Enfield Mental Health User Group
Angela Claire Newton, Anne Beales, Daniela Collins, Thurstine Basset, (2013) "Service User Leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead", Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, The, Vol. 8 Iss: 3. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17092887
Sep 2013 - 2014 Research project: Compassion and Education an integrative review project, Middlesex University London
Albert B. Odro, Lawrence K. Dadzie, Daniela A. Collins, Roland Lodoiska, Peter Ryan (2012) Mental HealthNursing and Mental Health promotion: A UK case example. Socialno delo 51(5).
2011 – 2012 EU Funded Project PROMISE (Promoting Mental Health, Minimising Mental Illness & Integrating through Education) Lead Prof. Peter Ryan.
2011 - BSc Nursing Mental Health (Hons) 2.1 ~ Title of BSc thesis: ‘Mental Health Service user involvement in nurse education’ ~ Grade: Distinction
Holmshaw J., Collins D. Lynski J., Sartori P., Robisnon P and Crosby K. (2009) Support for students with Mental Health difficulties in Higher Education. CETL/ Birmingham CEIMH: Showcasing User and Carer Involvement in Education and Practice Birmingham University; 10th Nov 2009.
Crosby, K., Holmshaw, J., Collins, A.D., Lynch, C. and Johnson, P. (2009) ‘Involving service users in teaching and assessment on the pre-registration mental health nurse programme’. London: Middlesex University Annual Teaching Conference, June 2009
Collins D, Lynch C and Holmshaw J. (2008) Service user involvement in teaching & assessing in BSc Nursing. Middlesex University Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, London. 1st July 2008
2008 – 2009 HEFCE funded project: Support for students with Mental Health difficulties in HE. Mental Health & Social Work CETL, Middlesex University London
2007 – 2009 PGCHE Teaching (two year programme) Middlesex University London; ~ Title of one-year PGCHE research project: ’Blended and e-learning support for nursing students with disability’. Research supervisor: Professor, Judith Hardy, Middlesex University, London
2006 - 2007 Alcohol Treatment Services: How can the effective involvement of service users be developed? Project Lead Dr David Mark Ball, IoP and SLAM NHS
2004 - MSc Mental Health Studies Kings College London (Medical School) ~ Title of MSc thesis 2: ‘Elder patient’s sexual health in an inner London MH Hospital’ ~ Grade: Distinction; MSc Research supervisor: Professor Tom KJ Craig (MBBS PhD FRCPsych), The Institute of Psychiatry, London.
2003 - 2004 Treatment outcomes for patients with substance misuse, CNWL MH NHS Trust and Imperial College London. Substance Misuse Conference July 2004, London (in house conference)
2003 - MSc Mental Health Studies Kings College London (Medical School) ~ Title of MSc thesis 1: ‘A one-year psychotherapy treatment of a depressed patient’ ~ Grade: Distinction
- Leadership and Team Development
- Digital Health Research
- Mentoring & Coaching / Personal and Professional Development
- Coproduction and Service User Leadership
Membership of Professional and Learned Societies
Daniela is an active member of leading professional societies, such as The Royal College of Nursing, London and the NHS Leadership Academy's Women's Leadership Network for London. She is an active member of the Higher Education Academy, The Mental Health Nurse Academics UK Network and at the National Association of Educators in Practice (UK).
Daniela is a corporate and executive coach and is an active member of The Coaching Academy, London. Daneila has supported staff and students in her role as a faculty mentor and coach. Daniela is also a European Erasmus Nursing Mentor and co-lead the launch of the Mentors in Nurisng in Euope (MINE) Network with fellow nursing mentots across the European Union.
Daneila holds executive board roles at the digital and media committee at Middlesex University and the wellbeing committe. Daneila is an executive board memeber of ANSA - The Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse highlighting the unique role of nurses in addiction treatments across the UK and worlwide.