Raised in Derry City, North of Ireland, attended St Colms College . Moved to England in 1994 and worked for Camden & Islington Mental Health NHS Trust. Married to Alex (Nurse Consultant Gastro at Homerton Hosp), two kids in school and a rescue dog, Gracie the Hound.
PGCert Higher Education Middlesex University
A.M.H.P. (Mental Health Act) University of Hertfordshire
Best Interest Assessor (Capacity Act) London Metropolitan University
PGCert in Mental Health Interventions Middlesex University
BSc (Hons) Politics & Health Studies University of North London
Cert in Foundation Studies University of Ulster
R.M.N. Southside Area College of Nursing
Learning & Teaching Interests
Area of speciality is Mental Health Law. Working in front line services as an Approved Mental Health Professional, managing crisis referrals and Court Diversion, has equipped me with a strong foundation in the practical application of the law. Being able to link and validate the theoritical teaching to real world examples has been of great benefit to my students. I teach Law to under graduate and post graduate nursing programmes.
Programme Lead - PGDip Mental Health Practice.
Module Lead - Risk Assessment & Management PGDip MH Practice
Module Lead - Nursing Knowledge BSC MH Nursing.
Module Lead - Practice Learning One BSC MH Nursing.
University Link Tutor to East London Mental Health Training Partnership AMHP Programme.
Research Outputs & Interests
British Educational Research Association (BERA) Blog on ‘Researching education and mental health: From “Where are we now?” to “What next?”’ is published
“Does the use of ‘theatre studies students’ acting as service users in role play / Simulated learning scenarios, benefit the learning of mental health student nurses participating in the same scenario?”
This was a cross department piece of work involving Mental Health and Theatre Studies staff. Currently being written up.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Engagement & Impact
Student Mental Health: Risk Deep Dive Steering Group- representing the Department of Mental Health & Social Work.