I am employed as a Lecturer in mental health at the University of Salford. I trained as a mental health nurse at Prestwich Hospital in Salford and qualified in 1989. Prior to this I had completed a BSc degree in Mathematics and Psychology at Lancashire Polytechnic. Once qualified I worked as a staff nurse with people experiencing severe dementia. My practice experience also includes working as a staff nurse on an assessment ward for older people, as a research nurse, a ward manager on an acute unit for younger and older people and as a Lecturer Practitioner. During this time I achieved an MSc in Nursing at Manchester Victoria University and a post graduate certificate in education at Salford University. I have also completed a Ph.D at Salford university with a study entitled 'A biographical narrative study exploring mental ill health through the life course' which was conducted with participants aged 52-76. I am interested in contemporary recovery concepts, mental health promotion, evidence based practice, mental health and ill health in later life, long term mental ill health and dementia. I am an active member of the Salford Institute for dementia taking a lead on working towards becoming a dementia friendly university. In addition, I deliver continuing professional development workshops on dementia to a variety of groups for example, emergency services, housing as well as health and social care staff. I am also currently involved in a KTP for teaching 'empathic communication' alongside the social enterprise Six Degrees. As well as academic pursuits, I also enjoy various roles in my work such as personal tutor & academic supervisor for both pre-registration and post graduate students. In addition, I lead various modules at Masters level (level 7) and am involved in development of our pre-registration MA programme in nursing. I teach across a variety of programmes, subjects and academic levels. My work also includes involvement in our service user/carer group. I also hold an honorary contract with blueSCI, a cultural and wellbeing centre practicing recovery values in Trafford.
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Nurses are expected to work with anti-discriminatory values (International Council for Nurses, 2012) but this aspect of education is arguably neglected. more >>.
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In collaboration with Dr Russell Ashmore, Sheffield Hallam University, Pippa Watts and Carol Watts.
Background: The aim of this paper is to critically discuss m... more >>.
This workshop responds to a growing body of evidence that shows how people can live well with dementia. D... more >>.
Background. Emotional labour has been conceptualised in relation to caring for others (Smith & Gray 2001), but not considered in relation to people experiencing mental ill health. Medical resear... more >>.
The paper presented an ongoing PhD study into long term mental ill health and the effect of this on achievements using contemporary recovery concepts as a frame of reference. It includes some critique of what defines long... more >>.
'Creative solutions: providing a therapeutic environment through service user and multi-professional collaboration'. University of York. Clare A, Webster S, Collier EH 2003
'Engaging mental health nurses in practice informed by research' Collier EH, Bartholomew D. 8th International network for psychiatric nursing research, Oxford Sept. 2002
'Acute inpatient care. Patient reported evidence for insomnia' 7th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research. 2001. Collier EH, Skitt G, Cutts H
Developing multi-disciplinary care as a tool to improve clinical effectiveness' , How to improve the quality of psychiatric wards, University of York 2001. with Alicia Clare
Healthcare events conference Effective collaborative working in mental health, Westminster London. 2001 with Alicia Clare
PhD by published works External examiner. D. Pulsford Promoting cognitive security among people with dementia through empathy, person centred attitudes and a commassionate approach.
MSc Dementia Studies
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Six degrees mental health service in Salford. Empathic communication for people with dementia, carer training, education and evaluation.
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