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I am employed as a Senior Lecturer in mental health at the University of Salford. I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1994 having completed my undergraduate degree in Nursing at The University of Birmingham. My first Staff nurse post was on an acute admissions ward for women before beginning a career in forensic mental health services and completing my Masters degree in Health Sciences at The University of Birmingham in conjunction with becoming a Specialist Practitioner in Mental Health in 1998. I worked in medium secure provision before returning to the North West with an interest in supporting people who self harm. This continued to develop and in 2000 I became a Lecturer Practitioner at the University of Salford and the Crisis Service based at Hope Hospital Salford. I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2004 and my PhD focusing on the narratives of people who self harm in 2009, both at The University of Salford. In 2012 I was awarded a VC Research Scholarship supporting compassionate practice in Student Nurses . I have an interest in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic approaches having a Post Graduate Diploma-Working Psychodynamically with Adolescents from the Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and holding an Honaray Therapist position whist undertaking training as a registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist , my main areas of interest are supporting people who self harm and psychodynamic perspectives both at an individual and organisational level.