I have worked in mental health for the majority of my career starting in 1982. My interest has always been in the area of promoting meaningful recovery in mental health.

My research interest is in the history of mental health services and my PhD thesis examined the social and cultural history of Cardiff City Mental Hospital.

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Mental Health Care
  • Recovery in mental health
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Descriptive phenomenology


  1. Beech, I. The Person Who Experiences Depression (Ed.), Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring 225 234 New York Taylor and Francis / Routledge


  • SHG367 Return to Practice

    The module is intended to allow nurses to study the theoretical and practical aspects of the contemporary role of the nurse. Students will learn how the structure of NHS settings has changed in the last few years to make it easier for health care professionals, and in particular nurses, to deliver continuously high standards of care. This module is suitable for: ¿ Qualified nurses and health visitors (HVs)whose registration has lapsed to return to practice in line with the PREP Standards (NMC, 2011) ¿ Qualified nurses whose registration is subject to sanctions imposed by the NMC and are required by the NMC to undertake the return to practice programme. (The Nursing and Midwifery Order, 2001) ¿ EU & EEA qualified nurses to register in the UK in line with Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK (NMC, 2011). ¿ Registered nurses / HVs seeking to update and refresh their skills and knowledge. ¿ Registered nurses / HVs identified by their employer as requiring an update to refresh their skills and knowledge.

  • SHN131 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN2017 Care of the Person with a Long Term Condition and Palliative Care Needs (Mental Health)

    This module enables the student to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and values to care for adults with a range of long term conditions to include palliative/ end of life care. The students will learn to recognise the complexity of living with long term health conditions and to appraise the range of approaches to nursing people across all four fields of nursing practice, with long term conditions, in the context of multi-professional practice and collaborative working.

  • SHN271 Health Promotion and Public Health (Adult)

    Health promotion and public health are essential components of the nurse‿s role. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of public health development, the nurse‿s role and priorities for action such as inequalities, advocacy and partnership working. Key principles of health promotion and its role within public health will also be explored. The module will also provide students with knowledge of how to promote health within practice across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • SHN3059 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Mental Health)

    This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of mental health nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of mental health nursing.

  • SHN3061 Advancing Professional Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

    The aim of this module is to enable mental health nursing students to develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate and advance professional nursing practice. It will help them to identify areas for improvement and help identify any potential limitations within the context of current policy and organisational cultures. The module will enable the student to develop their own potential, advancing their own practice whilst evaluating the impact on self, service users and other professionals.

  • SHNM00 Introduction to Nursing (Adult)

    This module will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional values that underpin safe, effective, evidence-based practice. A range of teaching methods will be used to develop fundamental nursing skills including, bio science, infection prevention and control, moving and handling; vital signs; recognition and response to abnormal parameters; nursing documentation; therapeutic management of aggression and de-escalation; fundamental care delivery; basic life support; and introduction to medicines management. Students will learn about historical and contemporary nursing practices and explore how nursing will develop in the future.

  • SHNM44 Care of the Person with Complex Mental Health Needs (Mental Health)

    This module aims to prepare students to care and systematically manage complex care situations, demonstrating creativity, adaptability and the prioritisation of clinical decision making whilst working within scope of practice, across community, hospital or any healthcare setting where their needs are supported and managed. A range of blended teaching methods will be applied, including simulation, to enable the students to encompass nursing people with complex needs from all four fields of practice. Online learning will be supported via Canvas.


  • Obstacles and challenges affecting the move towards universal healthcare coverage in Nigeria (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • Self Management Programme for Women with Breast Cancer in Saudi Arabia (current)

  • Can an embedded third sector personalized program of support people with breast cancer reduce reliance on NHS services compared with usual care? A mixed-methods, patients preference feasibility study. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon