I am a registered mental health nurse who graduated from the University Of Nottingham School Of Nursing in 1989. I worked as a staff nurse on an acute psychiatry admission ward for twelve months before completing the ENB 650 eighteen month full time training in Adult Behavioural Psychotherapy in Sheffield. I then worked as a clinical nurse specialist in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy for two years in both Nottingham and Leicester. During this time I completed my cognitive therapy training in Oxford. In 1994 I took up a Clinical Research Associate post in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where I stayed until 1999. During this time I worked as a cognitive therapist in an MRC funded RCT investigating the efficacy of cognitive therapy in the treatment of chronic depression and an MRC funded pilot study of using cognitive therapy to manage bi-polar disorder. This was the beginning of what has become my clinical and academic passion - the treatment of chronic and recurrent depression using cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy treatments. I have published widely in this area including outcome papers, book chapters and a clinical book on how to use cognitive therapy to treat chronic and recurrent depression.
Whilst in Newcastle I was involved in running the Newcastle Cognitive Therapy Course and it is here I developed my teaching and training skills. I lead clinical skills and academic workshops in the area of cognitive therapy for chronic and recurrent depression at national and international level. In 2000-2001 I was a lead in establishing the Salford Cognitive therapy Course. In 2008 I completed my Masters in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies from the University of Oxford.
I am currently employed as Nurse Consultant in Psychological Therapies in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. My post has four aspects to it specialised clinical work (cognitive behaviour therapy); research; training and clinical leadership. My current research focus is as part of the CLAHRC NDL where I am a co-applicant alongside the Professor of Psychiatry Richard Morriss in an RCT comparing a specialised depression service with treatment as usual. My PhD study is part of the research trial and I am investigating the role of shame, self-criticism and self-compassion in chronic and recurrent depression. I am the clinical lead for the service; delivering evidence based psychological treatments (CBT) for people suffering with chronic and recurrent depression and a Diffusion Fellow.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Mental Health. I am a past president of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and from 1997-2003 I was the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) representative to the British Psychological Society (BPS) Complaints and Disciplinary Committee. Between 2008-2011 I was the Local Clinical Advisor to IAPT, a DOH national programme for improving access to evidence based psychological therapies.
When I am not working I enjoy cooking, eating the products of my labours and then paying for my indulgence at the gym! I also love poetry, cinema and spending time with family and friends.
Year of joining: 2010
1982 - 1985 BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and History, University of Birmingham
1986 - 1989 Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) (Certificate), University of Nottingham
1990 - 1992 ENB 650 Adult Behavioural Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
1993 - 1994 Certificate of Cognitive Therapy, Oxleas NHS Trust
2005 - 2008 Masters in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, University of Oxford
Professional awards, memberships & external appointments
2002 President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
2003 Life Time Achievement Award, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
2008 Distinguished Visitor Award School of Nursing, University of Auckland, New Zealand
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CLAHRC-NDL Diffusion Fellowship
The use of transformative paradigm to explain the role of shame, self-criticism and self-compassion in people diagnosed with chronic and recurrent depression
The project is part of the CLAHRC NDL depression project which is an RCT comparing a specialised depression service with treatment as usual for people diagnosed with chronic and recurrent depression. I am undertaking a transformative sequential explanatory mixed methods design to investigate the of role shame, self-criticism and self-compassion in chronic and recurrent depression using both quantitative and qualitative data collection to address the questions posed in the study.
Supervisors: Professor Patrick Callaghan (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy) and Professor Richard Morriss (School of Medicine)
Projected thesis completion date: September 2014
I have presented papers and skills workshops at conferences locally, nationally and internationally since 1994, examples include:
May and November 1995, Introduction to CT (10 days), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
September 1996, CT for Depression ( 3 days), Psykiatrisk Hospital, Aarhus, Riskov, Denmark.
April 1997, CT for Depression (1 day), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
October 1997, Introduction to CT (2 days), Holstebro, Centralsygenhus, Psykiatrisk Ambulatorium, Holstebro, Denmark.
November 1998, CT for Chronic Depression (2 days), Holstebro, Centralsygenhus, Psykiatrisk Ambulatorium, Holstebro, Denmark.
April 1999, CT for GAD and Social Phobia (2 days), Holstebro, Centralsygenhus, Psykiatrisk Ambulatorium, Holstebro, Denmark.
April 1999, A Beginners Guide to CT for Acute Depression, St. Patrick's Hospital, Annual Spring Workshop, Dublin.
March 2001, Using CT in a Palliative Care Setting (Joint Presentation with Dr. Kath Mannix) (3.5 hours), Our Lady's Hospice, Dublin.
May 2006, CT for Chronic Depression, CT course, University of Lund, Sweden (2 days).
May 2007, Chronic Depression (1 day), Trinity College, University of Dublin Post-Graduate Diploma in CT.
June 2007, CT for Chronic Depression (3 days), Kognitiv Terapi Center, Aarhus, Denmark.
Dec 2007, CT for Chronic Depression (2 days), Sweden.
January 2008, 10 CBT skills workshops for chronic depression; Bi-polar disorder; bereavement; assisted self-help; in-patient setting. School of Nursing, University of Auckland, New Zeland.
March 1996; 1997; 2001;2006, CT for Chronic Depression, Institute of Psychiatry and Kings College London, Post Graduate Diploma in CT, Maudsley Hospital, London. (1 day)
November 1996, CT for Depression. Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual CBT Conference. (1/2 day)
May 1997; June 2000; March 2003, Using CT to treat Chronic Depression (1 day), University of Dundee, Post - Graduate Diploma in CBT.
October 1997, CT for Chronic Depression. Joint Workshop Leader with Professor Jan Scott. Department of Psychology, Warneford Hospital, Oxford. (1 day)
March 1998, CT for Chronic Depression. East Midlands Branch, BABCP, Leicester. (1 day).
July 1998, CT for Chronic Depression: Instilling hope and optimism in client and therapist. BABCP Annual Conference. Durham. (1 day)
July 1999, "If you listen to your heart you will change your mind". How in the light of Teasdale's ICS model might we hone our cognitive therapy interventions for chronic depression? Invited paper in a symposium to mark the retirement of Professor Ivy Blackburn. BABCP Annual Conference, Bristol.
March 2000-2007, Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Depression. Newcastle Cognitive Therapy Centre and University of Durham Post Graduate Diploma in CT. (1 day)
May 2001-2007, CT for Chronic Depression. MHSS and University of Manchester Post Graduate Diploma in CT. (1 day)
June 2003, BABCP Annual Conference, York. Paper presented: What is so bad about dying? Training palliative care practitioners to use CT strategies when working with dying patients.