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Anne Felton

Associate Professor, Mental Health and Social Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Anne Felton is an Associate Professor in Mental Health at the School of Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham. Anne is the academic lead for the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Team at the School.

She is an experienced educator; leading the delivery of mental health education as program lead on the Masters of Nursing Science and coordinating modules across the undergraduate nursing courses at the University. She has run post-graduate modules on recovery and mental health. She led the development of the person centred nursing care unit during the introduction of a new innovative blended learning undergraduate nursing curriculum, She has an interest in the use of simulation for the development of mental health nursing skills and has developed innovations in this area. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of Mental Health Academics UK.

Anne has been involved in a number of projects working in partnership with service users to enable their participation in nurse education. She has published in the field of risk and mental health, service user involvement, social inclusion, and therapeutic risk taking. Her research interests include; risk and mental health, values based practice, shared decision making, and recovery. Her PhD employed multiple case studies to explore mental health professionals experiences of tensions in mental health practice surrounding choice and control.

Teaching Summary

Between 2011 and 2015 I was 'unit lead' for the person centred nursing care modules. This role involved co-ordinating the development of a series of modules in the newly developed BSc in nursing that… read more

Research Summary

PhD 'Psychiatry is a Risk Business' The construction of mental health service users as risk objects: A multiple case study Inquiry. University of Nottingham.

A critical discourse analysis exploring decision making within adult mental health services -Critical Values Based Practice Network

Selected Publications

  • Chair of Graduate Curriculum Practice Learning Work Stream
  • Course Unit Lead for Graduate Nursing Curriculum
  • Member of Graduate Nursing Curriculum Action Group
  • Practice Learning Team Educational Representative, Adult In-patient mental health services, Nottingham

Between 2011 and 2015 I was 'unit lead' for the person centred nursing care modules. This role involved co-ordinating the development of a series of modules in the newly developed BSc in nursing that spanned all fields. The curriculum philosophy emphaises students as partners in the learning process, employing a blended learning approach. . I have been a programme lead for mental health on the MNurSci course lead modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level for mental health students across a range of different programmes. I continue to act as module lead on the Undergraduate Masters of Nursing Science course. I am a supervisor across both BSc and Masters programmes and act as a personal tutor I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA

Past Research

Member of steering group -Theorising and Operationalising Social Capital (TOSCA) Perceptions of social inclusion: a mixed methods study of people with high support needs

Social Inclusion Managed Innovation Network Coordinator - A participatory project exploring the experiences of inclusion of people using rehabilitation adult mental health services.

A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Mental Health Nurses Qualifying with an Undergraduate Masters Degree

Member of steering group, Participation in Nurse Education (Educational Development Project)

An exploration of service users experiences of social inclusion, unfunded research project

  • FELTON A, WRIGHT N and STACEY G, 2017. Therapeutic risk taking: A justifiable choice. British Journal of Psychiatric Advances. 23(2), 81-88
  • STACEY G, FELTON A, MORGAN A, STICKLEY T, WILLIS M, DIAMOND B, HOUGHTON P, JOHNSON B and DUMENYA J, 2016. A critical narrative analysis of shared decision-making in acute inpatient mental health care Journal of interprofessional care 30 (1), 35-41 Journal of Interprofessional Care. 30(1), 35-54
  • FELTON, A and ROYAL, J, 2015. Skills for nursing practice: Development of clinical skills in pre-registration nurse education Nurse Education in Practice. 15(1), 38-43
  • MCGARRY J, BAKER C, WILSON C, FELTON A and BANERJEE A, 2015. Preparation for safeguarding in UK pre-registration graduate nurse education Journal of Adult Protection. 17(6), 371-379
  • FELTON A, MCCORMICK D and RUTT J, 2015. The heart of learning Nursing Standard. 29(47),
  • ALASTAIR MORGAN, ANNE FELTON, BILL (K.W.M) FULFORD, JAYASREE KALATHIL and GEMMA STACEY, 2015. Values and Ethics in Mental Health: An exploration for practice 1st. Palgrave.
  • STACEY G, FELTON A, HOUGHTON P, HUI A, MORGAN A, SHUTT J, DIAMOND B, WILLIS M and STICKLEY T, 2015. Informed, Involved and Influential: The 3 I's model of Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Care Mental Health Practice. 19(4), 31-35
  • FELTON A, 2015. Therapeutic Risk Taking, What is it? Rivista sperimentale di freniatria.
  • FELTON, A, 2015. Risk and Mental Health Practice Clinical Psychology Bitesize.
  • MORGAN A and FELTON A, 2013. From constructive engagement to coerced recovery. In: COLES S, KEENAN S and DIAMOND B, eds., Madness Contested, Power and Practice PCCS.
  • FELTON, ANNE, HOLLIDAY, LAURA, RITCHIE, DAWN, LANGMACK, GILL and CONQUER, ALISTAIR, 2013. Simulation: A shared learning experience for child and mental health pre-registration nursing students. Nurse education in practice. 13(6), 536-40
  • FELTON A, 2013. Risk. In: STICKLEY T and WRIGHT N, eds., Theories for Mental Health Nursing; A guide for practice Sage Publications.
  • STACEY G, FELTON A and BONHAM P, 2012. Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing: A pocket Guide. Elsevier. Edinburgh.
  • STACEY G and FELTON A, 2012. Learning From and In Practice. In: AUBEELUCK A, STACEY G and THOMPSON S, eds., Becoming a Nurse: Is nursing really the career for you? BPP Learning Media.
  • FELTON, A, SHEPPARD, F and STACEY, G, 2012. Exposing the tensions of implementing supervision in pre-registration nurse education Nurse Education in Practice. 12, 36-40
  • STACEY, G, FELTON, A and JOYNSON, K., 2010. Masters at Work:A narrative inquiry into the experiences of mental health Nurse Education Today. 30, 333-337
  • MCHALE J, FELTON A, 2010. Self-harm: What’s the problem? A literature review of the factors affecting attitudes towards self-harm." Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 17(8), 732-740
  • STICKLEY T, RUSH, B, SHAW, R, SMITH, A, COLLIER, R, COOK, J, SHAW, T, GOW, D, FELTON A AND ROBERTS S, 2009. Participation In Nurse Education: The PINE Project. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 4(1), 11-18
  • FELTON A, ARNOLD P, FAIRBANK S, SHAW T, 2009. Using focus groups and photography to evaluate experiences of social inclusion within rehabilitation adult mental health services Mental Health Review Journal. 14(3), 13-22
  • FELTON A. AND STACEY G, 2008. Therapeutic Risk Taking as a framework for practice.. In: STICKLEY, T. AND BASSETT, T., ed., Learning About Mental Health Practice Wiley,. (In Press.)
  • FELTON A, YOUNG D, 2008. Rehabilitation starts at home Mental Health Practice. 12(4), 32-35
  • FELTON A AND CHISHOLM L, 2007. Part of the community Mental Health Today. September,
  • STICKLEY, T. and FELTON, A., 2006. Promoting recovery through therapeutic risk taking Mental Health Practice. VOL 9(NUMB 8), 26-30
  • FELTON, A. and STICKLEY, T., 2004. Pedagogy, power and service user involvement Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 11(1), 89-98
  • REPPER, J.M., FELTON, A., HANSON, B., STICKLEY, T. and SHAW, T., 2001. One small step towards equality Mental Health Today. p.24-27

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