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Summary

I am predominantly interested in Creative and Community Approaches to Mental Distress

Here at the University I teach Mental Health across the Undergraduate and Post-graduate curriculum to healthcare professional students, predominanty Mental health and Adult nurses.

Biography

I became a Mental Health Nurse in the late 1980s and maintain both NHS and private practice. I was employed at various levels throughout my career from staff nurse to modern matron until I left full time health care delivery, in 2011, to become a university lecturer at the University of Southmapton where I worked for 7 years. 

During the 1990s I battled for some years with Post Natal Depression, becoming for a short time a patient of mental health services. This means I have a 360 degree perspective on the world of mental healthcare as a nurse, an academic and a patient. This experience was fundamental for me in driving me to find ways of providing care that are less stigmatising and that avoid inadvertent re-traumatisation.

Whilst at Southampton I gained a PhD researching the following question 'How do people who have self-harmed experience contact with mental health services whilst in a general hospital?'

I work part-time for the university, I joined in Feb 2021, and as a self-employed Clinical Academic for the rest of the week.

 

Research Interests

My main areas of interest  for research are:

  • Creative and Community Approaches to Mental Distress
    • This may include anything mental health related that is exploring different ways of:
      • approaching and delivering care
      • thinking about illness
      • using the arts in healthcare
  • exploring the needs of people who cannot successfully get their needs met in Primary Care but do not meet the criteria for Secondary Care and so do not always get a service 
  •  the interface between physical and mental health and the effect that trauma has on these.

 

Media Availability

I am happy to take emails from media on my research and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. These should be directed to sandra.walker@port.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Keywords

  • RT Nursing
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • Mental illnesses
  • Trauma
  • Creative Care

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