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I qualified as an RMN in 1999 after graduating from King's College with a BSc (Hons) Nursing and began my career working within acute admissions. During this time I developed an interest and skills in Psychosocial Interventions and became a Lecturer-Practitioner for PSI at Kingston University with a particular interest in supporting nurses to deliver PSI within acute environments.
In 2006 my clinical role changed and I became a Physical health lead within my employing MH Trust and had responsibilities for promoting physical health care and developing local smoking cessation services for clients with SMI working in collaboration with a local PCT. I then moved into the community and worked as a primary care liaison nurse within a CMHT again with a focus for improving joined up working and access for service users to primary care and physical health checks.
I joined Kingston University in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer and support the delivery of education across Pre and Post registration courses with a focus on physical health care, PSI and Family intervention. I have supported the development of educational initiatives for mental health nursing students including a collaborative partnership with a Local Carer's Centre. I have been involved in the National initiatives and steering committees to develop the role of the mental health nurse in improving physical health outcomes of people with serious mental illness and have published and presented Nationally to other practitioners on this subject.
I am an experienced Nurse Educator and was previously the Course Leader for the MSc Nursing and supported the development and quality of this provision.
Associate Professor Mental Health Nursing
2016 - 2016Kingston University Faculty Small research grant- An exploration of mental health nurses student's attitudes towards physical health careFindings to be published
Howard, L. and Gamble, C. (2011) Supporting mental health nurses to address the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness in acute inpatient care settings. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(2), pp. 105-112. ISSN (print) 1351-0126
Ooms, Ann, Chandler, Karen, Chavrimootoo, Danielle, Crighton, Elizabeth, Francois, Judith, Gale, Julia, Howard, Louise, Inch, Jessica, Nash, Theresa, Price, Jayne and Ryan, Nicola (2020) Clinical placement experiences of nursing students during COVID-19. In: Kingston University Festival of Research; 29 Jun - 10 Jul 2020, Kingston, U.K. [Held online]. (Unpublished)