ALLEN O'CONNOR

ALLEN O'CONNOR

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    Allen has 14 years of clinical experience in several specialist and leadership Mental Health Nursing roles, and he has recently commenced a lecturing role at Edge Hill University. Allen is keen to participate in academic research once he’s established himself as a lecturer.

    The focus of Allen’s clinical experience has been in community rehabilitation settings, mainly working with psychosis, anxiety and mood disorders. In addition, Allen has worked as an Acting Registered Manager and Acting Clinical Manager, having overall responsibility for two hospitals across the North West for a large mental health and learning disability charity.  

    After qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse in January 2010, Allen returned to university first to complete a BSc in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis, then later an MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health. Allen also completed a level 6 university module in Nursing Mentorship and later a level 7 module in Professional Nurse Advocacy.

    Allen has delivered therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), Family Intervention for psychosis (FI) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He is passionate about the implementation of psychosocial interventions and would like to see more Nurses develop their skills around the use of talking therapies in the future.  

    Research interests

    The implementation of Family Intervention for psychosis including cognitive, behavioural and psychoeducational approaches. Despite its recommendation and praise within the NICE guidelines for psychosis, uptake and delivery of Family Interventions remains far too low in clinical practice.

    The use of board and card games as a tool to improve communication skills and socialisation in the psychosis population. Allen has observed such improvements anecdotally in clinical practice, but so little is written about the topic currently highlighting a need for further research.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health - Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis, MSc, University of Manchester

    1 Sept 201330 Jun 2016

    Award Date: 22 Nov 2016

    Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis, BSc, University of Central Lancashire

    1 Sept 201130 Jun 2013

    Award Date: 2 Sept 2013

    Registered Nurse (Mental Health), DipHE, University of Chester

    1 Jan 200730 Nov 2009

    Award Date: 21 Jan 2010

    Other positions

    Acting Registered Manager , Alternative Futures Group

    28 Aug 20191 Mar 2020

    Acting Registered Manager, Alternative Futures Group

    1 Aug 201819 Oct 2018

    Acting Clinical Manager , Alternative Futures Group

    9 Nov 201517 Jan 2016

    Senior Nurse Practitioner , Alternative Futures Group

    6 Jan 201426 Sept 2023

    Clinical Coordinator (Therapy Team), Alternative Futures Group

    29 Oct 20125 Jan 2014

    Staff Nurse , Alternative Futures Group

    23 Feb 201028 Oct 2012

    Keywords

    • RT Nursing
    • Mental Health
    • Psychotherapy

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