Niamh is a registered mental health nurse who started her nursing career within forensic mental health services, particularly working within high secure services and working in this environment through the start of COVID-19. Niamh then moved into a community mental health setting, working within a crisis resolution and home treatment team, which also involved the roles of rotationally working within a mental health liaison team assessing mental health patients in A&E and on a crisis line. Following this, Niamh moved to work within an assessment and home treatment team. Niamh has a wide range of experience and knowledge of mental health conditions and has been involved in safeguarding in complex cases whilst in clinical practice.
Niamh joined Edge Hill University as a lecturer in nurse education (mental health) in January 2023. Niamh teaches on the MSc Nursing programme at Edge Hill University and is the Verbal Assessment Lead and Simulated Practice Learning Lead for NUR4001. Niamh is currently completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.
Niamh has supported numerous students during their placements in clinical practice which led her to identify a passion for teaching, learning, and educating within mental health nursing relating to evidence-based practice, excellence in communication and MDT working.
Whilst now Niamh is currently working within higher education, she remains as bank staff within community mental health care in clinical practice.
Niamh has previously been a volunteer at the Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool, supporting those who are homeless in the Liverpool region.
Niamh completed her MA at Liverpool John Moores University. Niamh has an interest surrounding the use of restrictive interventions and subsequently this interest led the focus of her dissertation to be a qualitative study into student nurses views and experiences of restraint within clinical practice. The dissertation used one-to-one interviews to gain a valuable understanding of student nurses perspectives within this area and how it makes student nurses feel. This allowed for identification of what support can be implemented for future student nurses and also, what teaching and education models could be introduced to support with challenges in clinical practice.
Niamh's research interests include topics around de-escalation and restraint reduction, adverse childhood experiences and wellbeing, and the management of mental health crisis care within community settings.
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