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    Personal profile


    I joined the academic team at Edge Hill University in January 2020 as programme Leader for the MSc Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) and Well-Being. I am currently involved in developing and delivering programmes of teaching and learning specific to children and Young People’s Mental Health and Systemic Practice across disciplines. A registered nurse of over 25 years, my practice background began in community mental health nursing prior to entering Higher Education in 2004. 

    External engagement

    Throughout my time in higher education my clinical practice has been maintained on an honorary basis. Working as a mental health nurse practitioner for a local NHS Trust in the field of adult community mental health services and Primary Care CAMH services; and as a training (2008) and qualified (from 2011) Systemic Family Therapist in Tier 3 CAMH services, specialist eating disorder services (outpatient and inpatient) and since 2015 Early Intervention Psychosis Services.

    From 2015 to 2019 I worked as a project lead for clinical governance alongside the Nursing Executive Team and within a large local Mental Health NHS Trust. My role involved project engagement across disciplines. I completed projects related to Trust strategy and policy development, Medicines Optimisation, Safer staffing, Non-Medical Prescribing, Nursing Workforce Development and Advanced Clinical Practice.

    Research interests

    I began a Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire in September 2016. My practice research focuses on 'the family's experience of psychosis' within early intervention psychosis services.

    My research interests include mental health, children and young peoples health and well-being, systemic psychotherapy practice and systems leadership.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Systemic Practice, MSc, University of Leeds

    1 Sep 20071 Sep 2011

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

    Management Development, MSc, Edge Hill University

    1 Sep 20031 Sep 2007

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2007

    PGCe T&L HE, Liverpool John Moores University

    1 Sep 20041 Sep 2006

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2006

    Nursing Studies, Edge Hill University

    1 Sep 19991 Sep 2001

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2001

    DipHE Nursing, Liverpool John Moores University

    1 Sep 19911 Sep 1994

    Award Date: 1 Sep 1994

    Other positions

    Systemic Family Psychotherapist, North West Boroughs Health Care Trust

    1 Nov 2018 → …

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    Research Output

    Psychological Interventions and working with families

    KENNEDY, PAULA., 2012, psychological interventions in mental health nursing. smith, G. (ed.). England: McGraw-Hill Education, p. 104 15 p.

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    • 1 External honorary positions

    North West Boroughs Health Care Trust

    PAULA KENNEDY (Visiting researcher)

    1 Nov 20181 Nov 2022

    Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesExternal honorary positions