Elizabeth Holland

School: Nursing

Job Title: Senior Lecturer



After studying psychology, Elizabeth began working with children with autistic spectrum disorders, where she trained in ABA therapies and with adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours, to whom she taught music and drama. This work gave Elizabeth her first contact with mental health services and she fell in love with the mental health sector, and began voluntary work with adults with severe and enduring mental illness, running social support groups for those recently discharged from hospital.

After completing a PgDip in mental health nursing in March 2013, Elizabeth began her career in acute psychiatric care, working her way from a staff nurse to deputy ward manager, before becoming the manager of an acute ward in December 2014 to September 2015, when she joined Kingston and St George's.

As an early career professional, Elizabeth is excited about the future and her opportunity to contribute to the development of tomorrow's mental health nurses.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgDip, Mental Health Nursing, Kings College London
  • BSc(Hons), Psychology with mental and physical healthcare, University of Reading
  • MSc, To be completed in 2016, Psychosocial Interventions, Kingston University

Professional experience

  • 2014 - 2015
    Ward Manager, Acute Ward, South West London and St Georges NHS MH Trust
  • 2013 - 2014
    Deputy Ward Manager, South West London and St Georges NHS MH Trust
  • 2013 - 2013
    Staff Nurse, South West London and St Georges NHS MH Trust

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, NMC

Research interests

Acute care; Leadership in nursing; Rapid tranquilisation; Psychosocial interventions, and their impact on violence and aggression; Use of restraint in acute settings; Physical health skills for mental health nurses; Mental health in learning disability; Emotional intelligence in mental health nurses; Working with families; Integration of the triangle of care in acute settings.