Mr Chris Hart

Mr Chris Hart

School: Nursing

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Mental Health


Phone: 020 84175587

Location: Kingston University and St George's


Chris is a senior lecturer in mental health. For thirteen years, he combined his role in the university with work as a nurse consultant in liaison psychiatry, then forensic and intensive care psychiatry, in the South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, until retiring from the NHS in 2013.

He is a widely published author. His books include: A Pocket Guide to Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health (Rutledge 2014); Mental Health Care for Nurses: Applying Mental Health Skills in the General Hospital, co-edited with Anthony Harrison (Blackwell 2006), and Nurses and Politics (Palsgrave McMillan 2006).

He also writes regularly for the Nursing Times and Mental Health Practice, among a number of journals.

Chris specialises in risk management and teaching mental health skills to non mental health clinicians, including paramedics and emergency department nurses, leading on the Mental Health Priorities for Healthcare Practitioners module, and the award-winning Clinical Simulations and Mental Health Skills Development programme. He also teaches on a range of pre-registration and postgraduate mental health nursing modules.

Chris has been involved in a number of national projects related to his previous speciality, liaison psychiatry, including developing an innovative mental health risk assessment screening tool for use by nurses in A&E departments. He was a member of the reference group for the Chief Nursing Officer's Review of Mental Health Nursing; has acted as advisor to the British Army about mental health service provision; presented academic papers in several countries, and taught in the United States.

Having begun his nursing career in the 1970s, Chris has a wealth of clinical experience and has worked at the Maudsley Hospital as a senior charge nurse and St Luke's Hospital as a service manager. He has also served as nurse board member for a primary care trust and was team leader for an award-winning community mental health trust in south London.

Among current projects Chris is involved with are a theatre project based on the team's Clinical Skills and Simulations work, a film profile of Professor Peter Nolan, two films about caring for people who self harm and a new book, edited with Harvey Wells, on the theme of collaborative working with people with serious mental health problems.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MA, Social Policy
  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • Registered General Nurse

Professional experience

  • 2013 - present
    Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Kingston University
  • 2001 - 2013
    Nurse Consultant & Principal Lecturer, SW London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • 2000 - 2002
    Nurse Member, South Lambeth Primary Care Group,
  • 1995 - 2001
    Team Leader (Grade H), Assessment & Treatment Team,, Lewin Road Community Mental Health
  • 1992 - 1995
    Deputy Head of Health, Unison,
  • 1989 - 1992
    Service Manager, St Luke's Hospital,
  • 1985 - 1989
    Staff Nurse / Charge Nurse / Senior Charge Nurse, Maudsley Hospital,

Research interests

Risk Assessment and Risk Management in mental health and non mental health settings; The educational impact of simulated learning and clinical skills development; Management and leadership.


Chris has provided consultancy to local authorities about the commissioning and provision of community mental health services, provided practice development and education to Mental Health NHS Trusts, focusing on risk management and de-escalation skills, and training for AMPHs on suicide prevention.


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Hart, Chris (2012) Corrosive competition and conflict will be Lansley's legacy. Nursing Times, 108(12), p. 7. ISSN (print) 0954-7762


Hart, Chris (2014) A pocket guide to risk assessment and management in mental health. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 172p. ISBN 9780415702591

Harrison, Anthony and Hart, Chris, eds. (2006) Mental health care for nurses: applying mental health skills in the general hospital. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. 230p. ISBN 1405124555

Hart, Chris (2004) Nurses and politics: the impact of power and practice. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 332p. ISBN 0333710061

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