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Job Title: Course Leader PGDip Nursing
Phone: 0208 417 65721
Location: Kingston Hill Campus
Louise qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1999 after graduating from King's College with a BSc (Hons) Nursing. She began her career working in acute care and spent five years as a deputy ward manager. During this time she developed her interest and skills in psychosocial interventions and became a part-time lecturer-practitioner on the subject at Kingston & St George's, with a particular interest in supporting nurses to deliver psychosocial interventions within acute environments.
In 2006 Louise's clinical role changed and she became a physical health lead within her trust, with responsibility for promoting physical healthcare and developing local smoking cessation services for clients with severe mental illness. Her interest in promoting physical health has further developed both within practice and in recent educational roles. She has worked to improve joined-up working in primary and community care, with responsibilities for practice liaison. She has also been involved in piloting the Physical Health Check (PHC) tool to improve service user health outcomes. She has lectured to other practitioners on improving practice and on the benefits of integrated care for people with severe mental illness.
Louise became a senior lecturer in mental health nursing in early 2009 and has supported the delivery of education across pre-registration and postgraduate courses with a focus on physical health care, psychosocial interventions and family intervention. She leads the undergraduate modules Altered Health Status And Health Promotion and Foundations of Mental Health Nursing, as well as CPPD modules Working With Families, Carers And Significant Others, and Foundations Of Psychosocial Interventions.
Physical health needs of people with severe mental illness; the role of the RMN in meeting physical health needs; the educational preperation of RMNs in physical healthcare.
Member of Rethink Mental Illness National Steering group for Physical Health Checks
Howard, L. and Gamble, C.
Supporting mental health nurses to address the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness in acute inpatient care settings.
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(2),
ISSN (print) 1351-0126