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Job Title: Course Leader PGDip Nursing and Senior Lecturer
Phone: 020 8417 5721
Location: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7LB
Louise qualified as an RMN in 1999 after graduating from King's College with a BSc (Hon) Nursing. She began her career working within acute care and worked for five years as a Deputy Ward Manager.
During this time she developed her interest and skills in Psychosocial Interventions and became a P/T Lecturer-Practitioner for PSI at Kingston University with a particular interest in supporting nurses to deliver PSI within acute environments.
In 2006 her clinical role changed and she became a physical health lead within her Trust and had responsibilities for promoting physical health care and developing local smoking cessation services for clients with SMI working in collaboration the PCT.
This interest in promoting physical health has developed both within practice and more recent educational roles. She has worked to improve primary and community care joined up working, with responsibilities for practice liaison.
She has also been involved in the piloting of the Physical Health Check (PHC) tool to improve service user health outcomes. She has lectured to other practitioners on improving practice and the benefits of integrated care for people with SMI Nationally .
Louise became senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing in early 2009 at Kingston University and has supported the delivery of education across Pre registration and Post registration courses with a focus on physical health care, PSI and Family intervention.
Louise is currently the Course Leader for the PgDip Nursing course with responsibilities for student experience and quality of educational provision. Within this role Louise provides academic leadership and management of the course promoting curriculum development oversight of and enhancement of the teaching, learning and assessment methods.
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.
Previous 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