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Ms Louise Howard

School: Nursing

Job Title: Course Leader PGDip Nursing

Email: L.E.Howard@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Phone: 0208 417 65721

Location: Kingston Hill Campus

Biography

Louise qualified as an RMN in 1999 after graduating from King's College with a BSc (Hons) 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.

Louise 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.

Louise became senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing in early 2009 at Kingston University and has supported the delivery of education across Pre reg and post graduate courses with a focus on physical health care, PSI and Family intervention.

Louise is currently the Course Leader for the PgDip Nursing course.




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.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • NMC Registered Lecturer / Practice Educator
  • Registered Nurse (Part 13)
  • MSc, Professional Health Care Education
  • BSc(Hons), Nursing Studies

Research interests

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.

Grants and funding

  • 2016 - 2016
    Kingston University Faculty Small research grant- An exploration of mental health nurses' attitudes towards physical health care

Consultancy

Previous Member of Rethink Mental Illness National Steering group for Physical Health Checks

Publications

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Article

Howard, L. and Gamble, C. (2011) 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), pp. 105-112. ISSN (print) 1351-0126

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