Lecturer – Mental Health
South Cloisters 3.01
South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Rachel joined Exeter University as a full time Lecturer and lead in Mental Health in November 2020. As a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Rachel has worked in a number of interesting and varied roles, including working with veterans, military personnel as well as with public health bodies and voluntary organisations both in the UK and overseas. With a specific interest in the mental health and psychosocial implications of warfare, disasters and political repression, Rachel has gone on to obtain an MSc in War and Psychiatry as well as specialist qualifications in post-trauma, such as: critical incident stress management, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, as well as mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings.
Prior to joining Exeter Rachel spent two years working with the British Red Cross on their Resilient Responder Programme, providing support to the workforce through clinical supervision, reflective practice and critical incident debriefings. She also delivered themed workshops on peer support, promoting wellbeing, ambiguous loss and mental health awareness; as well as developed guidance and teaching materials on topics such as resilience and wellbeing whilst on a deployment, common responses to trauma and mental health considerations for frontline staff in the context of COVID-19.
Rachel’s experiences have highlighted the importance of trauma-informed, person-centred and integrated healthcare, and evoked an interest in the biopsychopharmacosocial (BPPS) framework in day-to-day nursing practice. She is delighted to join the University of Exeter as part of their pioneering MSci Nursing Programme, and being part of a fantastic team dedicated to developing the nurses of the future.
Areas of Interest:
Mental health, ethical practice, trauma-informed and integrated healthcare, global mental health, addressing health inequalities, human rights, moral injury, exploring how individuals cope during periods of intense stress, post-trauma and post-traumatic growth.
- Registered Mental Health Nurse
- MSc War and Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
- BSc Hons Nursing Studies with Registration to Practice, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
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