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Mr Kevin Wright

Lecturer in Mental Health

Brook Building, BB332

+44 (0) 1772 89 5482

Kwright8@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Kevin brings a wealth of clinical experience to his academic role having worked across acute and forensic mental health inpatient services as a registered nurse and subsequently as a Clinical Specialist in the Management of Clinical Risk; with a particular interest in the assessment and management of risk as it relates to the prevention of suicide. He has conducted adverse incident reviews as both a clinician and as an academic. 

Full Profile

Whilst Kevin has worked with a diverse patient population across mental health his focused tended towards those at risk of harm, particularly those most at risk of suicide. His interests have resulted him contributing to the first National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (2002) and subsequently acting as an academic advisor to the National Institute for Mental Health (NW), delivering bespoke workshops and in-depth training packages to voluntary organisations such as the Samaritans, across the criminal justice system and mental health trusts.

Kevin also has a keen interest in the implementation of evidence based practice and has supported a number of projects to deliver real change in practice such as memory clinics for people with Downs’s syndrome to changes in prescribing habits of physiotherapists in A&E Departments.

Kevin has also supported active service user involvement in all aspects of health care provision and involvement in the provision of professional education, in 2000 he founded an independent mental health advocacy charity and still acts as the Chair of Trustees for its current incarnation ICANN.

Qualifications

  • MA in Professional Practice from Edge Hill University
  • PG Certificate in Practice Development from the University of Central Lancashire
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Practice from the University of Central Lancashire

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Across the pre-registration mental health provision
  • Post-graduate Certificate: Investigating Serious Incidents
  • T.E.A.M. Teaching Effective Aggression Management (Module Leader)

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner: Bedfordshire University

Publications

Westwood, R & Wright, K (2011) Investigating the care offered by general clinicians to mentally disordered people who have attempted suicide within accident and emergency departments. Mental Health Nursing (32)4

Wright, K (2010) Employing spirituality and faith as a protective factor against suicide. Mental Health Nursing. 30(6)