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Dr. Mick McKeown

Reader in Democratic Mental Health

School of Nursing

Harrington Building, HA028

+44 (0) 1772 89 3792

mmckeown@uclan.ac.uk

Mick has had a lengthy career as a mental health nurse and researcher. He has a longstanding interest in issues of power and equality within services and wider society. With an emphasis on sociological analyses he takes a critical view of mental health care and the professional practices therein.

Mick is research active within the mental health field and is a member of the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Full Profile

Mick is Reader in Democratic Mental Health in the School of Nursing. He has consistently supported public engagement initiatives and helped found the Comensus service user and carer involvement initiative at the university. This has involved a significant amount of inter-disciplinary scholarship and alliance building, community engagement, and support for user groups. Comensus connects research and teaching and provides for user involvement at all stages of the research process, helping to define research questions and enhance teaching quality. There is a valuable international dimension connected to scholars and activists working in the new filed of Mad Studies. Other current and recent activity includes PPI lead for the mental health theme of North West Coastal CLAHRC, our ‘One-In-Four’ Film Festival held annually, participatory action research and appreciative inquiry projects in mental health settings, research into service user and carer involvement in secure mental health services, and studies of restrictive practices and these can be minimised.

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

    • UNISON National Nursing Sector Committee (1996-present)
    • National Standing Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Committee (1999-2005)
    • Mental Health Nursing Academics UK
    • Mad Activism and the Academy network.
    • Critical Mental Health Nursing Network
    • CNO Review of Mental Health Nursing – Reference Panel (2005-2006)
    • MIND Advocacy Standards Project – Reference Group (2005-2006)

      Research Activities

        • Service user and carer involvement
        • Mental health advocacy
        • Psychosocial interventions for people with serious mental health problems
        • Secure mental health services
        • The social construction of difference
        • Mad studies and mental health social movements
        • Qualitative and participatory methods, Q methodology

          Projects

            • Comensus
            • North West Coastal CLAHRC Improving Mental Health Theme
            • Carers support and involvement in forensic services
            • Evaluation of the National Secure Care Recovery And Outcomes Network
            • Extreme Coercive Measures in High Secure Care

              Teaching activities and responsibilities

              PhD and research degree supervision:

              • Kathryn Allen - Participatory action research for shared decision making in mental health
              • Bill Penson - Disability discourse, mental health and postcolonial theory
              • Lisa Davies - Writing the disabled self
              • Mark Lafferty - Legislation, policies and equality: evaluating deaf people’s access to the National Health Service.
              • Nadeem Gire - TechCare: Mobile-AssessmenT and ThErapy for PsyCHosis: An intervention for Clients within the EArly InteRvention SErvice.
              • Hassan Awan – MECC making every contact count
              • Kamran Baqai – Resilience to traumatic events for ambulance/paramedic personnel
              • Rick Fothergill - Phenomenological study of counsellors’ use of outcome measures
              • Pauline Cusack - Stories of service users and professionals regarding physical restraint

                External Affiliations and Roles

                  • External examiner for Mental Health Modules Open University (2014-16)
                  • External examiner for BSc Nursing (Mental Health) University of York (2013-2016)
                  • External examiner for Diploma/BMedSci in Forensic mental Health Practice, University of Sheffield (2002-2006).
                  • External examiner for pre-registration mental health nursing courses, Edge Hill University (2007-2011).
                  • Editorial board member for International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Forensic Practice.

                    Review journal papers and books for Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Health & Social Care in the Community, International Journal of Comparative Criminology and Offender Therapy, Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, Mental Health Review, Nurse Education Today, Mental Health Today, Political Studies Journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, and BioMed Central Nursing.
                    Review research proposals for DoH Research for Patient Benefit funding stream.

                  Review journal papers and books for Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Health & Social Care in the Community, International Journal of Comparative Criminology and Offender Therapy, Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, Mental Health Review, Nurse Education Today, Mental Health Today, Political Studies Journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

                  Review research proposals for DoH Research for Patient Benefit funding stream.

                  Social Media

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                  Publications

                  Moth, R. & McKeown, M. (2016) Realising Sedgwick’s vision: theorising strategies of resistance to neoliberal mental health policy. Critical & Radical Social Work,

                  McKeown, M., Jones, F., Foy, P., Wright, K., Paxton, T. & Blackmon, M. (2016) Looking back, looking forward: recovery journeys in a high secure hospital. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, 234-242.

                  McKeown, M. & White, J. (2015) The future of mental health nursing: are we barking up the wrong tree? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, 724-730.

                  McKeown, M., Roy, A. & Spandler, H. (2015) ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’: supportive social relations in a football and mental health project. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 360-369.

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