Gary has a vast experience of working clinically in mental health services and lecturing. He has a growing body of research experience and has a passion for patient and public involvement and improving mental health service provision. His research interests focus on health service research and qualitative methodologies. Gary is research active within the mental health field and provides strategic leadership for our Offender Personality Disorder Programme. Gary continues to practice clinically as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
Gary is research active and currently supporting a number of research trials and has a growing publication record with a focus on personality disorder and education evaluations. Whilst working in a research role he is also active in providing leadership in the school of nursing in his role as programme director / principle investigator (PI) in which he provides strategic leadership for the externally funded regional offender personality disorder (OPD) higher education programme. Additionally, Gary holds an elected position in the University Committee for Ethics and Integrity. He is also the School of Nursing’s (SON) Research Ethics Lead. Gary continues to teach on both the MSc for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies Course, Pre-registration nursing courses and Personality Disorder OPD Programme and the Personality Disorder MSc courses.
Gary joined the University of Central Lancashire in August 2018. Prior to this position he held the position of Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Salford. Gary moved into academia full time following the successful completion of an NIHR clinical doctoral research fellowship in 2017 after a long and successful career in the NHS as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (Qualified in 2002), Psychological Therapist and more recently Advanced Practitioner in Personality Disorder. Gary has a unique and varied clinical career in mental health nursing which has followed new service initiatives in line with the modernisation of mental health services. He has worked in forensic medium secure units, mental health rehabilitation, crisis resolution and home treatment, early intervention in psychosis teams, psychological therapy services at both primary / secondary care levels and personality disorder services. Gary has also been interested and involved in teaching and educational roles for most of his career and has taught at several academic institutions as a guest/ honorary lecturer.
Throughout his clinical career Gary has continued to develop his academic expertise, completing a BSc (Hons) in the psycho-social management of psychosis (COPE) and MSc in advanced practice interventions in mental health (COPE) both at the University of Manchester. Gary is a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and has been accredited for 9 years. He has a special interest in the psychological treatment of a variety of complex mental health presentations including psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder and personality disorder (including self-injury). In 2010 Gary was recruited as an advanced practitioner in personality disorder (NHS band 8a) and strategically led the development of a multi-agency personality disorder strategy that was the first of its kind in the UK. This strategy received national recognition in 2011 when Gary awarded the national ‘Nursing Times Award in Mental Health’. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious full time NIHR funded Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (Award of £208,233), which was complete at the University of Manchester under the Supervision of Professor Karina Lovell (University of Manchester), Professor John Baker (University of Leeds) and Dr Tommy Dickinson (Kings College London). Gary’s PhD thesis was complete in 2017 and the research is entitled ‘'Enhancing Understanding of the Experience of People with Common Mental Health Disorders and Co-Morbid Personality Disorder Traits who Present to Primary Care IAPT Services’. Gary currently holds the position of Communications Officer for the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder (BIGSPD) and was formerly Secretary. He has a special interest in personality disorder in primary care populations.
Gary is particularly interested in health service research, qualitative research and framework analysis. He has extensive experience of supporting user involvement and working in co-production with patients both in NHS services and in research. He also has an interest in executive coaching and supported the development of senior leaders in his previous NHS trust in the development of their coaching skills. Gary has completed his PGCAP and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
- 2017-2018: Post Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP), The University of Salford
- 2014-2018: PhD - Mental Health Nursing - Thesis Title: ‘ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE WITH COMMON MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND CO-MORBID PERSONALITY DISORDER TRAITS WHO PRESENT TO PRIMARY CARE IAPT SERVICES’, The University of Manchester
- 2007-2010: MSc - Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health (COPE), The University of Manchester
- 2004-2005: BSc (Hons) - The Psycho-social Management of Psychosis, The University of Manchester
- 2003: 20 Level II Credits - Psycho-social Interventions in Psychosis, An Introduction to CBT and PSI, The University of Manchester
- 1999-2002: Diploma of Higher Education (Nursing Studies- Mental Health - RMN), The University of Lancaster (Edge Hill School of Health Studies)
- 2017 – Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Research Award - Finalist (North West Coast Research and Innovations Awards 2017, United Kingdom, February 2017)
- 2016 - 1st Prize Conference Poster Presentation - Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses Conference (National Institute of Health Research, United Kingdom, May 2016)
- 2015- Highly Commended Paper Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. (Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom, February 2015)
- 2011 – Winner of the National Nursing Times Award in Mental Health Nursing
- 2011 – Winner of the Inter-agency and Partnership Working Award (5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Staff Recognition Awards)
- Psychological interventions
- Complex cases
- Personality disorder
- Mental health treatment and evaluation of service and educational initiatives
- NMC RMNH Effective until 09/21 (PIN: 99I4105E)
- BABCP Accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist since March 2010. (BABCP Registration Number: 080791)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
- Communications Officer and Executive Member of ‘The British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder’ (BIGSPD)
- RCN National Nursing Representative for Personality Disorder, Anxiety and Depression and steering group member for the ‘National Clinical Audit for Anxiety and Depression’ (NCAAD) hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrist in London
- Associate Editor – Journal of Mental Health and Personality
- Editorial Board Member – Journal of Training, Education and Practice
- Editorial Board Member – Journal of Forensic Practice
- Peer Reviewer – British Journal of Psychiatry
- Peer Reviewer – Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
- Peer Reviewer – Journal of Personality and Mental Health
- Peer Reviewer – Mental Health Practice Journal
- Peer Reviewer – Journal of Personality Disorder
- Peer Reviewer – British Journal of Psychiatry
- Registered NIHR Professional Reviewer
- Referee (Independent Scientific Reviewer) for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB)
- External contract with the University of Salford 2018-2019 to lecture on the Liaison Mental Health Training Programme