Dr Gillian Rayner
Reader in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Principal Lecturer Counselling and Psychological Therapies
School of Community Health and Midwifery
Gill is an Adult and Mental Health Nurse, Integrative Counsellor and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She is currently discipline lead for Counselling and Psychotherapy at UCLan. She has over 20 years of Academic experience and leadership in Higher Education and 30 years of Psychotherapy and Nursing. She is Reader (Associate Professor) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with specific research interests in self-harm, interpersonal processes, Psychotherapist self-care and compassion.
Gill leads the school on Innovation and Enterprise and leads the quality Assurance of our large Franchise of courses in Athens (ICPS). She supervises many different PhD's by Research, Professional Doctorate and has previously supervised a PhD by publication to completion. She has inspired and created many different courses with her team, such as the online Professional Doctorate, MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and BSc(Hons) Counselling, Coaching and Psychological Therapies. She works as a psychotherapist half a day per week in Staff counselling offering CBT and has a private practise for CBP and Counselling Supervision. She is keen to continue to develop a variety of interventions and self help resources for people who self-harm and supervise helpers to provide this, within innovation or research projects.
- 2017 - present Reader and Principal Lecturer Counselling and Psychotherapy UCLan
- 2010 - 2017 Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Salford
- 2000 - 2010 Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Salford
- 1997 - 2000 Team Leader Liaison Psychiatry Stoke-on-Trent
- 1991 - 1997 Senior Clinical Nurse Therapist, Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside.
- 1987/91 - 10/91 Staff Nurse (RMN) Community Integrated Care, Dutton Grange, Northwich.
- 1989 - 1991 Post-reg student (RMN) Fazakerley Hospital, Liverpool
- 1988 - 1989 Staff Nurse, Surgical ward, Broadgreen Hospital. Liverpool.
- 1985 - 1988 Student Nurse (RGN) Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool.
In addition to the above full-time posts Gill has also continued to work as a Psychotherapist: 2018 Staff Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist UCLan Human Resources
- 2015 - 2017 Volunteer Counsellor/Psychotherapist Women’s Centre Salford
- 2016 - 2017 CBT for student nurses who have simulation phobia (a project with MSc CBP students)
- 2015 - 2016 Voluntary CBT for military staff
- 2003 - 2005 Cognitive behavioural psychotherapist 5 Boroughs Mental Health Trust. (Two 20-session contracts for 3 clients per week)
- 2000 - 2002 Honorary Contract Pennine Care (Bury) 12-month Psychotherapy group for people with a Personality Disorder. (Integrative approach)
- 1992 - 1995 Voluntary Staff Counsellor Aintree Hospitals
- 2011 PhD University of Salford, 2011
- 2001 Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Salford University
- 2000 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Training, (Post Graduate Diploma) Chester College
- 1998 Foundation year in Group Analysis, Red House, Manchester
- 1995 Master of Arts in Counselling (BAC Recognised course, Manchester University)
- 1991 Registered Mental Nurse
- 1988 Registered General Nurse
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Mental Health Nursing
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Supervision, Research and Innovation
- PhD supervision
- Interpersonal Processes.
- NMC registered Nurse and Tutor, BABCP accredited Psychotherapist Trainer and Supervisor.
- HEA Senior Fellow
- Gill is a member of the BABCP Programme Approval Committee and Chairs accreditation visits across the Uk.
- She has previously been external examiner and advisor for Derby University, University College Cork and the Gestalt academy of Scandinavia, Stockholm. Gill is presently external examiner for the Professional Doctorate Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.
- Peer reviewing roles:
- Peer reviewer for the Journal of Counselling Psychology Quarterly and the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
- Book reviewer for Sage and Routledge publications.
Completed PHD supervisions
- Alyousef, S.M. (2017) – The extent and impact of mental Health stigma on people with mental health problems in Saudi Arabia. (International full time student). University of Salford
- Beaumont, E. (2017) – “Being kinder to myself” through the use of Compassionate mind training/Compassion focused therapy in times of suffering: can cultivating self-compassion act as a remedy to self-critical judgement in clinical and student populations? (Staff PhD by publication). University of Salford
- 2019-21 Rayner(PI) French, O'Byrne, Wilkinson(£38K) Knowledge exchange funding (HEIF) A compassionate CBT workbook for people who self-harm. working with Student Wellbeing services and Lancashire women.
- 2017 - 2018 Rayner (PI) Bluff & Bowling (£15K) A compassionate Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy group for people who self-harm. Salford Clinical Commissioning Group Innovation award. 2
- 016 - 2017 (£4K) McAndrew (PI) Rayner. Vicariously supporting the mental wellbeing of students: A Report on Action Learning Sets. Bury College
- 2015 - 2016 (£36K) Foster (PI), Rayner and Allen. East Cheshire Emotionally Healthy Schools project evaluation. The pupil and staff online questionnaires about mental health and stigma have been intellectually copyrighted to all three authors. This project involved monitoring of Tier 3 CAMHS referrals via retrieval, collation, comparison and statistical analysis of data, a Salford designed staff online survey (personal and perceived mental health stigma, knowledge confidence and helpfulness), a Salford designed online survey for young people (confidence and self-esteem, mental well-being and resilience) and collation and analysis of pre and post routine outcome measures (secondary data) from the teams providing mental health interventions in the schools.
- 2013 - 2014 (5000 Euros total, 25000 Euros to Salford.) G Rayner (PI) Educational Needs and Wants of Mental Health Nurses: a comparison of Irish and UK focus groups. Joint bid with the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and University of Salford.
Use the links below to view their profiles:
- View their unique and persistent identifier on the ORCiD registry
- Full list of publications and articles on CLoK
- Google Scholar
- Criminal Justice
- Mental Health
- Rayner, G (2017) Interpersonal Processes and Self-injury: A qualitative study using Bricolage. Berlin 6th European Conference on Mental Health (ECMH)
- Rayner, G. & Bowling, G (2017) Compassionate Mind Training enhances Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy training for students. Concurrent session 45th Annual International conference, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
- Rayner, G (2017) Self-harm and eating disorders conference organised by Self-Harm Awareness for All (SAFA). The cycle of shame in self-harm and connections with personality Disorder. Penrith
- Rayner, G (2016) From Cycles of Shame to compassionate Psychotherapy groups. Concurrent session. 22nd International network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
- Rayner, G (2015) Interpersonal issues and self-injury. Concurrent presentation. 21st International network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference. RCN.
- Foster, C. Rayner, G. & and Allen,S. (2014) Self harm and suicide amongst children and young people in Knowsley: A collaborative workforce development project. NET 25th International Networking for Healthcare Education, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
- Conference and enterprise organisation
- 20164th Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Symposium. University of Salford.
- 20153rd Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy symposium. University of Salford.
- 20142nd Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy symposium. University of Salford.
- 20131st Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy symposium. University of Salford
- 2007-2008 Independent trainer for Linkworks and put together and provided a successful bid for regional training for National Institute of Mental Health in England, North West. (£100K)
- 2007Advanced class on Personality Disorder at Salford University. This was organised in partnership with Ashworth Hospital, Merseycare.
- 2004 “Personality Disorder”: A move towards integrated solutions for people with complex needs. National conference, Manchester. University of Salford. (£9K)
- 2004 Therapeutic Interventions in Self-injury. National conference, Pavillion Publishing. Manchester . (£5K)
- 2005 Two training days for Oldham crisis interventions services in Pennine Trust. (£1.5K)
- 2006 Advanced class on Personality Disorder at Salford University. This was requested and endorsed by NIMHE This class focused on Borderline personality disorder and had professionals from different disciplines and also service users presenting.
- 2003 A four evening CPD course on self-harm for the University of Salford.(£1K)
- 2002 A four evening CPD course on self-harm for the University of Salford. (£1K)
- 2002 “Personality Disordered” or People with complex needs?. National conference, Manchester (£2K)
- 2001 Therapeutic Interventions in Self-injury. National conference Pavillion Publishing. Manchester (£2K)
- 20014 days of education on working with people who self-harm for two different mental health trusts in Blackpool and Halifax. (£2K)