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Joy Allen

Nurse Educator
School of Nursing

As a registered mental health nurse and qualified primary teacher, Joy has gained experience in a variety of health and educational settings. She specialised in child and adolescent mental health nursing and has extensive experience of working in child and adolescent mental health services ( CAMHS) throughout the UK.. Her current role is as Nurse Educator in the School of Nursing and Faculty of Health and Care, at the University of Central Lancashire.

As an experienced mental health nurse, Joy is employed part-time as a Nurse Educator at the University of Central Lancashire. Her role is to support Nursing Associate Apprentices and our learners in clinical practice, and to reinforce their learning, clinical skills and professionalism. Joy works collaboratively with our practice partners in North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust, and Cumbria, Northumberland , Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, to support our learners. Joy has also been gaining experience as an academic adviser for a cohort of nursing associate apprentices. As academic adviser, Joy has followed the progress of her cohort and supported learners to achieve their potential.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, Joy started her working life as a Nursery Nurse in a busy paediatric in-patient unit, and subsequently as a teaching assistant in the nursery department of a primary school. That experience inspired her to further her education and study for a Degree in Nursing Studies and Registered mental nurse qualification at St. Martin's College, Lancaster University. On graduating in 1995, Joy pursued her ambition of specialising in child and adolescent mental health nursing. Since qualifying with an English National Board nursing qualification (ENB 603) at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, in 1996, Joy has worked extensively in child and adolescent mental health services . More recently, Joy has widened her professional development by achieving a post-graduate certificate in education in lower primary teaching ( PGCE ), and qualified teacher status (QTS). She has since gained experience teaching in both primary and higher education settings. Currently, Joy combines her clinical and teaching experience in her role as Nurse Educator at the University of Central Lancashire.

  • PGCE Lower Primary teaching qualification / QTS , Canterbury Christchurch University - 2012
  • Mentor Development training ,Greenwich University - 2003
  • ENB 603 Child & Adolescent Mental Health – Institute of Psychiatry, London - 1996
  • BA HONS Nursing studies/ RMN – St. Martin’s College, Lancaster University- 1995
  • NNEB/ Nursery Nurse – Erith College of Technology, Kent - 1987
  • As a specialist nurse in child and adolescent mental health, Joy has an interest in all aspects of health and well-being. During her career she has attended many short courses including : an introduction to using solution focused brief therapy, applying solution focused brief therapy to working with children and adolescents, group therapy, family therapy, trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy, safeguarding supervision, decider skills training and mentor development training.
  • NMC