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Professor Mick McKeown

Professor of Democratic Mental Health
School of Nursing

Mick is Professor of Democratic Mental Health in the School of Nursing. He has consistently supported public engagement initiatives, largely in the field of health and social care. He initiated and developed the Comensus service user and carer involvement project at the University of Central Lancashire and supports public engagement in North West Coastal ARC mental health activities. Mick is a board member of the Preston Cooperative Development Network and active within the Preston Model for community wealth building.

Mick has published widely in nursing and inter-disciplinary mental health journals. He is a member of the editorial boards for the cross-disciplinary Journal of Forensic Practice and the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing the top ranked international journal for mental health nursing. He has worked on projects funded by the NHS, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Skills for Care, the Higher Education Academy, Wellcome Trust, and the British Council. Mick is author and coordinator of the collectively written text Service User and Carer Involvement in Education for Health and Social Care (Wiley) and was co-editor of Forensic Mental Health Care: a Case Study Approach (Churchill-Livingstone). Together with Karen Wright he edited the new text Essentials of Mental Health Nursing, published by Sage. A new edited book focusing on coproduction in metal health services is in the pipeline.

Mick is known for his work on participation and democracy within mental health services, in the research context and in the education of practitioners. This has involved a significant amount of inter-disciplinary scholarship and alliance building on behalf of the university, community engagement, and support for user groups. Work with UCLan's Comensus group 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 in the Mad Studies field. Mick makes a contribution to various transdisciplinary Institutes and Centres within the university, including leading the mental health theme of the Criminal Justice Partnership. Previous work has included: supporting our annual mental health Film Festival; participatory action research and appreciative inquiry projects in mental health settings; a Health Foundation study of reducing restrictive practices; research in secure mental health services; study of health care employment relations and union organising; a Heritage Lottery and Arts Council funded community arts and heritage project framed by the Archive of Whittingham Asylum; a large national study of independent mental health advocacy; an evaluation of the It’s a Goal mental well-being initiative that uses football metaphor to promote mental health; a KTP project focused on NHS service user involvement; and supervision of a HEA funded PhD studentship into university user and carer involvement practices. Teaching across a variety of pre and post registration and undergraduate and post-graduate courses.