Alison Elliott

Alison Elliott

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB333

+44 (0) 1772 89 5133

Subject Areas: Mental Health

Alison Elliott, Senior Lecturer (Mental Health), Qualified as an RMN in 1986, spent the majority of career working in secure mental health and learning disability settings, but has also worked in community and adult and older adult  in-patient settings.  Course leader for the BSc Psychosocial Interventions course.  Areas of professional interest include psychosocial approaches, personality disorder, self injury and service user involvement.

Full Profile

  • 2001: Dip HE Health Studies; Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2003: Bsc (Hons) (First Class) Mental Health Nursing; University of Central Lancashire
  • 2009: MSc (Merit) Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health – Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis; University of Manchester
  • 2015; PG Cert (Merit) Investigating Serious Incidents; University of Central Lancashire
Professional Qualifications
  • 1986 Registered Mental Nurse
Current Post
  • 2012- Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire
Previous appointments
  • 2011-12 Integrated Team Manager, Forensic Community Mental Health Team, Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust (LCFT)
  • 2009-11 Manager/Specialist Practitioner, Forensic Personality Disorder Assessment Team, LCFT
  • 2007-09 Integrated Team Manager, Preston Assertive Outreach Team, LCFT
  • 2004-07 Modern Matron, Secure Mental Health Services, LCFT
  • 2000-04 Forensic CPN / Ward Manager, Secure Mental Health Services, LCFT
  • 1997 – 00 Ward Manager, Calderstones (Medium Secure Learning Disability service)


Elliott, A., Butler, J., Rogers, T.. (2015) (Chapter -  Formulating Goal Statements) Psychosocial Assessment in Mental Health. Sage Publications

Browning, G., Edgar, F., Elliott, A., Machin, K., MacInnes, D., McKeown, M., Ridley, J. (2018). Carer support and involvement in secure mental health services A Toolkit.  NHS England

Gardner, K. J., Wright, K. M., Elliott, A., Graham, S., Fonagy, P. (submitted for publication). The weirdness of having a bunch of other minds like yours in the room: the lived experiences of mentalization-based therapy for borderline personality disorder.

Co-author of Guild Lodge Self Injury Knowledge File, upon which the Department of Health publication (May 2012) ‘Safe and Secure’ was based

Main teaching activities

Course Leader: MSc Personality Disorder / PG Cert Investigating Serious Incidents in Heathcare /  Bsc Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health, also teach pre-registration students with regard to mental health / interventions, and mental health law.

Current Research and/or Knowledge Transfer

Currently acting as External Panel Member for a Serious Incident Review for a local NHS Trust, regularly offer workshops in relation to working safely and effectively with people who have committed sexual offences.

External Professional activities

Current: Honorary contract with Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust – provide clinical supervision input into Guild Lodge MSU.