Sarah Trail

Sarah Traill

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB309

+44 (0) 1772 89 5104

Sarah is Course Leader for the University Advanced Certificate, Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression.

Full Profile

MSc, PGDip Ed, BA (HONS), RMN.

Sarah has been at UCLan for the last 8 years and during this time has managed and contributed to a variety of courses covering mental health nursing, cognitive therapy and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT). She has had a number of roles in both the NHS and independent sector, as a nurse, manager, practice development facilitator and cognitive behaviour therapist (CBT).

Sarah trained as a cognitive behavioural therapist, gaining her MSc in 1998, and has continued in practice since then. She currently practices in both the NHS primary care and the independent sector. Maintaining and enhancing her skills is important in terms of clinical effectiveness, but it also provides an advantage to students in that she is not remote from the realities of day to day clinical practice.

Whilst working in practice development, Sarah found that she had a genuine passion for teaching and learning, often using action research principles to improve educational endeavours. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in teaching and learning in 2004 and then moved into Higher Education to take on a senior lecturer post here at UCLan. Sarah aims to create a learning environment that is stimulating, enjoyable and facilitates the conditions that help students experience those “penny dropping” moments that lead to both competence and confidence.

Sarah is a registered teacher with the Nursing Midwifery Council and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • BA (HONS) Nursing Studies
  • PG Dip Teaching and Learning (Post compulsory sector)


McKeown, M., Malihi-Shoja, L., Jones, F., Hogarth, R., Traill, S., Edwards, M., Holt, K., Whatkins, G., Priestly, J., Hellawell, M., & Lunt, J. (2011) Movies, movements and moving moments: connecting film, user involvement and student learning. IN Stickley, T. (Ed) (2011) Qualitative research in arts and mental health: Context meanings and evidence. Ross-on Wye, PCCS Books

Book reviewer for British journal of guidance counselling 2010 onwards

Presenter @ Mediconf “CBT in primary care” in Liverpool and Blackpool (2010)

Dryden, W. & Opie, S. (2003) Overcoming Depression. London. Sheldon Press.

More Publications


  • Service user and carer perceptions of involvement in mental health education: face to face versus reusable learning objects.
  • Action research, investigating techniques to increase levels of participation and interaction between group members’ who were learning technical CBT skills and group facilitation.
  • Review of the similarities and differences between the Beckian CBT and REBT approach to chronic and severe depression.

External Activities

  • CBT Therapist for a GP practice in the North West and Priory Hospitals Group
  • Book reviewer for SAGE publications
  • IAPT training consultancy for University of Middlesbrough 2011

Teaching Activities