Jim is Associate Professor in Mental Health and Wellbeing and Professional Lead for Mental Health Nursing at Sheffield Hallam University. He is vice chair of the Mental Health Nurse Academics UK Group and is involved with several national and international networks and consultations.
As a researcher Jim has strong foundations investigating a range of topics including end of life care, therapeutic encounters, clinical supervision, young people’s mental health, and wellbeing through sport and exercise. He is particularly interested in teaching and researching therapeutic interventions as applied to mental health and wellbeing in general. He has been a Mental Health Nurse for over 35 years and spent twenty years in the NHS before moving to University. He has published extensively and presented his work at several important forums and conferences.
I see clinical supervision as the cornerstone of practice (as do many others). I have researched and published on the implementation of clinical supervision, contributed to guidelines and best practice, currently supervises NHS colleagues and academics, am an expert advisor on an Ireland based clinical supervision evaluation, supervise therapists and staff on the RCN’s LIFELINE initiative, and have peer supervision. It is safe to say that I am committed to the practice and development of clinical supervision and am pleased to be part of the Florence Nightingale Subject Expert group as I feel strongly that we need to continue to establish and embed clinical supervision into the core role and expectation of the nurse. I can’t imagine what my career and nursing approach would have looked like if I hadn’t had the guidance and support from colleagues through clinical supervision in all the areas I have worked and had influence.