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Professor Alan Simpson

Professor

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information

Contact

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Alan is a mental health nurse researcher with a special interest in the involvement of and collaboration with service users and carers in mental health practice, education and research. He joined City University London as a Research Fellow in 2001 and previously worked in the NHS in Sussex and Somerset and at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton and St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London.

Alan leads the Centre for Mental Health Research, which investigates how best to deliver and improve mental health care and mental health nursing. He has recently led the completion of two cross-national studies investigating the facilitators and barriers to delivering recovery-focused care planning and coordination in community and inpatient mental health settings in England and Wales. He was also a co-investigator on the successful SafeWards trial in which he facilitated collaboration with service users and carers throughout the five year study.

He is co-investigator on the new 'ENRICH' five-year programme of research into peer support for people with serious mental illness, which partly builds on his earlier pilot trial of peer support for people discharged from mental health units. He was also a co-investigator on a national study of 'protected engagement time' on acute inpatient wards and before that worked on studies in inpatient settings aimed at reducing conflict and containment. His PhD study investigated care coordination in community mental health teams and he has led a number of innovative educational evaluations.

Alan is a key member of the Joint Institute of Mental Health Nursing established between East London NHS Foundation Trust and City University London and works very closely with the Trust. Previously he was a community mental health nurse with homeless people with mental health problems; a drug and alcohol liaison nurse; and a staff nurse in mental health day hospital and acute care settings. In a previous life he worked in shops, as a tannery worker and in a cellophane factory.

Qualifications

PhD; PGCert Academic Practice; PGCert Research Methods; PGDip Counselling; BA Hons Social Psychology; RMN

Awards

Eileen Skellem Lecture, June 2013

Admistrative roles

- Member, London Clinical Senate Council
- Member, Senate Research Ethics Committee
- Member, School of Health Sciences' Community Engagement (User and Carer Involvement) Strategy Committee
- Member, School of Health Sciences' Research Strategy Committee
- Member, Joint Strategy Board for Institute for Mental Health Nursing
- Member, East London NHS Foundation Trust Research Strategy Committee

- Member, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK
- Member, Metropolitan Police Service Vulnerability Advisory Group (VIAG).
- Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Memberships of professional bodies

- Alan recently completed four years as Chair and Vice-Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics (UK), an organisation representing the interests of mental health nursing academics in nearly 60 higher education institutions, and was Chair of the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference Steering Group.

He is a member of the NHS England Sustainable Safe Staffing Guidance Group for Mental Health.

Research

Research overview

Alan leads on mental health nursing research with a special focus on service user and carer involvement. He is currently leading a cross-national study of recovery-focused care planning and coordination in England and Wales and recently completed the UK's first pilot trial of peer support for people discharged from mental health units. He was also co-investigator on a national study of 'protected engagement time' on acute inpatient wards and previously worked on studies in inpatient settings aimed at reducing conflict and containment. Alan also conducted a study of care coordination in community mental health teams and led a number of innovative educational evaluations.

Research areas

Service user and carer involvement; case management; care Programme Approach; care coordination; community and inpatient mental health care; recovery-focused care

Grants

- Principle Investigator on a cross-national comparative study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination in inpatient settings. Funded by NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research.

- Principle Investigator on a cross-national comparative study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination in community settings. Funded by NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research.

- Co-investigator on a national study of peer support for people with serious mental illness discharged from hospital. Funded by NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.

- Principle Investigator on a pilot randomised controlled trial to measure the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of peer support in psychiatric patients discharged from hospital. Funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

- Co-investigator on a comparison of acute mental health inpatient wards which use Patient Engagement Time, with other wards delivering standard care alone, across three NHS Trusts. Funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

- Principle Investigator on a process and outcomes evaluation of a new preceptorship programme for newly qualified mental health nurses. Funded by East London NHS Foundation Trust.

- Co-investigator and facilitator of service user involvement in programme of research aimed at reducing conflict and containment in psychiatry. Funded by NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.

Principal collaborators

- Dr Julia Jones
- Dr Chris Flood
- Dr Mark Haddad
- Dr Ben Hannigan, Cardiff University
- Dr Michael Coffey, Swansea University
- Dr Aled Jones, Cardiff University
- Ms Alison Faulkner, Independent Service User Researcher/Consultant
- Prof Len Bowers, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
- Dr Fiona Nolan, UCL
- Prof Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Flinders University, Australia

Research Fellow

- Dr Sally Barlow

Research Students

Name
Miles Rinaldi
Attendance
Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
Thesis Title
Can an evidence based practice developed in the USA to help people with mental health conditions gain and retain employment be implemented within routine clinical practice within the NHS?
Name
Alison Faulkner
Attendance
Oct 2015 – Sep 2017
Thesis Title
'The Power And Value Of Experiential Knowledge: The Potential of Service User-Led Research to Empower Individuals and Communities in their Relationship to Mental Health Services’
Name
Suzanne Dawson
Thesis Title
Recovery-focsed care planning in people under Community Treatment Orders in South Australia
Name
Maggie Grant
Thesis Title
Whatever happened to Baby Mei? A study of adoption appraisal
Name
Pam Page
Thesis Title
A qualitative appraisal of visiting within adult critical care units
Name
Emma Etuk
Thesis Title
Exploring User Involvement in Mentorship of Student Midwives in Practice
Name
Isaac Tuffour
Thesis Title
A Study of the Experiences of Black African Service Users of Mental Health Provision in England: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Publications

Book

  1. Simpson, A., Essen, C., Anderson, J., Clark, M., Cook, J., Edwards, L., Fox, L., Light, I., MacMahon, A., Malihi-Shoja, L., Patel, R., Samociuk, S., Lang, T. and Westerby, N. (2009). Involving Service Users and Carers in Education: The Development Worker Role: Guidelines for Higher Education Institutes. Lancaster: Mental Health in Higher Education.

Chapters (4)

  1. Simpson, A. (2008). Acute inpatient care. In Brooker, C. and Repper, J. (Eds.), Mental Health: From policy to practice (pp. 151–163). London: Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-443-10383-4.
  2. Simpson, A. (2006). Dual diagnosis: Shared care and interprofessional practice. In Rassool, G.H. and Hussein, R.G. (Eds.), Dual diagnosis nursing (pp. 130–139). Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-1902-3.
  3. Simpson, A. and Brennan, G. Working in Partnership. In Callaghan, P., Playle, P. and Cooper, L. (Eds.), Mental Health Nursing Skills (pp. 74–84). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Simpson, A. and Buss, N. Tvaerfagligt teamwork i psykiatrien. Psykiatrisk sugepleje (pp. 64–77). Denmark: NYT Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (2)

  1. Mulligan, K., Lamontagne-Godwin, F., McBain, H., Haddad, M., Jones, J., Flood, C., Thomas, D. and Simpson, A. (2017). Diabetes care for people with severe mental illness: a survey of health professionals. .
  2. Nolan, F., Gray, R., Simpson, A. and Cheston, R. (2015). Results of a programme to evaluate protected engagement time in acute and older adult inpatient wards in England. .

Journal Articles (93)

  1. Northcott, S., Simpson, A., Moss, B., Ahmed, N. and Hilari, K. (2017). Supporting people with aphasia to 'settle into a new way to be': speech and language therapists' views on providing psychosocial support. International journal of language & communication disorders . doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12323.
  2. Coffey, M., Cohen, R., Faulkner, A., Hannigan, B., Simpson, A. and Barlow, S. (2017). Ordinary risks and accepted fictions: how contrasting and competing priorities work in risk assessment and mental health care planning. Health Expectations, 20(3), pp. 471–483. doi:10.1111/hex.12474.
  3. McLeod, K. and Simpson, A. (2017). Exploring the value of mental health nurses working in primary care in England: a qualitative study. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing . doi:10.1111/jpm.12400.
  4. Reynolds, L.M., Hodge, P. and Simpson, A. (2017). Serious games for mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(4), pp. 183–184. doi:10.1111/jpm.12385.
  5. Reynolds, L.M., Davies, J.P., Mann, B., Tulloch, S., Nidsjo, A., Hodge, P., Maiden, N. and Simpson, A. (2017). StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users' preparation for discharge: a feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(4), pp. 185–193. doi:10.1111/jpm.12340.
  6. Northcott, S., Simpson, A., Moss, B., Ahmed, N. and Hilari, K. (2017). How do speech-and-language therapists address the psychosocial well-being of people with aphasia? Results of a UK online survey. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52(3), pp. 356–373. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12278.
  7. Coffey, M., Hannigan, B. and Simpson, A. (2017). Care planning and co-ordination: imperfect solutions in a complex world. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing . doi:10.1111/jpm.12393.
  8. Drummond, C. and Simpson, A. (2017). "Who's actually gonna read this?" An evaluation of staff experiences of the value of information contained in written care plans in supporting care in three different dementia care settings. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing . doi:10.1111/jpm.12380.
  9. Simpson, A., Oster, C. and Muir-Cochrane, E. (2017). Liminality in the occupational identity of mental health peer support workers: A qualitative study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing . doi:10.1111/inm.12351.
  10. Mulligan, K., Mcbain, H., Lamontagne-Godwin, F., Chapman, J., Haddad, M., Jones, J., Flood, C., Thomas, D. and Simpson, A. (2017). Barriers and enablers of type 2 diabetes self-management in people with severe mental illness. Health Expectations . doi:10.1111/hex.12543.
  11. Haddad, M., Llewellyn-Jones, S., Yarnold, S. and Simpson, A. (2016). Improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness in a low secure forensic unit: An uncontrolled evaluation study of staff training and physical health care plans. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(6), pp. 554–565. doi:10.1111/inm.12246.
  12. Dawson, S., Lawn, S., Simpson, A. and Muir-Cochrane, E. (2016). Care planning for consumers on community treatment orders: An integrative literature review. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1107-z.
  13. McBain, H., Mulligan, K., Lamontagne-Godwin, F., Jones, J., Haddad, M., Flood, C., Thomas, D. and Simpson, A. (2016). Implementation of recommended type 2 diabetes care for people with severe mental illness - a qualitative exploration with healthcare professionals. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0942-2.
  14. Jones, J., McBain, H., Lamontagne-Godwin, F., Mulligan, K., Haddad, M., Flood, C., Thomas, D. and Simpson, A. (2016). Severe mental illness and type 2 diabetes: using theory and research evidence to develop complex behaviour change interventions. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23(5), pp. 312–321. doi:10.1111/jpm.12311.
  15. Bowers, L., James, K., Quirk, A., Simpson, A., Sugar, , Stewart, D. and Hodsoll, J. (2016). Corrigendum to Reducing conflict and containment rates on acute psychiatric wards: The Safewards cluster randomised controlled trial [Int. J. Nurs. Stud., 52, September 9, (2015), 1412-1422] Doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.05.001. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 58, p. 102. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.12.006.
  16. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Jones, A., Všetečková, J., Faulkner, A., Thornton, A. and Cartwright, M. (2016). Recovery-focused care planning and coordination in England and Wales: A cross-national mixed methods comparative case study. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0858-x.
  17. Mcbain, H., Mulligan, K., Haddad, M., Flood, C., Jones, J. and Simpson, A. (2016). Self management interventions for type 2 diabetes in adult people with severe mental illness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(4) . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011361.pub2.
  18. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Jones, A., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Všetečková, J. and Faulkner, A. (2016). Cross-national comparative mixed-methods case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination: Collaborative Care Planning Project (COCAPP). Health Services and Delivery Research, 4(5), pp. 1–190. doi:10.3310/hsdr04050.
  19. Paton, F., Wright, K., Ayre, N., Dare, C., Johnson, S., Lloyd-Evans, B., Simpson, A., Webber, M. and Meader, N. (2016). Improving outcomes for people in mental health crisis: A rapid synthesis of the evidence for available models of care. Health Technology Assessment, 20(3) . doi:10.3310/hta20030.
  20. Cox, L.G. and Simpson, A. (2015). Cultural safety, diversity and the servicer user and carer movement in mental health research. Nursing Inquiry, 22(4), pp. 306–316. doi:10.1111/nin.12096.
  21. Northcott, S., Burns, K., Simpson, A. and Hilari, K. (2015). 'Living with Aphasia the Best Way i Can': A Feasibility Study Exploring Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for People with Aphasia. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 67(3), pp. 156–167. doi:10.1159/000439217.
  22. Albert, R. and Simpson, A. (2015). Double deprivation: A phenomenological study into the experience of being a carer during a mental health crisis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(12), pp. 2753–2762. doi:10.1111/jan.12742.
  23. Cox, L.G. and Simpson, A. (2015). Cultural safety, diversity and the servicer user and carer movement in mental health research. Nurs Inq, 22(4), pp. 306–316. doi:10.1111/nin.12096.
  24. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Jones, A., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Všetečková, J., Faulkner, A. and Haddad, M. (2015). Study protocol: Cross-national comparative case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination (COCAPP). BMC Psychiatry, 15(1) . doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0538-2.
  25. Hodge, P., Davis, J., Maiden, N., Mann, B., Nidsjo, A., Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2015). StreetWise: A valid ecology for a serious game in a secure forensic mental health setting. Procedia Computer Science, 63, pp. 252–259. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.08.341.
  26. Bowers, L., James, K., Quirk, A., Simpson, A., Stewart, D. and Hodsoll, J. (2015). Reducing conflict and containment rates on acute psychiatric wards: The Safewards cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(9), pp. 1412–1422. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.05.001.
  27. Grotto, J., Gerace, A., O'Kane, D., Simpson, A., Oster, C. and Muir-Cochrane, E. (2015). Risk assessment and absconding: Perceptions, understandings and responses of mental health nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(5-6), pp. 855–865. doi:10.1111/jocn.12671.
  28. McBain, H., Mulligan, K., Haddad, M., Flood, C., Jones, J., Chapman, J., Hilton, N. and Simpson, A. (2014). Diabetes self-management in people with severe mental illness. The European Health Psychologist, 16(6), pp. 240–248.
  29. Simpson, A. (2014). Review: Exploration of the effects of peer teaching of research on students in an undergraduate nursing programme. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19(5), pp. 431–433. doi:10.1177/1744987114535876.
  30. Simpson, A., Flood, C., Rowe, J., Quigley, J., Henry, S., Hall, C., Evans, R., Sherman, P. and Bowers, L. (2014). Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial to measure the clinical and cost effectiveness of peer support in increasing hope and quality of life in mental health patients discharged from hospital in the UK. BMC PSYCHIATRY, 14 . doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-30.
  31. Humm, R. and Simpson, A. (2014). Users of mental health services as peer support providers and research collaborators. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1) . doi:10.3928/02793695-20131126-01.
  32. Simpson, A., Quigley, J., Henry, S.J. and Hall, C. (2014). Evaluating the selection, training, and support of peer support workers in the united kingdom. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1), pp. 31–40. doi:10.3928/02793695-20131126-03.
  33. Simpson, A., Jones, J., Barlow, S. and Cox, L. (2014). Adding SUGAR: Service user and carer collaboration in mental health nursing research. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1) . doi:10.3928/02793695-20131126-04.
  34. Campbell, S., Abbott, S. and Simpson, A. (2014). Young offenders with mental health problems in transition. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9(4), pp. 232–243. doi:10.1108/JMHTEP-02-2014-0004.
  35. McBain, H., Mulligan, K., Haddad, M., Flood, C., Jones, J. and Simpson, A. (2014). Self-management interventions for type 2 diabetes in adult people with severe mental illness (Protocol). Cochrane Library, (11) . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011361.
  36. Simpson, A. (2013). Collaborative partnerships with service users: Models that work. pp. 25–38. doi:10.4324/9780203120910.
  37. Simpson, A. (2013). Collaborators, Not Competitors Peer Workers and Professionals. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, 51(10), pp. 3–4. doi:10.3928/02793695-20130910-01.
  38. Barkway, P., Mosel, K., Simpson, A., Oster, C. and Muir-Cochrane, E. (2012). Consumer and carer consultants in mental health: The formation of their role identity. Advances in Mental Health, 10(2), pp. 157–168.
  39. Muir-Cochrane, E., van der Merwe, M., Nijman, H., Haglund, K., Simpson, A. and Bowers, L. (2012). Investigation into the acceptability of door locking to staff, patients, and visitors on acute psychiatric wards. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 21(1), pp. 41–49. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00758.x.
  40. Nijman, H., Bowers, L., Haglund, K., Muir-Cochrane, E., Simpson, A. and Van der Merwe, M. (2011). Door locking and exit security measures on acute psychiatric admission wards. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 18(7), pp. 614–621. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01716.x.
  41. Nolan, F., Johnson, S., Lloyd-Evans, B., Simpson, A., Gray, R., Morant, N., Gilburt, H. and Kirton, C. (2011). A preliminary comparison of acute mental health inpatient wards which use Protected Engagement Time, with other wards delivering standard care alone. PSYCHIATRISCHE PRAXIS, 38 . doi:10.1055/s-0031-1277913.
  42. Simpson, A., Bowers, L., Haglund, K., Muir-Cochrane, E., Nijman, H. and Van Der Merwe, M. (2011). The relationship between substance use and exit security on psychiatric wards. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(3), pp. 519–530. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05499.x.
  43. Bowers, L., Nijman, H., Simpson, A. and Jones, J. (2011). The relationship between leadership, teamworking, structure, burnout and attitude to patients on acute psychiatric wards. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 46(2), pp. 143–148. doi:10.1007/s00127-010-0180-8.
  44. Bowers, L., Haglund, K., Muir-Cochrane, E., Nijman, H., Simpson, A. and Van Der Merwe, M. (2010). Locked doors: a survey of patients, staff and visitors. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 17(10), pp. 873–880. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01614.x.
  45. Jones, J., Nolan, P., Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Whittington, R., Hackney, D. and Bhui, K. (2010). Psychiatric wards: Places of safety? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17(2), pp. 124–130. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01482.x.
  46. Simpson, A. (2010). Commentaries. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17(9), pp. 489–490.
  47. Stewart, D., Van der Merwe, M., Bowers, L., Simpson, A. and Jones, J.C. (2010). A Review of Interventions to Reduce Mechanical Restraint and Seclusion among Adult Psychiatric Inpatients. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(6), pp. 413–424. doi:10.3109/01612840903484113.
  48. Simpson, A. (2010). Invited commentary on: Lloyd, C & Williams, L (2010) Occupational therapy in the modern adult acute mental health setting: a review of current practice. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17(9), pp. 483–490.
  49. Stewart, D., Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Ryan, C. and Tziggili, M. (2009). Manual restraint of adult psychiatric inpatients: a literature review. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 16(8), pp. 749–757. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01475.x.
  50. Phillips, P. and Simpson, A. (2009). Doing more harm than good? Educating nursing students about drugs in East London. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 18, pp. A20–A20.
  51. Simpson, A. (2009). Banking on the mad effects of debt. Mental health today (Brighton, England) .
  52. Simpson, A. (2009). No expenses spared special edition. Mental health today (Brighton, England) .
  53. Whittington, R., Bowers, L., Nolan, P., Simpson, A. and Neil, L. (2009). Approval ratings of inpatient coercive interventions in a national sample of mental health service users and staff in England. Psychiatr Serv, 60(6), pp. 792–798. doi:10.1176/ps.2009.60.6.792.
  54. Simpson, A. (2009). Laughter: the best medicine? Mental health today (Brighton, England) .
  55. van der merwe, M., Bowers, L., Jones, J., Simpson, A. and Haglund, K. (2009). Locked doors in acute inpatient psychiatry: a literature review. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 16(3), pp. 293–299. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01378.x.
  56. Bowers, L., Jones, J. and Simpson, A. (2009). The demography of nurses and patients on acute psychiatric wards in England. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 18(6), pp. 884–892. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02362.x.
  57. Jones, J.C., Bowers, L., Allan, T., Simpson, A., Van der Merwe, M. and Jeffery, D. (2009). Identifying Key Factors Associated with Aggression on Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Wards. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(4), pp. 260–271. doi:10.1080/01612840802710829.
  58. Bowers, L., Allan, T., Simpson, A., Jones, J. and Whittington, R. (2009). Morale is high in acute inpatient psychiatry. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 44(1), pp. 39–46. doi:10.1007/s00127-008-0396-z.
  59. Simpson, A. (2008). Pets win prizes. Mental health today (Brighton, England) .
  60. Bowers, L., Whittington, R., Nolan, P., Parkin, D., Curtis, S., Bhui, K., Hackney, D., Allan, T. and Simpson, A. (2008). Relationship between service ecology, special observation and self-harm during acute in-patient care: City-128 study. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 193(5), pp. 395–401. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.037721.
  61. Simpson, A. (2008). Users get ward wise. Mental health today (Brighton, England) p. 04.
  62. Simpson, A. (2008). Working in partnership with families must form part of mental health nurse training. Nursing times, 104(39), p. 16.
  63. Simpson, A. (2008). Chit-chat achieves more keep people busy. Mental health today (Brighton, England) .
  64. Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J. (2008). Talking with the experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users in the education of mental health nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 28(5), pp. 633–640. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2007.09.009.
  65. Simpson, A. (2008). Professional backup. Nurs Stand, 22(38), pp. 62–63. doi:10.7748/ns2008.05.22.38.62.p4171.
  66. Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Nijman, H. and Hall, C. (2008). Patient ethnicity and three psychiatric intensive care units compared: the Tompkins Acute Ward Study. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15(3), pp. 195–202. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01211.x.
  67. Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2008). Consulting the Experts. OpenMind, 152, pp. 18–19.
  68. Simpson, A. and Bailey, S. (2008). Attitudes towards attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in child and adolescent mental health services teams. Mental Health Practice, 11(10), p. 23.
  69. Bowers, L., Jeffery, D., Bilgin, H., Jarrett, M., Simpson, A. and Jones, J. (2008). Psychiatric intensive care units: A literature review. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY, 54(1), pp. 56–68. doi:10.1177/0020764007082482.
  70. Simpson, A. (2007). The impact of team processes on psychiatric case management. J Adv Nurs, 60(4), pp. 409–418. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04402.x.
  71. Simpson, A. (2007). Patients in the classroom. Nursing Standard, 22(7), pp. 72–72.
  72. Bowers, L., Alexander, J., Simpson, A., Ryan, C. and Carr-Walker, P. (2007). Student psychiatric nurses' approval of containment measures: Relationship to perception of aggression and attitudes to personality disorder. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES, 44(3), pp. 349–356. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.03.002.
  73. Simpson, A. and Bowers, L. (2007). Observing and engaging new ways to reduce self harm and suicide. Mental Health Practice, 10(10), pp. 12–14.
  74. Simpson, A., Fitch, C., Collard, S. and Teasdale, M. (2007). Mental Health and Debt: Challenges for knowledge, practice and identity. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14, pp. 128–133.
  75. Godin, P., Davies, J., Heyman, B., Reynolds, L., Simpson, A. and Floyd, M. (2007). Opening communicative space: A Habermasian understanding of a user-led participatory research project. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOLOGY, 18(4), pp. 452–469. doi:10.1080/14789940701470283.
  76. Bowers, L., Allan, T., Simpson, A., Nijman, H. and Warren, J. (2007). Adverse incidents, patient flow and nursing workforce variables on acute psychiatric wards: The Tompkins acute ward study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 53(1), pp. 75–84. doi:10.1177/0020764007075011.
  77. Bowers, L., Jeffery, D., Simpson, A., Daly, C., Warren, J. and Nijman, H. (2007). Junior staffing changes and the temporal ecology of adverse incidents in acute psychiatric wards. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 57(2), pp. 153–160. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.04101.x.
  78. Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Eyres, S., Nijman, H., Hall, C., Grange, A. and Phillips, L. (2006). Serious untoward incidents and their aftermath in acute inpatient psychiatry: The Tompkins Acute Ward Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15(4), pp. 226–234. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00428.x.
  79. Bowers, L., Nijman, H., Allan, T., Simpson, A., Warren, J. and Turner, L. (2006). Prevention and management of aggression training and violent incidents on U.K. Acute psychiatric wards. Psychiatr Serv, 57(7), pp. 1022–1026. doi:10.1176/ps.2006.57.7.1022.
  80. Simpson, A., Bowers, L., Alexander, J., Ridley, C. and Warren, J. (2005). Occupational Therapy and Multidisciplinary Working on Acute Psychiatric Wards: The Tompkins Acute Ward Study. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(12), pp. 545–552. doi:10.1177/030802260506801203.
  81. BOWERS, L., SIMPSON, A. and ALEXANDER, J. (2005). Real world application of an intervention to reduce absconding. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12(5), pp. 598–602. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2005.00879.x.
  82. Bowers, L., Douzenis, A., Galeazzi, G.M., Forghieri, M., Tsopelas, C., Simpson, A. and Allan, T. (2005). Disruptive and dangerous behaviour by patients on acute psychiatric wards in three European centres. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 40(10), pp. 822–828. doi:10.1007/s00127-005-0967-1.
  83. Simpson, A. and Simpson, A. (2005). Community psychiatric nurses and the care co-ordinator role: squeezed to provide ‘limited nursing’. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52(6), pp. 689–699.
  84. Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Alexander, J., Hackney, D., Nijman, H., Grange, A. and Warren, J. (2005). The nature and purpose of acute psychiatric wards: The tompkins acute ward study. Journal of Mental Health, 14(6), pp. 625–635. doi:10.1080/09638230500389105.
  85. Bowers, L., Alexander, J., Simpson, A., Ryan, C. and Carr-Walker, P. (2004). Cultures of psychiatry and the professional socialization process: the case of containment methods for disturbed patients. Nurse Educ Today, 24(6), pp. 435–442. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2004.04.008.
  86. Simpson, A. and Bowers, L. (2004). Runaway success. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 18(19), pp. 18–19.
  87. Simpson, A., Simpson, A., Miller, C. and Bowers, L. (2003). The History of the Care Programme Approach in England: Where did it go wrong? Journal of Mental Health, 12(5), pp. 489–504.
  88. Simpson, A., Miller, C. and Bowers, L. (2003). Case management models and the care programme approach: how to make the CPA effective and credible. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 10(4), pp. 472–483.
  89. Bowers, L., Simpson, A. and Alexander, J. (2003). Patient-staff conflict: results of a survey on acute psychiatric wards. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 38(7), pp. 402–408. doi:10.1007/s00127-003-0648-x.
  90. Simpson, A. (2000). Private care's win-win. Mental Health Nursing., 20(8), pp. 6–9.
  91. Simpson, A. and Allen, C. (2000). Peers and partners: working together to strengthen preceptorship in mental health nursing. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing., 7(6), pp. 505–514.
  92. Simpson, A. (1999). Creating Alliances: the views of users and carers on the education and training needs of community mental health nurses. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing., 6(5), pp. 347–356.
  93. Simpson, A., Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Jones, A., Faulkner, A., Thornton, A., Všetečková, J., Haddad, M. and Marlowe, K. Cross-national mixed methods comparative case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination in acute inpatient mental health settings (COCAPP-A). Health Services and Delivery Research .

Reports (3)

  1. Simpson, A. and Repper, J. (2011). Good Practice Guidelines for Involving Carers, Family Members and Close Friends of Service Users in Research. London: Mental Health Research Network.
  2. Simpson, A. and Janner, M. (2010). Star Wards Survey Report 2009/2010. London: Bright.
  3. Stewart, D., Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Ryan, C. and Tziggili, M. (2009). Mechanical restraint of adult psychiatric inpatients: a literature review..

Education

Modules taught on

- Experiencing acute care
- Experiencing long term care, rehabilitation and recovery
- Evidence-based psychosocial interventions in mental health (M level)

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (58)

  1. Personal experiences of preceptorship in newly qualified mental health nurses and their preceptors. London (2013).
    Description: East London NHS Foundation Trust Research Day. St Bartholomew Hospital
  2. The Politics of Peer Support in an Age of Austerity. Warwick (2013).
    Description: 19th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  3. Recovery-focused care coordination and collaboration: the benefits and challenges. Perth (2012).
    Description: Australia College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) West Australia Branch, Fremantle Hospital
  4. Working in collaboration with consumers: reflections on recovery and care in contemporary mental health settings. (2012).
    Description: Flinders University SONM Mental Health Research Team in collaboration with Adelaide Metropolitan Mental Health Directorate
  5. Findings and reflections from a pilot trial of Peer Support in the UK. Adelaide, South Australia (2012).
    Description: School of Nursing & Midwifery and Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre
  6. WORKSHOP: SUGAR ADDED: Exploring a facilitated group approach to involving service users and carers in mental health nursing research. Oxford (2012).
    Description: 18th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  7. Experiences of peer support in the transition from hospital to home: A framework analysis. Nottingham (2012).
    Description: 4th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference
  8. Peer Support for people discharged from hospital: Results of a pilot RCT in England. London (2012).
    Description: Refocus on Recovery conference
  9. Invited Evidence: "Inpatient Care and Mental Health Nursing''. Manchester (2012).
    Description: Schizophrenia Commission
  10. Preparing and supporting Peer Support Workers: identifying the key aspects for safe, effective and creative practice. Oxford (2011).
    Description: 17th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  11. Preparing and supporting Peer Support Workers: identifying the key aspects for safe, effective and creative practice. London (2011).
    Description: Working in Partnership to promote Nursing Excellence, East London NHS Foundation Trust
  12. Invited Evidence: "Inpatient Care and Mental Health Nursing''. London (2011).
    Description: St Bartholomew Hospital
  13. Peer Support: A global solution for people with mental health problems? London (2011).
    Description: Global Health Research Event, City University London
  14. User involvement in the development of a Kidney Research and Education Initiative (with Nicola Thomas and Fiona Loud). Nottingham (2010).
    Description: INVOLVE Conference: Public involvement in research: innovation and impact
  15. SUGAR: Sweetening the involvement of service users and carers in mental health research. Nottingham (2010).
    Description: INVOLVE Conference: Public involvement in research: innovation and impact
  16. The Peer Support Project: reports from the field. London (2010).
    Description: 8th Annual East London Mental Health Research Presentation Day. St Bartholomew's Hospital
  17. Ways to engage users and carers in renal practice, research and education. London (2010).
    Description: Workshop with Fiona Loud, Chair of User and Carer Group and Chair of Kidney Alliance. Launch of the Kidney Research and Education Initiative (KREI): Contemporary Kidney Care. Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital
  18. SUGAR: Sweetening the involvement of service users and carers in mental health research. Oxford (2010).
    Description: 16th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  19. The Stupidly Big Star Wards Survey 2009: Results and ramifications. Oxford (2010).
    Description: 16th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  20. Chair: INVOLVE (2010) The impact debate. London (2010).
    Description: An invoNET workshop at the King's Fund
  21. Supporting mental health carers: Can improved training alone bring about change? Stafford (2009).
    Description: Research seminar, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, St George's Hospital
  22. Doors of deception? Does locking ward doors reduce substance misuse on psychiatric wards? London (2009).
    Description: 7th Annual East London Mental Health Research Presentation Day, St Bartholomew's Hospital
  23. Doors of deception? Does locking ward doors reduce substance misuse on psychiatric wards? Oxford (2009).
    Description: 15th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  24. Supporting mental health carers: Can improved training alone bring about change? Nottingham (2009).
    Description: Mental Health Research Network Conference
  25. Doing more harm than good? Teaching student nurses about harm reduction approaches to substance misuse. Oxford (2008).
    Description: 14th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  26. Debate: We need an evidence base for public involvement in research. London (2008).
    Description: invoNET Workshop, INVOLVE, King's Fund
  27. Listening to the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users and student nurses. Grange-over-Sands (2007).
    Description: Authenticity to Action: Involving service users and carers in higher education. Conference
  28. The Mental Health Carers' Support Curriculum Project. Grange-over-Sands (2007).
    Description: Authenticity to Action: Involving service users and carers in higher education. Conference
  29. Show a little respect: Educating mental health staff to involve and consider the needs of carers. Oxford (2007).
    Description: 13th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  30. What the patients say. Slough (2007).
    Description: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust conference, Acute inpatient care: The forgotten speciality, Wexham Park Hospital
  31. Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users and student nurses. London (2007).
    Description: City University Mental Health Research Seminar
  32. The use of e-learning to enhance the contribution that service users can make to health professional education. London (2007).
    Description: Symposium at Health Sciences and Practice Festival of Learning, Royal College of Physicians
  33. Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users and student nurses. London (2007).
    Description: London Mental Health Research Showcase Conference
  34. Service users' views on staff attitudes, ward rules and structures. London (2007).
    Description: London Mental Health Research Showcase Conference
  35. Users' experiences of empowerment and disempowerment on psychiatric wards (and other tales from the Tompkins Acute Ward Study). London (2006).
    Description: Mental Health Qualitative Research Network
  36. Telling it like it is: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users and students. Swansea (2006).
    Description: School of Health Sciences Research Seminar, University of Wales
  37. Users' experiences of empowerment and disempowerment on psychiatric wards (and other tales from the Tompkins Acute Ward Study). Oxford (2006).
    Description: 12th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  38. Telling it like it is: Evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users and students. Oxford (2006).
    Description: 12th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  39. Runaway Success: Using research evidence to reduce absconding. London (2006).
    Description: Nursing Research Conference, Kingston University
  40. Interprofessional working in acute psychiatry. Oxford (2006).
    Description: Royal College of Nursing Research Institute
  41. Occupational therapists on acute psychiatric wards: time to 'muck in'? London (2005).
    Description: Fifth Annual East London Mental Health Research Presentation Day, St Bartholomew's Hospital
  42. What do service users think about staff attitudes and ward rules? Collaborating to obtain the service user viewpoint in the Tompkins Acute Ward Study. Oxford (2005).
    Description: 11th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference
  43. Do we really need more teamwork on acute psychiatric wards? London (2005).
    Description: Interprofessional working in acute inpatient psychiatry: Results from the Tompkins Acute Ward Study. Mental Health Seminar, City University
  44. Interprofessional working in acute psychiatry. London (2005).
    Description: LoMR&D Virtual Institute Research Showcase Conference
  45. Multidisciplinary team working in acute inpatient psychiatry - The Tompkins Acute Ward Study. London (2004).
    Description: Fourth Annual East London Mental Health Research Presentation Day, St Bartholomew's Hospital,
  46. Do you see what I see? Multi-professional views of teamwork on acute psychiatric wards. Oxford (2004).
    Description: 10th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference, 'Something old... Something new...'
  47. Multi-professional views on acute psychiatric wards: inter-professional approaches to conflict, containment and teamwork. Cambridge (2004).
    Description: National Mental Health Nursing Conference
  48. Conflict and containment on acute psychiatric wards: what different professional staff think of each other and their teams. Brighton (2004).
    Description: South Downs Health NHS Trust/University of Brighton Joint Conference: 'Collaboration, conflict and compromise: Working together in health and social care', University of Brighton
  49. The Tompkins Acute Ward Longitudinal Study: a longitudinal study of change on acute psychiatric inpatients wards and intensive care units (PICUs). London (2004).
    Description: LoMHR&D's Second One-Day Showcase Conference
  50. Symposium: Insider-outsider perspectives in mental health: the role of the researcher. Oxford (2003).
    Description: 9th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference, 'Addressing Discrimination and Difference: New Territory, Old Map?'
  51. User and Carer Involvement in Mental Health Education and Research. Brighton (2003).
    Description: The 4th Mental Health Nursing Conference, incorporating the 2nd Marion Beeforth Lecture, University of Brighton. Conference report: Byrne, D., Clarke, L., Grant, A. & McGowan, B. (2003) User Involvement in Curriculum and Nursing Practice Development, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 10, 4, 505-507
  52. The Care Programme Approach in England: Were we 'sold a pup'? London (2003).
    Description: 8th European Mental Health Nursing Conference 'Rewind-refocus on global mental health nursing'
  53. Developing Service User and Carer Involvement in Learning, Teaching and Research in Mental Health, with Ian Light, User and Carer Consultant. London (2002).
    Description: St. Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery Time Out Day, 'Is the Customer Always Right?' Barbican Centre
  54. Teams and trusts and blame: are CPNs valued? Portsmouth (2002).
    Description: Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust Education Forum, St James' Hospital,
  55. The trouble with teams: Challenges to interprofessional working in mental health practice. London (2002).
    Description: Department of Mental Health & Learning Disability Seminar, St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
  56. From CPN to Research Fellow: Career Pathways. London (2002).
    Description: Ward Manager's Leadership Programme, South London and the Maudlsey NHS Trust Headquarters, Waterloo
  57. Patient-staff conflict on psychiatric wards: Developing a typology of conflict behaviours. Oxford (2002).
    Description: 8th International Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference 'Research Journeys: Travelling Together'. University of Oxford
  58. Teams and trusts and blame: are CPNs valued? Cambridge (2002).
    Description: National Mental Health Nursing Conference 'Laying the Cornerstones: Valuing mental health nursing in a time of change'

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (6)

  1. Invited Keynote: Service User and Carer Involvement in Research: Opportunities and Knocks. (2014). Patient and Public Involvement Models of Good Practice in Mental Health: A conference for service users, carers and other professionals, Tavistock Centre
  2. Invited Keynote: Peers, professionals and politics: mental health nursing in an age of austerity. (2013). East London NHS Foundation Trust Research Day. St Bartholomew Hospital
  3. Invited Keynote: Evidence-based practice and street-level bureaucracy: influence at the 'coal-face'. (2013). 18th Annual NAPICU Conference, University of Keele
  4. Eileen Skellern Lecture: Peers, professionals and politics: mental health nursing in an age of austerity. London (2013). City University London
  5. Invited Keynote: COCAPP: Cross national study of recovery-focused care planning. London (2013). Research into Recovery Network (RRN), Institute of Psychiatry
  6. Invited Keynote: Professionals, peers and politics: Mental health nursing and peer support in an age of austerity. Darwin, Australia (2012). Australia College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) International Mental Health Conference, Darwin Convention Centre

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