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Lorna Saunder

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


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MG22, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Lorna joined City University in 2001 as a lecturer/practitioner in dual diagnosis. In 2005 she joined the University as a part-time lecturer.

She is currently working on developing simulated reality resources for working with people who have learning disabilities.


PG Dip in on-line learning
MA Academic Practice
PGDip Drug and Alcohol Studies
BSc (Hons) Nursing


Lorna initially trained as a mental health nurse at the University of Abertay, Dundee. Having worked in acute adult and then perinatal psychiatric services she went on to become a senior nurse at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust specialising in substance misuse. She became a lecturer/practitioner in dual diagnosis in 2001, moving to City University London in 2005. In 2011, she occupied the role of learning development associate and began developing an interest in online communication and e-learning within higher education.

Clinical Activity

Lorna maintains links with local substance misuse services and provides support to students and staff whilst they are on clinical placements

Professional Bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council


2011 - Teaching recognition award
2011 - Runner-up for Moodle early innovator award
2013 - Runner-up Health has got talent
2013 - HENCL Innovation in Education Technolgy Award - Highly Commended
2014 - Student Voice Award Nomination


Research Overview

Lorna's research focuses on e-learning strategies and developments.

Research Areas

- Mental Health: Dual diagnosis
- Learning disabilities
- Education technology

Research Centre

- Professional Education research

Current and Recently Completed Grants / Activities

Application being submitted for research project looking at enhancing e-learning strategies in the new curriculum. Contributing to an evaluation on the implementation of Shareville.



  1. Saunder, L.J. (2010). Stimulants and psychosis. In Phillips, P., McKeown, O. and Sandford, T. (Eds.), Dual Diagnosis: Practice in Context

Journal articles (5)

  1. Saunder, L. and Knight, R.A. (2017). CitySCaPE: Moving beyond indifference in education for pre-registration nurses about learning disability. Nurse Education in Practice, 26, pp. 82–88. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2017.07.008.
  2. Saunder, L. (2016). On-line role play in mental health education. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 11(1), pp. 1–9. doi:10.1108/jmhtep-07-2015-0031.
  3. Saunder, L. and Berridge, E.-.J. (2015). Immersive simulated reality scenarios for enhancing students' experience of people with learning disabilities across all fields of nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 15(6), pp. 397–402. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2015.04.007.
  4. Saunder, L. (2012). Developing an e-learning resource in clinical risk assessment. Nursing Management, 19(5), pp. 26–29. doi:10.7748/nm2012.
  5. Saunder, L.J. (2003). An audit of interventions for dual diagnosis in a psychiatric unit. Nursing Times, 99(27), pp. 34–36.



Undergraduate modules

HS1001, HS200, HS3001- Simulated Practice
HS 2332 Experiencing Acute Care and diagnostics (Module Leader)

Postgraduate Modules
HSM332 Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment (Mental Health) (Module Leader)

Other areas of expertise

Substance use (general, dual diagnosis, public health, pregnancy)
Learning Disability
Educational Technology

Other Activities

Events/conferences (3)

  1. Online Role Play For Learning: Current Practice from City and Beyond – conference presentation. City University (2014).
    Description: Presentation about the development and delivery of an on-line role play activity.
  2. Higher Education Academy "Shareville in the City" workshop presentation. (2013).
  3. SEDA conference "Shareville in the City" poster presentation. (2012).