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Dr Sarah Campbell

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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MG22, Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Sarah Campbell initially trained as a registered mental health nurse and specialised in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service working and gaining further clinical professional training within the NHS for over two decades.

Sarah Campbell initially trained as a registered mental health nurse and specialised in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service working and gaining further clinical professional training within the NHS for over two decades. She came to City University London in 2004 to develop and teach child & adolescent mental health education to under graduate and post graduate students as well as contribute to teaching mental health nursing students. Now as a Senior Lecturer she is Programme Director for the MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care: Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Sarah's clinical training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist supports her academic and research work particularly promoting 'relationship centred care'. As chief investigator Sarah's recent research was successful in securing external funding. The research focuses on an enquiry into the provision of mental health services and its relationship to young people and their offending behaviour. This published research formed the basis of a policy document presented to the House of Lords in December 2013.

Sarah maintains clinical contact and works closely with local Authorities and Health Care Trusts. She was invited to develop and now leads on child protection supervision for clinical team management. In addition Sarah has been instrumental in introducing and leading the Personal Professional Development Group initiative which is a core activity for all mental Health Nursing students at City University London. This activity has won awards within the university and has been highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Her current research interests surrounds these areas.

Administrative roles

  1. Programme lead - MSc advanced Practice in Health and social care: Child & Adolescent mental health
  2. Divisional Lead for Personal Professional Practice Groups
  3. Chair - Personal Professional Practice Facilitators Supervision Groups
  4. Member, Board of Studies
  5. Member, Postgraduate Assessment Forum
  6. Member, Postgraduate Forum
  7. Member, Learning and Teaching Committee
  8. Panel member, Programme Approval and Review Committee
  9. MSc Dissertation supervisor
  10. Member of Extenuating Circumstances panels, Appeals and Conduct panels


As the Chief Investigator, Sarah recently completed "An enquiry into the provision of mental health services for 16-25 year olds and the relationship to offending behaviour" which was commissioned by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in partnership with YoungMinds.

This research formed the basis of a policy document presented in the House of Lords in December 2013. The views of young people who offend as well as views gathered from the health, probation and voluntary services were central to the research design.

The findings supported the need to improve mental health services for this vulnerable group to increase better health, prevention and economic outcomes. It became clear that the relationship between serious mental health problems as well as family dysfunction that are often not identified or treated and children who go onto offend is profound. This research led to current journal publications in 2014.

Sarah is involved in a further research study involving student nurses evaluating of the emotional impact of practice on mental health students using personal and professional development groups.


Journal article

  1. 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.


Post Graduate/MSC module lead:

- APM012
- APM013
- NMM400
- NMM056

Graduate/BSC module lead:

- HS2441
- NM3237
- NM3441

Sarah teaches on a variety of health professional and nursing modules across the School of Health Sciences.

Journal Club

NMM056 Promoting Child and Adolescent Psychological Development, 2014-2015.

External Educational Projects

Sarah developed, designed and leads specific training for 'Skills for Child Protection Supervision' which runs within a large local NHS Trust. This training is aimed at participants who work at a team managerial level. This bespoke training involves participants developing staffs capacities to maintain the balance between working collaboratively whilst maintaining safe professional boundaries and practice. The emphasis is upon supporting participant's capacity to identify, understand and manage powerful processes that get in the way of safe professional relationships.

Other Activities

Clinical activity (4)

  1. Adult and CAMH NHS services
  2. East London NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Barts Health
  4. Local Authority

Editorial activity

  1. YoungMinds Magazine - education and development page.

Events/conferences (4)

  1. Early Years: High Impacts for Health Conference. Mermaid Theatre London. Master Class Presentation (2014).
    Description: Promoting the psychological wellbeing of the infant and young child
  2. Developing the child and adolescent mental health workforce. City University London in partnership with YoungMinds and the Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trus (2011).
  3. National Association of Primary Care Workers and National CAMH Trainers Conference. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Tavistock Centre for Human Relations (2010).
  4. Further education and training is an opportunity for practitioners to rethink the service they deliver.

Other (3)

  1. Vice Chair, National Primary Mental Health Association, Child & Adolescent Mental Health & National Network of Child & Adolescent mental Health Trainers Association.
  2. Vice Chair, National CAMH Training and Development Forum.
  3. External Examiner, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & Middlesex University.