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Mrs Daniela Collins

Mrs Daniela Collins

collid10@lsbu.ac.uk

Mental Health and Learning Disability

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0329-8925

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I have extensive teaching and leadership experience in Higher Education as an academic and researcher. I have served in various roles such as senior lecturer, head of division, manager, course director/leader and coach/mentor. My academic work includes leadership, authorship, and teaching delivery of national and international courses in mental health (commissioned by WHO Europe, NHS England & local NHS Trusts). I am currently completing a doctorate in social justice and education. I am enthusiastic about collaborating with professionals from diverse disciplines, patient educators and students to collectively contribute to the advancement of a more equitable and just society through education.

Reviewer/editorial support:

· Reviewer for BERA 2024 Conference

· Scientific Organising Committee for the 7th European Regional Sigma Conference 2024

· Journal of Advanced Nursing

· Journal of MH Training, Education and Practice

· Advances in Dual Diagnosis

· The Journal of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy

· The Journal of Pain

· Social Work Education

Current research projects:

April 2024 - present: Central London Community HealthCare NHS Trust - Qualitative Data Analysis of Specialist-grade lung measurements to home use for chronic lung conditions- Principal investigator.

Master Research Supervision:

Current (2023-24):

Lauren Porter (MA Practice Education) - Did providing paid practice placements during COVID-19 prepare final-year nursing students for transition to registered nursing practice?

James Cass (MA Practice Education)- Does the curriculum prepare nursing and medical students for LGBTQ+ inclusive practice in their future roles? A Systematic Review

Teresa Temitope Ifeola Oyedele (MSc Mental Health Nursing) - What mental health challenges do LGBTQ+ people face when accessing mental health support?

Abisoye Shitta-Bey Osivaya (MSc Mental Health Nursing) - The positive impact of weight management programmes on enhancing the physical health of overweight individuals with psychosis.

Awarded in the previous academic year (2022-2023):

Sabine Herrmann (MA Practice Education) The Challenges of Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses in the UK: A Systematic Review.

Madurshri Pooja Devi Balgobin (MSc Mental Health Nursing) -Relapse Prevention interventions (RPIs) to promote recovery, level of functioning and improve quality of life in schizophrenia

Folasade Gabriel (MSc Mental Health Nursing) - The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the Mental Health of Young Adults in the UK

Isaac Olugbenga Oladosu (MSc Mental Health Nursing) - What is the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of older people in the UK?

Alaba O.S. Oyeniran ((MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis))- Reducing the risk of readmissions to inpatient mental health services for service users with comorbid mental health and substance use problems living in the community. Work-based research project with NHS ethical approval

Achievements:

May 2024 - Advance-HE Accredited External Examiner

June 2023 - Won Lecturer of the Year 2023 at the London South Bank University Education Awards. Nominated by students from 3 campuses.

June 2021- FRSA for championing Education & Coaching

July 2020 – Advance-HE Aurora Leadership & Gender Equality Accreditation

Feb 2020 - Awarded Merit Award of £500

July 2018 -SFHEA Advance HE

Dec 2017 – Won Academic Team Leader 2017 voted the Mental Health and Social Work faculty.

July 2015- Won £3000 Senior Teaching Fellowship by Middlesex University Executive Board.

Courses taught

Mental Health Nursing - PgDip/MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice (Adult, Child and Mental Health routes) - MSc

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing 2022/23

Adult Nursing - PgDip/MSc

MA Education

Practice Education - PGCE

Learning Disability Nursing - PgDip / MSc

Learning Disability Nursing - BSc (Hons)

Perinatal Mental Health - PgCert / PgDip / MSc

MSc Mental Health

King's College London

United Medical and Dental Schools

2002
2004
Dip Corporate and Executive Coaching (comptency based training)

The Coaching Academy London

2015
2017
Dip Personal Performance Coaching (comptency based training)

The Coaching Academy London

2013
2015
Post Graduate Certificate Higher Education Teaching and Learning

Middlesex University

2005
2007
BSc (Hons) Nursing (2.1)

Middlesex University London

2010
2011
DipHE Mental Health Nursing

South Bank University London

1992
1995
Good Clinical Practice Research (GCP) - online

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

2020
2020
Doctorate in Education and Social Justice

London South Bank University, The School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS)

2023
2027
Course Director UG and PG Mental Health Programmes, Course Director for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc Dual Diagnnosis and MSc/PGDip Mental Health Nursing programmes (2004-2022) / Senior Lecturer
Middlesex University

My main responsibilities were course director for the Mental Health Nursing and CPD in Mental Health Nursing training provision. I line managed academic staff in the Mental Health Faculty (devolved leadership responsibility by the HoD/academic chair). I led the development of professional programmes, mainly the MSc/PGDip Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health and MSc Mental Health and Substance Use programmes, including the MSc in Dual Diagnosis by distance education.

My other roles and responsibilities involved programme and module leadership and teaching, mainly for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis), MSc Mental Health Studies, PGCert Leadership and Quality Improvement. Professional Lead for Mental Health.

Achievements (not an extensive list):

Led the successful revalidation of two professional programmes, the BSc Mental Health Nursing and the PGDip Mental Health Nursing programmes, coproduced with service users, partner organisation and other faculty members. Please see page 10 for my leadership and achievements during my role https://ourwatercooler.co.uk/Annual-review-2018-19/#page=10

In 2020-2021, worked with the Middlesex University Policy Development Group on the Suicide Postvention Policy with stakeholders.

2016-2019 I coached/mentored the My Care Academy project team and supported the executive board with the project launch in 2017 (BEH NHS, C&I NHS and Middlesex University collaborative project).

2007 - 2022 Faculty staff Mentor and Coach / Supervisor for Advance-HE Fellowship applications

2010 to 2022 - Dual Diagnosis Professional Forum co-lead at BEH NHS Trust for clinical professionals.

2017 - 2022 Faculty Co-panel member for Recruitment and Selection of academic staff. Led on internal induction for new academic staff, conducted staff appraisals/probation reviews and offered coaching to nursing academic staff with the NMC revalidation applications. Also, conducted formal teaching observations of new and existing staff annually.

2014 - 2022 University Validation and Accreditation Panel member/reviewer across the university for L6 and L7 programmes

2004
2022
Education
Professional Lead Mental Health / Head of Department for Mental Health
University of West London

Head of Division for Mental Health with academic leadership for mental health and line management of academic staff. Faculty Mentor and Coach (across the organisation). Course Director for CPD Mental Health Nursing. Returned to Middlesex University to take the academic and curriculum leadership role of the Mental Health and Social Work Division.

Achievements:

Co-led and supported the change management/(internal) restructuring of the nursing school to meet the college KPIs and mission.

Awarded various educational tenders from HEE NHS and NHS partner Trusts, and via accreditation (approx. 170K)

Led service user involvement and co-production in the mental health nurse curriculum development, delivery, and student assessments.

Led the development of a new curriculum in mental health training programmes in 2016 for delivery in 2017.

2006
2006
Education
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and Addictions / GP Shared Care Manager
CNWL MH NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London

Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice Role at Central and North-West London NHS Foundation Trust

Brief description of duties (not an extensive list):

GP Shared Care Scheme Manager in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (three GP surgeries and A&E Liaison)

Staff line management/supervisor/mentoring and deputy management in the absence of the service manager

Assessment, Care Planning, Implementation, Evaluation of complex needs clients and their care

Risk Assessment and Management /Safeguarding Manager for Vulnerable Adults and Children for the allocated caseload

Dual Diagnosis Training and Supervision coordinator

Joint service user facilitation of teaching sessions for staff on mental health and substance misuse

Clinical caseload management of a diverse client group

Joint therapeutic group work with service users and carers

Motivational Interviewing / Harm minimisation and health promotion counselling

Safe administration and medicine management

Delivering prescribed detoxification treatments and health promotion in the community and GP surgeries

Consultation and Liaison with Psychiatrists and Psychologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists of the Kensington and Chelsea PCT NHS (4.5 hours per week)

Liaison to Charing Cross Hospital Accident and Emergency department

Developing and delivering training on mental health and addictions of clinical staff in the CNWL MH NHS Trust and supervising students on placement

2001
2004
Other public sector
SLAM NHS Foundation Trust
Researcher in Mental Health and Addictions (Honorary)

Researcher in Addictions (Honorary)

2006
2007
Other public sector
Psychotherapist Trainee (Honorary)
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London

Responsibilities included managing service users who attended for therapy one day a week, under supervision of a licensed psychotherapist and professors of psychoanalysis.

2000
2002
Other public sector
Researcher
University of London

Researcher at the National Alcohol survey in A&E NHS departments in England. The duration was for six months on collecting data (with ethical approval) at Hammersmith Hospital Accident & Emergency Department.

2003
2003
Other public sector
External Mental Health Nursing Education Subject Expert
University of Liverpool

March 2020 - June 2020

External Subject Expert reviewer for the NMC-approved MSc Mental Health Nursing programme (NMC Validation Preparation and Event)

2020
2020
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Central London Community Healthcare2024N&M_Interview analysis and evalution_CLCHPrincipal Investigator
Royal College of Nursing
1995
Sigma Nursing Phi Mu Chapter (England)
2019
Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (ANSA)
2001
International Nurses Society on Adictions USA
2012
Royal Society of Arts
2021
The Coaching Academy London
2013
NHS Mental Health Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Collaboration Network
2019
NHS England Safeguarding Professional Network
2018
The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) (World Health Organisation)
2017
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
2001
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
2001
Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Research Conference and Group
2012
BERA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network
2024

Other
Peer Reviewer
2023
Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Advances in Dual Diagnosis Journal
The Journal of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy
The Journal of Pain
Social Work Education
Journal of Advanced Nursing
University of York
External examiner

BSc Nursing Mental Health

Master of Nursing Mental Health (Undergraduate)/ MNurse Integrated Masters (Hons).

External Examiner from 2018 to 2023 for the BSc Mental Health Nursing and MNurse integrated nursing master programme over the five-year duration of my EE tenure.

September 2018
August 2023
Cardiff University, The School of Healthcare Sciences (HCARE)
External examiner

Batchelor of Nursing – Mental Health - Ranked 1st in Wales and top 5 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2023.

External Examiner from 2023 to the present day and so far, I have examined coursework samples from eligible modules from the Batchelor of Nursing – Mental Health (Cardiff University)

September 2023
August 2027
University of Hertfordshire, Life & Medical Sciences School
External examiner

Programmes and courses externally examined:

MSc Mental Health Practice / Psychiatric Practice (HHMHPPMSC)

Master of Health & Medical Education (HHHMEMSC)

Advanced Approaches in Specialist Mental Health Services (7LMS0185)

Evidence-Based Practice (7LMS0162)

Health Disciplines Project (7LMS0160)

Leadership in Practice (7LMS0158)

Service Improvement (7LMS0189)

Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours (7LMS0188)

Work Based Learning (7LMS0157)

7SCZ0191-0506 Using Patient Insight & Feedback to Transform Services

7WLM0007-0906 Work-Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice (online)

7SCZ0145-0306 Professional Development Course WHHT

Leadership and Partnership Working (7SCZ0199)

Management Development for Clinical Service & Frontline Leaders (6SCZ0031)

Professional Development Course WHHT (6SCZ0060)

Using Patient Insight & Feedback to Transform Services (7SCZ0191)

West Herts NHS Senior Leaders Development Programme: Stage 1 (7SCZ0007)

West Herts NHS Senior Leaders Development Programme: Stage 2 (7SCZ0031)

7WLM0007-0906 Work-Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice

Senior Leaders Development

Leadership and Partnership working

MSc Dissertations / MSc Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Health Disciplines Project

Mental Health Practice / Psychiatric Practice

Work-Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice

Medical Education

September 1917
August 2022
HEE NHS

Moderator for Health Education England Online Course 'Safeguarding Adults Level 3' Training at Future Learn.

March 2021
August 2021
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Mentor / Coach to newly qualified nurses and new academic nurses (UK and USA)

Third sector
June 2020
August 2022
AdvanceHE

Creating Socially Distanced Campuses and Education Project (SDCE), - Middlesex University SIG on Socially Distance Campus and Student Experience (university project co-lead and active member)

Industry
March 2020
April 2021
European Commission

European Commission innovation project #EUvsVirus Corona Virus Pan European Project.

Role: volunteer and contributor on Remote Working and Education, university-specific challenges and E-learning methods and Tools. https://www.euvsvirus.org/

Non-education public sector
April 2020
June 2020
NESTA

Volunteer - Co-developed a Toolkit on Mental Health and Addictions in the national Coronavirus Handbook to help health and social care professionals and the public access reliable information during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.nesta.org.uk/press-release/coronavirus-tech-handbook-technologists-around-the-world-are-crowdsourcing-ideas-to-combat-covid-19/

Third sector
March 2020
June 2020
NHS Leadership Academy, The London Women Network

I supported the launch of the London Women Network at the NHS Leadership Academy.

Industry
March 2016
December 2018
World Health Organization

Learning and Development International Educational Consultant and project co-lead on Train the Trainer Mental Health national project for Turkey.

Industry
July 2013
April 2014
Together for Mental Wellbeing

Link lecturer to Together for Mental Wellbeing is a leading UK Mental Health Charity, formed in 1879. http://www.together-uk.org

Supported the development of a new course for service user on service user and peer leadership

Third sector
September 2007
December 2015
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Lecturer of the Year 2023 (Jun 2023)

London South Bank University - Education Awards 2023

Won Lecturer of the Year 2023 at the London South Bank University Education Awards. Nominated by students from three campuses.


Fellowship (FRSA) (Jun 2021)

Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

June 2021, I was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for my dedication to the future of work and championing education, mentoring, coaching and community-building


Nurse Leader (Jun 2020)

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

June 2020, I was awarded Nurse Leader at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in the United States of America for my dedication to advancing nurse leadership, education and research.


Teaching Fellow GBP 3000 award for an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning (Jul 2015)

Middlesex University

Teaching Fellow GBP 3000 award voted by the university executive deans from five schools for an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning


Reach and Impact

Self-Leadership for Social Workers - Collaboration for Excellence in Social Work with the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership (Feb 2020)


Apr 2024 - May 2024

Central London Community HealthCare NHS Trust - Qualitative Data Analysis of Specialist-grade lung measurements to home use for chronic lung conditions- Principal investigator.


Methodological procedures for priority setting mental health research: a systematic review summarising the methods, designs and frameworks involved with priority setting
Deering, K., Brimblecombe, N., Matonhodze, J.C., Nolan, D.A., Collins, D.A. and Renwick, L. (2023). Methodological procedures for priority setting mental health research: a systematic review summarising the methods, designs and frameworks involved with priority setting. Health Research Policy and Systems. 21 (64), pp. 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-023-01003-8

Preventing and responding to depression, self-harm, and suicide in older people living in long term care settings: a systematic review
Gleeson, H., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Quaife, M., Collins, D. A. and Flynn, A. (2018). Preventing and responding to depression, self-harm, and suicide in older people living in long term care settings: a systematic review. ageing mental health. 23 (11), pp. 1467-1477. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2018.1501666

Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead
Newton, A., Beales, A., Collins, D.A. and Basset, T. (2013). Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 8 (3), pp. 134-140. https://doi.org/10.1108/jmhtep-03-2013-0010

Students in Higher Education and their Mental Health
Collins, D. and Gasston-Hales, M. (2017). Students in Higher Education and their Mental Health. The London Association of Mental Health Nursing Practice (LAMP) Conference. London 13 - 13 Jun 2017

The role of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment services: a resource for commissioners, providers and clinicians
Clancy, C., Flanagan, M., Greenslade, L., Gordon, E., Doherty, S., Evetts, C., Smith, M. and Collins, D. (2017). The role of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment services: a resource for commissioners, providers and clinicians. Public Health England Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road London SE1 8UG Public Health England.

Neuroscience of Addiction: Understanding the Addicted Employee
Collins, D. (2017). Neuroscience of Addiction: Understanding the Addicted Employee. Recovery Plus Workplace Wellbeing Conference. The Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London, UK 10 - 11 Mar 2016

Drugs and Alcohol: Spotlight on Substance Misuse Training
Collins, D., Cajada L. and Clancy, C. Drugs and Alcohol: Spotlight on Substance Misuse Training . 38th International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA) Annual Educational Conference. Washington DC, USA 15 - 17 Oct 2014

Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs): Spotlight on lack of substance misuse training
Collins, D., Cajada, L.,, Foley, L. and Clancy, C. (2013). Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs): Spotlight on lack of substance misuse training. 2nd International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances. Swansea, Wales 12 - 13 Sep 2013

Using filmmaking to engage students with communities
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Clancy, C., Cartney, P., MacDonald, A., Lambert, N., Collins, D. and So, T. (2014). Using filmmaking to engage students with communities. Enter Mental Health Annual Symposium. Barcelona, Spain 17 - 19 Jun 2014