I am a lecturer, researcher and practitioner in the field of mental health nursing and have a special interest in Dementia care. My career spans over 30 years and older peoples mental health has been the focus of this throughout my work as a nurse, lecturer and researcher.
After qualifying as a nurse I worked in a variety of mental health settings caring for older people. As my career progressed I continued to avail myself of learning opportunities and short courses to enhance my theoretical as well as clinical skills and knowledge. My first degree led to me becoming acknowledged as a specialist community mental health nurse for older people.
Following this I secured a joint appointment with my local Mental Health trust and the University where my skills as an educator and researcher were further developed. I have worked as an educator for the last 18 years during which time I completed my latest research for my doctorate. I am currently interested in the use of robotics for people with dementia.
BSc Nursing, PG Dip
I teach in many modules at all levels as well as post qualification modules.
My research interests include:
• Older Peoples Mental Health
• Problem based learning
I am currently involved in the:
• Investigation into the use of robots in dementia care in collaboration with Professor Jacques Penders, Head of Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
• Evaluation of the Doncaster Admiral Nurse Service
Cooper, C (2013) Problem-based Learning and Mental Health nursing: A constructivist grounded theory, University of Sheffield accessed on 6/5/14 at http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/4780/
Cooper, C ( 2011) Mental Health Nurse Education: One recipe for success in Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future: 'Evolution and Innovation in Problem-based Learning’
Cooper C & Gunstone, S. (2007) Developing Problem-based Learning (PBL) for a Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing Programme in Teaching Mental Health, Stickley & Bassett (eds) Wiley, Chichester.
Although I am yet to supervise a doctoral student I have been involved in assessing doctoral students work and was an examiner for one student.