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Dr James B Turner PhD, HND, RMN, BA (Hons), MA, Dip CAT, PGDip Ed, RNT, SFHEA

Principal Lecturer | Professional Lead Mental Health Nursing


Summary

As a Professional Lead I provide subject leadership and support encompassing course development and delivery, recruitment, external links, project work, consultancy, research and line management responsibilities. I have a belief in harnessing leadership talents whereby all team members are considered to be leaders and supported in this aim to develop and deliver high quality nursing practice, research and knowledge transfer in this complex area of health care. As a Visiting Professor at Suzhou College in China I am engaged in collaborative work around mental health and wellbeing.

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About

I have worked in mental health nursing since 1985 in several clinical settings as a staff nurse, in management roles as a Charge Nurse, Nurse Advisor, and Sector and Community Mental Health Team Management and now as an academic leader. As a manager I led and supported audit, research and best practice, leading services and being involved in a national research project to improve standards in acute admissions.

As an academic I lead a complex portfolio of as part of the University's Nursing and Midwifery Department. I have been nominated as a University Inspirational teacher and always aim to develop and deliver high quality learning materials to support nursing practice. I am particularly interested in teaching and researching mental health nursing and therapeutic interventions.

I am involved in several expert mental health nurse forums. I am vice chair of the MHNAUK, invited expert on three NHS England/HEE development groups (All England Plan Student Sub Group, Post Registration Standards Group, The All-England Plan for Mental Health Nursing), lead an RCN expert therapeutic interventions forum, member of the Florence Nightingale Foundation expert reference group on Clinical Supervision (CS), invited member RCN MHN Expert Group ‘Raising Profile of the Profession’ and on the UK and Ireland Chapter Executive for the International Family Nurse Association.

As a nurse and therapist I have extensive experience, facilitating clinics in the NHS for specific topics using Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a model. I remain clinically active as a CAT Practitioner, alongside having training and experience in other interpersonal therapies; Humanistic counselling; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Group Analysis; and Interactional Dynamic psychotherapy.

As an active researcher I have completed several projects and evaluations. My most recent research evaluation was funded by the RCN Foundation entitled ‘A scoping review of nurse led interventions for young people psychological wellbeing. Previously I have explored the therapeutic relationship, the use of metaphor and pictorial metaphor in the therapeutic encounter, end of life hospice care, bereavement, and wellbeing. In the past few years, I have worked closely with the 'Beyond Words' project in Northern Ireland in association with CRUSE and the Stroke Association.

My role includes teaching, assessment, moderation, and quality within the University as well as external examining and external panel membership (as required for other Universities). I work closely with our partner organisations and am an active Link Tutor for local Nursing placements.

Teaching

My teaching duties cover a range of a topics for both undergraduate to post graduate courses; focusing primarily on psychological interventions, research and core clinical skills, such as medication management and skills relating to physical movement and activity (Moving & handling and De-escalation. Our De-escalation work at SHU is an example of the integration of clinical skills and simulation into academic preparation of students by working closely with service colleagues to make our preparation for mental health nurses as appropriate and contextual as possible.

Teaching areas: Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, De-escalation Skills, Risk Assessment, Management of complex cases, Clinical Supervision, Medicines Management, Wellbeing, Humanistic Counselling Skills, Research skills and Research supervision (Undergraduate and Post graduate), Clinical Skills : Moving and Handling (IOSH approved trainer), Basic Life Support (ILS Trainer).


My teaching duties cover a range of a topics for both undergraduate to post graduate courses; focusing primarily on psychological interventions, research and core clinical skills, such as medication management and skills relating to physical movement and activity (Moving & handling and De-escalation. Our De-escalation work at SHU is an example of the integration of clinical skills and simulation into academic preparation of students by working closely with service colleagues to make our preparation for mental health nurses as appropriate and contextual as possible.

Teaching areas: Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, De-escalation Skills, Risk Assessment, Management of complex cases, Clinical Supervision, Medicines Management, General Mental Health Awareness, Humanistic Counselling Skills, Research skills and Research supervision (Undergraduate and Post graduate), Moving and Handling (IOSH approved trainer).

Research

Research Interests: mental health, men's health, sport and exercise in mental health, end of life care, medicines management, clinical supervision, managing anger and de-escalation, therapeutic interventions, bereavement care.

Recent evaluations:

· RCN Foundation Scoping review

· West of Ireland Clinical Supervision evaluation (University of Limerick)

· North of England telepsychiatry evaluation

· Hospice to Care Home evaluation

· Hospice to Home evaluation

· Extended research into metaphor and pictorial metaphor in the therapeutic encounter

· The use of metaphor and pictorial metaphor in bereavement

Publications

Key Publications

Hemingway, S., White, J., Turner, J., Dewhirst, K., & Smith, G. (2012). The Medicine with Respect Project: A stakeholder focus group evaluation. Nurse Education in Practice, 12 (6), 310-315. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2012.03.008

Hemingway, S., White, J., Baxter, H., Smith, G., Turner, J., & Mccann, T. (2012). Implementing a competence framework for administering medication: Reporting the experiences of mental health nurses and students in the UK. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (10), 657-664. http://doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2012.688255

Thompson, A.R., Donnison, J., Warnock-Parkes, E., Turpin, G., Turner, J., & Kerr, I.B. (2008). Multidisciplinary community mental health team staff's experience of a ‘skills level’ training course in cognitive analytic therapy. International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (2), 131-137. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00521.x

Turner, J. (2011). CAT, metaphor and pictures : an exploration of the views of CAT therapists into the use of metaphor and pictorial metaphor. Reformulation : the newsletter for the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 36, 37-41. http://www.acat.me.uk/page/reformulation

Turner, J., Gardner, B., Staples, P., & Chapman, J. (2007). Medicines with Respect : developing an integrated collaborative approach to medication management. Mental Health Nursing, 27 (6), 16-19.

Hemingway, S., Maginnis, R., Baxter, H., Smith, G., Turner, J., & White, J. (2010). The Medicine with Respect Project (MwR) Phase 1: implementing a pathway toward competency in medicine administration for mental health nurses. Mental Health Nursing, 30 (3), 12-16.

Turner, J., & Hill, A. (2011). Implementing clinical supervision (part 1): a review of the literature. Mental Health Nursing, 31 (3), 8-12.

Turner, J., & Hill, A. (2011). Implementing clinical supervision (part 2): using proctor's model to structure the implementation of clinical supervision in a ward setting. Mental Health Nursing, 31 (4), 14-19.

Hill, A., & Turner, J. (2011). Implementing clinical supervision (part 3): an evaluation of a clinical supervisor's recovery-based resource and support package. Mental Health Nursing, 31 (5), 16-20.

Turner, J., Gardner, B., Staples, T., & Chapman, J. (2008). Medicines with Respect (part two): implementation and evaluation of a medication management initiative in acute in-patient settings. Mental Health Nursing, 28 (1), 12-15.

Turner, J. (2011). CAT, Metaphor and Pictures. Part 2 : an outline of the use of a pictorial metaphor in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Reformulation, 37, 39-43. http://www.acat.me.uk/page/reformulation

Turner, J., Cooper, L., Woodward, A., Painter, J., Day, P., Hazelby, G., ... Moore, K. (2020). Nursing-led Interventions to support the psychological and emotional well being of children and young people: A scoping review. Sheffield Hallam University.

Journal articles

Painter, J., Turner, J., & Procter, P. (2021). Understanding and accommodating patient and staff choice when implementing video consultations in mental health services. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. http://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000804

Painter, J., Turner, J., & Procter, P. (2021). If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood, Who You Gonna Call? Perceived Mental Health Service User Suitability for Video Consultations. Healthcare, 9 (5). http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050517

Simpson, A., Brimblecombe, N., Hannigan, B., & Turner, J. (2021). Mental Health Nurse Academics can help attain goals for mental health research and influence policy. Journal of Mental Health. http://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.1898568

Turner, J., Labinjo, T., Simbani, N., & Murumbi, A. (2020). Mental Health Nurse Academics UK reflection on Black Lives Matter. Mental Health Nursing, 40 (6). https://pocketmags.com/mental-health-nursing-magazine/dec-2020jan-2021/articles/886672/mental-health-nurse-academics-uk-reflection-on-black-lives-matter

Labinjo, T., Ashmore, R., Serrant, L., & Turner, J. (2020). A pilot study exploring the experiences of mental health among internal migrants in Nigeria. Journal of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 1 (1).

Labinjo, T., Ashmore, R., Serrant, L., & Turner, J. (2020). Perceptions, attitudes and cultural understandings of mentalhealth in Nigeria: a scoping review of published literature. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. http://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2020.1726883

Hannigan, B., Nolan, F., Chambers, M., & Turner, J. (2020). Mental health nursing at a time of crisis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. http://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12652

Markey, K., Murphy, L., O'Donnell, C., Turner, J., & Doody, O. (2020). Clinical supervision: A panacea for missed care. Journal of Nursing Management. http://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13001

Turner, J., & Ralley, R. (2019). Cognitive neuroscience, metaphor and pictures: part 2. Mental Health Nursing. https://pocketmags.com/us/mental-health-nursing-magazine/decjan-2020/articles/691806/cognitive-neuroscience-metaphor-and-pictures-part-2

Turner, J., & Ralley, R. (2019). Cognitive neuroscience, metaphor and pictures: part 1. Mental Health Nursing. https://pocketmags.com/eu/mental-health-nursing-magazine/octnov-2019/articles/656263/cognitive-neuroscience-metaphor-and-pictures-part-1

Turner, J. (2015). Anger management in primary care. Nursing in Practice, 92-97. http://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/anger-management-primary-care

Wilson, J., Steers, J., Steele, K., Turner, J., & Tinker, A. (2015). Service evaluation of community based palliative care and a hospice at home service. End of Life Journal, 5 (1), 1-11. http://doi.org/10.1136/eoljnl-2015-000004

Turner, J. (2014). Metaphors and therapeutic encounters in mental health nursing. Mental Health Nursing -London, 34 (3), 95-99.

Turner, J. (2014). Metaphors and therapeutic encounters in mental health nursing. Mental Health Nursing, 34 (3). https://unitetheunion.org/mhna

Hemingway, S., White, J., Baxter, H., Smith, G., Turner, J., & McCann, T. (2012). Implementing a competence framework for administering medication : reporting the experiences of mental health nurses and students in the UK. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (10), 657-664. http://doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2012.688255.

Young, A., & Turner, J. (2009). Developing inter-professional training for conflict resolution : a scoping audit and training pilot. Mental Health Review Journal, 14 (1), 4-11. http://doi.org/10.1108/13619322200900002

Turner, J., & Kerr, I. (n.d.). De Normanville, J., & Kerr, I. B. (2003). Initial experience of a CAT skills level training in a CMHT. Reformulation (Newsletter of ACAT), 18, 25-27. Reformulation.

Day, P., Turner, J., Brookes, E., & Hollows, A. (n.d.). Bridging the gap: transitioning from child to adult services. Journal of School Nursing.

Conference papers

Turner, J. (2016). A metaphor and pictorial metaphor technique in therapy. In CRUSE Bereavement Care National Conference, Stone, UK, 24 June 2016.

De Normanville, C., Turner, J., Ibbotson, R., & Harrop, D. (2016). Evaluation of the lung cancer nurse specialist communication workshop. LUNG CANCER, 91, S34. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5002(16)30112-X

Turner, J. (2016). A metaphor and pictorial metaphor technique in therapy. In CRUSE Northern Ireland Annual Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 21 April 2016 - 22 April 2016.

Turner, J. (2006). Metaphor and Pictorial metaphor in cognitive analytic therapy. In The Second International CAT Conference, Meynooth University, 15 June 2006 - 17 June 2006.

Turner, J. (2006). Metaphor and Pictorial metaphor in cognitive analytic therapy. In The Second International CAT Conference, Meynooth University, 15 June 2006 - 17 June 2006.

Turner, J., & Day, P. A study of transition from child to adult mental health services. In 3rd National 'Treating Schizophrenia Congress, London.

Turner, J., & Day, P. A study of transition from child to adult mental health services. In 3rd National 'Treating Schizophrenia Congress, London.

Book chapters

Clifton, A., Hemingway, S., Felton, A., & Stacy, G. (2018). Turner, J. and Wren, J. (2018) Psychodynamic and other talking therapies, Chapter 17. In Fundamentals of mental health nursing: An essential guide for nursing and health care students. Wiley Blackwell. pp 251-268. (First). Wiley Blackwell

Breeze, J., Cooper, C., Kydd, A., Monks, S., Turner, J., Skilbeck, J., & Wilson, E. (2018). Palliative and end-of-life care in mental health. In Wright, K., & McKeown, M. (Eds.) Essentials of Mental Health Nursing. Sage: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/essentials-of-mental-health-nursing/book244418#contents

Baker, J., Duxbury, J., & Turner, J. (2009). Key issues for medicines management in in-patient settings. In Harris, N., Baker, J., & Gray, R. (Eds.) Medicines management in mental health care. (pp. 223-244). Wiley-Blackwell

Reports

Dlamini, T., Usman, J., Painter, J., & Turner, J. (2021). Evaluation of The PeerTalk Charitable Foundation. PeerTalk Charitable Foundation. https://www.peertalk.org.uk/resources/evaluation

Painter, J., Turner, J., & Procter, P. (2020). Evaluation of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust's Video-Consultation Project. N/A.

Painter, J., Martin, R., Turner, J., & Procter, P. (2020). Independent academic evaluation of: Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust's Tele-consultation pilot project Interim Report.

Painter, J., Martin, R., Turner, J., & Procter, P. (2020). Independent academic evaluation of: Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust's Tele-consultation pilot project Interim Report.

Turner, J., Painter, J., Ashmore, R., Healey, J., Harrop, D., & Brown, H. (2019). Service Evaluation of End of Life care arrangements of a Hospice to Care Home initiative.

Turner, J., Painter, J., Ashmore, R., Healey, J., Brown, H., & Harrop, D. (2019). An evaluation of a Hospice to Care Home initiative. SHU.

Turner, J., & Mackintosh, P. (2010). A review of the effectiveness of a brief (8 session) Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) for clients with anger problems. WellMind (Sheffield) Ltd / Sheffield Hallam University.

Presentations

Turner, J. (2019). Develoment and evaluation of a pictorial metaphor technique in the therapeutic encounter: A Delphi Study. Presented at: RCN International Nursing Research Conference and Exhibition 2019, Sheffield Hallam UnIversity, 2019

Turner, J. (2019). The use of Pictorial metaphors with clients. Presented at: Cruse Conference -Bereavement Care - Past, present and future Celebrating 60 years of Cruse, Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham, 2019

Turner, J. (2018). Five ways, bereavement and the creative power of art and metaphor. Presented at: Beyond Words Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2018

Turner, J. (2016). The development and evaluation of a pictorial metaphor technique. Presented at: CRUSE Bereavement Care Isle of Man Inaugural Conference, Douglas, Isle of Man, 2016

Turner, J. (2014). Using metaphors in the therapeutic encounter an International Delphi Study. Presented at: 20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research, Coventry, UK, 2014

Turner, J. (2012). Introduction to psychological therapies for self harm and depression. Presented at: Northern Ireland CRUSE Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2012

Turner, J., & Hemingway, S. (2009). Medicines with respect project. Presented at: Mental health nursing research: Measuring success multiple perspectives, Oxford, UK, 2009

Turner, J. (2009). The development and evaluation of a pictorial metaphor technique in Cogntive Analytic Therapy. Presented at: 3rd International CAT Conference, Bath, UK, 2009

Turner, J. (n.d.). Working with Metaphor and Pictorial Metaphor in CAT and Psychotherapy. Presented at: 17th Annual ACAT Conference 2010, Hertfordshire, UK, 2010

Turner, J. (n.d.). Metaphor and pictorial metaphor in therapy. Presented at: Cruse National Conference, Coventry, UK, 2011

Turner, J. (n.d.). Metaphors in the therapeutic encounter as a lever in grief therapy. Presented at: CRUSE Bereavement Care National Conference, Coventry, UK, 2013

Turner, J. (n.d.). Workshop: Metaphors and the therapeutic encounter. Presented at: CRUSE Bereavement Care National Conference 2015, University or Warwick, 2015

Turner, J. (n.d.). Metaphors and pictorial metaphors in the therapeutic encounter. Presented at: NPNR Celebrating mental health nursing research, University of Warwick, 2014

Turner, J. (n.d.). Metaphors in the therapeutic encounter. Presented at: CRUSE National Conference, University of Warwick, 2013

Turner, J. (n.d.). Metaphor and Pictorial metaphor in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Presented at: International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Conference, Meynooth University, Ireland, 2006

Turner, J. (n.d.). Working with Complex and difficult cases using Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Presented at: British Forces, Germany, Mental Health Team Development Conference, 2007

Turner, J. (n.d.). Mental Health and anger management in Clinical dentistry'. Presented at: The Department of Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education Annual Conference, Stoke Mandeville Postgraduate Centre, Oxford, 2007

Turner, J., & Gardner, R. (n.d.). Medicines with respect: A phenomenological approach to medicines management. Presented at: RCN Network for Psychiatric Nursing research Inaugural Conference, University of Swansea

Turner, J., Hemingway, S., & White, J. (n.d.). Medicines with Respect- A collaborative project to facilitate competencies for medicines administration. Presented at: UCLAN Medications symposium

Turner, J., Hemingway, S., & White, J. (n.d.). Medicines with Respect- A collaborative project to facilitate competencies for medicines administration. Presented at: UCLAN Medications symposium

Turner, J., & Hemingway, S. (n.d.). Back to the Future: Medication with Respect The Sheffield Experience. Presented at: M62 Medication ‘Matters’ A one day Symposium, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Turner, J., & Hemingway, S. (n.d.). Back to the Future: Medication with Respect The Sheffield Experience. Presented at: M62 Medication ‘Matters’ A one day Symposium, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Posters

Turner, J. (2012). An introduction to working with metaphor and pictorial metaphor in the therapeutic encounter. Presented at: 18th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research, Oxford, UK, 2012

Other activities

Other Activities

· External Examiner (MSc Mental health nursing) Bournemouth University

· External examiner (BSc Nursing mental health) Munster technological University (Ireland)

· External examiner (Post Graduate Programmes) Buckinghamshire New University

· Journal reviewer

Postgraduate supervision

Support for research into mental health and therapeutic interventions

Media

Mental health, wellbeing, sport and exercise in mental health, end of life care, medicines management, clinical supervision, managing anger and de-escalation, therapeutic interventions, bereavement care

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