Patricia Day

Patricia Day MSc, BA (Hons), B.Med Sci, (Hons),PGCE, PG Dip, RGN, FPN, AdvDip.CBT

Senior Lecturer


I am passionate about teaching public health nursing. I have remained in practice as a school nurse and sexual health practitioner whilst teaching at the university. I am interested in teenage health and how to improve it. I have developed my knowledge and skills in psychological approaches to behaviour change. I am proficient in Motivational Interviewing and am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


I have worked in a variety of acute and primary care settings. In 1996 I became a school nurse and have been a school nurse team leader and practice teacher. I am the course leader for the Specialist Public Health Nursing programme. I have developed my academic career around public health nursing. I am interested in sexual health and mental health promotion. I have been involved in curriculum initiatives which have a focus on therapeutic communication skills. I have undertaken practice based research in schools and community settings.


Adult Nursing and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Developing therapeutic relationships with clients

Evidence based approaches to Public Health Practice

Fundamentals of the Science and Practice of Public Health

Practice Teacher Preparation


Current research interests: Mental health promotion, sexual health promotion, behaviour change skills

Current research projects: Research proposal to be submitted on 'The impact of learning behaviour change skills as a SCPHN student in conducting client consultations'

Selected Research Reports:

SIGMA (Trent research funding) for project to reduce teenage suicide

Health Action Zone, Sheffield South East PCT funding for dissemination of Stop, think, do - problem solving startegy for children and young people

Sheffield South East PCT funding for dissemination of emotional literacy programmes in inner city primary schools

Sheffield local authority funded research into transition for 16-18 year olds from CAMHS to adult services

Cipel project Sheffield Hallam University for research into the knowledge and attitudes of health, youth work and social work students about young people's sexual health

Development of a competency framework for children's health workers

Local authority commissioned research into primary mental health workers in children's services and targeted mental health workers in schools

Review of a school nursing service following a serious case review


Journal articles

Turner, J., Cooper, L., Woodward, A., Painter, J., Day, P., Hazelby, G., ... Moore, K. (2022). Report on a scoping review of nursing interventions for young people’s psychological wellbeing. British journal of Child Health, 3 (2).

Day, P. (2019). Should school nurses embrace new therapeutic approaches to enhancing emotional wellbeing? British Journal of School Nursing, 14 (1), 29-33.

Day, P., Peckover, S., Hazelby, G., Chauhdry, H., Kirkham, L., & Mcaleavy, J. (2018). Putting new therapeutic communication skills into public health nursing practice: the student experience. British journal of school nursing, 13 (8), 386-392.

Day, P. (2018). Treatment of anxiety in elderly housebound patients. Journal of Community Nursing, 32 (2), 52-55.

Day, P., Gould, J., & Hazelby, G. (2017). The use of motivational interviewing in community nursing. Journal of Community Nursing, 31 (3), 59-63.

Day, P. (2016). School nursing is at a crossroads. British Journal of School Nursing, 11 (7), 358.

Day, P. (2016). Motivating teen spirit: Early mental health intervention. British Journal of School Nursing, 11 (2), 93-95.

Day, P. (2009). The application of cognitive behavioural techniques to mental health promotion in a classroom setting. British Journal of School Nursing, 4 (3), 130-132.;article=BJSN_4_3_130_132;format=pdf

Day, P. (2005). 'Coping with our kids': a pilot evaluation of a parenting programme delivered by school nurses. Groupwork: an interdisciplinary journal for working with groups, 15 (1), 42-60.

Day, P. (2004). Is teaching problem solving to young people a way of preventing teenage suicide? Practice development in health care, 3 (3), 158-178.

Day, P. (2002). Classroom drama: acting for emotional literacy. Young minds.

Lane, D., & Day, P. (2001). Setting up a sexual health clinic in a school. Nursing Times, 97 (41), 38-39.

Conference papers

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


Doel, M., Nelson, P., & Day, P. (2011). Targeted Mental Health in Schools Programme. Sheffield Local Authority.

Other activities

External examiner SCPHN programme Northumbria University

Peer reviewer British Journal of School Nursing

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