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Russell Ashmore

Dr Russell Ashmore PhD, MA, BSc (Hons), PGCE, Dip Coun, RMN, RNT

Senior Lecturer


Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. He has worked in higher education since 1994 at both the University of Sheffield and since 2006 at Sheffield Hallam University.

  • About

    Russell graduated from the University of Manchester in 1983 with a degree in psychology and then trained as a nurse in Sheffield, qualifying in 1987. Russell has professional registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher. Russell has worked clinically as a registered mental health nurse in older adult day services, acute in-patient services and community mental health services. He also worked with people experiencing distress as a result of traumatic experiences (PTSD).

    He completed a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) in 1989. In 2012 Russell was awarded his PhD by Sheffield Hallam University for the thesis; ‘The Implementation of Section 5(4) of the Mental Health Act 1983’. In 2013 Russell was the Akinsanya Special Commendee. This was presented by the Royal College of Nursing Research Society as part of their annual Akinsanya Award for Innovation in Doctoral Studies in Nursing.

    Russell has 60 publications (peer reviewed articles, book chapters, commentaries, opinion pieces and book reviews) in both national and international journals and has returned in three RAEs. He has also presented more than 90 papers at local, national and international conferences (plenary/keynote, concurrent, poster, symposiums, and professional panels).

    Russell’s research and professional interests include; Section 5(4) (nurse’s holding power) of the Mental Health Act 1983, nurses’ relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, clinical supervision for nursing students, nursing in acute mental health settings, the rights of informally admitted service users and nurses’ use of their interpersonal skills.

  • Teaching

    My teaching interest areas are: Mental health legislation and patients' rights, Interpersonal skills and therapeutic intervention, particularly in the mental health context, The development of compassion in healthcare professions, Transgender mental health issues.

  • Research

    My current research interests include Mental health legislation and patients' rights, Interpersonal skills and therapeutic intervention, particularly in the mental health context, The development of compassion in healthcare professions.

    Russell is/has been involved in a number of profession groups (past and present) including the; Department of Health’s Nurse Advisory Group on the amended Mental Health Act, Department of Health National Advisory Group for Compassion in Practice and Improving Mental Health Care (CiP), steering and scientific committee for the Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research (2001-Present), award panel of the Eileen Skellern award and the Journal Of Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing Lifetime achievement award (2011-Present).

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    He is a peer reviewer for a number of national and international journals including: Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Education Today and Journal of Clinical Nursing. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Nursing and the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Evans, L. Practice Recommendations for Occupational Therapy with Frail Older People in an Acute Healthcare Trust. Professional Doctorate Health and Social Care.

    Tasosa, W. Epidemiology of alcohol use among Zimbabwean migrants residing in the United Kingdom. Doctor of Philosophy.

    Wildgoose, D. (2013) Patients' Experiences of Psychiatric Intensive Care - An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Professional Doctorate Health and Social Care. Sheffield Hallam University.

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