David Burgess

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

+44 (0)1473 338642
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health

David is a lecturer in mental health and adult nursing at the University of Suffolk. Originally joining the University to lead the end-of-life care programme, David has returned to his first vocation of mental health. He has a broad experience of working with both physical and mental health care over a thirty-year period; as well as fifteen years in various roles as lecturer and educator, having completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Greenwich University in 2008 

David has predominantly been involved in projects where improvements are needed for challenging or hard to engage, complex, client groups e.g. Complex Mental Health Presentations, Dementia Care, End of Life Care, and Child & Adolescent Mental health Services; more recently, he has been involved in projects related to improving resilience and happiness at work. 

His primary strength is curiosity.

David’s primary interest is psychosocial interventions for those living with psychosis and will take every opportunity to teach their place in the individual’s recovery journey. However, periods working in dementia care and end of life care, resulted in David focusing on the University’s post-registration programme in these two areas.  

Over the last two years, David has become more involved in the pre-registration programme and now leads on two of the units; the fundamental bioscience and physical healthcare for mental health nurses, where his dual training is brought together, and Early Interventions to Optimise Mental Health and Wellbeing, where David is able to draw on his time as a manager in CAMHS as well as teaching using Enquiry Based Learning, used to deliver the full nursing curriculum at his time at UEA. 

David has been involved in several projects with local partners. Currently he is engaged in teaching communication skills, coaching and resilience to Care Co-ordinators working to improve the effectiveness of MDT meetings in Cancer Care; this followed on from his work with nursing team leaders, from across the east of England, on building resilient teams. 

He also delivers a medication management programme to unqualified healthcare staff working for the local mental health Trust, to enable them to take on this extended role. 

David is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).