Kevin studied in Ipswich and commenced his DipHe RMN in 1996, qualifying in September 1999. He then worked locally in in-patient care services focusing particularly on acute mental health admissions and predominantly in psychiatric intensive care services (PICU). During his time working within the local NHS Trust, Kevin furthered his experience by engaging in service line management successfully leading and managing the local PICU, acute admission units and having responsibility of inter-agency liaison working alongside social services, ambulance, police and the general hospital services.
Kevin is a member of NAPICU (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units) and in 2012 successfully led his ward to win national recognition as NAPICU team of the year.
During his time in clinical practice, Kevin undertook his post graduate diploma in acute inpatient care accredited by the Sainsbury Centre of Mental Health and Middlesex University, enabling his NMC specialist practitioner status.
Kevin left clinical practice in March 2014 to join the Mental Health Nursing team at Suffolk.
Teaching and other Responsibilities
Since qualifying, Kevin has always maintained a strong interest in nurse education, following completion of the Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice he was able to enjoy mentoring students and preceptoring newly qualified nurses. Whilst in practice Kevin maintained a presence within the university and regularly attended as a guest speaker to bridge the theory/practice gap and generate good working relationships between the university and local trusts. Kevin has also actively participated in the process of student selection and ongoing assessment of clinical skills.
Kevin is keen to develop his role as a Lecturer at University of Suffolk as he has a wealth of clinical experience and leadership which he can share with students; he has an extensive clinical network of highly accredited professional peers who influence his teaching styles and ideas.
As well as being enthusiastic to extend his new role, Kevin is highly motivated to develop his own academic profile and will be commencing an MSc.
Although in its infancy, Kevin wishes to explore possible and credible research and study in:
Reduction in restraint interventions
Advance directives in managing possible violence
Student nurse 360 degree appraisal methods.
Effectiveness of interagency liaison and innovation in the reduction of harm