Mental Health, Health and Social Care research group

Hello. We are the Mental Health, Health and Social Care research group (MH2aSC) [it’s pronounced “Mask”].

MH2aSC has a primary interest in mental health, but ensure research, education and development has a deeper resonance across the wider health and social care communities.  Our staff group reflects health and social care across the spectrum of services.

Clinical Academic Careers

We have a strong interest in workforce development, particularly innovation around Clinical Academic Careers.  There is more information about the NHS East Midlands Clinical Academic training schemes (Bronze and Silver Awards) below .

bronze-2015[1]The HEE:EM Clinical Academic Bronze Award at the University of Lincoln
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Health Education England (Working across the East Midlands)

Clinical Academic Bronze Scholar Award.

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Bronze Award here at Lincoln University which will be provided by members of the MH2aSC research team and invited experts.  The Programme is being led by Dr Ros Kane (Reader in Healthcare) and Dr Ian McGonagle (Principal Lecturer).

Health Education England (HEE) East Midlands fund up to 12 places for Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Chiropractors, Clinical Psychologists, Healthcare Scientists, Health Visitors, Operating Department Practitioners, Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians, Osteopaths, Pharmacy Professions, Non-Medical Public Health Specialty Trainees, Specialists and Consultants and Wider Dental Team Professions, registered in the East Midlands, to join the Clinical Scholar Bronze Awards 2018/19. For more information about eligible professionals click here.

Who should apply?

Applications are invited from clinicians in the East Midlands area (Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) who are looking to further develop their clinical academic career.  In addition we are very pleased to welcome prospective scholars from the East Of England to join the 2018-19 programme.

This programme will provide the opportunity to prepare a Master’s proposal in order to take the next step on the clinical academic career pathway.

Why apply?

As a Clinical Scholar Bronze Award holder, you will:

  • Be taken through an individualised, structured development plan based on a training needs assessment
  • Enhance your ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as a Masters in Research.
  • Enhance your ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as a Masters in Research.
  • Required to attend mandatory education and private study days (which can be taken flexibly over the course of the 9 months in agreement with the your organisation and academic mentor).
  • Be required to attend and participate in 5 facilitated Action Learning Sets.
  • Complete by June 2019.

These are sponsored awards and your organisation will be paid for your staff release to attend the programme for 48 days over its 9 month duration.


Each Clinical Scholar will have a research Mentor who will:

  1. Be a clinician with a Master’s qualification
  2. Commit to mentoring and line management for the duration of the project
  3. Facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Clinical Scholar
  4. Facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the development needs of the Clinical Scholar
  5. Sign off the final academic report.

Clinical Scholar applicants can nominate a Mentor provided they meet the criteria above and complete a Mentor application form. Alternatively Clinical Scholars will be appropriately assigned a mentor from a pool of qualified and experienced academics

These are high status awards and as with all competitive research awards, acceptance will be based on a selection process form applicants across the East Midlands.

Education Days 2018-19.

All education days start at 9:30 am

Day 1: Wednesday 14th November 2018

Day 2: Wednesday 21st November 2018

Day 3: Wednesday 5th December 2018

Day 4: Wednesday 12th December 2018

Day 5: Wednesday 16th January 2019

Day 6: Wednesday 30th January 2019

Action Learning Set days

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Wednesday 8th May 2019


More information:

Bronze Scholar Applicants:

To submit an application, click this link:

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If you wish to act as a mentor and are not on the HEEM mentor list, Please complete this form here:

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Important dates:

Application submission deadline: end of the day on 29th June 2018.

(please note any applications submitted after this date will be automatically rejected)

Successful applications will be invited to competitive interview on 5th and 6th September 2018 .

If you would like to contact a member of the team regarding the Bronze Award, please email:

Clinical Academic Careers: A profile from Mental Health            

About Paul Barrett  

Paul Barrett
Paul Barrett

Paul is a Consultant Nurse [Acute Mental Health Care] who works between clinical practice and the University.  He has been operating a clinical academic career role between the NHS and the university since 2007.

He brings his current clinical practice and knowledge of mental health to aid the work of the university.  He is an active member do the School of health and Social care working closely with colleagues on the pre-registration nursing programme.  Within the nursing team he brings his knowledge and experience regarding inpatient, community and psychological services in mental health.

His departmental responsibilities are:

Member of the module team for:
Applied Biological Sciences
Professional Practice [Mental Health] Modules for Years 1, 2 and 3
Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing
Applied Social Sciences for Mental Health Nursing
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

He is a module leader for:
Therapeutic Interventions for Mental Health Recovery
People, Personality & Disorder in Mental Health
Enhanced Practice for Acute Mental Health Care

His research and practice interests are in deploying therapeutic ways of responding to distress that engage with the personal, social and political contexts of health care.  He is a member of the Soteria Network and is currently involved in the first wave of Open Dialogue training.


Paul is also an integral member of the MH2aSC research group.  He has a strong commitment to service user involvement and promotion of mental health across the health and social care spectrum of services.

Barrett, P & Jackson, A (2013) ‘Swimming without the water’: a critical perspective on mental health experience for adult nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice 13(6) pp 487-91

Jackson, C. McGonagle, I, Betts, A.  Barrett, P. & Linsley, P. (2012) Rhagoriaeth mewn Cynllunio Gofal a Thriniaeth Llyfr Gwaith Hwyluswyr [Excellence in Care & treatment Planning] Learning materials to support mental health care in Wales — Welsh Government

Barrett, P and Roberts, S. (2010) Enhancing dual diagnosis capacities in acute inpatient nurses: A practitioner-based action research project Advances in Dual Diagnosis 3(2), pp 24-31

Barrett, P (2009) Improving inpatient team dual diagnosis skills through practitioner based action research: a potential model for change, Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 2(2), pp.13 – 18

Barrett P (2009) Psychological therapies: an uncertain prognosis. Mental Health Practice 12. 6 pp 12-15

Brooker C, Syson-Nibbs L, Barrett, Fox C (2009) Community managed offenders’ access to healthcare services: Report of a pilot study. Probation Journal. 56.1 pp 45-59

Brooker,C., Fox, C., Barrett, P. & Syson-Nibbs, L. (2008) A health needs assessment of offenders on probation caseloads in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire: Report of a pilot study. Lincoln: CCAWI/University of Lincoln

Brooker,C., Fox, C., Barrett, P. & Syson-Nibbs, L. (2008) A health needs assessment of offenders on probation caseloads in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire: Report of a pilot study. Lincoln: CCAWI/University of Lincoln

Hurley, J. Barrett, P. Reet, P (2006) `Let a hundred flowers blossom, let a hundred schools of thought contend’: a case for therapeutic pluralism in mental health nursing. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

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