Initial training as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in Friern Barnet School of Nursing London 1982 – 1985.

Moved to St Luke’s Hospital, Muswell Hill London to work in the Specialist Behavioural Psychotherapy Unit with Vic Mayer and Ted Chesser.  

Worked as Community Psychiatric Nurse in Suffolk and Norfolk and as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist from 2000 - 2012.

My specific areas of interest are in promoting rigorous assessment processes, developing warm therapeutic relationships, cognitive behavioural and behavioural psychotherapy, spirituality, and developing a deeper understanding of the recovery journey for service users from both a philosophical and practical perspective.

Career History

1985-1986   Staff Nurse, Acute Admission Ward. Friern Barnet Hospital.

1986-1987   Staff Nurse, Interim Secure Unit. Friern Barnet Hospital.

1987-1988   Staff Nurse, Behavioural Psychotherapy Unit. St Luke’s Hospital, Muswell Hill, London.

1988-1989   Staff Nurse, Norvic Clinic. Norwich.

1989-1990   Community Psychiatric Nurse. Mid Anglia Community NHS Trust.

1990-2003   Community Psychiatric Nurse/ Deputy Team Leader. Local Health Partnerships NHS Trust.

2003-Present    Lecturer in Mental  Health, School of Nursing Sciences, UEA.

All Publications

Linsley, P., McKay, I., Garland, S.


Looking for the ‘I’, ‘Me’, and ‘Other’ in Patient Stories,

in ORUEN - The CNS Journal



pp. 86-90

Full Text UEA Repository



Linsley, P., Mckay, I., Garland, S.


Ricoeur's Theory of Interpretation: A way of understanding patient Narrative as Part of Recovery,

UEA Repository



Teaching Interests

Course Director for the MSc in Mental Health and Module lead Unit 5

Module Organiser Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 3

Module Organiser Management of Mental Health Issues for Non – Mental Health Practitioners Level 3/4

Working towards Recovery (principles and practice) Level 3/4 

Study days locally and regionally on Introduction to CBT, CBT for chronic disease / pain management, Motivational Interviewing, and post natal depression

Lecture capture and elluminate on Organisational Change for MSc Leadership and Management in Practice

DAT courses for volunteers and professionals working with families of drug/alcohol users