I am registered Mental Health Nurse who has worked in Higher Education for the past 13 years.
I undertook my nurse education in Norfolk and joined the NMC register in 1994. In my role of practitioner I developed expertise in Community and Liaison Mental Health practice working in both rural and city localities and within a general hospital context:
As a Community Psychiatric Nurse I worked alongside individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses before going on to develop an interest in assessment and brief interventions, and supporting individuals with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder who may present with risky behaviours.
My subsequent role, as a liaison nurse within an acute medical and A/E environment, enabled me to gain an appreciation of diverse mental health needs and to develop my particular interests in supporting those who presented in crisis following acts of self-injury were in acute distress, or presented with substance related problems.
I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer and contribute primarily to the provision of our pre-registration Nursing programmes, although have previously been the Course Director for the post-graduate taught MSc in Mental Health programme and continue to lead the Certificate of Higher Education in Substance Misuse.
I hold the position of Associate Director of Teaching and Learning with responsibility for delivery of the School’s assessment strategy and operational performance within pre-registration programmes and act as Chair of our pre-registration Board of Examiners, and Vice Chair for post-registration and postgraduate programmes.
Key Research Interests
Beezhold J & Sutton E (2011) Suicide Risk Assessment: outcomes of the Norwich Training Programme. Abstract for World Psychiatric Congress: Buenos Aires
Doy R, Blowers E, & Sutton E (2008) Assessing and managing psychosis, drug misuse and violence and aggression in Wardrope J et al Community Emergency Medicine Churchill Livingstone.
Sutton E (2005) An exploration of students’ perceptions and experience of the relationship between theory and practice, and how components of an enquiry-based learning unit influenced their ability to integrate those two aspects of learning. as part of MA in Higher Education
As Associate Director of Teaching and Learning (Assessment Lead) I am particularly involved in the provision of assessment related preparation sessions for students across all modules of our pre-registration nursing programme.
In addition I work as one of the School’s academic team in the facilitation of our Enquiry Based Learning Curriculum and contribute to the teaching provision across all disciplines within the School addressing themes of Mental Health Assessment; Crisis Theory; Substance Misuse; Acute Mental Health Care; Risk Assessment and Management;; Suicide and Self-Injury; Perinatal Mental Health; and Primary Interventions for Alcohol Misuse.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Norfolk Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT): Regional primary Care training in Alcohol Brief Interventions (2009 - 2013) This involved the implementation of a strategic training initiative to diverse practice audiences including GP’s, practice nurses, school, mental health and adult nurses, prison officers, police and ambulance staff, psychologists, pharmacists, support staff, health visitors, social workers, drug & alcohol services, midwives and housing workers.
- Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Partnership: (NWMHP) Staff Suicide Prevention Training: (2001- 2005) - The design, development and delivery of a mandatory training programme for practitioners of all disciplines, in the ‘Assessment, and Management of Suicide Risk’.
- Regional ‘Training the Trainers’ Project:(2005)- This ‘Training the trainers’ programme was designed to equip participants to deliver the ‘Assessment, and Management of Suicide Risk’ strategy in their own respective work environments.
- Learning Together:(2004) - A series of training workshops aimed at service users, carers and practitioners to foster and facilitate common understanding of issues surrounding ‘Risk and mental health’