Portrait of Dr Sarah Kendal Dr Sarah Kendal

s.kendal@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473369




I joined the University in 2014 as Head of Division of Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing and Occupational Therapy. My previous academic post was at Manchester University and prior to that I was mental health clinical lead in North Manchester Primary Care Trust and held various clinical posts within Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. I am a registered mental health nurse, qualifiying in 1991.  My  doctoral project was steered by a young people’s advisory group and generated a system of schools-based pastoral support based on supported self-care.  I have continued to take advice from young people about research in matters that concern them.

Research and Scholarship

Areas of research expertise and interest

  • Youth mental and emotional health
  • Mental health promotion
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Self care for mental health
  • Public involvement 
  • Participatory methods
  • Schools based research

Current funded projects:

  • Hugh-Jones, S., Tubeuf, S., West, R. (Leeds) and Kendal, S. (Huddersfield) ‘School based mental health intervention for young people: development and feasibility study of a digital information prescription intervention’. Funder: Medical Research Council June 17-Dec 2018.
  • Kendal, S. (PI) and Welsby, H. NB Welsby is an undergraduate student at the University of Huddersfield. Title: Young people’s research advisory group: digital tools for mental health. Funder: NIHR RDS Public Involvement Funds/White Rose Universities Consortium. Feb 2017- Feb 2018.
  • Lucock, M. (PI) ‘Supporting Self-Management after Therapy for Depression – The SMArT project’. Funder: NHS Bradford Districts (CCG) Research Capability Funding. Timing: Nov 2016-Jun 2017 with potential for development 2017-2021.
  • Percy Smith, B (PI) and Kendal, S. Developing children and young people’s participation across Pennine Acute Hospital Trust. Funder: Pennine Acute Healthcare Trust. Dec 2016-Jul 2017.
  • Kendal, S. and Smith, J. Parents’ and health professionals’ views of the benefits of collaborating to manage the care of children with long-term conditions. Funder: University of Huddersfield. Oct 2015-Jun 2017.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Kendal, S., Pryjmachuk, S., Welsby, H. and Milnes, L. (2017) ‘Prioritizing young people's emotional health support needs through participatory researchJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 24 (5), pp. 263-271. ISSN 13510126

Van den Berg, P., Kendal, S., Alderson, H. and Body, R. (2017) ‘An exploration of patients’ experiences of participation in a randomised controlled trial of the Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) decision ruleEmergency Medicine Journal . ISSN 1472-0205

Milnes, L. and Kendal, S. (2017) ‘Involving young people with mental health problems in improving healthcareNursing Children and Young People , 29 (4), pp. 23-23. ISSN 2046-2336


Smith, J. and Kendal, S. (2016) ‘Why should parents and health professionals collaborate to manage childhood long-term conditions?’. In: 3rd PNAE Congress on Paediatric Nursing, 26th - 27th May 2016, Porto, Portugal

Kendal, S., Kirk, S., Elvey, R., Catchpole, R. and Pryjmachuk, S. (2016) ‘How a moderated online discussion forum facilitates support for young people with eating disordersHealth Expectations . ISSN 1369-6513


Kendal, S (2015) ‘Guided self-help: is it relevant to emotional wellbeing promotion in high schoolsEducation and health , 33 (4), pp. 100-104. ISSN 0265-1602

Burgess, H., Ford, J. and Kendal, S. (2015) ‘Are mental health nurses natural smoking cessation practitioners?Mental health practice , 19 (3), pp. 34-37. ISSN 2047-895X

Lovell, K. and Kendal, S. (2015) ‘Working with the client with a mood disorder’. In: Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing (2nd ed.). : Oxford University Press. pp. 150-151. ISBN 9780198703853

Femi-Ajao, O., Kendal, S. and Lovell, K. (2015) ‘Patterns of Disclosure and Help-Seeking by Nigerian Women Resident in England with Lived Experience of Domestic Violence’. In: European Conference on Domestic Violence, 6-9 September 2015, Queen's University, Belfast.

Kendal, S., Milnes, L., Welsby, H. and Pryjmachuk, S. (2015) ‘A Participation Model for Identifying Young People’s Emotional Support Preferences’. In: 12th International Family Nursing Conference 2015, 18th - 21st August 2015, Odense, Denmark


Kendal, S., Kerr, J., Rogers, S., Kelly, L. and Walton, T. (2014) ‘Perspectives on the application of technology to enhance learning in an undergraduate nursing degree programmeNurse Education Today . ISSN 0260-6917

Kendal, S., Keeley, P. and Callery, P. (2014) ‘Student help seeking from pastoral care in UK high schools: a qualitative studyChild and Adolescent Mental Health , 19 (3), pp. 178-184. ISSN 1475-357X

Pryjmachuk, S., Elvey, R., Kirk, S., Kendal, S., Bower, P. and Catchpole, R. (2014) ‘Developing a model of mental health self-care support for children and young people through an integrated evaluation of available types of provision involving systematic review, meta-analysis and case studyHealth Services & Delivery Research , 2 (18). ISSN 2050-4349

Kendal, S (2014) ‘A Painful Journey from Clinician to Academic: Reflections on Learning the Art of Writing for Publication in Nursing JournalsHealth and Social Care Education , 3 (1), pp. 41-43. ISSN 2051-0888


Body, R., Kaide, E., Kendal, S. and Foex, B. (2013) ‘Not all suffering is pain: sources of patients' suffering in the emergency department call for improvements in communication from practitionersEmergency Medicine Journal . ISSN 1472-0205

Weight, E. and Kendal, S. (2013) ‘Staff attitudes towards inpatients with borderline personality disorderMental Health Practice , 17 (3), pp. 34-38. ISSN 1465-8720

Elvey, R., Bower, P., Catchpole, R., Kendal, S., Kirk, S. and Pryjmachuk, S. (2013) ‘Mental health self- care support in children and young people: exploring provider and user perspectives’. In: 19th annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, 27th - 29th October 2013, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Kirk, S., Pryjmachuk, S., Elvey, R., Kendal, S., Bower, P. and Catchpole, R. (2013) ‘Families’ Perceptions Of Mental Health Self-Care Support For Children And Young People’. In: 11th International Family Nursing Conference: “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future”, 19th - 22nd June 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Kendal, S (2013) ‘60 seconds with Sarah KendalNursing Times , 109 (13), p. 26. ISSN 0954-7762

Rogers, K., Young, A., Lovell, K., Campbell, M., Scott, P. and Kendal, S. (2013) ‘The British Sign Language Versions of the Patient Health Questionnaire, the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale, and the Work and Social Adjustment ScaleJournal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education , 18 (1), pp. 110-122. ISSN 1081-4159


Kendal, S (2012) ‘Masks at the School Gate: Facilitators of help seeking from an emotional wellbeing intervention in UK secondary schools’. In: UCLAN School of Social Work Research Seminar Series, 12th December 2012, Preston, UK

Westwood, L. and Kendal, S. (2012) ‘Adolescent client views towards the treatment of anorexia nervosa: a review of the literatureJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 19 (6), pp. 500-508. ISSN 1351-0126

Kendal, S. and Baker, J. (2012) ‘Managing Anxiety and Agitation’. In: Adult Nursing Practice: Using evidence in care. : Oxford University Press. pp. 225-237. ISBN 978-0-19-969741-0

Milnes, L. and Kendal, S. (2012) ‘Ethical challenges of conducting health research in UK school settingBritish Journal of Nursing , 21 (5), pp. 294-298. ISSN 0966-0461

Kendal, S (2012) ‘Feasibility and acceptability of an approach to emotional wellbeing support for high school students’. In: European Academy of Nursing Science Scientific Committee Scientific Meeting 2012, 19th - 20th January 2012, Barcelona, Spain


Kendal, S., Keeley, P. and Callery, P. (2011) ‘Young People's Preferences for Emotional Well-Being Support in High School-A Focus Group StudyJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing , 24 (4), pp. 245-253. ISSN 1073-6077

Kendal, S., Callery, P. and Keeley, P. (2011) ‘The feasibility and acceptability of an approach to emotional wellbeing support for high school studentsChild and Adolescent Mental Health , 16 (4), pp. 193-200. ISSN 1475-357X

Kendal, S (2011) ‘Guided self-help: a feasible and acceptable way for schools to promote emotional wellbeing in studentsEducation & Health , 29 (3), pp. 51-52.

Kendal, S. and Pryjmachuk, S. (2011) ‘Helping Young People with Mental-Health Difficulties’. In: Mental Health Nursing: An Evidence Based Introduction. : Sage. pp. 331-361. ISBN 9781849200721


Kendal, S (2010) ‘Correspondence: How can nurses in palliative care help others to express their feelings?International Journal of Palliative Nursing , 16 (7), p. 359. ISSN 1357-6321

Kendal, S (2010) ‘Differentiating between depression and sadness’. In: 4th National Conference: Current Issues in Palliative Care, 6th - 7th May 2010, London, UK


Kendal, S (2009) The use of guided self-help to promote emotional wellbeing in high school students Doctoral thesis, University of Manchester.


Kendal, S (2007) ‘Book review: Beyond Fear and Control: Working with Young People Who Self-Harm - Edited by Helen Spandler and Sam Warner (2007)Health and Social Care in the Community , 15 (6), pp. 604-605. ISSN 0966-0410


Fletcher, J. and Kendal, S. (2006) ‘New approaches to treating common mental health disorders in primary care’. In: Mental Health Today: a handbook. : Pavilion. . ISBN 9781841961712

Lovell, K. and Kendal, S. (2006) ‘Working with the client with a mood disorder’. In: Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing. : Oxford University Press. . ISBN 9780198568988


Kendal, S (1999) District Nurses in Mental Health Care: how district nurses feel about providing a nursing service to people with mental health problems Masters thesis, University of Manchester.


Jolley, D. and Kendal, S. (1991) ‘Time out of mindNursing the elderly : in hospital, homes and the community , 3 (1), pp. 20-22. ISSN 0956-8115


I sit on the Members Council of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FoundationTrust. I co-lead the UK and Ireland Chapter of the International Family Nursing Association.

Research Degree Supervision

Areas of research expertise and interest:

  • Youth mental and emotional health
  • Mental health promotion
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Self care for mental health
  • Public involvement
  • Participatory methods
  • Schools based research

PhD supervision:

  • Omolade Femi- Ajao Patterns of Disclosure and Help-Seeking by Nigerian Women Resident in England with Lived Experience of Domestic Violence. Awarded 2016.
  • Chane Roodt: Qualitative exploration of the health, wellbeing and social implications of living with Trichotillomania. Due to submit 2020.
  • Themba Dlamini: Exploring the lived experiences of older African people who live in South Yorkshire: Do social isolation and loneliness have an impact on their health and wellbeing? Due to submit 2017.
  • Nafisa Zaman: Management of long-term conditions among informal family caregivers of people with dementia. Due to submit 2018.

Masters Supervision:

  • Charlotte Inman: Relationship between violence and religiosity in young adults in the UK. Awarded 2017.
  • Gary Swift: Prevention of repetition of self-harm. Awarded 2016.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Division of Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing and Occupational Therapy
  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Education

Teaching and Professional Activities

Broad ranging teaching contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate health professional programmes