Portrait of Mrs Donna Kemp Mrs Donna Kemp

d.j.kemp@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473497


Donna joined the University of Huddersfield in June 2016 as a lecturer in mental health nursing. Preceeding this Donna’s role was within the NHS in Leeds, focusing upon embedding Care Programme Approach and good practice in care planning into clinical practice within a large NHS Partnership Trust. This follows clinical roles both within community, crisis and in-patient settings since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1996.

Donna’s interest in education culminated in an MSc in Health Professional Education in 2009; during which time she undertook a lecturer practitioner role at the Univeristy of Huddersfield




Research and Scholarship

Donna is particularly interested in:

  • Collaborative care planning and the exploration of the barriers and enablers to this
  • Service user and carer involvement
  • Shared decision making
  • Recovery focussed practice

Current Research Involvement:

  • Donna is studying towards a PhD; the title of the project is End-User Priorities for the components of Community Mental Health Care Plan Pro formas in England and Wales: A mixed Methods Approach
  • Donna is partnering with a colleague in Occupational Therapy to explore the resons why students choose the University of Huddersfield as their education provider. This is a qualitative piece of research that will inform the recruitment of Mental Health Nurses and Occupational Therapists. The project is titled: An exploration into the influencing factors contributing to deciding to study Mental Health Nursing and Occupational Therapy at the University of Huddersfield.
  • Donna is also invoved in qualitative research, exploring the experiences of the first cohort of MSc students completing the nursing route. This important research will help to ensure that the student experience is optimal within the MSc route.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Kemp, D (2017) ‘Playing the long game to achieve equality for allMental Health Nursing , 37 (3), pp. 2-2. ISSN 1353-0283


Kemp, D (2016) ‘Care plan redesign: improving service user experience of the Care Programme ApproachMental Health Nursing , 36 (1), pp. 18-19. ISSN 2043-7501


Kemp, D (2015) ‘Website provides 'day in the life' stories of service usersMental Health Nursing , 35 (6), pp. 21-21. ISSN 2043-7501

Kemp, D (2015) ‘A day in the life of mental health nursingMental Health Nursing , 35 (6), pp. 12-12. ISSN 2043-7501


Kemp, D (2014) ‘User survey highlights peer support issuesMental Health Nursing , 34 (6), pp. 3-3. ISSN 2043-7501

Kemp, D (2014) ‘Should we ask: whose care plan is it anyway?Mental Health Nursing , 34 (3), pp. 3-3. ISSN 2043-7501

Kemp, D (2014) ‘A forgotten equality: a personal reflection on trans awareness trainingMental Health Nursing , 34 (1), pp. 19-19. ISSN 2043-7501


  • Member of the Editorial Board for Unite’s Mental Health Nursing publication – 2011 – present day.
  • CQC Specialist Advisor (mental health) for hospital inspections 2014 – 2016
  • Committee secretary for the Care Coordination Association 2014 – 2016
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Administrative Responsibilities

Admissions lead for BSc(Hons) Nursing (mental health)
Year 1 Lead for BSc Nursing (all fields)

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Donna is Module Leader for HMN 2015 – Nursing practice 3

Donna is an associate on the following BSc and MSc pre-reg modules:

  • HFN2002 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • HIG1000 Research
  • 2HHN2000 Frameworks for Clinical Leadership and Management
  • HMN2012 Nursing Practice 2
  • Donna is an associate on the post-reg Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice course

Additionally Donna provides:

  • Basic Life Support training
  • Moving and Handling training
  • Personal tutor for pre-registartion mental health nursing students
  • Link tutor to practice areas
  • Internal Moderation