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I joined the university as a lecturer practitioner in Health Visiting, moving on to become a full time senior lecturer in Health and Commujnity Studies. I joined the mental health nursing teaching programme in 2009 and am currently the field lead for this.
I am currently working with the Leanne Baker Foundation to promote awareness of mental health in the local area and am facilitating a peer mentorship within nursing at the University called pathfinders. I am also currently working with the wellbeing services to complete a multi disciplinary project around promoting mental health awareness in schools.
I have organised and facilitated conferences in eating disorders and perinatal mental health, and master classes in diabetes during 2012 and 2014. I have also spent a significant part of my career in health visiting specialising in the needs of family’s with mental health problems, safeguarding issues and domestic violence. I received the Queens Nursing Award for Innovations in practice in 2004.
I am currently studying for my professional doctorate, which focuses on the needs of men during the perinatal period – specifically labour and birth. I am involved in work on recovery capital with colleagues and the local NHS trust focusing on opiate users and am currently evaluating a peer mentorship programme which commenced with mental health student nurses in September 2013.
I am also completing background exploration of the promotion of mental health within schools.
Hemingway, S., Stephenson, J., Trotter, F., Clifton, A. and Holdich, P. (2015) ‘Increasing the health literacy of learning disability and mental health nurses in physical care skills: a pre and post-test evaluation of a workshop on diabetes care’ Nurse Education in Practice , 15 (1), pp. 30-37. ISSN 1471-5953
Hemingway, S., Trotter, F., Stephenson, J. and Holdich, P. (2013) ‘Diabetes: increasing the knowledge base of mental health nurses’ British journal of nursing , 22 (17), pp. 991-996. ISSN 0966-0461
Peckover, S. and Trotter, F. (2012) ‘Keeping the focus on children: the challenges of safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse.’. In: Equinox 2012: An Academic Conference for Teaching, Learning and Research, 18th June 2012, University of Huddersfield
Features in the 'Huddersfield Examiner' (2013-2014) relating to perinatal mental health and eating disorder awareness.
I am interested in supporting student projects in relation to mental health (specifically perinatalmental health, eating disorders, physical health of mental health service users). I am also interested in the impact of domestic abuse on emotional wellbeing. My primary interest relates to the needs of fathers during the perinatal period.