Tina Fanneran

Job Title and Responsibilities

PhD Student

About Me

Having spent many years working in the hotel industry, I decided to return to full time study in 2005.  I studied for a BSc in Psychology and Counselling studies at the University of Derby and graduated with first class honours.  Following graduation I spent a year working with children with behavioural disorders. 

My interest in psychology and mental health has once again brought me back to full time study.  I am currently a post-graduate student in the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health where I am studying for a PhD in Health studies.


PhD. Health Studies – (currently undertaking)

BSc. Psychology & Counselling Studies (First Class Honours, June 2009)

Professional Memberships and Activities

PgCert in Higher & Professional Education (current)

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) with GBC

Research Interests

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Adult Protection, Abuse and Neglect, Mental Health Services

PhD Research Project
Existing evidence highlights improvements to safeguarding practice in services for children, older adults and adults with learning disabilities; however it is suggested that mental health services are resistant to change and reluctant to tackle the problem of abuse.  As the number of reported cases of abuse in mental health services increases annually, a critical examination of safeguarding adults practice in mental health services is paramount.

The main aims of my PhD research project are:

  • To analyse the implementation, development and use of safeguarding practices and procedures in mental health services; to determine whether the under-reporting of incidents and traditional resistance to adult protection reported in the literature, still exists

  • To improve understanding of the processes involved in keeping adults safe in mental health care and identify whether the challenges faced differ to those in other settings

This research is being undertaken as part of a PhD studentship funded by the CAMH Applied Research Centre.

Current Teaching

I am currently gaining teaching practice through aiding the delivery of modules in counselling, mental health and safeguarding.


Tina Fanneran
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Blackheath Lane
ST18 0AD
t: +44 (0)1785 353742
e: t.fanneran@staffs.ac.uk