Brian Bell

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

As a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health with a clinical background in Forensic Psychiatry and Diversion at the Point of Arrest services, I have worked clinically within several mental health services across a variety of clinical Trusts, performing the roles of Charge Nurse, Ward Manager and Sector Co-ordinator. I completed my BSc and MA in Health whilst working within my clinical roles.

Whilst working in my last clinical role I was asked to deliver some “teaching sessions” for a local university, which fuelled my interest in a career in teaching and I was fortunate enough to achieve this in 2005.

My teaching experience includes involvement in generic mental health modules within undergraduate nursing programmes. I have also been the Course Leader for the CPD programmes in Psychological Interventions and also Prison/Forensic Pathways. I am currently the module lead for the BSc Part One Mental Health Practice module.

I have recently developed the new MSc Mental Health Nursing Practice award as Course Lead and will be the module lead for the RPL/Preparation module, Mental Health Nursing Practice 4,5,6 and the Physical and Mental Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Preparation for Prescribing.

As Couse Lead I am excited about the new MSc award and looking forward to developing this further with our clinical partners. I have been able to bring in a number of clinical experts from Forensic, Addiction, Community and Prison service to help deliver the award.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the NMC
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • Currently completing the final year of my Doctorate.
  • PGCE
  • MA Health and Social Care
  • BSc Community Mental Health
  • Adv/Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy

Research interests

  • Nursing Tribalism
  • Semiotics
  • Anthropology
  • Structuralism/Post-Structuralism
  • Saussure/Barthes/Baudrillard/Foucault/Wiggenstein



  • Generic Mental Health sessions
  • Skills sessions (BLS/ABCDE approach/Catheterisation)
  • CBT
  • SFBT
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Communication
  • De-escalation


  • Generic Mental Health sessions
  • Positionality
  • Research
  • Philosophy Themes (Social Constructionism, Behaviourism, Transcendentalism, Romanticism)
  • Skills sessions (BLS/ABCDE approach/Catheterisation)
  • CBT
  • SFBT
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Communication
  • De-escalation


I have published a number of articles and am currently working on several drawing from my PhD.

I have also presented at Conference (York)

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021