Louise Bouic

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Course Lead, Mental Health Nursing
Mental Health Practice Learning Allocation Lead

Practice Support Lead,  Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

About Me

Prior to coming into nursing, I undertook my first degree at the University of Reading, in Pathobiology. I later undertook a Masters degree in Medical Ethics and Law, at Keele University. I am fortunate enough to now have a role which enables me to utilize my expertise in both these areas. My main professional areas of expertise are healthcare ethics and law, and the biological basis of mental health. I will shortly complete a PhD at the University of Manchester, in the School of Law.  I am focusing on the differing legal approaches in England and Wales to the treatment of individuals with mental and physical disorders.  I am also a Magistrate, which is an additional benefit in developing up-to-date knowledge of all areas of law. 


  • PG Diploma with Distinction (Professional Education in Healthcare) Staffordshire University ‘07

  • MA (Medical Ethics and Law) Keele University ‘05

  • Diploma (Higher Education) Staffordshire University ‘97

  • BSc (Hons) (Pathobiology) University of Reading ‘92

Professional Memberships and Activities

Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registered Nurse (M)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected Publications


Rhodes, S. & Bouic, L. (2007) Summer schools to improve recruitment and retention of pre-registration mental health student nurses within a Faculty of Health and Sciences Mental Health Practice 10(8) pp.34-38
Bouic, L. (2005) Focus on psychiatric observation Mental Health Practice 8 (8) pp.17-19
Rhodes, S. & Bouic, L. (2005) An evaluation of taster days to recruit untrained health-care staff to pre-registration mental health nurse education within one UK university Nurse Education Today 25 (7) pp.556-563
Bouic, L. (2004) Depression: down- in-the-dumps or despair? Nurse2Nurse 4 (8) pp.46-48

Conference Talks:

University of Manchester, Post Graduate Law Conference, 18th Oct 2017: presented a paper 'The UN CRPD and English health law- a disability neutral framework'

Essex Autonomy Project Autonomy Summer School delegate- July 6th-8th 2017

London School of Economics and Political Science, International Health Policy conference, 16-19th February 2017: presented a paper ‘Capacity, English mental health law and John Rawls's 'justice as fairness'- a vision for the future?’ 

International Academy of Legal Medicine, Intersocietal Symposium in Venice, Italy- June 21st-24th, 2016: presented a paper ‘English mental health law and John Rawls's 'justice as fairness'- a vision for the future?’

World Association for Medical Law's Annual Congress in Coimbra, Portugal- August 2nd-6th 2015: presented a paper 'Mental Health Law and Political Liberty- Time to move from Rhetoric to Reality'

RCN Joint Education Forums Conference- Innovations in education and training: ‘An Evaluation of Taster Days for untrained healthcare staff to experience pre-registration mental health nurse training’ 2005


Reviewer for books and book proposals, for various publishers (2007 to date)
Book reviewer 2010- ‘Sellman. D. & Snelling, P. (editors) Becoming a Nurse- An Introductory textbook for Professional Practice. Pearson’ In press
Book proposal review 2008- ‘Cameron, H. Conflict, Anger & Aggression in Current Society: Theory and Practice Palgrave MacMillan’
Book proposal review 2007- ‘Newham, R. Get Ready for Ethics. Pearson’

Current Teaching

I am Lead on Law & Legislation teaching for pre- registration nurses, pre registration Paramedics & Operating Department Practitioners.  I deliver legal update training for local Trusts as and when required.

I am Module Leader for ‘Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice’

I teach sessions on a variety of lifelong learning modules, including Independent & Supplementary Nurse Prescribing,  Mental Health Assessment of Clients,  Long Term Conditions, Stroke School- Thrombolysis, Working to Safeguard Children.

I am an OSCE Examiner, for pre-registration nursing


Louise Bouic
School of Health and Social Care
Staffordshire University
Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education
Mytton Oak Road
t: School Information Point: 01743 261136
t: Direct line: 01743 261000 ext 3854
e: l.t.bouic@staffs.ac.uk