Dr Tim Bradshaw RGN; RMN; DPSN; BSc (Hons); MPhil; PGCE; PhD


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My training and experience as an adult (physical) and mental health nurse in the NHS have been a key influence on my teaching and scholarly activity/research at the University of Manchester. Since 1997 I have made significant contributions to pre and post registration clinical education to equip nurses and other health/social care professionals to provide high quality holistic care for people with long term mental health problems.  

My teaching portfolio is a broad one spanning undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (SoNMSW).  I teach on three separate programmes (Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs, level 6), Continuing Professional Development (CPD, levels 6 & 7), Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health (AIPMH, level 7)) and supervise dissertation students on three others (BNurs, CPD, AIPMH). 

Although employed on a teaching focused contract I have always participated in research and I have a sustained record of publication with over 60 manuscripts in peer review and professional journals as well as service user and University publications many of which are teaching related. This includes a series of papers which documented the achievements of the COPE programme, three publications about a project we delivered in South Africa to train township volunteers about mental health care and an evaluation of a teaching innovation which included its impact on trainees knowledge, attitudes and skills and outcomes for patients that students worked with.   

My other key interests are in Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in education and research. During the past 15 years I have formed a close working relationship with members of the Hearing Voices Network (http://www.hearing-voices.org/) and Connect Support (http://www.connectsupport.org/ CS - Support organisation for carers of people with serious mental health problems). Together we have developed and published a model of co-education where members of the HVN and CS work alongside our teaching team to deliver workshops and masterclasses. These sessions have been consistently well evaluated with students making comments such as “I have never felt so compassionate for someone in my life as I did when I heard K’s story it has helped me to connect and empathise more genuinely with service users in practice”(UG student, 2014). We have also developed and published a method for assessing student’s clinical skills in psychological therapy  by them interviewing a member of HVN or CS whilst being videotaped. In order to accurately rate student’s skills we published a reliable and valid scale. Both the method of assessment and the rating scale have now been widely adopted by other HEI’s for use in both teaching and research. 



I trained as a Registered General Nurse in 1983 then undertook post basic training in mental health nursing in 1987. I completed a Diploma in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (Thorn); BSc (Hons) and MPhil all part time whilst working in community mental health services. In 1997 I started work as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester where I have contributed to teaching on the COPE psychosocial education programmes. Between 2000 - 2005 I was Programme Director to the COPE undergraduate programme. From 2008-2012 I was mental health branch leader to the pre registration Bachelor of Nursing Programme.

My research interests center on improving the physical health of people with a diagnosis of psychosis. I also have considerable experience of developing mental health training programmes for delivery in both developed and developing world settings. Since 1995 I have consistent track record of publication and have most recently written a book chapter for further education college teachers about how to recognise and respond to the development of psychosis in their students.

Social responsibility

In 2014 and 2015 I was invited to speak to the “time to change society” this mental health anti-stigma initiative is being led by students from the Manchester Metropolitan University but is also open to students and staff from the University of Manchester.

In 2012 I was invited by the Forum of University Deans of South Africa (FUNDISA) to provide mentorship to a nurse academic Dr Marianne Reid from the Free State University. Bloemfontein. This was under the auspices of the PLUME project which aimed to build research capability in South African Nurses by linking them with a more experienced research mentor. In June 2013 I visited Pretoria having been invited by FUNDISA to participate in a mock grant review exercise in which 20 mentees had their grant proposals reviewed. Dr Reid’s proposal about ‘health communication in type 2 diabetes’ was one of only four to be supported by FUNDISA for submission  to the funding body the National Research Service (NRS).  Dr Reid is now beginning to develop a programme of research about health communication, she had secured further funding and has 7 Masters students and 3 academic colleagues working with her on the project. Dr Reid is presenting her work at an International conference in 2015 and has submitted a paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

For the past 15 years I have developed a close working relationship with members of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) (a self-help organization for people who hear voices) and Connect Support (a local organisation which supports carers of people with Serious Mental Health problems).  Members of the HVN and Connect Support have made an extremley positive contribution to our students education by teaching on both UG and PG programmes, contributing to the assessment of studesnt clinical skills and inputing to curriculum review and development. As part of a reciprocal and collaborative relationship myself and other collegues have undertaken talks and presentations at group meetings and fund raising events organised by the two organisations. 


PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons), DPSN, RGN,RMN, RNT, PGcertED,  SFHEA

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Former Fellow of the European Association of Nursing Science (EANS)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Advancing Quality Alliance (AQaU) consultant

Registered Nurse Teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

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