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Dr Ann Mitchell

Dr Ann Mitchell

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • ann.mitchell

Professional biography

I am currently  working as a lecturer in mental health nursing with a co -ordinating role for the mental health branch in the pre registration nursing programme. Over the years I have acquired a range of experiences in community mental health nursing, nurse education, management and leadership of community mental health teams and writing distance learning materials. This breadth and depth of experience spans twenty nine years since qualifiying in 1981. As a senior lecturer at University of Northampton, I was responsible for the development of the curriculum and delivery of the community mental health programme at undergraduate and master's levels. I worked closely with a multi disciplinary community team that included health visitor, school nurse, district nurse and children's nurse lecturers whose aim was to deliver a programme for community health care professionals. I also managed an undergraduate part time degree programme for nurses. In 2002 I was seconded to the Community mental health trust to implement clinical governance and to strategically lead two mental health teams for a period of one year. Following this successful period of managing two teams and updating my mental health practice skills, I returned to Northampton University to develop and implement an undergraduate modular framework.

Research interests

Ethnic minority research - long term conditions including mental health

Currently undertaking a PhD at University of Surrey - A participatory action research study on Guyanese women living in the UK with Type ll diabetes.

Teaching interests

Mental health conditions, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, OCD, anxiety, workplace stress,

Substance misuse, support of carers

Child and adolescent mental health problems including depression, family work

Older people with mental health problems, depression, dementia related conditions

Mental health policy, mental health promotion

Self harming including eating disorders and suicide

Mental health treatments and therapies

Community mental health theory and practice

Sociology of health and illness

Management theory , quality, learning and teaching theories

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)CentreFaculty of Health and Social Care
Department of Nursing Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care
OU Public Health and Health Promotion Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care


Guyanese expatriate women ask: ‘Is it a touch of sugar?’ (2018)
Mitchell, Helena Ann; Allan, Helen and Koch, Tina
Action Research ((Early Access))
Social perspectives on depression (2009)
Mitchell, Ann; Denny, Elaine and Earle, Sarah
In: Denny, Elaine and Earle, Sarah eds. The Sociology of Long Term Conditions and Nursing Practice. Sociology and nursing practice series (pp. 209-227)
ISBN : 978-0-230-51646-5 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : UK
Guyanese women in the UK: their experiences of diabetes, health knowledge and beliefs, and implications for self care (2009-06)
Mitchell, Ann
In : 34th Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference (1-5 Jun 2009, Kingston, Jamaica)