Dr Jennifer Oates
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Health Sciences, Workforce, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW) research theme.
My clinical background is mental health nursing in crisis care/ liaison psychiatry and community mental health care of people with severe mental health problems. I initially trained and worked in Leeds after starting my nursing career as a care assistant in a residential home for older people, moving to London in 2003 and Brighton in 2013.
Before joining Surrey in April 2022 I was lecturer/ senior lecturer in mental health nursing education at King's College London(2016-2022), Specialist Adviser and Mental Health Act Reviewer for the Care Quality Commission (2012-2021) and board member for Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (2012-2020). I was previously a Mental Health Nursing Adviser in Policy and Standards and a Fitness to Practice panel member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). I am an Expert Representative for Nurse Education for the RCN Mental Health Forum. I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing. I am a Specialist Lay Member of Mental Health Act Tribunals.
University roles and responsibilities
- Senior Personal Tutor/ Lead for Wellbeing in the School of Health Sciences
My teaching and research interests are: health professionals’ and students’ mental health and wellbeing; mental health ethics, law and regulation; women’s health; curriculum-embedded approaches to student wellbeing; peer support and Recovery College collaboration in education.
I am currently supervising PhD student projects on co-production in Recovery Colleges and peer support in higher education.
I teach on the BSc Professional Practice Programmes within the School of Health Sciences.