Deborah Watkins Faculty of Education & Health

Deborah Watkins RMN, BA Hons, BSc Hons, PGDipHE, MSc

Deborah Watkins

Deborah Watkins
RMN, BA Hons, BSc Hons, PGDipHE, MSc

Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead

Department of Family Care & Mental Health

Faculty of Education and Health

Deborah Watkins is a Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead for Mental Health in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Prior to joining the university in 2003 initially as a Senior Lecturer, Deborah had over twenty years diverse clinical experience, notably leading on policy and service development for people with severe and complex mental health issues.

In 2011, she became Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead on Mental Health, successfully collaborating on the development of Trust Nursing Strategy and Continuing Professional Development for post-qualification undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Deborah is a lecturer across a wide range of health and social care courses and specialises in mental health recovery, including compassion and spirituality, and staff development including reflection, mentorship, and innovative practice.

She is programme leader on PGCert Mental Health Nursing Studies and route leader for MA Professional Practice: Mental Health.

Posts held previously:

  • 2003-11, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Greenwich
  • 2002-03, Project Manager, Lambeth Borderline Personality Disorders 
  • 1998-2002, Clinical Team Leader, North East Lambeth Case Management Team
  • 1994-98, Community Psychiatric Nurse/Case Manager North Southwark
  • 1993-94, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Lewisham Older Adults Team
  • 1988-93, Project Leader, Elderly Mental Health Services, Lewisham
  • 1982-88, Staff Nurse, Maudsley Hospital
    On specialist unit for mood disorders, eating disorders and psychiatric intensive care
  • Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead, Mental Health, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • Programme leader for PGCert Mental Health Nursing Studies
  • Route leader for MA Professional Practice: Mental Health
  • Member of the School Teaching and Technology Board
  • Member of the London Mental Health Nurse Undergraduate Education Project
  • External examiner, postgraduate Mental Health programmes, Middlesex University
Deborah's research interests are centred on spirituality and mental health recovery; Deborah's doctoral study examines the development of effective teaching and learning strategies in spirituality for mental health practitioners.
Enright, A., Tylee, A., Watkins, D. and Hooton, T. (2002). Implementing Standard 2 of the NSF for Mental Health. National Association of Primary Care Review, Spring 2002, Sovereign Publications.

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