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Deborah Isaacs

Deborah Isaac RMN, BA Hons, BSc, PGDip, MA

Deborah Isaacs

Deborah Isaac
RMN, BA Hons, BSc, PGDip, MA

Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing

Department of Family Care & Mental Health

Faculty of Education & Health

Deborah is a Senior Lecturer for Mental Health Nursing in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Deborah qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1994 and prior to joining the university already gained experience of working in further education colleges, specifically in the role of lecturer/personal tutor with a strong emphasis on pastoral care.

As a lecturer, her interests include: embedding employability into the curriculum, the social context and sociology of mental illness, leadership traits, attributes and theories.

Since becoming senior lecturer in 2008, Deborah's responsibilities include coordinating pre-registration and post-registration courses in mental health such as: Consolidating Mental Health Nursing; Consolidating Proficiency in Mental Health Nursing; Academic Skills for Professional Practice; Return to Practice, and post-registration courses such as Integrated Mental Health, Psychosocial Intervention, and District Nursing.

Deborah enjoys teaching international students and during the university's annual Summer School is involved with teaching exchange medical students from the USA, as well as having participated in an Erasmus Exchange at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Other international pedagogical interests include raising awareness in qualified nurses from the Philippines about mental health issues, specifically in relation to nursing mentally ill patients in acute settings.

In 2015, Deborah successfully completed an Aurora developmental programme aimed at women Leaders in higher education.

Posts held previously:

  • 2008, Lecturer/Personal Tutor, Lewisham/Southwark/City & Islington College
    Managed delivery for various levels of Health & Social Care courses and student/pastoral issues
  • 2006-07, Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University
    Coordinated work of colleagues, the curriculum, academic leadership and student welfare
  • 2005-06, Senior Substance Misuse Nurse, criminal justice service/other relevant organisations
    Managed caseload of service users
  • 2005, Planning and Performance Manager (six month secondment) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)
  • 2001-05, Community Home Treatment Team Practitioner, Local Community Mental Health Team
    Managed caseload of service users as well as a team of colleagues
  • 1999-2001, Mental Health Nurse. Homeless Persons Unit London Borough of Lewisham
    Managed a caseload for service users with supported housing needs
  • 1998-99, Primary Nurse, SLaM
    Managed caseload of service users with primary diagnosed of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • 1995-96, Mental Health Development Worker, Day Centre
    Facilitated rehabilitation of clients discharged from hospital
  • 1994-95, Primary Nurse, Acute Psychiatric Ward
  • Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • Lecturer on the pre-registration and post-registration Mental Health Nursing programme
  • Member on the Research team
  • Appointed as the Employability Champion for the faculty

Deborah registered on the school's MPhil/PhD programme in 2013, researching mental illness and the impact of ethnicity and culture, treatment, perception and stigma; including personal and professional development and graduate employability. Deborah's PhD study aims to investigate the relationship between ethnicity and employability of mental health nurses commensurate with their nursing qualification.

Deborah develops links and networking opportunities which assists her PhD study interests with monthly attendance as member of the Research Team to discuss and offer peer support and research related training.

Funded research projects

  • 2012-13, commissioned and funded by NHS London: 'Readiness for Work': A qualitative, longitudinal study exploring the experiences of newly-qualified mental health nurses who are seeking employment at the point of qualification

Isaac, D. (2013). Culture-bound syndromes in mental health: a discussion paper. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20(4), pp. 355-361.

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Isaac, D. (2015). Embedding Employability into the Mental Health Nursing (and Midwifery). [Poster]. The University of Greenwich Symposium, 20 March 2015. London.

Isaac, D. (2010). Culture Bound Syndromes. HEA, hosted by Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.

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