John Crowley

Dr John Crowley RGN, RMN, BA Hons, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing

John Crowley is a Senior Lecturer for Mental Health Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

He joined the university in May 2004, having key responsibility as course coordinator and lecturer on both pre-registration and post-registration courses. He is also a Personal tutor, BSc/MSc/PhD research supervisor and Link tutor.

John's area of specialist teaching include structured family work for psychosis and psychosocial interventions. Further interests are carer involvement in medication management and mental health act and service user experiences.

Posts held previously:

  • 2000-04, Community Mental Health Team Manager, Oxleas NHS Trust
  • 1996-99, Community Mental Health Nurse, Oxleas NHS Trust
  • 1992-96, House husband, self-employed in audit, research and consultancy work
  • 1987-92, Ward Manager, In-patient acute mental health, Greenwich Health Care
  • 1985-87, Staff Nurse, Acute Mental Health admission ward, Greenwich
  • 1984-85, Full-time carer for terminally ill family member
  • 1982-84, Student mental health nurse, St Margaret's Hospital, Epping Essex
  • 1976-82, Nursing student and staff nurse, Adult surgical ward: Lewisham Hospital
  • 1972-76, Royal Navy

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing
  • Course coordinator and lecturer on the pre-registration and post-registration programme
  • Supervises BSc/MSc/PhD research projects
  • Link tutor
  • Personal tutor


  • Royal College of Nursing research society
  • Thorn National Steering Group
  • Governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • School Governor of St Paul's Academy

Research / Scholarly interests

John's PhD programme action research study was on enabling carers of patients with long term mental health problems to administer depot injections. He is also interested in methods of Motivational Interviewing.

Recent publications


Bunyan, M. , Crowley, J., Smedley, N., Mutti, M-F. , Cashen, A. , Thompson, T. , Foster, J. (2017), Feasibility of training nurses in motivational interviewing to improve patient experience in mental health rehabilitation: A pilot study. Wiley-Blackwell. In: , , , . Wiley-Blackwell, Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 24 (4) . pp. 221-231 ISSN: 1351-0126 (Print), 1365-2850 (Online) (doi:

Bunyan, Mel , Crowley, John, Cashen, Angela, Mutti, Marie-France (2017), A look at inpatients' experience of mental health rehabilitation wards.. RCN Publishing. In: , , , . RCN Publishing, Mental Health Practice, 20 (6) . pp. 17-23 ISSN: 1465-8720 (Print), 2047-895X (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.


Crowley, John , Department of Family Care and Mental Health /Faculty of Education and Health, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2015), A guiding framework - family/supportive person administration of prescribed anti-psychotic depot injections within mental health. Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, Greenwich (1st) (doi: ).