Julia Telfer RGN, RMN, RNT, Dip, BSc Hons, PGDip, MA

Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing

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

Julia was awarded a Butler Trust Award in 2004 by HRH Princess Anne, for outstanding contribution to the effective care of prisoners and the prison mental health service she managed was awarded NHS Beacon Status in the same year.

Julia joined the university in 2007 as senior lecturer and course coordinator on pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate programmes such as Paramedic Science, Safeguarding, Psychology and Criminology, Ethics, Health Visiting, and Midwifery. Julia is also a programme leader on BSc Hons Mental Health Work (Top-up), post qualifying degree. 

She has Link tutor responsibility for clinical placement areas in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Kent and Medway Partnership Trust, the independent sector; schools and prisons and is also Key Account Manager for Kent and Medway Partnership Trust.

Julia is actively involved in supporting student led activities and award schemes. She has nominated four students for Student Nursing Times Awards in the past two years. One was overall winner and two were shortlisted.

She has been actively involved in supporting the development of the Mental Health Nursing Society and a number of student-led mental health awareness events. She has received a Faculty of Education and Health award for Motivating and Inspiring Others in recognition of her work.

Posts held previously:

  • 2005-07, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Trevor Gibbens Unit, Kent and Medway Forensic Service
  • 1999-2005, Team Leader, Belmarsh Prison In-Reach Team
  • 1998-99, Forensic Community Mental Health Nurse, North London Forensic Service

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, School of Health Sciences
  • Lecturer on pre-registration and post-registration programme
  • Programme leader for BSc Hons Mental Health Work (Top-up)
  • Key Account Manager
  • Link tutor


  • Butler Trust Award, by HRH Princess Anne, for outstanding contribution to the effective care of prisoners. 2004
  • NHS Beacon Status, for her management of the prison mental health service, 2004


  • External panel member for the validation on pre-registration MSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing, City University, London
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing, attending congress and other political events

Research / Scholarly interests

Julia's PhD research examines the relationship between clinical decision making and service outcome measures in mental health services.

Recent publications


Telfer, Julia , Markowski, Marianne, Duthoit, Susannah, Malamateniou, Christina , Smith, Deborah (2021), Prisoners’ feedback on a formally set-up peer mentoring scheme in a prison in South East England. HM Prison Service. In: , , , . HM Prison Service, Prison Service Journal, 256: 6 . pp. 30-37 ISSN: 0300-3558 (Print), 0300-3558 (Online) (doi: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/psj/prison-service-journal-256).