Staff profile

Angela Pereira

Lecturer in Mental Health


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care



I am a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. I currently lead on the module, Intergrated Mental Health Nursing 3. This is teaching 3rd year mental health nursing students in their final year before registration. I also have personal tutor responsibility for 1st year mental health students and I will be their constant academic support for the 3 years of their degree.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach and lead on the Integrated Mental Health Module 3. The module content includes all aspects of mental health nursing practice, knowledge and theory. The module framework is derived from the bio-psycho social model of mental health nursing and covers mental health and mental ill health across the lifespan.This includes organising and arranging content and ensuring that all content is thought provoking, accurate and the most recent and up to date information available. This module is the final year of a BSc in mental health nursing and as well as supporting students to complete their degrees, the module also has to support and prepare students for thier transition into professional practice, lifelong learning and their new career as a UK registered nurse.

Professional interests

I have a professional interest in all aspects of mental health nursing but I have a special interest in forensic mental health, person centred counselling and preceptorship.

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Great Britain.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Enrolled Nurse in Mental Health Nursing -  Nursing and Midwifery Council

Registered Nurse in Mental Health Nursing - Nursing and Midwifery Council

MA in Counselling Studies -  University of Nottingham

MSc in Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health -  University of Manchester 

PGCE in Professional Practice Education -  University of Derby

Experience in industry

I have 37 years experience in clinical practice covering all aspects of Mental Health Nursing. I specialised for 20 years in secure environments such as prisons, secure training centres, immigration and secure hospitals. In my final clinical role prior to entering academia full time I worked at a strategic as a senior manager and created a preceptorship programme for an independent mental health provider with 23 secure hospitals. The programme was very sucessful and trebled recruitment of newly qualified nurses in 2 years and provided me with the desire and enthusiasm to be able to reach nurses at an even earlier stage of thier careers. I am passionate about contributing to the nurses of the future.

Four nurses standing around a medication desk, three in white and one in blue scrubs

Angela Pereira, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Derby, discusses why nursing students should take care of their own mental health.