Dr Elizabeth Collier

Position: Senior lecturer mental health nursing

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Professional Studies

Subject area: Nursing and Healthcare Practice

Research Centre: Health and Social Care Research Centre

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I am employed at Derby University as a senior lecturer in mental health nursing and I have current Nursing & Midwifery council (NMC) mental health nursing registration.  I also have a teaching qualification registered with the NMC. 

I teach on BSc and MSc pre-registration mental health nursing and interprofessional programmes. I supervise doctoral students and have 2 PhD completions. I have external examiner experience at masters & doctorate level. I also have experience of facilitating continuing professional development (CPD) and consultancy activities in dementia, mental health awareness and mental health in older people.  My research experience covers a wide range of subjects and tends to be focused on qualitative methods.  

Teaching responsibilities

MSc Pre Registration mental health nursing course team

MSc Pre Registration Nursing

BSc Nursing

Dementia module

Professional interests

Mental Health and ill health in later life

Life course and mental illness




Evidence based practice

Critical psychiatry



Service user involvement

Research interests

Mental distress

Older people

Life course and  biography


Education and teaching

Membership of professional bodies

Royal College of Nursing


BSc Combined Science (Mathematics & Psychology)

MSc Nursing

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)

PhD 'A biographical narrative study exploring mental ill health through the life course'

Recent publications

Last 10 years: Reports, journal articles, editorials and book chapters,


Collier, E., Ahmed, J., Lamph, G., Ahmed, A. (2018) Tackling the inescapable. Mental health in later life. A report on a series of conversations. University of Salford, UK.

Ahmed, A, Yates-Bolton, N, Collier, E 2014, Diversity and inclusiveness in Dementia. Listening event report - ISBN 978-1-907842-59-7, , University of Salford, Salford, UK. 

Williamson, T, Ball, E, Choucri, L, Collier, E, Devitt, P, Franks, H, Howarth, M, Lythgoe, J, McAndrew, S & Roberts, D, Rowswell, K, Seppala, L, Wray, J, Yates-Bolton, N (2011) A report on the health and social care listening event, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom.


Journal Articles

Luxmoore, B., Marrett, C., Calvert, L., Calvert, S., Foy, P., Smith, E., Collier, E. (2018) Evaluation of the Good Life Festival: a model for co-produced dementia events. Mental Health Practice 21(6): 26-31

Collier, E., Grant, M. (2018) A literature review on the experience of long term mental illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing p1-8

Byrom, B., Collier, E., Rogers, M. (2017) Nurses recognition of domestic violence British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 6(6):286-293

Watts, P., Watts, C., Collier E. Ashmore, R.   (2017) Transgender mental health needs: A Wife’s tale  Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 24(5): 261-262

Bennett, M., Collier, E. (2016) A qualitative study of the perspectives of people diagnosed with schizophrenia of their physical health risks and needs. Nursing Times 7: 1-4

Curran, B., Collier, E. (2016) Growing older with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 23: 236-242

Morrissey, M., Collier, E., (2016) Literature review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Critical Care Population Journal of Clinical Nursing 25: 1501-1514

Collier, E., Knifton, C., Surr, C. (2015) Dementia Education in Higher Education Institutions Nurse Education Today 35(6):731-732

Adshead, S., Collier, E., Kennedy, S. (2015) A literature review exploring the preparation of mental health nurses for working with people with learning disability and mental illness. Nurse Education in Practice 15(2): 103-107

Horton, R., Collier, E., McAndrew, S. (2014) Evaluation of a service based on the principles of recovery. Mental Health Practice 18(6):19-24

Black, M., Collier, E. (2014) Supporting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Mental Health Practice 18(3): 14-20

Collier, E., Foster, C. (2014) Teaching age and discrimination: A life course perspective, Nurse Education in Practice  14:  333-337 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2013.12.00

Collier, E. (2014) Supporting people with dementia. Nursing in Practice June Vol 78 http://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/supporting-people-dementia

Burke, M., Collier, E., Yates-Bolton, N., Haworth, R. (2014) Promoting Good Design. The Journal of Dementia Care. Jan/Feb 22(1):18

Collier, E. Edwards, S. (2013) The Abandoned illness: where is the voice of older adults? British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2(1): 15

Collier, E., Sorrell, J.  (2011) Schizophrenia and Older People. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 49(11): 17-43

Collier E. (2010). The confusion of recovery: one solution. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 19:16-21

Doherty, D. Collier, E.(2009) Caring for people with dementia in non-specialist settings

Collier, E. (2008) Historical development of psychiatric classification.  British Journal of Nursing 17(13):818-822

Evans, T., Clare, A., Collier, E. (2008) Excluded from the social inclusion agenda: one person’s story. Mental Health practice. 11(7):26-29. Nursing Older People  21(6): 28-31



Walker, E., Collier, E. (2016) Editorial. Hidden in plain sight: the reality for military veterans. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 23: 133-144

Ashmore, R., Collier E. (2017)Driving to the edge of the cliff: transgender mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 24(5): 302-310


Book chapters

Collier, E., Conhye, P. (2017) Care of older people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups In Holland K.. Chapter 9 Cultural awareness in Nursing. 3rd Ed CRC press, Oxon 

Collier E., McQuarrie, C., (2014) Older People. In I. Hulatt (ed.). Mental Health Policy for Nurses. pp79-95.  Sage Publications, London.

Collier, E., Yates-Bolton, N. (2011) Older people in mental health care. Chapter 20 pp.239-249. Mental Health Ethics. The Human Context. Routledge, Oxon.

Collier, E., Welsh, S, (2009) 'Safety in acute mental health and general hospital settings' Chapter 6 In: Iggulden, H., MacDonald, C., Staniland, K. (eds.) Clinical Skills the Essence of Caring. McGraw-Hill. Open university press, Milton Keynes, UK,

Adams, T., Collier, E. (2008) Services for older people with mental health conditionsIn, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. The Craft of Caring. P. Barker (ed.). Hodder Arnold, London


Recent conferences

September 2016

22nd International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research. Nottingham Trent University Sept. 14-16th.   A qualitative longitudinal study of mental health nursing students learning following education on age and discrimination across the life course. E Collier, C Foster, K Sutton.

April 2016

Royal College of Nursing & British Geriatric Association joint conference.

Posters: 1 Age and Discrimination Education. 14th April 2016, Birmingham. Researchgate DOI:10.1016/j.nepr.2013.12.00
2 Posadem: a pan European development of master’s modules in dementia.

October 2015

4th European Mental Health Nursing conference. Riga, Latvia.

Posters: 1.  There is no such thing as old age  2. Posadem: a pan European development of master’s modules in dementia.

Concurrent session: Service user (student nurses) and lecturer research collaboration: teaching age and discrimination (Collier, Foster, Holmes, Sutton & Jones) 

Sept 2015

21st InternationalNetwork for Psychiatric Nursing Research. Collier, E., Ashmore, R. Workshop: The mental health needs of transgender people and significant others, friends, family, allies (SOFFAs).

Sept. 2014 20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research

  • Concurrent paper: Service user (student nurses) involvement in an educational

research project and other  methodological issues

  • Workshop: Dementia Friends information session
  • Poster: POSADEM: The development of a Pan-European Master’s degree in Dementia.

Additional interests and activities

Journal Article Reviews

Doctoral examinations (1 PhD by publication & 1 Prof doc. completed)

Prof. Doc. Supervision (ongoing)

Melvin Bradley, University of Salford. The effect of co-production on mental health

Christine Heaton, University of Salford. An ethnographic study of emergency response to falls in older people

Completed PhDs

Sue Bellass 2016 Intergenerational Experiences of Young Onset Dementia: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study

Siphiwe Carol Nxumalo-Ngubane  2016 The Experiences, Perceptions and Meaning of Recovery for Swazi women living with Sifo Sengcondvo - 'schizophrenia'.

External Examiner Sheffield University MSc Dementia Studies


Consultancy e.g. Recent: The Law Society. Communication with older people seminars (Feb/March 2018);  BMJ Masterclass Dementia, physical illness and preventing suicide. May 2015, Birmingham.

Research bid reviews

Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN)

Alzheimers Society Dementia Champion and Dementia Friend

Scientific Committee member for 7th International Nurse Educational Conference (NET/NEP) 2018


2017 £70,000 With North West Boroughs & Health Education England. Mental Health Liaison Team Training pilot.

Mental Health Liaison Training Pilot Lead Gary Lamph

2014   £165,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Education of care workers and carers in an intervention to improve relationships with people with dementia. With Six Degrees mental health social enterprise.  Lead Dr Tracey Williamson & Dr Phil McAvoy

2013 €400,000 POSaDEM Pan-European Masters programme in dementia. A collaborative project with Austria, Ireland, Finland, Holland, UK Lead Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton & Prof. Martin Johnson

Experience in industry

Staff Nurse (Continuing care for people with severe dementia)

Staff Nurse (Older people acute admissions ward)

Research Nurse

Ward Manager (acute mental health unit including older people)

Lecturer Practitioner

blueSCI associate (cultural and social inclusion) 2000-2018

International experience


POSaDEM Positive about dementia European life long learning programme development. Partners: Dublin City University Ireland, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences Finland, Carinthian University of Applied Sciences Austria, Maastricht University Netherlands, Bournemouth University UK.

University of Otago. South Island New Zealand. July 12th 2010.  Invited lecture. Recovery and mental illness.

Presenter at 4th European Mental Health Nursing conference. Riga, Latvia. October 2015

Nordic Mental Health Nurses Conference. Ageing with a mental health problems; what it can tell us about recovery.. Helsinki 8-10th Sept. 2010


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