Staff profile

Gemma Breitschadel

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care



I am a Lecturer in the College of Health and Social Care and I teach predominantly on the BSc Nursing in Mental Health. I am also Stage 2 Lead for the BSc Mental Health Nursing Programme.

I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and prior to working at the University of Derby, I worked in a variety of clinical practice areas. My most recent and longest clinical experience involved working with adults in a community setting, and I am passionate about making a difference to those that experience difficulties with their mental health.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across the programme on mental health-specific and shared modules and I have a keen interest in simulated practice within the BSc and MSc Mental Health Nursing programmes. This allows students the opportunity to practice real life situations in a simulated environment and can take a variety of different forms.

Professional interests

I am passionate about reducing stigma for those with mental health difficulties and in particular those with a diagnosis of personality disorder and psychosis. I have a degree in Psychosocial Interventions and I strongly believe that embedding a recovery-focused approach to care is fundamental to the success of these interventions.

Research interests

I am interested in how innovative simulation techniques can be used to enhance the teaching and learning experience for students from an interprofessional perspective, and have presented my work on this at National and International conferences. 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Since qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1998 I have a worked in a variety of NHS settings including acute inpatient adult, rehabilitation, liaison psychiatry and community.  

I have always had a passion for supporting students out in practice as a mentor and I am delighted to be able to continue to do this in my capacity as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby.