Staff profile

Gemma Breitschadel

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing


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 am also Simulation Lead for the BSc and MSc Mental Health Nursing programmes. This means I take the lead in planning blocks of teaching that give students the opportunity to practise real life situations in a simulated environment.

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

As simulation lead I am interested in how innovative simulation techniques can be used to enhance the teaching and learning experience for students from an interprofessional perspective. 

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

Since qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse I have a worked in a variety of 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 Lecturer at the University of Derby.