Heather Brundrett

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Post Registration Health Care, Pre Qualification Health Care

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I am progamme leader for the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) Programme. I have worked as a mental health nurse since 1986 in a range of mental health services including those for older people, acute mental health difficulties, drug and alcohol problems, forensic and enduring mental health difficulities

I am a trained cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and have experience of using this approach to help people with anxiety, depression, anger difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder and substance misuse.

I also have a role as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes at another UK University, and I am a reviewer for the NIHR Dissemination Centre.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Pre registration mental health and adult nursing
  • Post registration mental health nursing

Professional interests

  • Mental health recovery
  • Working with experts by experience
  • Clinical supervision
  • Psychosocial interventions

Research interests

  • Nurse education
  • Clinical supervision

Membership of professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council – RMN and Nurse Teacher
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • MA in Community Mental Health, Birmingham University
  • PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, University of Derby
  • PG Cert in Interprofessional Learning, Mentoring & Assessing, University of Derby
  • PG Cert in Health Promotion, Open University
  • BSc (Hons) Open, Open University
  • Diploma of Nursing, Cauldon College
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse

Recent publications

  • Whiffin CJ, Clarke H, Brundrett H, Baker D, Whitehad B (2017) Collaborative development of an accelerated graduate entry nursing programme outside of tradtional funding mechanims. Nurse Education Practice. 2017 Sep 21.
  • Beddingham E, Sparkes N, Brundrett H (2017) Development of an ePortfolio for Pre-registration student nurses. Oral Poster Preentation. NET Conference. Cambridge. (Voted Best Poster Award)
  • Collins G, Brundrett H (2017) Snap Skills: Developing the mental health skills of Adult Field nurses as part of a pre-registration nursing programme. Oral Poster Presentation. NET Conference. Cambridge.
  • Brundrett H, Croft H (2016) Clnical supervision in undergraduate nursing. Developing student nurses' resilience to work in a culture of compassionate care. Oral Poster Presentation. NET Conference. Cambridge.
  • Sherratt, L, Whitehead, B, Young, A, Collins, G and Brundrett, H (2013) Using more healthcare areas for placements. Nursing Times: 109:25, 18-21

Experience in industry

I have significant experience of working in statutory and voluntary mental health services and continue to maintain active links with these services through my clinical placement link lecturer role.

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