Staff profile

Melanie Gasston-Hales

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health


I am a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and am the Programme Leader for the MSc Nursing with Registration (Mental Health) programme. I am a Registered Nurse in Mental Health and hold a Lecturer/Practice Educator qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I worked clinically and in higher education in London. My clinical experience is predominantly acute mental health care in hospital and within the community. In higher education, I have worked as a practice educator and taught pre- and post-registration nurses. 

I am also an external examiner for undergraduate & postgraduate programmes at two other HEIs. 

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Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Barley, E. and Gasston-Hales, M. (2018) Evaluation of mental health crisis training for non-mental health professionals, Concurrent Session at 24th International MHNR Conference 2018 Place, Purpose and Politics: Re-imagining Mental Health Care

Experience in industry



Recent publications

Maindonald, R., Attoe, C., Gasston-Hales, M., Memon, P. and Barley, E. (2020), "Mental health crisis training for non-mental health professionals", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 223-235.

Lamontagne-Godwin, F., Burgess, C.,  Clement, S., Gasston-Hales., M., Greene, C., Manwande, A., Taylor, D., Walters, P. and Barley, E. (2018) Interventions to increase access to or uptake of physical health screening in people with severe mental illness: a realist review, BMJ Open, 2018; 8:e019412

Gasston-Hales, M. (2011) Understanding the Practice Assessment Document, in Elcock, K and Sharples, K. (eds) A Nurses survival guide to Mentoring, Elsevier  

Gasston-Hales, M. (2011) Mentoring Challenges, in Elcock, K and Sharples, K. (eds) A Nurses survival guide to Mentoring, Elsevier