Julia Turner

Profile

I joined the School of Healthcare having held a previous Lecturing role at the University of York. I currently hold the roles of Director of Practice and Professional Lead for Mental Health Nursing at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.  My professional nursing background includes extensive experience of working in clinical practice in both acute inpatient services and as a Community Psychiatric Nurse in Community Mental Health Teams within the West Yorkshire area. As a Mental Health Nursing Lecturer, my scholarly interests include common mental health problems, supporting learning and assessment in practice; working with simulated patients to develop interpersonal skills and embracing the lived experience of mental health service users utilising blended learning strategies. As Director of Practice, my role involves the ongoing development of practice education and quality assurance of placement experiences for health and social care students. I work collaboratively and offer a Pan Leeds and regional perspective on student placements and practice models to support skills development and facilitate learning. In addition, I lead the operational delivery of the Practice Placement Unit and clinical skills activity with the School.

Responsibilities

  • Director of Practice
  • Professional Lead for Mental Health Nursing
  • NMC Official Correspondent

Research interests

My interest include: common mental health problems, supporting learning and assessment in practice; working with simulated patients to develop interpersonal skills and embracing the lived experience of mental health service users utilising blended learning strategies.

Qualifications

  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)
  • NMC Registered Nurse Teacher
  • MSc Health Professional Education
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies

Professional memberships

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mental Health Nurse Academics UK

Student education

I have developed and managed modules and programmes through the roles of Programme Lead, Module Lead and Session Tutor. I lead on values base practice, support and engagement strategies (such as an enhanced personal tutor role and managing student concerns) within the mental health programme and across the School. I have developed and managed modules from level 1 to M level focusing on: the values base for mental health practice and development of skills, mental health promotion, health needs assessment, common mental health problems, safeguarding, leadership and transition to registrant practice. In addition, I supervise students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.