Dr Diane Carpenter
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)
Dr Diane Carpenter is a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth. Diane has a clinical background in Mental Health Nursing with a particular emphasis on child and adolescent and acute mental health care and has taught mental health nurses and other health and social care professionals in academic and clinical environments since 1986.
Diane's academic interests are diverse: she has a first degree in Public Sector (Health) Studies that was primarily focused on social science broadly and public policy more specifically; her MSc in Evidence Based Health Care was gained from the University of Oxford and her doctorate from the University of Portsmouth is in medical and social history.
Diane is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (RMN Reg no 0071979,1981) with a recordable teaching qualification and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Roles on external bodies
Diane is a member of The History and Policy Network (based at King’s College, London) and The International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM).
Mental Health Nursing
Medical and nursing history
Evidence informed decision making
Assessment and risk assessment
Staff serving as external examiners
External adviser to the University of Portsmouth for recent revalidation
Formerly external examiner for Greenwich, Swansea, Winchester and Basingstoke and external peer for King's College London.
Suicide prevention in crisis situations by first line responders.
PhD – ‘Above All a Patient Should Never be Terrified: An Examination of Mental Health Care and Treatment in Hampshire 1845-1914’ (medical /social / local historical archival research)
MSc (Evidence-Based Health Care) – action research, ‘Identifying and Overcoming the Barriers, Difficulties and Skills Deficits Which Reduce the Confidence of Nurses Assessing Suicide Risk’.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Diane has supervised three PhD students supervised to completion.
Reports & invited lectures
Carpenter, Diane, Broadmoor: culture and complexity, research for and presentation to History and Policy discussion event, King's College London, 7 May 2013 (History & Policy discussion event for Kate Lampard's oversight of NHS/DH investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile, 7 May 2013)
Other academic activities
Turner, T., Brown, J.C. and Carpenter, D.T. (2018) 'Telephone-based CBT and the therapeutic relationship: The views and experiences of IAPT practitioners in low-intensity service', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing' Online Library https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12440 First published 30 January 2018
Robertson, S., Donovan-Hall, M and Carpenter, D. (2017) ‘‘From the Edge of the Abyss to the Foot of the Rainbow – Narrating a Journey of Mental Health Recovery’ The Process of a Wounded Researcher, The Qualitative Report’, Vol 22 No.8
Carpenter, D., ‘What is historiography?’ in Glasper, A and Rees, C. (eds.) (2017) Nursing and HealthCare Research at a Glance, Oxford: Wiley.
Carpenter, D., ‘Critiquing historical research’ in Glasper, A and Rees, C. (eds.) (2017) Nursing and HealthCare Research at a Glance, Oxford: Wiley.
Carpenter, D (2015) ‘Professor Alan Glasper – A Career Spanning Six Decades’, University of Southampton Working Papers in Health Sciences –Spring 2015 e-journal, pp. 1-4.
Walker, S., Carpenter, D. and Middlewick, M. (2013) Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing, London: Sage, Learning Matters.
Carpenter, D., ‘Critically reviewing qualitative papers using a CASP critiquing tool’ in Glasper, A and Rees, C. (eds.) (2013) How to Write Your Nursing Dissertation, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Carpenter, D., ‘Using Historical Literature’ in Glasper, A and Rees, C. (eds.) (2013) How to Write Your Nursing Dissertation, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, companion website, www.wiley.com/go/glasper/nursingdissertation
Brown, J., Tee, S. and Carpenter, D. (eds.) (2012) Handbook of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, London: Hodder and Arnold.
Mclean, C., Fulford, W. and Carpenter, D., ‘Values Based Practice’ in Brown, J., Tee, S. and Carpenter, D. (eds.) (2012) Handbook of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, London: Hodder and Arnold.
Carpenter, D., ‘The What Then, What Now and What Next of Mental Health Nursing’, in Brown, J., Tee, S. and Carpenter, D. (eds.) (2012) Handbook of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, London: Hodder and Arnold.
Eunson, H., Sambrook, S. and Carpenter, D. ‘Embedding Recovery into Training for
Mental Health Practitioners’ in Drennan, G. and Alred, D. (Eds.) (2012) Secure Recovery: Approaches to Recovery in Mental Health Settings, London: Routledge.
Carpenter, D. ‘1845-1914 A Fine Time to Have Been Mad and Poor in England, in Pappas, N.C.J. (ed.) (2012) ‘History and Culture: Essays on the European Past’ Athens Institute for Education and Research.
Glasper, A., Carpenter, D., Cowen, M and Jepson, J. (2012) ‘Designing the architecture of an undergraduate or master's evidence based practice health care dissertation. A road map to success!’, University of Southampton Working Papers in Health Sciences – Winter 2012 e-journal
Lennon, R., Glasper, A and Carpenter, D. (2012) ‘Nominal Group Technique: its utilisation to explore the rewards and challenges of becoming a mental health nurse, prior to the introduction of the all graduate nursing curriculum in England.’ University of Southampton Working Papers in Health Sciences – Winter 2012 e-journal
Carpenter, D., Glasper, A., Jowett, R. and Nicholls, P. (2012) ‚Celebrating 30 years of integrated undergraduate nursing at The University of Southampton: Draft Briefing Paper for Professor Jessica Corner’, University of Southampton Working Papers in Health Sciences – Winter 2012 e-journal
Carpenter, D (2011) ‘Lessons from history: asylum patients’ Christmas experience’, British Journal of Nursing, Vol 20 no 22, pp. 1413-1417
"Above All a Patient Should Never Be Terrified" An Examination of Mental Health Care and Treatment in Hampshire 1845-1914. Heritage Project Launch Event for the Good Mental Health Co-operative. 17 March 2017, Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth.