Ms Fiona Ramsay

Ms Fiona Ramsay

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



  • Return to Practice Nursing - Lecturer / Subject specialist (learning disability and mental health)
  • Developer and lead MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Mental Health.
  • Programme lead MSc Advanced Professional Practice (nursing & midwifery) 
  • Practice Development Academic Lead for Cornwall Foundation Partnership Trust


I grew up in Cornwall and trained as a learning disabilities nurse in Surrey and a mental health nurse in London. I have practiced in the UK, Australia and Canada as a clinical nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, health services manager, nursing regulator and university lecturer. My clinical practice has primarily been in rural and remote community health services. I joined the University of Plymouth in 2019.My interests include:
  • Health promotion and health inequalities related to people with learning disabilities and/or mental health
  • Parity of esteem for mental and physical health
  • Advanced practice in mental health and learning disabilities
  • Clinical governance, including risk management, patient safety, and quality improvement
I completed a BSc in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, an MSc in Health Improvement and Health Promotion from Robert Gordon University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Law and Ethics from the University of Dundee. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In 2018, I was the recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Canada.

Professional membership



Teaching interests

I teach learning disabilities and/or mental health on the following programmes:
  • District Nursing 
  • General Practice Nursing 
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Mental Health
  • MSc Advanced Professional Practice (nursing & midwifery)
  • Nursing Associate 
  • Return to practice nursing
I have a special interest in online teaching, learning disabilities, mental health and health promotion.

Staff serving as external examiners

Cardiff University - Advanced practice and return to practice nursing