Mr Gary Hodge
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)
I was born, have grown up, and have always lived in Plymouth. In fact I went to school on the same site as the University of Plymouth. I have had an eclectic working career, which includes 5 years in the Royal Navy. I found nursing later in life, after working as a support worker for young adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and other identified areas of need. Between 2002-2005 I completed a Diploma (He) in Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of Plymouth. This sparked an interest in learning and self-development which led to a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, an MSc in Ageing, Mental Health, and Dementia, and most recently (2020) a PhD in Mental Health, which I completed at Lancaster University as a blended learning student. This was all whilst working full time in the NHS. I have been an associate and honorary lecturer with the University of Plymouth since 2016, and started as a full time nursing lecturer (MH) in 2018.
I teach across all undergraduate and post graduate nursing programmes.
I am the new (2021) programme lead for the MSc APP Mental Health Practitioner
· Enhancing independence & supporting people to live well with dementia.
· Person centred dementia models of care.
· Supporting care providers to understand and support people experiencing behaviours that challenge (aka BPSD).
· Older Adult Mental Health, including therapeutic intervention.
· Understanding suicide and self-harm ideation in older adults and dementia.
· Autoethnography & Narrative forms of research (storytelling)
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Hodge, G. (2016). Suicide in an ageing UK population: Problems and prevention. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 17(4), 218-228. doi:10.1108/qaoa-05-2015-0022
Hodge, G. (2018). Dementia and its relationship with suicidality: A critical interpretive synthesis. Dementia, 19(5), 1397-1412. doi:10.1177/1471301218799871
Hodge, G., Froggatt, K., Limmer, M., & Bingley, A. (2020). Exploring the barriers and gateways to intersubjectivity in dementia care: A meta‐ethnography. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi:10.1111/jocn.15439