Mr Gary Hodge

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. 



Teaching interests

I teach across all undergraduate and post graduate nursing programmes.

I am the new (2021) programme lead for the MSc APP Mental Health Practitioner



Research interests

Research Interests:

·    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

Key publications are highlighted


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

Hodge G (2021) 'Where are the children? An autoethnography of deception in dementia in an acute hospital' Bioethics , DOI
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
Hodge G (2018) 'Dementia and its relationship with suicidality: A critical interpretive synthesis' Dementia 19, (5) 1397-1412 , DOI
Hodge G (2016) 'Suicide in an ageing UK population: problems and prevention' Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 17, (4) 218-228 , DOI