Mr John Rawlinson

Mr John Rawlinson

Visiting Specialist

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



Since formally retiring from the University of Plymouth on 31 August 2011, I provide occasional teaching for the University as a Visiting Specialist

Prior to this I was an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, providing academic leadership on mental health and teaching on postgraduate and undergraduate mental health programmes, including the MSc Mental Health (Programme Lead since its inception in 2001), undergraduate nursing programmes, the Community Mental Health Nursing course and the IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner programme. I also helped develop material for the Learning4Health NHS e-learning platform.

I trained in general nursing at St George's, London and specialised in operating theatres (including two years in South Africa) and neurosurgery. This was followed by Mental Health training and Community Mental Health Nursing in Bristol. I completed my masters at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1991.

I worked in education from 1986, first at the Avon & Gloucestershire College of Health (latterly UWE), returning to the College of Medicine in Cardiff as a lecturer from 1993–96 with brief secondments in Bucharest and Athens. I moved to the University of Plymouth in 1996. Professional interests include community mental health; psychotherapy; counselling; psychodrama; personality disorder; personal construct theory / repertory grid technique and mental health policy and legislation.

My published work includes book chapters on community psychiatric nursing and mental health nursing, a review of the effectiveness of psychodrama psychotherapy and critical reflections on using Repertory Grid Technique. I was involved in a WHO project in Albania to develop and deliver mental health training for nursing staff in Tirana (2005–6) and Korca (2007). From 2005-2008 I was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Prostate Cancer (First edition of the guideline published Feb 2008; since updated).

After retirement, my wife, Lynn, and I continue to live on the edge of Dartmoor with a growing contingent of grandchildren flourishing in various locations. I remain interested in mental health but also pursue interests in local activities, travel, folk music, developing our garden, sustainable living, reducing the impact of climate change and securing world peace.

My University email can still be used to contact me personally. However, for University related matters please contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery (01752 586500) or Admissions (01752 585858) for assistance.



Master of Nursing (Wales)
Registered Nurse (Adult) (registration lapsed since retirement)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (registration lapsed since retirement)
Diploma in Nursing (London)
Certificate in Education (FE/HE)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (formerly member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education [ILTHE]) 2000 to to date

Teaching qualification recorded on the NMC Professional Register (lapsed since retirement)

British Psychodrama Association (BPA) 1993 to date

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 1970 to date

University of Plymouth representative on Mental Health Nursing Academics UK 2008–2011

University and College Union (UCU) (formerly) National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) 1997 to to date

Psychology and Psychotherapy Association (PPA) 1993 to 1995; 1997 to 2005 (ceased operations)

Bristol Psychotherapy Association (BPA) 1983 to 1999

Community Psychiatric Nurses' Association (CPNA/MSF) 1983 to 1987 1995 to 1996

Inter Regional Mental Health Nursing Development Forum 1986 to 2000 (ceased operations)

Master of Nursing Society (Wales) 1991 to 1996 (ceased operations)



Teaching interests

Mental health service development

Mental health policy and legislation

Community mental health

Mental health nursing

Interpersonal, therapeutic and counselling skills

Psychotherapy, Group psychotherapy and Psychodrama

Mental health, mental illness and personality disorder

Staff serving as external examiners

University of Southampton 1997 to 2001

Bachelor of Nursing Studies /Post registration Diploma in Nursing Studies


Sheffield Hallam University 1994 to 1999

BA Nursing Studies


University of Exeter 1993 to 1996

Diploma Nursing Studies




Perry J., Watkins M., Gilbert A. and Rawlinson J. (2013) A Systematic review of the evidence on service user involvement in interpersonal skills training of mental health students. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Vol 20 pp525-540

Rawlinson J.W. (2009) Mental Health. in Glasper A. McEwing G. and Richardson J. (eds.) Foundation Studies for Caring - Using Student Based Learning (2nd ed). London, Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 26 pp529-550 (see:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and National Collaborating Centre for Cancer (NCCC) (2008) Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment London, NICE (Clinical Guideline 58) (Guideline Development Group member)

Rawlinson J.W. (2003) Insights into Mental Health Nursing. in Grandis S., Long G., Glasper A. and Jackson P. (eds.) (2000) Foundations Studies for Nursing - Using Enquiry Based Learning. London, Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 6 pp174-207

Rawlinson J.W. (2000) Does psychodrama work?: a review of the literature British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama Vol 15 (2) pp66-101

Rawlinson J.W. (1995) Some reflections on the use of repertory grid technique in studies of nurses and social workers Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 21 pp334-339

Rawlinson J.W. (1993) Psychiatric nurses, general nurses and social workers: an exploration of repertory grid technique. (Abstract) Inprint Vol. 1 (no 2) pp56-57.

Rawlinson J.W. (1993) A study of the roles and workloads of nurse teachers in the Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health. (Abstract) Inprint Vol. 1 (no 1) pp56-57.

Rawlinson J.W. (1993) Developing mental health nursing education in Romania. Nurse Education Today Vol. 13 (no 3) pp225-231.

Rawlinson J.W. and Brown A.C. (1992) The Community Psychiatric Nurse Scottish Medicine Vol. 11 (no 6) pp8-9

Rawlinson J.W. and Brown A.C. (1991) Community Psychiatric Nursing in Britain. In Freeman H. and Bennett D. (eds.) Community Psychiatry Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone.

Rawlinson J.W. (1990) Self Awareness: Conceptual influences, contribution to nursing, and approaches to attainment. Nurse Education Today Vol. 10 (no 2) pp111-117.

Rawlinson J.W. (1981) Labelled for Life? Nursing Mirror Vol. 152 (no 11) 12th March 1981 p.46-47

Conference Papers

Range of presentations to local and national conferences including

ENB (1988) on Curriculum development;

ENB (2000) on Developing Inter-professional Education

RCN (2000) on Developing Inter-Professional Education

NHSE (2000) on Developing Inter-professional Education

CPNA (2000) on Personality Disorder;

CPNA (2001) on Mental Health Act reform

NHSE (2002) on Developing Inter-professional Education

University of Plymouth Satellite Seminar series (2003) on NICE schizophrenia guidelines): (56 K modem) (ISDN) (Broadband)

MHNA (2004) on Personality Disorder capabilities

MHNA (2005) 'Rolling over' on Mental Health Worker roles (see