Sarah Howes

Academic profile

Miss Sarah Howes

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing (Education)
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Sarah's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate Action

About Sarah

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Since qualifying as an RMN in 2002, I have worked in a variety of mental health settings and managed day treatment services. I have expertise in using a trauma informed approach and working with psychosocial interventions for people experiencing distressing anomalous experiences.  I have experience of developing practice focused education alongside experts by experience, healthcare professionals and students. I work with student leaders and colleagues to help deliver our peer assisted learning scheme (PALS) and am passionate about the inclusion of restorative educational opportunities for student nurses. I have expertise in working with green and blue space and the arts for mental health and recovery.



  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of trauma informed psychosocial interventions and CBT informed approaches.
  • I teach a wide range of mental health content. 
  • I have extensive experience in working with green and blue space for health and wellbeing and offer theoretical and experiential learning in this field. In 2018 I won the University of Plymouth Students Union 'Most Innovative use of Teaching Methods' award for my work with student wellbeing and blue space.
  • I am a co-leader of the faculty Sustainability Health & Wellbeing Interest Group (SHWIG), winner of the 2022 Vice Chancellor's Award for Sustainability. We work with staff and alumni to develop more sustainable practices in education and in healthcare and to explore and support the role of nature in wellbeing.

Contact Sarah

+44 1752 586561