Miss Sarah Howes
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing (Education)
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)
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.
Nursing & Midwifery Council - Registered Mental Health Nurse and Teacher
- 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), working with staff and alumni to develop more sustainable practices in education and in healthcare.
I am currently enrolled as a PhD student at Plymouth, where I am undertaking an ethnographic study exploring green and blue space as a wellbeing strategy in nurse education.
- Mental health and wellbeing.
- Green and blue space.
- Sustainability in healthcare
- Qualitative methodologies.
Moor Health and Wellbeing - A mixed methods study evaluating the use of green prescriptions across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks
Howes, S., Edward-Jones, A. & Waite, S. (2018) Moor Health and Wellbeing; An evaulation of two National Park Projects: Dartmoor Naturally Healthy and Exmoor Moor to Enjoy. [Online] Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/11791 (Accessed: 09/07/18).
Reports & invited lectures
- #mhTV Unite Mental Health Nurses Association. Online. Green prescribing and the use of green and blue space for mental wellbeing. November 2020.
Other academic activities
NurSuS www.nursus.eu – contributor (educational materials, Interventions in green and blue space. Mental health and climate change). Winner of Guardian University Awards – sustainability project category 2018.
- Sustainable Earth Institute Conference 2021. University of Plymouth. A Sea Change: Partnering with students for sustainable practice innovation in healthcare. June 2021.
- International Mental health Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing. Online. Wellbeing for all? Exploring the relationship between nature, wellbeing & nursing. June 2021
- SHARE Conference. University of Brighton, Centre for Sustainable Futures & Sussex Medical School. Online. Nature & Nursing: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis. May 2021.
- Dartmoor Research Conference, Parke, Bovey Tracey. How does being outdoors affect our health and well-being: Evidence from the Moor Health research project. July 2018.
- University of Brighton Sustainability Symposium. University of Brighton. Moor Health and Wellbeing – evaluation and toolkit. April 2018.
- Exmoor Society Spring Conference. Dulverton Town Hall. Moor Health & Wellbeing Projects: Dartmoor Naturally Healthy and Exmoor Moor to Enjoy. April 2018.
- Sustainable Earth Institute Conference. University of Plymouth. Moor Health and Wellbeing: An evaluation. June 2017.
- Royal College of Nursing Sustainability Conference. Royal College of Nursing, London. The Sustainable Mind. Climate change and mental health. 2015.
- Royal College of Nursing NPNR Conference, Keeble College, Oxford. Workshop - ‘Greening the Mind’. 2011.
- The First Reflective Practice Gathering, Zakynthos (Christopher Johns, University of Bedford). 2011.