Miss Sarah Howes
Profiles

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 developed a strong interest in working with people who have experienced trauma, or who have personality difficulties and/or distressing anomalous experiences using psychosocial interventions. I gained a passion for education, working closely with experts by experience, colleagues and students to develop a mutually beneficial learning environment in practice. This led me to work within nurse education, where I have extended my interest in student wellbeing through our peer assisted learning scheme and restorative educational opportunities. I have expertise in working with green and blue space and the arts for mental health and recovery.

 

Qualifications


RMN, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Work, MA Lifelong Learning. Current PhD student.

Professional membership

Nursing & Midwifery Council 

Teaching interests

  • I enjoy supporting undergraduate and post graduate learners to develop skills in using psychosocial interventions in practice, particularly for people with histories of trauma or who have upsetting anomalous experiences, such as voice hearing or suspicious thoughts.  
  • I teach a wide range of mental health content. 
  • I have developed 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 member of the faculty Sustainability Health & Wellbeing Interest Group (SHWIG), working with staff and alumni to develop more sustainable practices in education and in healthcare.


Research interests

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.

Other research

Moor Health and Wellbeing - A mixed methods study evaluating the use of green prescriptions across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks

Crossing the threshold: A phenomenological exploration of the use of nature-based role transition workshops within nurse education (MA Lifelong Learning).

Key publications

Reports
Howes SE, Edward-Jones A & Waite S 2018 Moor Health and Wellbeing Toolkit. Dartmoor National Park. Exmoor National Park. Somerset and Devon public health bodies. Plymouth Plymouth University Open access
Howes SE, Edward-Jones A & Waite S 2018 Moor Health and Wellbeing. An evaluation of two National Park projects: Dartmoor Naturally Healthy and Exmoor Moor to Enjoy. Dartmoor National Park. Exmoor National Park. Funding received from Somerset & Devon Public Health bodies. Plymouth Plymouth University Open access

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.

  • 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.
  • Brighton University Sustainability Symposium. Brighton University. 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 Conference. Plymouth University. Moor Health and Wellbeing: An evaluation. June 2017. 
  • Royal College of Nursing Sustainability Conference. Royal College of Nursing, London. Presentation – 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.