Claire A Harris


Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

tel: 01905 542292

MA (Dist) Education (PGCE, PGDip Health and Social Care Practitioner pathway)

ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice

RNMH/Dip HE (Mental Health Nursing)

BA (Hons) Philosophy

Teaching & Research

Teaching areas:

  • Assessing, planning and implementing mental health care
  • Service redesign and evaluation (MH)
  • Psychological trauma and recovery (military, veterans and families)
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Working with complex grief and loss
  • Counselling skills
  • Working with psychosis
  • Primary care mental health
  • Academic writing skills
  • Mental health skills
  • Independent study/dissertation supervision (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Research interests:

  • Rites of passage, liminality, professional socialisation, transitional experiences and threshold concepts in mental health (care and education)
  • Military veterans and their families- living with PTSD/trauma
  • Organisational learning

Professional experience

I joined the University of Worcester in Jan 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. Prior to this, I was a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health (2009-20013) at Staffordshire University, supporting students on professional programmes and teaching across both undergraduate and postgraduate programme areas.

Before I began an academic career I worked in a number of clinical roles for almost 15 years as Staff Nurse, Nurse Therapist, Charge Nurse, Head of Clinical Services and Community Outreach Development Nurse. My experience includes treating military veterans and families suffering with psychological injury (Combat Stress), working within an intensive rehabilitation service with patients experiencing severe and complex mental illness (NHS Camden and Islington) and working in acute psychiatry (NHS Barnet and Enfield). Whilst in practice I also worked as a clinical mentor for student nurses (from 1997) and placement supervisor for social work students (2004-2009).

My experience has shown me that working in mental health, alongside people when they are vulnerable, marginalised and often stigmatised, is a privilege. This belief underpins my teaching practice and informs some of my research interests.


Evans CA and Kevern P (2014) Liminality in pre registration mental health education: a review of the literature (editorial review stage)

External Responsibilities

Providing clinical supervision