MHNA biography Donna Kemp

I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1996 and started my career in adult acute in-patient settings. From there I joined a crisis and home based treatment team before moving to a community post within assertive outreach. During this time, I completed an MSc in Health Professional Education and secured a lecturer practitioner post at The University of Huddersfield. My career then led me to a development post, focusing on Care Programme Approach within a large NHS Foundation Trust. This, together with my clinical experience, fostered my interest in care planning, involvement and shared decision making.  I am underway with my PhD studies; the topic is mental health care plan documentation.

My post recent post is that of lecturer at the University of Huddersfield where my role involves teaching predominantly BSc and MSc mental health nursing students. As such I see the support and development of mental health student nurses as paramount; ensuring they are well equipped to practice in current clinical environments.  My role also includes mental health student nurse admissions. To this end I am keen to ensure the students are making informed decisions about where and what they choose to study and that recruitment is values based and equitable.