Professor John Baker

Professor John Baker

Chair in Mental Health Nursing


Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


John Baker was appointed to Chair of Mental Health Nursing in 2015. John's research focuses on coercion and restrictive practices, patient and professional safety in mental health services and effective and therapeutic mental healthcare.Each theme has attracted funding and the findings have been widely distributed through teaching and learning, clinical practice and policy.

He has used a range of methods from qualitative studies to complex trials and has generated substantial research income. Scales which he developed (ATAMH 33) is being used in at least 15 countries in a diverse range of settings. The good practice manuals which he developed have been evaluated, cited as examples of good practice, and influenced clinical practice in the UK and abroad. The training package for patients, service users and carers to promote research awareness and understanding has been cited by the MHRN and NICE as an exemplar of good practice. 

John is a Non-executive Director at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust. He sits on the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate.

John is a member of the NIHR post-doctoral, and Yorkshire and Humber RfPB panels. and editorial boards for Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing & International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

He is a Registered Nurse Teacher with the Nursing, Midwifery Council (NMC) and is active within Mental Health Nursing Academics (UK).

John has considerable experience at supervising students at under graduate and post graduate levels. John is currently supervising seven PhD students. He would welcome enquiries from students wishing to study a higher degree in any of the above research themes.

You can also find John on Twitter @JohnBaker_Leeds