Dr Nicola Clibbens

Dr Nicola Clibbens

Lecturer in Mental Health

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

Location: Baines Wing G16

Teaching Commitments: Mental Health Nursing


Nicola Clibbens is a Lecturer in Mental Health in the academic unit of Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare. She is registered with the NMC as a mental health nurse, general nurse (level 2), practice educator and nursing lecturer. Nicola has a Diploma in Social Sciences, a Master of Arts in Education and a PhD from the University of Sheffield which used mixed methods to explore therapeutic nursing care on acute mental health wards.

Nicola's clinical expertise is in acute mental health care and she has also worked in leadership and practice development roles in the NHS. Before taking up her role at University of Leeds in 2015, Nicola had been supporting Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS FT to develop research capacity in partnership with the South Yorkshire CLAHRC, work which resulted in the grounded research @ RDaSH team being shortlisted for a Health Service Journal 'Research Impact' award. Nicola continues to be a member of the Y+H CLAHRC ACORN group http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/capacity-building/organisations/acorn  Nicola currently holds two NHS honorary contracts in Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust.

Nicola is an experienced university teacher, her teaching has been wide and varied but mainly focuses on mental health nursing theory and skills as well as physical caring skills for mental health nurses. In her scholarship role, Nicola has developed curriculum innovations to deliver group clinical supervision to student nurses and a poetry project in partnership with people with experience of mental health problems to bring real experiences into the classroom.

Nicola's research at Leeds is focused on 'transitions in acute mental health' care. Her current work is focused on understanding early, facilitated discharge from acute mental health wards. She is developing further studies exploring service user, carer and professional experiences around the transition from acute mental health wards to home. Nicola has experience of supervising Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.