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Mrs Paula Libberton 

Principal Teaching Fellow

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Paula is Mental Health Group Manager and a Principle Teaching Fellow in Nursing. Paula manages the Mental Health Academics in the School of Health Sciences who deliver pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and low intensity IAPT programmes. Paula is a registered mental health nurse who moved into higher education in 2002 after gaining experience in a range of clinical mental health nursing settings in the UK. Paula has undertaken a variety of roles in higher education, most notably Head of Practice Learning for a range of health professions.

Paula’s main focus is leading the education of health professionals about mental health. Paula uses her mental health nursing knowledge in conjunction with her leadership skills to promote the delivery of relationship-centred healthcare. Paula is passionate about the need for physical and mental health to be managed together using effective interpersonal skills by health professionals. Paula’s research involves the study of relational capacity of ward nursing teams to deliver compassionate care which supports both physical and mental health.

Research interests

I am studying a part-time PhD investigating the relational capacity of nursing teams caring for older people on acute hospital wards.

Research projects

I am involved in the following projects led by Professor Jackie Bridges:

  • The implementation and evaluation of a sustainable team-based workplace learning intervention. This project funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing extends the feasibility work undertaken in the NIHR-funded CLECC study.
  • Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): a feasibility study. This NIHR funded mixed methods study aims to evaluate the feasibility of an intervention targeted at developing the relational capacity of hospital ward nursing teams.

Research group

Ageing and dementia

Mental Health Programmes Group Manager responsible for:

  • BN (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • BN (Hons) Mental Health Nursing/Adult Nursing
  • BN (Hons) Mental Health Nursing/Child Nursing
  • PgDip Mental Health Nursing
  • PgCert Low Intensity CBT with IAPT PWP status

Member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK)

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Book Chapter

Murray L, De Rosnay M, Pearson J, Bergeron C, Schofield E, Royal-Lawson M and Cooper P (2008) Intergenerational transmission of social anxiety: the role of social referencing processes in infancy. Child Development 79(4):1049-1064 (We thank ‘…..Paula Libberton…’)

Coelho H, Cooper P and Murray L (2006) Impact of psychiatric disturbance on identifying psychiatric disorder in relatives: study of mothers and daughters. British Journal of Psychiatry 188(3):288-289 (We thank ‘…..Paula Libberton…’)


Bridges J, Gould L, Libberton P, Barker H, Mesa-Eguiagaray I and Griffiths P (2016) Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): an acute care feasibility study. European Nursing Congress. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, October 2016.

Libberton P and Bridges J (2016) Older adults in general hospitals want their mental health needs addressed as part of nursing care: why is this so challenging? International Network for Psychiatric Nursing (NPNR) Research Conference. Nottingham, September 2016.

Libberton P, Griffiths P, Gould L, Barker H, Mesa-Eguiagaray I and Bridges J (2016) Relational capacity of nursing teams: exploring the relationship between team context, relational capacity and caring practices. Royal College of Nursing International Research conference. Edinburgh, April 2016.

Bridges J, Libberton P, Barker H, Gould L, Wigley W and Griffiths P (2016) Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): developing and evaluating the feasibility of a complex intervention. Royal College of Nursing International Research conference. Edinburgh, April 2016.

Libberton P (2015) Managing complexity in the least complex way: A multi-layered approach to the quality assurance of placements. NET International Conference. Cambridge, September 2015. Available from Jill Rogers Associates website [Accessed 01 October 2015]

Libberton P (2012) Prática Clínica. Paper presented at the Clinical Practice in Nursing Undergraduate Programmes: Achievements and Perspectives Conference 09 November. Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Libberton P (2009) Communicating with people with mental health issues. In: Marjoram BA, Coles LM and Childs LL (eds) Essential skills clusters for nursing: theory for practice. Blackwell, Oxford.

Brown J and Libberton P (eds) (2007) Principles of professional studies in nursing. Palgrave, Basingstoke.



BN (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Programme Lead

HLTH6096 Perspectives of mental health care and treatment (Level 7)

Mrs Paula Libberton
Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Building 67
SO17 1BJ

Tel: 023 80598286

Room Number: 67/E3007

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