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Health Sciences

Mrs Paula Libberton 

Principal Teaching Fellow

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Paula is Director of Programmes for Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Paula is accountable for the quality assurance, standards, monitoring, continuous enhancement and development of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in nursing, midwifery and health subjects. Paula has responsibility for the development and continuous improvement of these programmes as well as ensuring that the student experience of the programmes meets the standards to which the University aspires. Paula chairs Boards of Examiners for these 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, including Head of Practice Learning for Health Sciences. 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.

Research interests

I am studying a part-time PhD investigating the relational capacity of nursing teams caring for older people on acute hospital wards (supervised by Professor Jackie Bridges).

I am working on the development of a research project exploring safe staffing in mental health acute inpatient settings (led by Professor Jane Ball).

Research group

Complex Healthcare Process: Ageing and dementia - relational capacity of nursing teams caring for older people on acute hospital wards

Health Work: Workforce – safe staffing in mental health acute inpatient settings

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.

Member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK)

University of Southampton Staff Wellbeing Steering Group

University of Southampton Student Mental Health Steering Group

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Articles

Book

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…’)

Conferences

Bridges, J. Libberton, P May, C.R. Fuller, A Griffiths, P & Frankland, J (2019) Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): developing and evaluating the feasibility of a complex intervention.  Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, September 2019.

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.

Books

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.

Module Lead: NPMH3006 Complex Care (Mental Health)

Personal Academic Tutor: Mental Health Nursing Students

Teaching on pre-registration nursing programmes:

  • BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health and Mental Health/Adult) (3 Years and 4 Years)
  • PgDip Nursing (Mental Health) (2 Years) (Graduate Entry)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) (3 Years)
  • MNurs Nursing (Mental Health/Adult and Mental Health/Child) (4 Years)
  • MSc/PgDip Nursing (Mental Health) (Graduate Entry)
Mrs Paula Libberton
Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Building 67
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Tel: 023 80598286
Email: pl1@soton.ac.uk

Room Number: 67/E3007

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