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Mrs Francesca Purvis

Mrs Francesca Purvis

Senior Teaching Fellow in MHN

Research interests

  • Improving recovery and service user and carer experience in eating disorder treatment
  • Reducing stigma and increasing understanding of eating disorders in acute medical settings
  • The use of therapeutic skills and therapy models in mental health nursing practice and education 

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Francesca is Senior Teaching Fellow in Mental Health Nursing with a clinical background as a Specialist Nurse in adult eating disorders.

Previously to her current role, Francesca specialised in supporting those with high physical health risks associated with Anorexia Nervosa and delivering individual and group psychotherapy for service users with a range of eating disorders.

Her teaching interests include understanding models of emotional dysreguation and associated maladaptive behaviours from a DBT perspective; eating disorders accross the age continium; family and carers work and principles of recovery, empowerment and self management within mental health.

Francesca is interested in research around understanding and championing the therapeutic skills of the mental health nurse, and interventions to support recovery within eating disorders. 

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