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Dr Anne Felton

Head of Health and Allied Professions

Institute of Health and Allied Professions

Dr Anne Felton


Head of the Institute of Health and Allied Professions.

Career overview

Anne started her nursing career in rehabilitation mental health services, before moving to an academic role at the University of Nottingham.  Anne has undertaken a variety of roles within education including programme leader for mental health nursing field, unit lead which involved co-ordinating the development and delivery of innovative blended learning modules.  She became an associate professor in 2016 and was lead for the mental health and learning disabilities team.  She has an interest in student centred pedagogies and has lead a number of eductaional projects related to the participation of people with health conditions in professional education, simulation and student mental health.

Anne's practice is underpinned by a commitment to enhancing the lives and care experiences of people using health services. Throughout her career she has worked to achieve this through the impact of her own teaching practice to inspire confident and competent nurses and increasingly through developing a high performing team able to deliver excellent education and research in the healthcare field. Much of her work has adopted a co-production approach with effective partnerships with service users, students, practitioners and academics.

Research areas

Anne has conducted research using qualitative methods in mental health practice, particularly in relation to social inclusion, risk, and shared decision making. Her PhD ‘Psychiatry is a risk business’ the construction of mental health service users as risk object focussed on decision making in community and acute care settings. Critical perspectives are a common theme in her reseach.

She has undertaken educational research related to service user participation in nurse education. She has led and evaluated a range of educational innovations including the introduction of simulation for the development of mental health nursing skills. Anne co-produced "The Bridge Network" a group based peer support initiative to promote mental wellbeing in healthcare students.

External activity

  • Member of Detention Criteria, Topic Guide Group, Mental Health Act Review, Department of Health (2018)
  • Lead for the Education Standing Group, Mental Health Academics UK (2017-2019)
  • Member of Interdisciplinary Critical Values Based Practice Network (2010-Ongoing)
  • Associate Fellow, Institute of Mental Health



Clifton, A, Hemingway, S, Felton, A, Stacey, G eds, (2017) Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing, An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare students

Morgan A, Felton A, Fulford B, Kalathil J, Stacey G (2015) Values and Ethics in Mental Health Practice. Palgrave

Stacey G, Felton A, Bonham P (2012) Mental Health Nursing: A pocket guide (series editor Karen Holland)


Felton, A. and Lambert, M., (2019). Student mental health in the healthcare professions: exploring the benefits of peer support through the Bridge Network. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.

Felton A (2018) Expert Opinion, Student Assessment Could Suffer Under New Educational Standards. Nursing Standard 23rd April 2018

Felton, A (2018) Bridge Network, Peer Support for Health Sciences Students at the University Of Nottingham. ProtectEd University of Salford

Felton, A (2017) Nursing and Midwifery Council Education Consultation WeMH Nurses, MHNAUK Blog Twitter Chat

Felton, A, Cook J, Anthony R, (2018) “It made the learning real”… Service user involvement in nursing education; a co-facilitation approach Nursing Standard

Felton, A, Wright N (2017) Simulation in mental health nurse education: the development, implementation and evaluation of an educational innovation. Nurse Education in Practice

McGarry, J., Baker, C., Wilson, C., Felton, A. and Banerjee, A., (2015). Preparation for safeguarding in UK pre-registration graduate nurse education. The Journal of Adult Protection, 17(6), pp.371-379.

Felton, A, McCormick D, Rutt J (2015) The heart of learning Nursing Standard 29(47) 66

McGarry J, Baker C, Wilson C, Felton A (2015) 'Freedom to Speak up': the development of safeguarding teaching and learning and effective support for students within pre-registration nursing curricula Nursing Standard 30 (14), 44-48

Felton A, Royal J (2014) Skills for Nursing Practice: Development of clinical skills in pre-registration nurse education Nurse Education in Practice.

Felton A, Holliday L, Ritchie D, Langmack G, Conquer A, (2013) Simulation: a shared learning experience for child and mental health pre-registration nursing students Nurse Education in Practice

Stacey G, Felton A (2012) Learning From and In Practice In Aubeeluck A, Stacey G, Thompson S (eds) Becoming a Nurse: Is nursing really the career for you? BPP Learning Media.

Felton A, Sheppard F, Stacey G (2012) Exposing the tensions of implementing supervision in pre-registration nurse education Nurse Education in Practice 12 36-40

Stacey G, Felton A, Joynson K (2010) Masters at Work: A narrative inquiry into the experiences of mental health nurses qualifying with an undergraduate Masters degree Nurse Education Today 30 333-337

Stickley T, Rush B, Shaw R, Smith A, Collier R, Cook J, Shaw T, Gow D, Felton A, Roberts S (2009) Participation in Nurse Education: the PINE project The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 4(1) 11-18

Felton A and Stickley T (2004) Pedagogy, power and service user involvement. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 11, 89-98

Repper J, Hanson B, Felton A, Stickley T & Shaw T (2001) One Small Step Towards Equality, Mental Health Today, 24-26

Mental Health Practice

Stacey G, Felton A, Involvement volunteers and members of Ideal Ward Round  Steering Group  (2022) Towards the ideal ward round: A coproduced service improvement project In Raffay J, Bryant D, Fisher P, Mills C, McKeown M, Thornton T  (eds)  Coproduction: Towards Equality In  Mental Health care

Bifarin O, Felton A  , Prince Z (2021) Defensive practices in mental health nursing: Professionalism and poignant tensions International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Alattar N, Felton A, Stickley T (2021) Mental Health and Stigma in Saudi Arabia: a scoping review  26(2) pp180-196

Charles, A. and Felton, A., (2020). Exploring young people’s experiences and perceptions of mental health and well‐being using photography. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 25 (1), pp.13-20.

Felton, A., Repper, J. and Avis, M. (2018), The Construction of people with mental health problems as risk objects: findings of a case study inquiry. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Felton, A. Stacey, G (2018) Power at Play; The Doctor-Nurse Game in Acute Mental Health In Bull, P, Gadsby J, Williams S (ed) Critical Mental Health Nursing Observations from the Inside PCCS. Monmouth.

Felton, A., Repper, J. and Avis, M., (2018). Therapeutic relationships, risk, and mental health practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 27(3) pp1137-1148

Felton, A, Wright N (2018) Mental Health; A risky Business Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice

Felton, A, Stickley T (2018) Rethinking Risk; A narrative Approach Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice 13(1), pp.54-62.

Smillie, A, Felton, A (2017) Carers experiences of the Impact of Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder. Mental Health Practice

Felton A, Wright N, Stacey G (2017) Therapeutic Risk Taking a Justifiable Choice. BR Psych Advances '

Stacey, G; Felton, A; Morgan, A; Stickley, T; Willis, M; Diamond, B; Houghton, P; Johnson, B; Dumenya, J (2016) A critical narrative analysis of shared decision-making in acute, inpatient mental health care. 30 (1), 35-41. Journal of Inter-professional Care

Felton A (2015) Risk and Mental Health Practice Clinical Psychology Bitesize Issue 46. Dec 2015

Felton A (2015) Therapeutic risk taking: what is it? Rivista Sperimentale di Freniatria

Stacey,G, A Felton, A Hui, T Stickley, P Houghton, B Diamond, A Morgan (2015) Informed, involved and influential: three Is of shared decision making:, Mental Health Practice 19 (4), 31-35

Felton A (2013) Risk In Stickley T, Wright N (eds) Theories for Mental Health Nursing. Sage.

Morgan A, Felton A (2013) From constructive engagement to coerced recovery In Coles S, Keenan S, Diamond B (eds) Madness Contested, Power and Practice PCCS)

McHale J, Felton A (2010) Self-harm: What’s the problem?  A literature review of the factors affecting attitudes towards self-harm." Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 17(8) 732-740

Felton A, Arnold P, Fairbank S, Shaw T (2009) Using focus groups and photography to evaluate experiences of social inclusion within rehabilitation adult mental health services Mental Health Review Journal 14(3) 13-22

Felton A, Young D (2008) Rehabilitation starts at home Mental Health Practice 12(4) 32-35

Felton A, Bertram G (2008) Positive Risk Taking, A Framework for Practice (Book chapter), In: Stickley T, Bassett T (ed) Learning about mental health practice. Wiley, Chichester

Felton A, Chisholm E (2007) Part of the Community Mental Health Today 7(7) 27-29

Stickley T and Felton A (2006) Promoting Recovery Through therapeutic risk taking. Mental Health Practice 9(8) 26-30

Press expertise

Mental Health Nursing