Mr Tony Gillam

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Email address: T.Gillam@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 01902 321378 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Mental Health Nursing

About

Tony Gillam is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton and a freelance writer and trainer. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Worcester and a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission. A mental health nurse by background, Tony has extensive experience in teaching, mentoring, supervision, leadership, management, clinical work, writing and research. He is a regular contributor to nursing and mental health journals and has published around 100 articles and book chapters.

Tony founded the Music Workshop Project which won a MIND Millennium Award in 1997, earning him lifetime membership of the Millennium Awards Fellowship. In 1998, he achieved international recognition as the only UK winner of the Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Award. Tony is a trainer/supervisor of Behavioural Family Therapy and, over the past 18 years, has provided training in family work and early intervention to teams in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. He is a Registered Nurse Teacher and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with wide experience of university teaching. During 2002-3 Tony worked with the Meriden Family Programme in Birmingham researching child, adult and family mental health. The results of this research were published by Meriden and the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE).

From 2003-2016, Tony was Clinical Manager of Worcestershire’s Early Intervention Service. In 2008, he was awarded a Meriden Carers’ Award and the service he managed was highly commended in the Ian Falloon Memorial Awards. Tony’s book 'Reflections on Community Psychiatric Nursing' was published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in 2002 and he is currently writing a new book for Palgrave Macmillan, 'Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Heath Practice'.

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Joint Hons.) in English and French (2.1); University of Wales, Bangor - 1983

Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing/ENB 812 (with distinction), University of Wolverhampton - 1992

MSc in Advancing Practice (Distinction); University of Worcester (including Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) - 2015

 

Professional Qualifications and Registrations


Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)

Registered Nurse Teacher (RNT)

Publications

Magazine and journal articles

Psychiatric Nursing in the Community - Nursing Standard (October 25, 1989)

Creative Arts as Therapy – Nursing (September 27, 1990)

'Community' and 'Neighbourhood': How Concepts Shape the Provision of Care - Community Psychiatric Nursing Journal (August 1991)

Cracking the Code - Nursing Standard (July 29, 1992)

Clamped On Call - Nursing Standard (November 11, 1992)

Unemployment Links with Mental illness - Nursing Standard (May 12, 1993)

Get the Mop and Bucket, Nurse - Nursing Standard (May 26, 1993)

The Role of Community Mental Health Workers - Nursing Standard (May 18, 1994)

What's It Worth? - Nursing Standard (February 8, 1995)

Raw Deals for Two Wheels - Nursing Standard (October 25, 1995)

Family Therapy: Exploring the Role of the CPN - Nursing Standard (March 6, 1996)

Sounds Good - Nursing Times (October 1996)

Teaching and learning in Lay-bys - Nursing Times (September 3, 1997)

Taking a Humanistic Approach to Assessment - Nursing Times (December 3, 1997)

Clinical View: Clinical Supervision - Nursing Times (September 9, 1998)

Too Close for Comfort? - Nursing Times (September 30, 1998)

Clinical View: Discontinuation Syndrome - Nursing Times (March 10, 1999)

Diary of a Community Psychiatric Nurse - The Guardian (March 10, 1999)

Can You Manage Depression Confidently? (article, with cartoons by Martin Davies) - Practice Nurse (October 1, 1999)

Song Sung Blue - Nursing Times (October 6, 1999)

Psychiatric Nurse's Perspective - Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry (January 2000)

Article in supplement: Into the Breach - Mental Health Care (June 2000)

Managing Depression in Primary Care: The Role of the Practice Nurse - The Journal of Primary Care Mental Health (2000)

Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Award - Mental Health Nursing       (November 2000)

Just Typical: the Treatment of Psychosis in the UK - Nursing Times (December 2000)

The Music Workshop Project - The Journal of Primary Care Mental Health (2000)

The Music Workshop Project - emental-health.com (January 1, 2001; Online article)

Listening to What Simon Says - Mental Health Care (March 2001)

Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Awards 2001 - Mental Health Practice (April 2001)

Acting Local, Going Global - Mental Health Today (October 2001)

Mid-life Rescue Remedy - Just for Nurses (October 26, 2001; Online article)

Is the NSF Causing Gaps in Care? - Nursing Times (February 14, 2002)

A Nice Choice - Mental Health Nursing (March 2002

The Sound of Making Music - Mental Health Today (April 2002)

Lilly Reintegration Awards 2002 - Mental Health Practice (May 2002)

Readings (Book review round-up) - Mental Health Today (September 2002)

Schizophrenia: Care for the 21st Century - Nursing Times (October 1, 2002)

Treating Schizophrenia: How Psychosocial Interventions Can Complement Medication - Mental Health Practice (December 2002)

Clients Can Be Parents Too - Mental Health Today (May 2003)

An isle full of noises: Enhancing mental health through the Music Workshop Project Groupwork (2003)

Putting symptoms in a box - Mental Health Practice (February 2004)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (2004)

Managing depression: an overview - Primary Health Care (March 2004)

Creating links between mental health services for adults and those for children and adolescents - The Mental Health Review (June 2004)

Managing depression: an overview - Mental Health Practice (June 2004)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (September 2004)

Ease the burden - Nursing Standard (November 17, 2004)

Family fortunes - Nursing Standard (December 1, 2004)

Sexual dysfunction: the forgotten taboo (Article co-authored with Shubalade Smith.) - Mental Health Nursing (2005)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (February 2005)

Desperate measures - Nursing Standard (June 8, 2005)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (July 2005)

The changing role of the community psychiatric nurse - Mental Health Practice (September 2005)

Football focus - Mental Health Practice (February 2006)

Drugs or no drugs? - Nursing Standard (February 2006)

Review of the month: Out of the Shadow - Mental Health Practice (May 2006; Extended review)

Positive approaches to overactive bladder - Primary Health Care (May 2006)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (July 2006)

The hidden face of Parkinson's disease - British journal of Neuroscience Nursing (July 2006)

Hidden distress - Nursing Standard (October 11, 2006)

Patients are key to effective prescribing - Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry (October 2006)

Positive approaches to schizophrenia - Mental Health Practice (December 2006)

Two cheers for remission: the mental health nurse perspective - Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry (Article in supplement) (December 2006)

Voices column - Mental Health Practice (February 2007)

Depression and sexual dysfunction: the role of the mental health nurse - Mental Health Practice (July 2007)

Nurses should take novel conditions seriously - Nursing Times (July 3, 2007)

Restless legs syndrome explained - Nursing in Practice (July 2007)

Depression and sleep disturbance - Nursing in Practice (September 2007)

Voices column: Secret combinations and Sigmoid curves - Mental Health Practice (September 2007)

Mental health nurses cannot afford to forget HBV - Nursing Times (September 2007)

Long-acting neuroleptic injections: both sides of the story - Mental Health Nursing (November 2007)

Conference report: Highlights of the 4th EUFAMI Congress - Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry (November 2007)

Understanding schizophrenia: a guide for newly-qualified community nurses (Article co-authored with Robin Williams) - British Journal of Community Nursing (February 2008)

Voices column: Travelling hopefully - Mental Health Practice (March 2008)

Understanding restless legs syndrome - Primary Health Care (March 2008)

Understanding primary insomnia in older people - Nursing Older People (April 2009)

Early Intervention in psychosis (CPD Article) - British Journal of Wellbeing (April 2010)

Last Word column: Lie back and hear the birdsong - British Journal of Wellbeing (May 2010)

Last word column: Time to write the next book - British Journal of Wellbeing (August 2010)

Reflections on the role of clinical manager in implementing change - Mental Health Practice (September 2010)

The therapeutic value of writing - British Journal of Wellbeing (September 2010)

Last Word column: Recollections of Nightline - British Journal of Wellbeing (February 2011)

Last Word column: The wrong shirt - British Journal of Wellbeing (October 2011)

The gift of something tangible - Mental Health Nursing (December 2012)

The brilliance of resilience - British Journal of Mental Health Nursing (December 2012)

A story of hope for lonely children - Mental Health Practice (May 2013)

Creativity and mental health care - Mental Health Practice (June 2013)

Phenomenology in mental health research - Mental Health Nursing (April 2014)

Learning to be a transformational leader - Mental Health Practice (May 2016)

Speak up:  Leaving the NHS – reflections on retirement - Mental Health Nursing (October/November 2016)

  

Book Chapters

Creativity and the Therapeutic Use of the Creative Arts

Routledge

2003

Book chapter in Hannigan, B and Coffey, M (eds.) (2003) A Handbook of Community Mental Health Nursing. London. Routledge.

 

Clinical Supervision in Early Intervention Teams

Blackwell Publishing Ltd

2010

Book chapter in French, P., Smith, J., Shiers, D., Reed, M. and Rayne, M. (eds) (2010) Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis: A Practice Manual. Oxford. Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Reports

The Interfaces Project Report - Exploring the links between mental health services for children, adults and families. Service development report co-authored with Marie Crofts, Gráinne Fadden and Keren Corbett. Published by the NIMHE West Midlands Development Centre and The Meriden Programme, November 2003.

 

Conference Presentations

The Community Psychiatric Nurses' Association (CPNA) National Conference, 1996 at  Hull University. Workshop on The Music Workshop Project: Using Music in Mental Health.

 

Family Work for People with Psychosis:  Who's doing what, where and how? 14 October 1999 at Leigh Court, Bristol.  Presentation on The West Midlands Implementation on Family Interventions Project.

 

Working with Families - Making it a Reality.  20/21 March 2000 at The Moat House, Stratford-upon-Avon. Presentation on The Music Workshop Project: Using Music in Mental Health.

 

Using Music in Mental Health - 2001 Conference at The Gainsborough Hotel, Kidderminster. Series of presentations and workshops and organised the conference with a service user/Music Workshop Project member.

 

The Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Awards Ceremony, October 2000 - 2005, at Claridges, London. Presentation speech for the award winners.

 

The Community Psychiatric Nurses' Association (CPNA) Wales  Conference, 2003 at Cardiff University.  Workshop on The Interfaces Project -Exploring the links between mental health services for children, adults and families.

 

The second ‘Working with Families’ conference March 2003 at The Moat House, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Workshop on The Interfaces Project -Exploring the links between mental health services for children, adults and families.

 

Family Work in Early Psychosis 18 June 2008 at The Uffculme Centre, Birmingham. Presentation on The practicalities of implementing family work in Early Psychosis services - how to make it happen.

 

Family Work in Early Psychosis DVD Launch 8 September 2009 at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham.

 

Launch speech for the DVD - A Trainer's View.

 

Japanese Study Team and NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation Film Crew Visit to Worcestershire's Early Intervention Service 13/14 October 2009 at  Diglis House Hotel, Worcester. Speech to the Japanese visitors and senior guests from Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership Trust and the National Mental Health Delivery Unit. 

Previous professional experience

English Language Assistant in two schools in St Brieuc, Brittany

Student Psychiatric Nurse at Shelton Hospital, Shrewsbury

Staff Nurse, Newtown Hospital, Worcester

Staff Nurse, Day Hospital, Kidderminster General Hospital

Community Psychiatric Nurse, Kidderminster General Hospital

Research Project Worker, the Meriden Programme

Clinical Manager, Worcestershire Early Intervention Service

Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, University of Wolverhampton

Further information

Staff Development and Skills

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

From 2002-2003, I worked with the Meriden Family Interventions Programme (part of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust) researching the links between services for children’s and adult mental health. This culminated in the completion of a service development report of which I was the lead author. The report generated considerable interest from those working in child, adult and family mental health. The results of the research were jointly published by Meriden and the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE). I subsequently gained further research skills and experience as part of my MSc in Advancing Practice. My Masters dissertation addressed the question: what is wellbeing and how is it relevant to mental health nursing? My research interests include the connections between creativity, wellbeing and mental health practice and I have recently been commissioned to research and write a book on this subject for the academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

 

PUBLICATIONS and BROADCASTS

Over the past 27 years, I have contributed numerous book reviews and around 100 articles to the nursing and mental health press. My articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including: Mental Health Practice, The Guardian, Nursing Standard, Nursing Times, Mental Health Nursing, The British Journal of Wellbeing, The Journal of Primary Care Mental Health, Mental Health Care, The Mental Health Review, Mental Health Today, Nursing Older People and Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry.

Whilst working as a practicing CPN, I wrote my first book Reflections on Community Psychiatric Nursing which was published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in 2002.

I have also taken part in radio interviews on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and have contributed chapters to Hannigan, B. and Coffey, M. (2003) A Handbook of Community Mental Health Nursing (Routledge) and to French, P., Smith, J., Reed, M. and Rayne, M. (2010) Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis (Wiley Blackwell).

(See  list of publications below.)

 

LECTURING/TRAINING/WORKSHOPS and CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Since 1994 I have regularly lectured at Worcester University as a visiting lecturer. In collaboration with the Meriden Programme, I have helped to run Behavioural Family Therapy training courses in various parts of England (Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Humberside), Ireland (Dublin and Monaghan), Scotland (Glasgow), Wales (Carmarthenshire) and Canada (Nova Scotia). I am a Registered Nurse Teacher and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have taught learners in a wide range of settings including:  Students in primary schools, high schools and further education; Nurses at conferences at the Universities of Hull, Warwick, Swansea and Cardiff; Undergraduate and postgraduate students of nursing, youth work and public health at the Universities of Worcester, Birmingham, Gloucestershire and Central England (now Birmingham City University); International multi-disciplinary audiences at conferences in Stratford; Teachers, music students, music therapists, musicians, nurses and service users at a Music in Mental Health conference; delegations of mental health professionals from Spain, Singapore, Japan, Nigeria and Uganda.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

The Music Workshop Project

In 1995, while working as a CPN, I set up a project to help mental health service users participate in making music. This project, with its strong element of user-involvement, taught me a lot about project management and innovation, promoted positive mental health and reduced stigma. The project won local, national and international awards, including the prestigious Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Award and the Mind Millennium Award. We produced several CDs featuring music by project members, and the project was promoted by its own website.

 

Reintegration Awards Judging Panel

As a result of winning the Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Award in 1998, I was asked to become a member of the judging panel. This involved working as part of a group of eminent opinion leaders. Apart from judging the applicants for awards, this also gave me experience of writing for international publications and frequent public speaking at national award ceremonies.

 

Books on Mental Health Nursing

My first book 'Reflections on Community Psychiatric Nursing' was published by Routledge in 2002. Since publication, the book has received positive reviews in the nursing and mental health press and is widely available in university libraries. I am currently writing a new book for Palgrave Macmillan, on Creativity Wellbeing and Mental Heath Practice.

 

Participation in producing a training DVD for family work in early psychosis

In 2009, I was involved in the production of a set of professionally-produced training DVDs for the Meriden Programme in which I took on the role of therapist, modelling skills in a series of role-plays. The DVDs have been used on training courses worldwide.

 

Development of the Bend Without Breaking Programme

In 2013, I developed Bend Without Breaking – a modular educational programme focusing on wellbeing and resilience. This proved successful in promoting the wellbeing of service users and encouraging greater engagement with social and educational community resources.

 

Appointment as a Specialist Advisor in mental health to the Care Quality Commission

In August 2014, I was appointed as a specialist advisor to the CQC and have taken part in inspections of services.