Ms Sheila Dixon

Head of Mental Health

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518664 Location: Wolverhampton City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Mental Health Nursing


I am an experienced Senior Manager/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering a wide range of expertise developed through working in education and clinical practice. I have developed high motivational skills achieved leading a large clinical team/unit through organisational change and progression.

As head of Mental Health I have demonstrable experiences of leading academic, operational and curriculum development and working with external partners to successfully take new awards through to validation, writing course documentation and preparing reports.  I have successfully implemented change and encouraged innovation evidenced through the development and engagement of service users/cares in all our nursing courses/programmes.

I am proficient working within an inter-professional environment through developing, leading, teaching and facilitating across a range of professional courses for undergraduate and postgraduate developments both regionally and nationally. I embrace the possibilities in developing new and innovative programmes that share appropriate common elements, core skills and focus on students being at the centre of their own learning.

Essential to managing diverse teams was and is providing strong and enthusiastic leadership. I can inspire others by word of mouth and example. I motivate colleagues and the team by having an understanding of what drives them towards achieving their own goals and aspirations through the performance reviews using coaching and mentoring techniques to help them realise their potential which brings individual satisfaction and makes them feel valued.

I take full responsibility for my role and demonstrate a high level of personal commitment and interest, whilst providing direction through initiatives and innovation from extensive knowledge and experience of successful income generation activity. 

I am highly committed to educational excellence, research and development which has led to embarking on the Professional Doctorate – my focus being ‘safeguarding students’.

Membership of professional bodies

  • RMN
  • NMC Recordable Teaching Qualification
  • ENB 998-Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
  • ENB 73 – Managing aggression in clinical practice
  • ENB 941- Care of older person
  • RCN- Mental Health Forum Committee member
  • Advisory member of MHNAUK(Mental Health Nurse academic (UK)) an organisation representing the interests of mental health nursing academics in higher education institutions


  • MA Applied Mental Health
  • BSc(Hons) Health Studies
  • PGCE (Higher/Further Education)

Qualifications currently being undertaken:

  • Professional Doctorate Research interest: Safe-guarding students - the role of the Personal Tutor Narrative analysis.






  • Lang, L., Orton, S., Sallah, D., Hewitt-Moran, T., Zhang, D., Cullen, S., Dixon, S., Bell, B., Bell, D., Meeson, L., Chen, R. (2011) A survey of engagement and competence levels in interventions and activities in a community mental health workforce in England. BMC Health Services Research, 11:352
  • Dixon, S. (2006) A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Mental Health Learning Package. Unpublished thesis (MA).
  • Developed On-line toolkit for staff regarding engagement with service users and carers.  Working Together: Service user and carer engagement in Health and Social Care: A Toolkit for Education, Research and Development (2009) Burrell, H. Service user Staffordshire University, Dixon, S. University of Wolverhampton, Douglas, V. University of Wolverhampton. Fletcher, A. Open University. Read, S. Keele University. Vincent, P. Staffordshire University.

Conference Presentations

  • Dixon, S. (1995) Presentation on “Standardised Care planning in Mental Health” Bourneville, Birmingham
  • Dixon, S. Presentation on “Understanding  NVQ in Health and Social Care” (1999) Medical Centre, Queens Hospital Burton on Trent, Staffordshire
  • Dixon, S.  & Douglas, V. (2009) Presentation on “How Can Service Users, Carers’ and Patients Influence our Education and Curriculum?” Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
  • Corness-Parr, C. & Dixon, S. (2011) Presentation to NMC Validation panel - BNURS(Hons). University of Wolverhampton

Previous professional experience

Acting Head of Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton

Acting Subject Lead / Snr Lecturer  – Mental Health Team     

  • Management of a team of Senior lecturers to plan and support their individual development and aspirations to enhance both personal and professional development.
  • Curriculum development / implementation and evaluation of RNDiPHE and RNBSc and CPD Portfolio for mental Health.
  • Responsible for delivery of Pre & Post registration courses at Levels 3 – 7. Active involvement in the evaluation, verification and moderation of both theory and practice aspects of curriculum. Execute role of Group and Year Teacher.
  • BSc Module leader and Co Leader on numerous modules in School and in collaboration with other Schools – HLSS, Legal Studies.

Training and Development Manager Premier Health (NHS) Trust, South East Staffordshire Health Authority

Facilitated training events for Executives and Senior Managers throughout the organisation.

  • Lead responsibility for the successful implementation and monitoring of NVQ training for support workers.
  • Promoted and provided relevant programmes of training as identified by the Director of Nursing Services to meet staff demands.
  • Participated in preparation, teaching and evaluating student progress at a local secondary school, offering GNVQ Intermediate and Advanced Health and Social Care, programmes of study.
  • Planned and provided a learning environment conclusive to teaching using appropriate assessment procedures for learners.
  • Effectively managed student groups and course modules.
  • Supported direct clinical care/educational staff with student development and progression.

Clinical Nurse manager / Senior Ward Manager South Staffordshire Area Health Authority

  • Developed the role of Liaison Sister in Elderly Day-care Centre.
  • Lead a team through a period of organisational change ensuring continuity of patient care.
  • Chaired multidisciplinary meetings in the role of Nurse Consultant.
  • Convened and conducted department meetings to facilitate free exchange of information.
  • Co-ordinated the activities within the department, it's nursing and associated staff, to obtain maximum benefit from available resources.
  • Maintained statistical records in keeping with Unit and District Manpower Systems.

Ward/Snr Ward manager St Matthews Hospital South East Staffordshire Health Authority