Mr Stuart Guy

Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518669 Location: Wolverhampton Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Applied Clinical Risk Assessment Violence / Applied Clinical Risk Assessment Suicide/ Cognitive Behavioual Therapy for Severe Mental illness


Stuart has extensive clinical and academic experience in working with acute and forensic mental health services in the UK and NSW Australia. His area of expertice is the use of postmodern nursing strategies to reduce the use of coercive measures in mental health services. He has a portfolio of publications and has presented at a number of national and international nursing and mental health conferences. Stuart was also a member of the team that won the Times Higher Education Award 2016 for Outstanding Support of Students in the roll out and delivery of the suicide mitigation programme for students entitled “3 Minutes to save a Life”

Research interests

  • The use of coercive measures in mental health services – Deconstructing the use of Community Treatment Orders
  • The use of coercive measures in mental health services - Deconstructing the use of observation, restraint and seclusion
  • Post Modern approaches to mental health nursing
  • Philosophy of Nursing

Membership of professional bodies

NMC Professional Register


  • Enrolled Nurse (General),
  • Registered General Nurse,
  • Registered Mental Nurse,
  • Registered Nurse Tutor
  • Fellow Higher Education Authority
  • Diploma Health Education - (Health Studies), Lancaster University UK.
  • Post Graduate Diploma - Social Learning Theory and Practice, Birmingham University UK.
  • Master of Science - Nursing Research, Kings College London UK.
  • PGC Academic Practice in Higher Education – University of Wolverhampton



  • Donnelley, J. & Guy, S. (1998) Evaluation of a first stage pilot project to address offending behaviour in a mentally disordered population in Scotland. Psychiatric Care, 5(3), 106-111.
  • Guy, S. & Hume, A. (1998) A CBT strategy for offenders with personality disorders: Part 1. Mental Health Practice, 2 (4), 12-17.
  • Guy, S. & Hume, A. (1999) A CBT strategy for offenders with personality disorders: Part 2. Mental Health Practice, 2 (5), 12-16.
  • Bowers, L. Crowhurst, N. Alexander, J. Callaghan, P. Eales, S. Guy, S. McCann, E. Ryan, C. (2002) Safety and security policies on psychiatric acute admission wards: results from a London wide study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 9, 427-433.
  • Bowers. L, Crowhurst. N, Alexander. J, Eales. S, Guy. S, McCann. E. (2003) Psychiatric nurses’ views on criteria for psychiatric intensive care: acute and intensive cares staff compared. International Journal of Nursing Studies 40, 145-152.
  • Guy. S, Fyffe. S. Iffil. W. (2007) Chapter 8 Low Conflict, High Therapy Nursing in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Forensic Mental Health Nursing: Forensic Aspects of Acute Care edited by Phil Woods. Quay Books.
  • Taylor. K, Guy. S, Stewart. L, & Ayling. M. (2011) Care Zoning: A pragmatic approach to enhance the understanding of clinical needs as it relates to clinical risk in acute in-patient settings. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 318–326.
  • Guy, S (2011)
  • Guy, S., Conlon, L. and Fletcher, N (2013) Role of a Matron in a medium secure service: Practice Leadership in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Nursing edited by Mark Jukes. Quay Books.
  • "An overview of Cognitive Behavioural Psychosocial Intervention practice in Australia and the UK." by Hails, Euan; Bowler, Nic; Crowther, Andrew and Guy, Stuart, (in press)


Conference Presentations

  • Guy, S. RCN Celebrating Good Practice Conference, Rampton Hospital, February 1997: A CBT Strategy for Personality Disordered Offenders.
  • Guy, S. Research in Practice Evaluating the Evidence Conference, May 1997 Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust. Real Life Research Problems and Practicalities with the process.
  • Guy, S. Breakthrough - Locking the Door on Substance Misuse - Croydon Post House, Lambeth & Oxleas NHS Trusts May 1998: A CBT Strategy for Substance Misuse within Forensic Psychiatry.
  • Guy, S. South London & Maudsley NHS Trust Nurses Day Conference: Criminogenic – A concept analysis for forensic mental health nurses. April 2000
  • Guy, S. 1st National Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialists Conference – Wathwood RSU – Rotherham May 2000: A CBT Strategy for Mentally Disordered Offenders with Psychosis.
  • Guy, S. The 6th International NPNR Conference Oxford September 2000 – Criminogenic - A concept analysis for forensic mental health nurses.
  • Guy, S. International Custody and Caring Conference Saskatoon University Saskatchewan Canada October 2001: Criminogenic - A concept analysis for forensic mental health nurses.
  • Guy, S. & McGranaghan, T. International Care of the mentally disordered offender in the community - New York University/Lancaster University New York USA: Post modernism and the demise of the forensic nurse – is empiricism the answer? June 2002.
  • Guy, S. Forensic Mental Health Nurse Education Days – Mary McKillop Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia April 2007 Managing Criminogenic Need in Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Guy, S. Justice Health 'Demystifying Forensic Mental Health. Novotel Brighton Beach Symposium Sydney Australia, March 2008 Managing Criminogenic Need in Mentally Disordered Offenders.
  • Guy. S. Occupational Therapy Australia NSW Mental Health Forum: From Core To More: The future of mental health OT Ettalong Beach Hotel Ettalong Australia October 2008 Challenging Complex Behaviours
  • Guy. S. Therapeutic Moments - The Hunter New England branch of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. Annual conference Noahs on the Beach Newcastle, Australia July 2009. An initiative to increase patient engagement in a psychiatric intensive care unit utilising protected therapeutic time and care zoning.
  • Guy. S. Official Visitors Conference, Sydney Australia. The least restrictive environment and care. May 2010 Seclusion reduction – moving toward least restrictive care.
  • Young. P, & Guy S. INFORMH Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office NSW Health Conference, Sydney Australia - From Apprenticeship to Craftsmanship - Use of Clinical Information to Improve Service Delivery and Outcomes July 2010. Managing Risk - the role of HoNOS and HCR20 in aiding and evaluating service delivery and outcomes in a Mental Health Intensive Care Unit.
  • Guy. S, Young. P, & Sharpe. J. Commonwealth Government & NSW Health 6th National Forum - Seclusion & Restraint Project- Sydney Australia November 2011 MHICU – An initiative to increase patient engagement in a psychiatric intensive care unit
  • Dixon, S and Guy, S, CPI Conference 2015: Reducing restraint through policy and practice Thursday 12 – Friday 13 November 2015 Conference Aston, Birmingham  Creating restraint free environments - enhancing and extending MAPA.

Previous professional experience

Birmingham and Solihull Foundation Mental Health Trust – Modern Matron The Barberry Centre Birmingham West Midlands

The position has the following responsibilities:

  • Clinical accountability for a group of community and inpatient teams, with authority to ensure the best use of the resources necessary to sort out the fundamentals and quality of care, backed up by the appropriate administrative support.
  • Ensuring the quality of the service user experience is improved by providing front line employees with the necessary authority to prevent or to remedy shortcomings or failings in processes, systems, facilities and services that contribute to patient care.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing standards across the Trust by strengthening professional clinical leadership at team level.

North Sydney & Central Coast Local Health Districts (NSCCLHD’s) – Area Clinical Nurse Consultant 3 Clinical Practice Development Mental Health, Macquarie Hospital North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, Australia

This area mental health role had a number of facets in closely supporting the Director of Mental Health Nursing in:

  • Strategic planning and development of the mental health-nursing workforce
  • Provision of expert clinical / professional leadership in Mental Health Nursing
  • Provision of expert Mental Health nursing consultancy across the NSCCLHD’s
  • Policy Development
  • Liaison external to the NSCCLHD’s related to mental health issues including general health services, and associated key stakeholders such as Non-Governmental organisations
  • Development and provision of formal and informal education programmes
  • Clinical practice review
  • Staff professional development
  • Clinical supervision
  • Project management
  • Research

I was also a member of the following NSW Department of Health Committees;

  • Mental Health Online Professional Development Programme
  • Mental Health Education Training and Support Group

North Sydney Central Coast Area Health – Area Clinical Nurse Consultant Complex and Challenging Mental Health Behaviours, NSW, Australia.


This area role had a number of facets including:

  • Provision of an Area Clinical/Risk Management Consultancy Service for patient presenting with high-risk complex and challenging behaviours (high risk civilian patients).
  • Training area staff in cognitive behavioural skills for working with patients with anxiety, depression and psychosis
  • Training area staff in violence risk assessment and associated clinical management strategies.
  • Training University of Technology NSW pre graduate mental health students in working with personality disorders and complex and challenging mental health presentations.
  • Implementation and evaluation of a model of care based on the philosophy of Low Conflict and High Therapy within the Mental Health Intensive Care Unit utilising care zoning and protective therapeutic time initiatives.
  • Provision of an Area Clinical Management Consultancy Service for the wider area implementation of care zoning as a joint clinical lead for this clinical practice improvement team.
  • Joint Project Manager Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint.