Prof. Sally Hardy

Prof. Sally Hardy, Head of Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

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    Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability

Sally started nurse training at Guy's Hospital in London in the 1980s, then after working on the renal ward at Guy's hospital she moved to work in Oxford.

Sally returned to London to undertake Mental Health nurse training at the Maudsley Hospital, South London. From there Sally gained interest in how to influence practice change, first through a growing enthusiasm for research and education, taking up the first Lecturer Practitioner role in Mental Health working between King's College London and the Maudsley Hospital.

Sally moved to the University of East Anglia in 1998 continuing to seek out how best to influence practice and forged strong links with local NHS Trust partners. During this time she also worked at the Royal College of Nursing as a Research Fellow, and was introduced to the notion of Practice Development (PD). The Expertise in Practice Project provided the back drop for Sally's ongoing commitment and involvement with the International Practice Development Collaborative.

During 2006-2008 Sally worked at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and with Monash University ran the first PD Masterclass in Victoria, and also led the International Practice Development five day School in Melbourne during that time. She remains an Adjunct Professor with Monash University, is currently Visiting Professor with University College London promoting nursing and midwifery led research, and is also working with Canterbury and Christchurch University, Kent in an Honorary position promoting Practice Development initiatives. 

Sally joined London South Bank University in 2014 as Head of Department working closely with service users and carers to promote integrated and contemporary education and practice driven innovations. Prior to this she worked at City University in London from 2008 – 2013 as Head of Department, and Associate Dean for Post Graduate Studies, balancing the academic role with her own research interests and drive to integrate practice based wisdom with academic knowledge.

Sally has a wide range of teaching experience across undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Teaching areas include; advancing practice expertise, mental health issues, research methods, team work, workplace culture, practice development, service innovation, change management, stress management etc. She has supervised students from undergraduate through to doctorate level.

Current research activities include:

  • Physical Health Care needs of people with Mental Health Problems (DOH funded survey)
  • Aligning the Organisational Culture: A snap shot organisational and workplace culture assessment
  • Transformational change in contemporary complex workplace settings
  • Using MOOCs to inform practice and attitude change around mental health issues

Most recent publications

Hardy, SE and Chaplin, E and Tolchard, B Working with Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities and Comorbid Mental Health/ Autism/ Challenging Behaviour Conditions: A Workforce Development Project. project_report. London South Bank University,

Hardy, SE and Malby, R and Turner, W and White, X and Hallett, N and Chalmney, C and Young, G Introducing a Peoples Academy into Higher Education: A coproduction approach to sustained wellbeing. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, DOI

Hardy, SE and Delree, J and Loos, M A guide to best practice dementia care: lessons learnt from a serious case review. Journal of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association, 34-38.

Hardy, SE and White, X Promoting care giving interventions through the Dance of Caring Persons (after Pross et al,). Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing, 3. 1-4. DOI 10.4172/2471-9846.1000148

Hardy, SE and Mushore, M and Goddard, L Supporting student mental health nurses in clinical placement through virtual in-practice support (VIPS): Innovation uptake and the 'VIPS' project.. Nurse Education Today, 46. 133 - 138. DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.08.033

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Adjunct Professor Monash University, Melbourne Australia
  • Honorary Professor , University College Hospital London
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christchurch University
  • Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, Member
  • Eileen Skellern Memorial Lecture, Committee Member
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