Prof. Sally Hardy

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

Head of Department: Advanced and Integrated Practice

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    020 7815 8022
  • School/Division:
    Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability; Primary and Social Care; Children's Nursing

Professor Sally Hardy leads the largest academic department in the School of Health and Social Care. Specialist teams include Advanced Practice, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Non-Medical Prescribing and Social Work. Sally leads this diverse academic team, including a number of external clinical partners who alongside the School’s Peoples Academy, are developing and educating the future workforce across health and social care’s services.

Sally has established a Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Research informed Policy Unit, which engages in research and evaluation of innovative approaches to address health inequalities and has a strong academic team of health care strategic leaders in the field of policy, service innovation from a global perspective. Sally is lead academic for the HSC Peoples Academy, which is an example of highly commended public and patient inclusion by the Nursing and Midwifery Council providing an inclusive and participatory coproduction approach to all aspects of the Schools academic portfolio.

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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