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

Prof. Sally Hardy

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
  • 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