Professor Sara Owen

Pro Vice Chancellor/Head of College of Social Science


Qualifications

PhD, BA, BEd, RMN, SRN, RNT


Professional background

Sara first trained as a general nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London before going on to work in palliative care at St. Christopher’s hospice, London and in oncology at the Royal Marsden hospital, London. She then trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley/Bethlem Hospitals, London and worked first as a staff nurse and then as a charge nurse on one of the acute in-patient wards for five years.

Sara has two undergraduate degrees, one in Applied Social Sciences and one in Nursing Education. She obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham; a pluralistic evaluation of services for women with serious and enduring mental health problems. Sara’s first post in Higher Education was at De Montfort University. This was followed by posts as lecturer, research fellow, senior lecturer, and reader in mental health at theUniversity of Nottingham.


Honorary positions

Adjunct Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust


Research interests

Sara’s programme of research focuses on four areas:

  • Women and mental health (evaluations of services for women with mental health problems, physical health needs of women with mental health problems, women in custody, exercise and depression).
  • Evaluation of education and training in mental health (adapting the National Continuous Quality Improvement Tool for CAMH education and training, evaluation of personality disorder training).
  • Mental health workforce issues (recruitment of mental health professionals, mapping of education and training, clinical activity of mental health lecturers).
  • Learning disabilities (education of learning disability nurses, evidence based interventions for challenging behaviour, employment of people with learning disabilities).

Selected publications (2001-present)

Owen, S. & Khalil, E. (2007) Addressing diversity in mental health care: a review of guidance documents. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44, 467-478

Owen, S. & Standen, P. (2007) Attracting and retaining learning disability student nurses. Journal of Learning Disabilities (In press)

Masterson, S. & Owen, S. (2006) Mental health service user’s social and individual empowerment: using theories of power to elucidate far-reaching strategies. Journal of Mental Health, 15, 1, 19-34

Owen, S. (2006) Working with Women with Mental Health Problems. In/ Callaghan,P. (Ed) Oxford Book of Mental Health Nursing.OxfordUniversity Press,Oxford

Owen, S. & Ferguson, K. (2006) The Role and Function of Contemporary Mental Health Education. In/ Dooher,J. (Ed) New Ways of Working in Mental Health. Quay Books, London

Greatbatch, D., Lewis, P., Owen, S., Tolley, H. & Wilmut, J. (2006) Evaluation of the Personality Disorder Training Initiative. Final academic report to the Department of Health from the Centre for Developing and Evaluating Lifelong Learning,School of Education, University of Nottingham

Callaghan, P. & Owen, S. (2005) Invited Editorial. Psychiatric and mental health nursing: past, present and future. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12, 639-641

Owen, S.,Ferguson,K. & Baguley,I. (2005) The clinical activity of mental health nurse lecturers.  Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12, 310-316

Owen, S.,Ferguson, K. & Baguley, I. (2005) The clinical activity of mental health lecturers in higher education institutions. Mental Health Practice, 8, 9, 40-45

Hewitt, H., Owen, S., Avis, M., Betts, A. & Munir, F. (2005) The world of work. Learning Disability Practice, 8, 7, 28-36

Owen, S., Ferguson, K., Beswick, S. & Baguley, I. (2004) Time to Act: Choosing to Work in Mental Health: The Recruitment of Health and Social Care Professionals. Final academic report submitted to the Mental Health Care Group Workforce Team, Department of Health

Owen, S. (2004) Methodological approach and implications for practice. Invited commentary on ‘Analysis of the moral habitability of the nursing work environment’.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 47, 4, 366-367

Owen, S. & Khalil, E. (2004) Are we ready to implement the women’s mental health strategy? Mental Health Practice, 7, 6, 10-11

Owen, S., Avis, M. & Khalil, E. (2004) A Scoping Exercise for a Health Strategy for Women in Custody inEngland andWales. Final academic report submitted to the HM Prison Service, Department of Health

Stevenson, E., Jones, C., Mallon, S., Milburn, C. & Owen, S.  (2003) An evaluation of a social network group for women with enduring mental health problems and its impact on motivation and activity levels.  Mental Health Occupational Therapy, 8, 3, 93-95

Wright, N. & Owen, S. (2003) Are acute inpatient mental health wards an appropriate treatment setting for people with anorexia nervosa?  Mental Health Practice, 7, 2, 18-21

Owen, S., Jones, C., Mallon, S., Milburn, C. & Stevenson, E. (2003)  A women’s network.  Mental Health Practice, 6, 8, 12-17

Owen,S., Hewitt,H., Avis,A., Betts,A., Munir,F. & Fitzpatrick,K. (2003) The Impact of Joint Investment Plans on Welfare to Work Schemes for People with Learning Disabilities. Final academic report submitted to the Barrow Cadbury Charitable Trust.

Ferguson, K., Owen, S. & Baguley, I. (2003) The Clinical Activity of Mental Health Lecturers in Higher Education Institutions.  Final academic report submitted to the Mental Health Care Group Workforce Team, Department of Health

Owen, S. & Maslin-Prothero, S. (2001) Enhancing your clinical links and credibility. Nurse Education in Practice, 1, 189-195

Owen, S. (2001) The practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas of conducting focus groups with vulnerable clients.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36, 5, 652-658

Wright, N. & Owen, S. (2001)  Feminist conceptualisation of women’s madness: a review of the literature.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36, 143-150

Owen, S. & Milburn, C. (2001) Implementing research findings into practice: improving and developing services for women with serious and enduring mental health problems. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 8, 221-231

Owen, S., Wheway, J. & Anderson, M. (2001) The use of a journal club and clinical seminars on a four year undergraduate, pre-registration mental health nursing degree. Nurse Education Today, 21, 297-303

Owen, S. & Maslin-Prothero, S.E. (2001) Developing your research profile. Nurse Education in Practice, 1, 5-11


Research grants (2001-present)

2007    Nursing & Midwifery Planning developmentUnit,Ireland(€38,510) Evaluation of the PG Dip/MSc, Waterford Institute,Ireland. (Investigators: Owen, Wells, Cleary)

2006    Department of Health (£35,000) Development of a National Continuous Quality Improvement Tool for CAMHS education and training programmes. (Investigators: Owen, Gale, Baguley, Brooker, Curran & Rushforth).

2005    The Burdett Trust for Nursing (£15,037) Meeting the health care needs of adults with serious and enduring mental health problems. (Investigators: Owen and Khalil).

2004    Department of Health (£200,000) National evaluation of personality disorder training (Investigators: Murphy, Greatbatch, Owen, Tolley)

2004    HM Prison Service/Department of Health (£9,965) A scoping exercise for women in custody inEnglandandWales(Investigators: Owen, Avis and Khalil)

2004   NottinghamUniversityResearch Committee (£7,800). To fund six month sabbatical, Feb-July 2005. (Investigator: Owen)

2004    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (£5,000) To set up a Managed Innovations Network: Services for women with mental health problems. (Investigators: Milburn, Owen and Jaycock)

2003    Department of Health/Mental Health Care Group Workforce Team (£60,000) The recruitment of NHS and social care mental health staff (Investigators: Owen,Ferguson, Beswick and Baguley)

2003    Department of Health/Mental Health Care Group Workforce Team (£2,000) A review of the national mental health mapping of education and training project (Investigators: Owen,Ferguson, Baguley and Knight)

2003    Co-operative action (£50,000) An evaluation of co-operative employment programmes for people with enduring mental health problems and their impact on the use of health and social services (Investigators: Betts, Avis, Hewitt, Owen and Munir)

2002    Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust (£16,974) Services for women in the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust (Investigators: Owen and Khalil)

2002    Department of Health/Mental Health Care Group Workforce Team (£16,000) The clinical activity of mental health lecturers in Higher Education Institutions (Investigators: Owen,Fergusonand Baguley)

2002    The Barrow Cadbury Trust (£13, 594) The impact of Joint Investment Plans on welfare to work schemes for people with learning disabilities (Investigators: Owen, Avis, Betts, Hewitt, Munir)