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Biography Further to an MA in Philosophy and a working background in learning difficulties, Dan qualified as a mental health nurse from Robert Gordon University in September 2011, and chose to work in acute mental health. Gaining a place on the Early Clinical Career Fellowship (ECCF) 2012, he completed an MSc Nursing, undertaking primary research and disseminating this nationally and internationally. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring peoples experiences of crisis intervention for people with a diagnosis of ‘borderline personality disorder’.

As well as his teaching and research interests, Dan is a registered Mentalization Based Therapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council and continues to practice this within the NHS, as well as providing clinical supervision for mental health staff. He has also been involved with strategic groups regarding the care of people diagnosed with ‘personality disorders’, and is an active member of the Scottish Personality Disorders Network Executive Group. Dan has been critical of the lack of autonomy for the ideological direction of mental health nursing within the nursing proferssion, speaking at the Royal College of Nursing congress 2022, and being selected as the keynote speaker for Mental Health Nurse Academics UK 2022, presenting "Ghost or phoenix: the dissapearance or rise of mental health nursing".
Research Interests Personality Disorder
Mentalization-Based Treatment
Acute Mental Health
Trauma-informed care
Scopus Author ID 6507670526