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Dr Angus Forsyth

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Dr Angus Forsyth is a senior lecturer in mental health nursing within the Department of Public Health and Wellbeing.

Dr Angus ForsythI have extensive experience in mental health nursing with a particular interest in developing recovery and resilience for service users in adult acute inpatient mental health settings. I am an experienced cognitive behaviour therapist working with a range of emotional and complex service user presentations. From a research perspective I am interested in how professionals construct psychiatric diagnoses and the effects of this on the therapeutic relationship. I am experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular interest in ethnography. I am a supervisor for PhD students.

I have previously worked as a nurse consultant in adult acute mental health and have led pathway developments across large mental health trusts; led the implementation of a tiered approach to cognitive therapy training in adult acute inpatient settings; and developing individualised formulations for service users with complex needs. I have experience of risk formulation and risk assessment approaches and working with people with self-harm, suicide ideation, personality disorder and people with psychosis. I am also interested in the areas of resilience and protective factors and have experience of implementing sensory modulation models of care in acute inpatient mental health settings. I am also a non -medical prescriber with experience of prescribing in acute and crisis care.

Campus Address

Room H005 Coach Lane Campus East

+44 (0)191 215 6246


Prof Doc, Msc, BA, RMN, RGN, PGCE, ENB 650, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Therapeutic alliance and relationships
  • Construction of service user identities
  • Recovery and resilience
  • Cultures of care
  • Adult acute inpatient care

Sponsors and Collaborators

I am a member of the RCN and BABCP

Current/Recent Projects

I am currently working with multidisciplinary staff at Northumbria Tyne and Wear Foundation NHS Trust to evaluate the implementation of sensory modulation interventions in the acute inpatient ward.

Key Publications

Ebrahim,S; Robinson,S; Crooks,S; Harenwell,S; and Forsyth,S (2016) Evaluation of awareness level knowledge and understanding framework personality disorder training with mental health staff: impact on attitudes and clinical practice. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol11 No3, pp133-143

Forsyth, A & Torn, C (2012) Recovery-focussed care planning in an acute mental health ward. Cumbria Partnership Journal of Research, Practice and Learning, vol 2, No 1.pp 52-57.

Howard, A; Forsyth, AS; Spencer, H;  Wisniewska Young E; Turkington,D (2012) Do voice hearers naturally use focussing and metacognitive techniques? Psychosis: psychological, social and Integrative approaches. pp 1-8.

Forsyth, A (2008) Implementing  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches in adult acute in-patient settings. Mental Health Practice. Vol 11 (5). Pp24-27

Professional Activity

I am a member of the Royal College of Nursing, and the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.

PGR Supervision

I am primary supervisor for 2 PhD students undertaking the following studies.

  1. Do Children/Adolescent's who have been exposed to an Adverse Childhood Experiences, Show Significant Symptom Reduction following TA informed  EMDR.
  2. Reaching out to carers of friends and family with psychosis: A model for an online intervention to improve carer wellbeing and quality of life.

I am also a primary supervisor for 1profesional Doctorate student undertaking the following study:-

The Approved Mental Health Professional: A State of Independence?


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