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Clare Brizzolara

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Programme Leader

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Health Team and have a background in mental health nursing. My early career as a staff nurse was working in a regional inpatient unit for individuals experiencing eating disorders and affective disorders and I spent eight years working as a Community Psychiatric Nurse before joining the University of Sunderland. This was a diverse, and at times, challenging role, supporting people with severe and complex mental health issues to achieve a sense of wellness and recovery.

Since working at the University, I have been involved in leading undergraduate and postgraduate education around psychosocial interventions, and introducing the subject of mental health across a number of undergraduate courses such as BSc (Hons) Public Health, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care and BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing.

Teaching and supervision

I am Module Leader for NRS 100 Critical Inquiry and I deliver and contribute towards the mental health related topics on BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice, BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice and BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Physical and mental wellbeing
  • Public mental health
  • Developing understanding of mental health issues


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Coulthard, K, Patel, D, Brizzolara, Clare, Morriss, R and Watson, S (2013) A feasibility study of expert patient and community mental health team led bipolar psychoeducation groups: implementing an evidence based practice. BMC Psychiatry. ISSN 1471-244X

Hayes, Catherine and Brizzolara, Clare (2009) Making rhetoric a reality: effective capacity building in mental health care provision. British Journal of Nursing, 18 (16). pp. 990-994. ISSN 0966-0461

Book Section

Brizzolara, Clare and Hayes, Catherine (2015) Understanding Complex Mental Illness. In: Textbook of Podiatric Medicine. M&K Publishing, UK.

This list was generated on Mon Feb 26 02:53:34 2024 GMT.
  • Severe and complex mental health issues
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Psychological formulation
  • Working with families and carers
  • Registered Nurse in Mental Health
  • MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Recovery in Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Issues
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Last updated 21 April 2022