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Miss Liz Newstead




As a Mental Health Nurse Lecturer I am based within the Department of Nursing for the University of the Highlands and Islands. In addition I am a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) within NHS Highland Nairn and Ardersier CMHT.

I started my Registered Mental Health Nurse training in 1986 in Northern Ireland, qualifying in 1990. I moved to the south of England in 1991, gaining experience in both care of the older person and acute psychiatry. In 1996 I undertook the Thorn course (Diploma in Health Studies –Psychosocial Interventions for People with Psychosis) in the Maudesley Hospital, London and from then have specialised in working with people with Psychosis.

In addition I led the development of and managed the Thorn course within Bournemouth University, which started in 1999. I have also set up and managed a Family Work service for clients with Psychosis.

I have held various jobs such as Ward Manager in Acute Mental Health, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Education Co-ordinator, Consultant Nurse in Rural Mental Health and latterly as a CPN in NHS Highland. Throughout my career regardless of positions held I have always maintained a clinical workload through direct patient and family intervention alongside the provision of clinical supervision.


Kelly M., Newstead L. (2004) Family intervention in routine practice: it is possible! Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing 11 64-72.

Newstead L., Kelly M. (2003) Early intervention in psychosis: who wins who loses and who pays the price? Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing 10 83-88.


  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • Diploma in Health Studies –Psychosocial Interventions for people with serious mental illness (Thorn)
  • Certificate in teaching and supervising Psychosocial Interventions
  • Master of Arts – Interprofessional Health and Community Care
  • Behavioural Family Therapy - Meriden model



Professional bodies



  • Lecturer Mental Health Nursing
  • Module Coordinator SHSU09M – Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Care 2
  • Disability Contact


  • Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) for psychosis
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with Psychosis
  • Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT)
  • Mindfulness Based Living