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Ms Paula Kennedy

Ms Paula Kennedy

Telephone: 0151 231 4523


I joined the academic team at Liverpool John Moores University in 2004, teaching on both pre-registration and post-registration programmes. I am currently involved in developing and delivering training packages for health, social care and education partners across the region specific to children and young peoples mental health and well being.
My teaching interests include child mental health, integration of systemic approaches and clinical leadership and management.

My clinical practice has been maintained (on an honorary basis) throughout my time in higher education. Working as a mental health practitioner for a local NHS Trust in the field of Early Intervention Services, Tier 2 Primary Care CAMHS and Tier 3 CAMHS.

I qualified as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist in 2011 and worked in Tier 3 CAMHS, Specialist Eating Disorders Service and currently with the Early Intervention Service. I will commence a Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at Bedfordshire University in September 2016.

Since 2015 I have worked in partnership with a local Mental Health NHS Trust alongside the nursing executive team focusing on clinical governance projects.


2011, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, MSc Systemic Family Therapy
2006, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, MSc Management Development
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCE
2002, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, BSc Health Studies
1994, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Diploma Nursing Studies

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of education, Health & the Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2004 - present



Smith GM. 2012. An introduction to psychological interventions Smith GM. Psychological interventions in mental health nursing

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Who cares? We are going on a bear hunt… The use and impact of instillations on nurse education., Nursing World Conference, Rome, Italy, Oral presentation 17/09/2018

Systemic Reflexivity and NQT resilience, 2nd Annual teacher trainee child mental health and well being conference, IM Marsh Campus LJMU, Workshop 04/05/2018

Who cares? “We’re going on a bear hunt…”, 4th Bedfordshire International Systemic Spring School: Making a NewSence of Practice and Research, Brathay Hall, Ambleside, The Lake District, UK, workshop 19/04/2018

Sysytemic Reflexivity and NQT Resilience, 1st Annual teacher trainee child mental health and well being conference, IM Marsh Campus LJMU, workshop 27/06/2017

Outcomes of collaborative organisational medicines review project between Mersey Care NHS Trust and Liverpool John Moores University., 22nd International NPNR Conference 2016, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, Oral presentation 15/09/2016

Conference organisation:

1st Annual teacher trainee child mental health and well being conference, Organiser and presenter alongside Dr Elizabeth Malone

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy,

Systemic Psychotherapist, UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy),

Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice,

Registered Stage 4 Teacher, Nursing & Midwifery Council

Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Nursing & Midwifery Council

Other Professional Activity:

Mersey Care NHS Trust Project - Working with the Trusts nursing executive team on projects related to medicines management, NICE compliance and clinical audit

Research Grants Awarded:

NHS Trust, Clinical Governance, Grahame Smith (PI), Paula Kennedy (Co-I), Grant value (£): 205000, Duration of research project: 4 years - Extra funding received to extend the project

NHS Trust, Medicines Management, Grahame Smith (PI), Paula Kennedy (Co-I), Grant value (£): 57000, Duration of research project: 18 months

Teaching qualification: