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Denise Parker

Nursing and Advanced Practice

Faculty of Health

Since qualifying in 1986 as a mental health nurse, I have thoroughly enjoyed my nursing career. It has given me experience in working in a wide variety of mental health settings, in the NHS, the private and charity sector. This includes working with older people (in-patient setting, nursing home, day hospital and community, and in the European ‘Innovate Dementia’ project). I have also worked in acute psychiatry in-patient and community setting (I spent many years as a community mental health nurse, culminating in being deputy manager of a CMHT). Other experience has been in continuing care/rehabilitation and addictions. I have been at LJMU since 2005. I have always been passionate about mental health care and education. I was involved in a European dementia project ‘Innovate Dementia’ from 2012 until 2015. I am involved in clinical practice in a community mental health team for older adults. I am also involved in raising awareness around the needs of young adults with life limiting, life threatening and palliative care needs. I have an interest also in environmental design to enhance health and wellbeing.

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Pre-reg Mental Health Nursing, University of Worcester, 2013 - 2017
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Faculity of Education, Community and Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005 - present


Smith GM, Parker AD. 2016. Technological approaches Smith GM. Dementia Care: A Practical Approach :113-124 CRC Press. Boca Raton

Smith GM, Davenport J, Parker AD. 2016. Living well with dementia Smith GM. Dementia Care: A Practical Approach :59-70 CRC Press. Boca Raton

Conference publication

Smith GM, Parker AD. 2015. Co-creating with people living with dementia - The Liverpool experience and Innovate Dementia Creating a Dementia Friendly Lincoln

Smith GM, woods L, pendleton J, Parker AD. 2013. Working with the real life experiences of people living with dementia to drive service innovation Caring for Older People: Specialist Event

Smith GM, woods L, Parker AD. 2012. Innovative mental health care in aging societies: a critical perspective 18th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference

parker , smith G, woods L. Collaborative Innovations in dementia


Woods L, Smith GM, Pendleton J, Parker AD. 2013. Innovate Dementia Baseline Report: Shaping the future for people living with dementia Public Url

Research Grants Awarded:

Interreg NW Europe (IVB), Innovate Dementia, Led by Brainport Eindhoven, Grahame Smith (PI), Daz Greenop (Co-I), Denise Parker (Co-I), Grant value (£): 4.7 million, Duration of research project: 3 years and 5 months. 2012