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Shelley O'Connor

Nursing and Advanced Practice

Faculty of Health

Shelley is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Shelley is a registered nurse in mental health, with experience in acute services, rehabilitation, forensics; prison service and drug and alcohol. Shelley teaches within the faculty on the BSc, MSc (pre and post-reg), and MA programmes.

Shelley is also a supervisor for MA and MSc students and acts as an external examiner.

Shelley has volunteered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness at a local suicide prevention charity.


2021, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert Academic Practice
2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, CPD Ethical and Legal Studies
2016, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Public Health
2014, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc Mental Health Nursing
LJMU, United Kingdom, PhD in doctoral education

Academic appointments

Faculty Education Student Experience Committee Member, Liverpool John Moores University, 2024 - present
Faculty Observer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2024 - present
Innovation Champion, Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - 2024
External Examiner, BSc and MA Adult, Children and Young People, and Mental Health Nursing, Salford University, 2021 - 2025
Student Quality Ambassador Academic Lead, Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - 2022
RDC/FRDC member, Nursing and Allied Health, LJMU, 2020 - 2022
Inclusive Curriculum Working Group, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present

Conference publication

O'Connor S. 2024. Creative Writing for Well-being MINDS Conference 2024 Publisher Url Public Url

O'Connor S, Foster DS. Adapt and Flourish: How do doctoral supervisors shape the experience of part-time, Postgraduate Researchers 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN DOCTORAL EDUCATION & TRAINING

O'Connor S, Spiteri A, Charkoutsis S, Wen B. The Doctoral Journey: Sharing the Experience. LJMU PGR Festival Publisher Url

Ling S, Merlusca S, O'Connor S. PhD Journey. Well-being Networking Event. University of Salford. (Oral presentation). North West Universities Well-being Networking Event.

O'Connor S. Resilience, innovation and collaboration: A University response to COVID-19, International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference

O'Connor S, Foster S. UKCGE 5th International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training Author Url

Journal article

O'Connor S. 2024. Critical reflections on formal teaching observations British Journal of Nursing, 33 :382-389 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Rice E, O'Connor S. 2023. The effect of provisions on the mental health of young adult care leavers. A systematic review Journal of Children's Services, 18 :81-103 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


O'Connor S, Trainor G. Children and Young Peoples Services (CYP) Scott T. Mental Health: Intervention Skills for Emergency Services. Springer

Membership of professional bodies:

Mental Health Academics Network, MHNAUK, 2024

Registered Mental Health Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council. 2014

Other invited event:

Endorsement invitation, Online, Endorsement invitation: Clarke/The Student Nurse's Guide to Successful Reflection 2e. 2023

External collaboration:

Liverpool University Foundation Trust Hospitals, Preparation to study at Level 6. £10,000 from LUFT NHS Foundation trust to deliver a 5 day study package to 14 Nursing Associates and Registered staff, to build on their confidence to study and write at level 6. Shelley O’Connor, Project lead.. 2023

"The development of robotics to eliminate medication errors in a prison setting" (2019). Nottingham University., Provided dialogue/information towards the study.. 2019

Other Professional Activity:

MECC Training. 2023

Professional Development Course for External Examiners. 2021

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) member. 2021

Social Medicine and Population Health - member. 2020

Royal College of Forum Committee member- Leadership, Mental health and Education. 2016

Network for Recovery Outcomes- North West member. 2013

Editorial boards:

Sigmund Grønmo’s textbook, ‘Social Research Methods’. Sage Publishing. (Book review), Book reviewer. 2023

The Student Nurse's Guide to Successful Reflection. Open University Press. McGraw Hill. (Book review)., Reviewer. 2022

Conference organisation:

2nd Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education- CERES- LJMU., Co-host/chair of Strand C, 2021

International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing, Lead Presenter, 2021

Doctoral Academy conference- PGR Festival- LJMU-, Co-host and co-organiser, 2021

Teaching and Learning Conference- LJMU- " Supporting Students through a pandemic: A team approach”., Lead Presenter, 2021

Nursing and Allied Health Research Faculty Conference- LJMU-, Co-host/Chair. 2020

Healthcare, Environment and Infrastructure (HEI) Conference., Co-presenter with Joe Forster, Design in Mental Health and Skaymore., 2014


'Special Achievement' award nomination, Centre for Public Health, LJMU. 2015

'Outstanding Student', LJMU. 2014

'Special Achievement in student mentoring', LJMU. 2013

Media Coverage:

‘Mental Health Nursing Interview’ on BBC Radio Merseyside - Tony Snell in the Morning (21/01/2014). 2014


Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2013