Shelley O'Connor

Nursing and Allied Health

I am a mental health nurse academic, a member of the LJMU Inclusive Curriculum Working Group, a Post-Graduate Research student representative for Health and a member of the Research Degree Council and Faculty Research Degrees Committee. I am also the Student Quality Ambassador academic lead and a LJMU innovation champion.

I am a NMC registered mental health nurse with over 18 years’ healthcare experience of providing a comprehensive and quality service to NHS, Independent and private sector healthcare in acute services, PICU/Section 136 suite, rehabilitation, forensics; prison service, drug and alcohol community, supported living and day service provisions.

I continue to maintain my practical skills through research and as a volunteer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness mentor for a suicide prevention charity and a North West men’s support network. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with a genuine passion in helping students fulfil personal and career aspirations.

My teaching interests include; pre and post-registration mental health nursing and post-graduate programmes. I currently run level 6 modules in leadership, safe and quality care, support MA dissertations, simulation and the wider curriculum. I have a special interest in multi-agency working and mental health intervention skills for emergency services. My other interests include teaching and learning through collaboration and co-production, doctoral education, mental health and well-being in the curriculum and enhancing research skills of nurses.


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

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 - present
Innovation Champion, Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Inclusive Curriculum Working Group, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
RDC/FRDC member, Nursing and Allied Health, LJMU, 2020 - present


O'Connor S, Trainor DG. Children and Young Peoples Services (CYP) Scott DT. Mental Health: Intervention Skills for Emergency Services. Springer

Conference publication

O'Connor S, Foster DS, O'Connor S. 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

Editorial boards:

Open University Press. McGraw Hill. Book review., Reviewer. 2022

Other Professional Activity:

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

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

External collaboration:

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


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

'Outstanding Student', LJMU. 2014

'Special Achievement in student mentoring', LJMU. 2013

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Mental Health Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council. 2014

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