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Curriculum Vitae



MA (Commended) University of Leeds 1997

Quality Assurance in Health & Social Care.

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (2:1) Leeds Metropolitan University 1989

Certificate in Education University of Leeds 1988

Diploma in Nursing University of London 1987

Registered Nurse (Part 3) Scalebor Park Hospital 1981

Burley in Wharfedale

Registered Nurse (Part 2) Airedale General Hospital 1977


Current studies part time MPhil/PhD student University of Warwick.


Nursing & Midwifery Council PIN 7517784E Re-registration date 08/08

Higher Education Authority Member No. 13553

Institute for Learning Member No. AB005129

Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Member

Respect (HM Prison Service) Associate Member

PRESENT POSTCurriculum Development Manager. Learning & Development, HR Directorate. HM Prison Service College. Main responsibilities:

  1. Curriculum Development: Strategic/operational curriculum development of three curriculum areas; Leadership & Talent Development and Safer Custody (including chaplaincy) and Construction & Technical. Liaise with Policy Leads, Lead Trainers and other key stakeholders within the Prison Service for England & Wales. Liaise and network with other educational providers and agencies locally and nationally. Produced Work Stream Summary Paper for Project Board for Mentorship Training. Currently responsible for Workforce Modernisation curriculum development project in response to the major re-organisation of custodial and non-custodial staff.

  2. Management: Operationally/budget management of the curriculum development staff within the above curriculum areas. Provide professional & educational advice and leadership. Contribute to recruitment/retention of staff, policy development and dissemination. Mentor a member of staff recently appointed to a new role and a second currently undertaking teacher training. Member of the NOMS National Co-ordination Team for Qualifying Training.

  3. Education: Teaching interests; Multi-agency/partnership working, inter-professional education, Mental Health Service User/Carer involvement, social inclusion, quality assurance, qualitative research methods, evidence-based practice, mentorship, leadership & management.


University of Hertfordshire

Academic/Professional Lead – Mental Health Nursing Feb 2002 – Jan 2007

(School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Head of Mental Health June 2000 – Feb 2002 (Department of Health & Social Care)

Mental Health Research Lead/Senior Lecturer April 1998 – June 2000 (Department of Health & Social Care)

Ghyll Royd Nursing Home Leeds (Old Age Psychiatry)

Team Leader/Acting Manager (Temporary post) Jan 1998 – April 1998

Unemployed. May 1997 - Dec 1997

Leeds Health Authority based Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds.

Senior Manager/Development Consultant July 1994 – April 1997

Yorkshire Regional Health Authority

Senior Manager December 1993 – July 1994

Bradford & Airedale College of Health (inc. 6 month p/t secondment to BradfordUniversity).

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer/ Nurse Tutor July 1988 – December 1993

College of Ripon & York St John.

Full time Certificate in Education course September 1987 – July 1988

Airedale Health Authority.

Manager Community Mental Health Team April 1985 – September 1987

Relevant Previous Role Responsibilities

  1. Multi-agency liaison work with Health, Custodial & Social Care agencies and Voluntary sector.

  2. Project management – Joint-agency planning and implementation of a Forensic Adolescent Community Team & Primary Health Care post-natal depression treatment model pilot. Both projects were completed within budget and timescale.

  3. Produced several successful curricula, within specified time scale.

  4. Performance monitoring and commissioning activity with Health Authorities and Trusts.

  5. Established & maintained multi-disciplinary communication networks, e.g.; Higher Education and Health Service Manager Joint Planning Group, District Mental Health Nursing Advisory Committee and Workforce Confederations.


In addition to the above achievements, grouped under key headings, the following experiences have been gained:


Project managed, and wrote the Programme Specification for a Post Registration BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies course.

Responsibility for mental health nursing curriculum, with a robust service user input.

Developed a variety of teaching resources, including in-house workbooks, computer assisted learning and self-directed study material.

Participated in the development, validation and delivery of a mentorship course.


Operationally managed mental health nurse lecturers/researchers

Successfully commissioned and then operationally managed the first Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in Bradford.

Facilitated team building of MacMillan Nurses (Leeds)

Sensitive and flexible handling of local community concerns e.g. Commissioning of CMHT, without any major local opposition.

Facilitated Re-provision of hospital meetings/activity throughout Yorkshire.


Liaised with Mental Health & Social Service providers, Prison Service, independent/ private/voluntary sector agencies involved in providing practice experience for learners.

Presented papers and Chaired sessions at national and international conferences.

Chaired various single and multi-disciplinary meetings in both service side and education.

Liaised with service users and carers to establish partnership working in education, research, service delivery and evaluation.

Produced articles for publication in academic journals and book chapter, see below.

Information technology literate, with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint amongst others. Regular internet and email user.


Member of the NHS Benchmarking working group.

Acted in advisory role to a local NHS Trust, Practice Audit Group.

Undertaken External Examining at pre & post registration level for several higher education establishments.

Course reviewer HM Prison Service College.

Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.


Successfully changed Prison Officer Entry Level Training course, integrating formative/summative assessment, reflective journals and facilitated move from predominantly didactic to facilitative style of teaching by trainers.

Contributed to the integration of the former Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, Priority & Community Services Group into Leeds University.

Facilitated change in working practice, e.g. Joint assessment, co-counselling/group work and peer supervision across professions in the CMHT.

Project managed change for a multi-agency forensic community adolescent & child team.


All aspects of communication.

Ability to work with different individuals and groups, e.g. Service users, carers, social services, health services & prison service.

Problem solving /analytical skills.

Business planning/Project management.

Work without direct supervision and within objectives.

Team player.

Strategic visioning/policy development.

Enthusiastic and able to motivate others.

Sense of humour and able to ‘lighten the load’.


Illingworth, P & Singleton, L [Eds] Mental Health Student Nurses Survival GuidePearson Education publishers, anticipated publication Summer 2009.

Illingworth, P (in press) Towards partnership working for mental health. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health.

Illingworth. P (in press) Stigma: A Triple Whammy for Offenders with mental illness. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

Illingworth, P (2008) Faith: an untapped mental health nursing resource. Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 28 (4) pp9-11.

Illingworth, P (2008) Collaborative Partnerships. Prison Service Journal. No. 176 March.

Illingworth, P & Chelvanayagam S (2007) Benefits of Inter-Professional Education in Health Care. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 16; No 2 pp121-124.

Illingworth, P (2006) Partnerships in Mental Health Care. Chapter in Peate, I & Chelvanayagam, S eds Caring for Adults with Mental Health Problems. Chichester. Wiley.

Illingworth, P & Mabbett, A (2005) Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT): the new foundation course. Prison Service Journal. No. 157 January.

Spokes, K; Bond, K; Lowe, T; Jones, J; Illingworth, P; Brimbelcombe, N and Wellman, N. (2002) HOVIS: The Hertfordshire/Oxford Violent Incident Study. Journal of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.9 pp199-209.

Illingworth, P (2000) User involvement in ensuring quality of mental health nursing. NPNR Netlink. Spring. Issue 15; pp10-11.

Illingworth, P (1999) Review of the Development and Implementation of a Joint Training Strategy, Mental Health. Hatfield. University of Hertfordshire/Hertfordshire Social Services.


Illingworth P.(2006) Bring back the registered mental health nurse... (reflections); Nursing Standard. 21(11) p32.

IllingworthP. (2003) Stop the paternalistic approach to prisons... 'Older people in prison are not having their health needs met' British Journal of Nursing 12(19) p1120 (commentary, letter).

Illingworth P; 1999 Service users hold the key... 'Quantitative research is relevant for mental health nursing'. Nursing Times. 95(43) p19 (- commentary, letter)


Illingworth, P, & Mabbett, A. (September 2005) Putting the Caring in Custody: Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) in England & Wales. International Custody & Caring Conference. Saskatchewan Canada.

Illingworth, P (2000) Faith: an untapped mental health nursing resource. 6thInternational Conference of the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research. Oxford University.

Illingworth, P. (1999) User involvement in ensuring quality of mental health nursing. 5th International Conference of the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research.Oxford University.

Illingworth, P (1998) A reflexive account of senior nurse managers views on user involvement in mental health services. 5thPowys Research & Innovation Conference. Powys Wales.