Kirsty Fishburn

Lecturer/ Programme Director, Nursing (Mental Health)

Faculty of Health Sciences

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Kirsty has been a mental health nurse for 15 Years, before coming to the University. Her predominant field of expertise is forensic mental health, specialising in particular in the diagnosis of personality disorder.

She was previously a hospital director in this field and has also worked as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission. She is also qualified in non-medical prescribing (running the nursing module here at the University).

Kirsty is currently undertaking a PhD at the University. Her area of research is Women with Personality Disorder.


Research Interests

  • Non-medical prescribing

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Personality disorder

  • Mental health law

  • Forensic mental health

  • Medication management


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Non-Medical Prescribing

  • Perinatal Mental Health

  • Personality Disorder

  • Medications Management

  • Simulated Practice

  • Law, Forensic and Secure Mental Health

  • Quality and Governance

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • CBT

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Registered Teacher with the NMC

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons)

  • MSc

  • RMN

  • Non-Medical Prescriber

External roles

  • Part of the Curriculum Review Team which is dedicated at ensuring the undergraduate course content is relevant and reflects current trends within nursing practice.

  • Part of the Universities Athena Swan team and participates in the PoWER Programme

  • Works with and represents the University at Mental Health Nurse Academics UK