Department of Pre-Registration Nursing
David started working in healthcare on his 17th birthday as ‘Youth Opportunity Program’ Nursing Auxiliary Assistant. That year long experience working in older adult in his hometown, provided David with most of his professional values.
David completed his Mental Health Nurse training in Forensic Psychiatry in Berkshire. This training taught him about the need to develop trusting therapeutic relationships, in all care environments. David's adult branch registration was completed at University College Hospital over 18 months. This provided him with many clinical skills, used in his main clinical speciality, ‘Neuropsychiatry’ over the next 15 years!
David worked at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square from 1989 to 2000, with 2 breaks in between at the Hughlings Jackson unit. This unit is where UK Neurologists and Psychiatrists refer clients for diagnosis, of complex biological and psychological conditions. Later, David worked in Child Psychiatry in Mount Saini Hospital in New York, from 1992 – 1995. Here he observed the use of ‘dual systems’ to effect positive change, in traumatised 4 – 12-year-old children.
David received a commendation for teaching in 1994 and won the Psychiatry staff recognition award in 1995. The prize being an ‘interest free’ MSc at Columbia University, paid for by the Hebrew Free Loan Society.
David's final 4 years in clinical practice was at The Maudsley Hospital, where he worked as: Practice Development Nurse, Senior Clinical Charge Nurse, Unit Manager and Emergency Team Leader, sometimes all at once!
Teaching & Research
N1001: Sem 1 Year 1 Communication and Health promotion module. David’s main role is supervising a group of 30 students for the whole year. Amending your Comms to suit the client’s health improvement needs is the primary role of this module.
N1003: Sem 2 year 1 Introduction to Mental Health module. We review capacity and safety whilst undertaking a Mental Health assessment, whilst introducing some basic Mental Health approaches to get your ready for Y2 Mental Health modules.
N3001: Sem 1 Year 3 This module assists the student in identifying complex Mental Health problems and addressing the bio and psycho needs of this group.
David's MSC and early academic career was about reducing attrition in Y1. As Induction Tutor for 6 years, David undertook research and audits to develop the program every year built upon previous evaluations. He presented his findings at research events over 4 years, ending in a international education Conference in 2019 at John Moores university.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Previously External examiner at Derby University for 4 years.