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Mary Seacole MS3.27

T: 0161 2957138

Office Times

Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Wednsday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

William (Will) Hough


I'm a lecture in mental health, I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2001 and started work in the specialist field of Mental Health & Deafness gaining experience in acute, community and forensic care, helping set up the first MSU for Deaf people in Europe.

Since 2004 I worked as nurse therapist and nurse specialist in developing and providing the Deaf Sex Offender Treatment Programme (DSOTP), I have training in DBT and solution focus therapy, and have delivered the DSOTP within mental health and prison services providing specialist risk assessment reports.

Alongside the Royal Collage of Psychiatry I created the standards for care and treatment for Deaf People in MSU's. I was chair for the international nurse specialist forum for mental health and deafness and link to Deaf Nurse training here at the University of Salford. I have an interest in Deafness, working with people who sexually offend and training and development of risk management in sexual offenders.


Teaching experience levels 4 to 7, working with pre-registration student nurses at degree and masters level, I have taught post grad students within health and social care studying to Masters level.

I design and planned teaching & learning in a number of modules across the fields of practice and across different academic levels; my main area of teaching has been within the module teams I’m assigned to. Within this role I have had the opportunity to develop and deliver teaching materials developed by others or created by myself across a wide range of nursing knowledge and skill areas not just within Mental Health but within Adult and Child branches too. My specialist skills in Solution Focus Therapy,  (SCJ) Risk Assessment trainer, Deafness and Sexual Offenders has allowed me to contribute to a range of modules running within the College & School.

I have received positive feedback from students and peers and keen to receive evaluation in order to develop the teaching and learning experience often via peer observation.

In the development and delivering of teaching materials I have had the opportunity to use a range of modes including simulation, clinical skills groups, seminar, feedback groups and lectures (including large lectures to over 200 students.) I have experience of marking and providing feedback to students as well as experience of acting as a personal tutor for a degree group.

As co-module lead for Nursing Practice and Decision making this also requires design and planning for the module including administration tasks.  

Research Interests

Mental Health & Deafness.

Working with individuals who sexually offend.

Risk Assessment & Risk Management.

Qualifications and Memberships

•           Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Salford – April 2001

•           Stages 1 & 2 in British Sign Language accredited by CACDP

•           NVQ Level 3 in British Sign Language accredited by Signature– St Helens College 2008

•           NVQ Level 4 in British Sign Language accredited by Signature– St Helens College 2009

•           Post Grad Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology – University Central Lancashire (UCLAN) 2011

•           PG-CAP – University of Salford –

•           PhD via PW – University of Salford

•           Registered with NMC

•           Founder member for the International Nurse Specialist Forum for Mental Health & Deafness


•           Forensic Quality Network – Standards for Deaf People within Medium – O’Rourke, Gibbon & Hough (2011) RCofPsych.

•           Writing Standards for the Forensic Quality Network – Hough, O’Rourke, Gibbon & Tucker 2013 – International Journal for Mental Health & Deafness – Undergoing peer review.

•           Research into Recovery Models used in Deaf Services – Walls, Hough et al (2013) – International Journal for Mental Health & Deafness – Undergoing peer review.