Dr Gill Rayner

Dr Gillian Rayner

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

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Gillian presently works as a Senior lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. She has extensive experience of working with people who have complex needs or “personality disorder”. Her work has been in secure psychiatric hospitals, accident and emergency departments, medical wards and community settings.

She is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Mental Health and general nurse. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive analytic therapy and object relations psychodynamic psychotherapy and is also influenced by dialectic behaviour therapy. She has previously designed and facilitated a nine month psychotherapy group for people with personality disorder in the mental Health services at Bury, Pennine Trust. She has previously worked part time as a CBT psychotherapist within Warrington, 5 Boroughs partnership. She facilitated the North west self-injury interest group for twelve years to support professionals working with people who self-injure and has provided consultancy and supervision for many different professionals.

She has worked with health and social services, primary health services, psychiatrists and medical doctors, housing associations, accident and emergency nurses and doctors, medical ward staff, gay, lesbian and bisexual community workers, staff counselling services and non-statutory counselling services.

Gillian has introduced education on personality disorder and self-injury into pre-registration nurse training in a few north west universities and colleges, over the last fifteen years. She has designed and facilitated many short courses on “working with people who self-injure” or personality disorder, either for individual trusts or as short multi-agency courses from the university. She also co-designed two degree modules on self-injury for a mental health degree. The first of their kind in the United Kingdom. She has also designed and facilitated team training courses in the workplace for health and social services in Halifax, Stoke-on-Trent, Blackpool, Manchester and Cheshire. She has provided training for the approved social workers courses in Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales on personality disorder.

To date Gillian has organised five conferences on personality disorder or self-injury. Two have been in partnership with pavilion publishing. She has also presented at many national conferences on self-injury and personality disorder.


Module leader and creator  for the “Personality Disorder” module, Self-harm module and Brief CBT module Level 6 post qualifying.

Module team member on two modules on the degree in nursing

Programme Leader and creator of the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.I am in the following module teams actively teaching, doing tutorials and marking;On this programme Module leader for Frontiers of CBP, CBT complex cases and an in the module team on Intro to CBT and CBT anxiety and Addictions.

Supervisor for  students completing their dissertations on the MSc Advanced Practice and MSc CBP

Supervisor for two PhD students

Research Interests

My PhD thesis is completed. Interpersonal issues and self-injury. This is a qualitative study based on interviews with people who self-injure and their “closest” professional helper. I am currently working on 6 publications from this thesis.

I am hoping to research the effects of compassionate mind training on the students completing the MSc CDBP

Qualifications and Memberships

Registered General Nurse (Broadgreen Hospital 1988).

Registered Mental Nurse (Fazakerley Hospital 1991).

Master of Arts in Counselling (BAC Recognised course, Manchester University 1995).

Foundation year in Group Analysis, Red House, Manchester.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Training, (Post Graduate Diploma) Chester College, 2000.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Salford University, 2001.

PhD University of Salford, 2011

Committee member on the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies, training group.

I presently work as a Cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I am accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer by the BABCP.

I am external examiner for the university of Derby for four programmes. Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy in Sweden, PGCE in Clinical Supervision, Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural skills and studies and Diploma in Counselling studies and skills. The latter three programmes are all via E-learning.


Hall, G.C. (1995) -Using Groupwork to Understand Arsonists - Nursing Standard, vol 9, Number 23, P25-28.

Rayner, G.C. and Warner, S. (2003) -Self-harming Behaviour: from Lay perceptions to clinical practice. Counselling Psychology Quarterly  Vol 16 No 4 pp305-329.

Rayner, G and Wilkins, T (2005) –Debate: Is personality Disorder Treatable?. Nursing Times,vol 101,no 6, P20.

Rayner, G.C., Allen S.L. & Johnson, M. (2005)  - Countertransference and self-injury: a cognitive behavioural cycle .Journal of Advanced Nursing 50(1), 12–19