Dr. Shelly Allen

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole MS 3.27

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Current positions

Head of Discipline-Mental Health Nursing/ Senior Lecturer


I am Head Mental Health Nursing University of Salford. I qualified in 1994 from The University of Birmingham and completed my Masters degree in Health Sciences in conjunction with becoming a Specialist Practitioner in Mental Health. I developed an interest in supporting people who self-harm and in 2000 became a Lecturer Practitioner at the University/Crisis Service based at Hope Hospital (SRFT). I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2004 and my PhD focusing on the narratives of people who self-harm in 2009. I hold an Honorary Therapist position whilst undertaking Clinical training as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.

Areas of research

Self-Harm, Mental-Health, Compassion, Qualitative, Psychotherapy


  • Supporting people who Self-Harm
  • Preparation for Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing Module Leader (Leadership, Teamwork & Organisational Culture)
  • Application of Psychodynamic Principles
  • Professional Doctorate Supervisor
  • Lead For MA curriculum review
  • University Link Lecturer Lead ~ Pennine Care
  • Successful application for The University of Salford Vice Chancellors Early Career Research Scholarship 2012
  • Nominated for The University of Salford Student Union Best Teacher award
  • External Examiner City University of London 2013-current
  • External Examiner Leeds Metropolitan University November 2008-2012
  • Reviewer- Qualitative Health Research & Journal of Clinical Nursing

Research Interests

  • Evaluating the Impact of Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Pilot Project 2015-2017
  • Self-Harm and Suicide Amongst Children & Young People in Knowsley – A workforce development Project 2012-2013 Embedding Compassion in the Pre-registration Nursing Curriculum 2012 onwards
  • Stories of Self Harm. A critical approach to the existing evidence base and the proposal of alternative perspectives PhD Thesis 2009

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Clinical Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy/ The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust & University of Essex October 2014 onwards
  • Postgraduate Diploma -Psychodynamic Approaches to Working with Adolescents. Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy/ The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust & University of East London 2011
  • PhD 2009 The University of Salford
  • Teacher NMC 2009 The University of Salford
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education 2004 The University of Salford
  • Specialist Practitioner-Mental Health 1998 The University of Birmingham
  • Master of Health Sciences 1997 The University of Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) 1994 The University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Research

  • Self-Harm
  • Psychodynamic-Psychotherapy
  • Qualitative
  • Mental Health