Mark McGrath

Course Leader Pre Reg Mental Health Nursing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Mark McGrath has interests in Pre & Post Mental Health Nursing training, forensic/secure care provision and emotional competency.


Mark has worked in Mental Health Practice for over 25 years, within the voluntary, public and private sectors. He has been a Ward Manager for several years and has worked in the fields of community mental health and acute in-patient care, spending the majority of his career to date working within secure mental health care, both within the private and public sectors at low and medium secure levels. Since 2003 he jointly worked with Anglia Ruskin University and St Andrews Healthcare and in 2010 took up a full time lecturing post in Mental Health with Anglia Ruskin University. Recently he has been involved in the development of our new BSc Mental Health Nursing Course, distant learning modules for our new ‘Top Up’ degree and collaborative work with South Essex Partnership Trust. His subject specialities are mental health assessment, risk assessment & management, forensic mental health, personality disorder and emotional competency.

Research interests

Mark is interested in supporting and developing staff/students who work within clinical mental health care, particularly focusing on cognitive and emotional competencies.


Mark teaches on the pre reg mental health nursing course on a wide range of subjects related to physical and mental health nursing. He also teaches online on distant learning modules that sit within the BSc ‘Top Up’ Mental Health degree.


  • State Enrolled Nurse (general)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Mental Health Practice
  • Masters in Mental Health
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching

Memberships, editorial boards

  • NMC

Selected recent publications

2013 – Joint paper; Evaluation of personality disorder workshops in Essex, England. Reported impacts on clinical practice - published in Journal of Forensic Nursing (April 2013)

2012 – Chapter titled; “Borderline Personality Disorder”, in, Mental Health Case Studies.McGraw Hill. Berkshire

2009 - Chapter titled; “Secure inpatient and forensic mental health care for adults”; in; Wrycraft, N. 2009. An Introduction to Mental Health Nursing. McGraw Hill. Berkshire