Dr Nick Wrycraft

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Department:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Dr Nick Wrycraft is a Senior Lecturer in mental health nursing and has a specialist interest in working with anxiety and depression, clinical supervision, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, recovery based approaches to mental health care, mental health promotion, service user input, and the inclusion of carers.



After studying a Degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Essex, Nick worked for four years as a local government housing officer, working with council housing residents in rent arrears and neighbour complaints. Much of this role involved liaising with social services regarding people with mental health and social issues. He found this to be an area in which he was really interested, and wanted to develop this role further. He applied to study mental health nursing at Anglia Ruskin University, and while studying he worked for several years in a number of private nursing and care homes with people with acute physical and mental health needs.

After qualifying as a mental health nurse Nick worked in a variety of mental health nursing settings, ranging from adult to older peoples’ services, and inpatient and day services. Then after completing his Masters Degree in nursing he worked in primary care as a research facilitator, promoting the uptake of research activity, carrying out research governance, and engaging in research projects. This role also involved presenting at local and national conferences and networking with other researchers.

In 2004, Nick joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health.  In addition to leading tutor groups and teaching on the pre-registration mental health nursing training programme he has taught on the mental health foundation degree course and low intensity improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) course, and been an  external examiner for CBT courses. Currently he is the admissions tutor for pre-registration mental health, leads module 5 on the pre-registration mental health nursing course, facilitates a pre-registration mental health nursing group, and is module leader for the leadership and decision making module on the new pre-registration nursing curriculum commencing in September 2016. Nick is also an active link team member, liaising with a number of clinical areas, both in inpatient settings and the community.

Nick has an avid interest in writing about and promoting mental health nursing and CBT based approaches to mental health. After publishing some journal articles and chapters in edited books, in 2009 he edited “An Introduction to Mental Health Nursing” and “Case Studies in Mental Health Nursing” (2012), before co-authoring “CBT Fundamentals: Cases and Practice” with Vanessa Skinner in 2014, co-editing “CBT Approaches for Children and Young People” with Alison Coad, and writing “Assessment and Care Planning in Mental Health Nursing” (both in 2015). Currently he is writing and editing a book on recovery, and developing proposals for further book projects.

Research interests

  • Qualitative research methods including phenomenology ethnography and narrative approaches
  • Service user experiences and the inclusion of carers
  • Mental health promotion
  • Clinical supervision
  • Service developments regarding secondary mental health care, services in primary care settings and the independent sector
  • Service user advocacy
  • Research governance

Nick has carried out and been involved with a variety of mainly qualitative research projects in primary care and mental health settings.

Areas of research supervision

  • Nick is willing to supervise Doctoral candidates
  • Qualitative methods


Nick has taught pre-registration mental health nursing students and mental health for more than ten years, and led different modules of the pre-registration mental health course and modules on the foundation degree pathway, the low intensity IAPT course and moderated work on the CBT training programme ranging from Diploma to Masters level, and am currently providing supervision for two Doctoral candidates.

His Masters and Doctoral research were on the subject of clinical supervision, and he has led clinical supervision training in practice for district nurses, health visitors, school nurses and mental health nurses, together with professionals from other healthcare disciplines. In addition to this, he has provided mental health focused input on other courses, including adult nurses on diabetes courses and nurse prescribers.

In Nick's role as admissions tutor for pre-registration mental health nursing he has worked widely with the marketing and admissions team, and been active in promoting the course in a variety of settings, delivering talks and promotional events to applicants ranging from year 9 school children to college students, and has extensive experiencing of planning admission processes and interviewing applicants.

Specialist areas of interest and teaching include:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Assessment and care planning
  • CBT approaches to adult and child and adolescent mental health
  • Clinical supervision in nursing and the healthcare professions
  • Community based mental health care
  • Inter-professional practice
  • Involving service users in the pre-registration nurse education
  • Mental health promotion
  • Recovery and principles based practice
  • Social inclusion
  • Working with people with depression and anxiety

Nick’s Doctorate was in clinical supervision in primary healthcare. Due to this interest he has been involved in training large numbers of staff from a variety of roles in primary care, ranging from wellbeing practitioners to district nurses, health visitors and speech therapists in clinical supervision.


  • Doctorate in Nursing 2012, University of Essex (2003-2012)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Anglia Ruskin University (Distinction) (2007-2008)
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing, University of Essex (Distinction) (2001-2003)
  • BA (Joint Hons) Philosophy and Literature, University of Essex (2:2) (1987-1990)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse and Diploma in Health Education, Anglia Ruskin University (Distinction) (1996-1999)
  • Clinical Leadership (Post-registration course), University of Essex (Distinction) (2001)
  • Teaching, Supervising and Assessing (ENB 998, Post-registration course), University of Essex (Distinction) (2000)
  • The Promotion of Continence and Management of Incontinence (ENB 975, Post-registration course), Anglia Ruskin University (Distinction) (2000)

Memberships, editorial boards

Registered Mental Health Nurse

Selected recent publications

Wrycraft N (2015) “Assessment in Mental Health Nursing.” Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education: Open University Press.

Coad A; Wrycraft N (2015) “CBT Approaches for Children and Young People.” (Editors) Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education: Open University Press.

Skinner V; Wrycraft N (2014) “CBT Fundamentals: Cases and Practice.” Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education: Open University Press.

Wrycraft N (2012) “Case studies in mental health nursing.” (Editor) Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education: Open University Press.

Wrycraft N (2009) “An Introduction to Mental Health Nursing.” (Editor) Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education: Open University Press.

Schafer T; Amoateng G; Wrycraft N (2009) “An exploratory study of GP perceptions of a primary care counselling service on their practice.” British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 37 (1): 1-15.

Wrycraft N (2008) Preconceptions and the reality of mental illness. In Evans C; Tippins E (Editors) “Fitness for practice.” Berkshire: McGraw-Hill and Open University. 13: 283-300.

Schafer T; Wrycraft N (2007) “Contributions of Graduate mental health workers in primary care.” Nursing Standard 20 (17): 44-49.

Wrycraft N (2006) Mental Health. In Martin P; Eldridge K (Editors)“Partnerships in healthcare”. London: Quay Books Division, MA Healthcare. Chapter 4, p. 63-90.

Recent presentations and conferences

Wrycraft N (2004) “An Evaluation of the NIMHE Eastern Region Trailblazers Scheme.” Primary Care Research Network Conference, York.

Wrycraft N (2004) “An Evaluation of the NIMHE Eastern Region Trailblazers Scheme.” National Institute of Mental Health England (NIMHE) Conference, Durham.

Wrycraft N (2004) “An Evaluation of the Intermediate Care Team.” Essex Primary Care Research Network Conference (EPCRN) Danbury, Chelmsford.