Department:School of Nursing and Midwifery
David is a registered mental health/addictions nurse/NMP with 16 years' experience in psychiatric intensive care units - medium/low secure services, acute/rehabilitation mental health, learning disability and community substance misuse.
Coming from a family background of nursing and lecturing, David has developed a keen interest in helping others, including students.
After leaving college, David's first post was in a secure psychiatric unit which enabled him to complete his nursing degree. He returned as a qualified nurse with core responsibilities in the unit. He then started working in Hertfordshire in two community drug and alcohol teams as a nurse specialist, then, nursing team leader. While in the community, David started his nurse prescribing qualification combined with a Masters degree in Mental Health Practice in Hertfordshire University's Faculty of Medical Science. Progressing to working as a non-medical prescriber in Barnet, London, he independently prescribed the substance misusing client a range of medications.
David has always enjoyed reading relevant information that enables health professionals to improve others' quality of life. In particular, he enjoys working in the public domain whether helping people with substance misuse problems, mental health problems or child protection issues.
In terms of research, over the past year David has concentrated on a study on Novel Psychoactive Substances with the lead consultant at BEH trust, London. The result of the work was part of his research project for his MSc in Evidence Based Practice.
David teaches on various modules at Anglia Ruskin University relating to Advanced Nursing Practice. He is the current module leader for Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills/Clinical Assessment Skills for Health Professionals. David is module tutor for Applied Leadership and Management MSc distance learning. He has module led and tutored on the Non-Medical Prescribing programmes V300/V150 and minor injuries. He has previously designed group work for NHS trusts and facilitated groups for DRR/ATR service users and given presentations for various NHS trusts on NPS, mental health medication and clinical assessment.
Independently David has worked as an “actor” in differential diagnosis roles and facilitated the “Eastern Psych course” for the CASC exam for junior psychiatrists with respected psychiatrist and author Dr Seshni Moodliar. He has also assisted with the mock exams for the past few years and this has given him great pleasure and confidence to see a “doctor” and “student” in the same context grow and become a competent practitioner.
September 2016 Mental Health Awareness workshop: HOD- Sarah Kraszewski obtained over £3000 funding.
External funding obtained for workshops Mental Health Awareness and Safer Consultation 2018.
Solomon, D. (2018). HIV Pioneers: Lives lost, Careers Changed and Survival. Opinion. Book review. Nursing Times. https://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/book-reviews/hiv-pioneers-lives-lost-careers-changed-and-survival/7026549.article?sm=7026549
Solomon, D (2018). Coping and Thriving in Nursing. Opinion: Book review. Nursing Times. p.1-3
Solomon, D. (2018) The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016: one year on: “Poor legislative changes have increased nursing care for managing NPS use. Nursing Times. 114, 3:1.
Solomon, D (2016) Safer Prescribing for Opioid Dependence. Nursing Times; 112:Online issue 12, 5-8.
Solomon, D & Solomon B (2016) 'Legal highs' and mental health: raising awareness in nurses. Nursing Review RRR: New Zealand (IN PRESS)
Solomon, D (2016) which clinical diagnostic tools are most effective for assessing opioid-dependent women with the menopause? Primary Health Care. 26, 1, 34-40.
Solomon, D (2015) Book review: Treating Substance Abuse (Third Edition): Nursing Standard. 29, 52, 30-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/ns.29.52.30.s33.
Solomon et al, (2014). Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances. Nursing Times; 110:22, 12-15.
Awaiting “Drug Misconceptions” (commentary; letter to the editor) accepted for publication in NT for 2015.
Interview for Independent Nurse magazine
Independent Nurse: Alexander Turn ball: “The Low Profile of Legal Highs” Date published: 7 December 2015. Link: www.independentnurse.co.uk/news/the-low-profile-of-legalhighs/110920/#.VmwWoVZ3TZQ.email
Solomon, D. et al (2014). Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances. Nursing Times, 110(22, pp12-15.
Awaiting 'Drug Misconceptions' (commentary; letter to the editor) accepted for publication in NT for 2015.
2012: David completed several pharmacological prescribing scenarios for a DVD with Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Seshni Moodliar for the www.easternpsychcourse.co.uk (this can be purchased online).
1994: Participated in 'Wish you were here'.