Sally Goldspink

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader

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

Department:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery , Health and wellbeing

Sally Goldspink is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Mental Health which is an online continuing professional development award. She is interested in facilitating relevant and meaningful educational opportunities for busy practitioners.

Twitter: @aru_mh_topup

Skype: sallyangliaruskin


Sally qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 and has worked in a range of mental health settings including adult inpatient, forensic and community both in clinical and managerial positions. Since joining the academic community in 2003, Sally has participated in developing and pre-registration and continuing professional development courses for mental health and learning disabilities nurses, adult nurses, support workers and social work colleagues. She also worked for the NMC as a ‘Fitness to Practice’ panel member.

Learning is important to Sally, both as a teacher and as a learner and she's working towards an Educational Doctorate.

Research interests

Sally's Doctoral research interest has been generated through observations she has made in her own distance-learning practice. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, she is exploring the experiences of distance learning students. Sally hopes that her research will help her to better understand the impact and consequence of this mode of delivery so that she can contribute to development of online learning for qualified practitioners.


Sally teaches on a range of face-to-face and distance learning modules with pre and post-registration learners. The subjects she teaches include assessment, evidenced based interventions, working with carers, leadership, mentorship and research. She also supervises undergraduate major projects.


  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University, 1994.
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education, Cambridge University, 2005
  • Masters in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University, 2012

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Sally is an Education link for a Mental Health Trust Franchise Module.

Selected recent publications

Sally's work has been published in chapters on psychosocial approaches to engagement, assessment and working with carers.