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Raising the profile of mental health nursing

Julia Terry tells Clare Lomas about what it means to be the UK’s first mental health nurse to be awarded a fellowship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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In 2015, Julia Terry became the first mental health nurse in the UK to be awarded a fellowship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Now an associate professor at Swansea University, Ms Terry was a senior lecturer when she applied for the NICE fellowship, and is convinced this was a key factor in her promotion.

‘A NICE fellowship is a 3-year opportunity to further your knowledge and influence in your specialist area of practice,’ she says.

‘Being a NICE fellow has given me a platform to drive health improvement and raise the profile of mental health nursing. I’m thrilled to be the first mental health nurse appointed to the role.’

NICE provides guidance to the NHS and aims to improve care. Every year, it appoints health and social care staff as

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