Maureen Smojkis

Associate Director, Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health

Applied Social Studies

Maureen Smojkis

Contact details

School of Social Policy, IASS
Muirhead Tower, Room 920
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

About

Maureen is an Associate Director for the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) and is also Welfare Tutor for the Social Work and Post-qualifying programmes at the Institute of Applied Social Studies.

Qualifications

  • MSc
  • BSc(Hons)
  • RMN
  • RN

Biography

Maureen is a Nurse and Integrative Counsellor by background and gained broad practice experience before joining the University in 1997.  As a lecturer, Maureen has worked in Mental Health nursing and was the programme lead for the Solution Focus Brief Therapy Masters Programme before taking up the post of Associate Director at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH).

Maureen maintains strong links with practise and has a particular interest in Continuing Professional Development.  Maureen is programme lead for the Interdisciplinary Preceptorship Programme which was developed alongside practitioners in the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to support practitioners during the transition from student to qualified practitioner.

Maureen is a member of the Suresearch Inpatient Care Forum and has worked with them to develop a range of Digital Stories about service user experiences of mental health services to be used in education of health and social care practitioners.

Maureen is in the process of completing a PhD in the IASS exploring the 'Identity of Polish Communty in Birmingham' using qualitative methodology.  She is a founding member and secretary of the Midlands Polish Community Association and they have been successful in a bid to the Heritage Lottery 'Collected Memories of the Birmingham Polish' www.mpca.eu which was supported by CEIMH.

Teaching

  • Interdisciplinary Preceptorship Programme

Publications

Chapters in books

Smojkis M, Nolan P (2004) Experiences in mental health nursing. Chapter in Getting Research into Practice by Clifford, C & Clarke J. Elsevier.

Tummey, R & Smojkis M (2004) Chapter: Primary Mental Health Care: in Planning Care in Mental Health Nursing. Palgrave.

Articles in journals

Spector, R, Smojkis, M, Chilton, L and members of Suresearch, (2011) Service-user involvement in a ward staff training project: Participants' experiences of making digital stories.  Clinical Psychology Forum, No. 220.

Nolan, P Smojkis, M (2003) The mental health of nurses in the UK. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, vol.9 374-379.

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