Dr Nutmeg Hallett PhD, PGCHE, BNurs (Hons), RMN

Dr Nutmeg Hallett

School of Nursing
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
The Medical School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Nutmeg Hallett is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Lecturer in Nursing. Nutmeg teaches on a variety of under-graduate and post-graduate mental health nursing and research modules. Her specialist areas of teaching are de-escalation, coercion and trauma in mental health. Nutmeg’s PhD investigated violence prevention in secure mental health settings and her current research is continuing the theme, but with the focus shifting from violence prevention to coercion and restrictive practices.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) 2019
  • PhD in Nursing, University of Northampton, 2017
  • BNurs (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • RMN


Nutmeg Hallett is a registered mental health nurse and lecturer in the School of Nursing. She started her nursing career working in a medium secure forensic unit. Her PhD research on violence prevention in secure mental health settings was undertaken at St Andrew's Healthcare and was completed in 2017.

Since completing her PhD Dr Hallett has continued to be involved in research around violence prevention. Her current research interests focus on using restorative practices within mental healthcare, with the aim of reducing people's experiences of coercion.


Postgraduate supervision

○ Coercion in mental healthcare
○ Restorative justice in mental health
○ Staff and patient experiences in mental health
○ Reducing restrictive interventions


  • Coercion in mental health services
  • Causes of aggression
  • Restrictive intervention reduction
  • Restorative justice in mental healthcare
  • De-escalation and debriefing


Recent publications


Garstang, J, Hallett, N, Cropp, G, Kenyon-Blair, D, Morgans, C & Taylor, J 2021, 'Child abuse in children living with special guardians, a service evaluation of child protection medical examinations', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 5, no. 1, e001103. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001103

Bradbury-Jones, C, Hallett, N, Sammut, D, Billings, H, Hegarty, K, Kishchenko, S, Kuruppu, J, McFeely, C, McGarry, J & Sheridan, J 2021, 'Gender-based violence: A five country, cross-sectional survey of health and social care students’ experience, knowledge and confidence in dealing with the issue', Journal of Gender-Based Violence, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 129-147. https://doi.org/10.1332/239868020X15850132209691

Hallett, N, Garstang, J & Taylor, J 2021, 'Kinship care and child protection in high-income countries: a scoping review', Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380211036073

Hallett, N, Wagstaff, C & Barlow, T 2021, 'Nursing students' experiences of violence and aggression: a mixed-methods study', Nurse Education Today. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105024

Bell, D & Hallett, N 2021, 'Role of occupational therapy in reducing and managing violence among mental health inpatients: a scoping review protocol', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 7, e046260. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046260

Garstang, J, Debelle, G, Anand, I, Armstrong, J, Botcher, E, Chaplin, H, Hallett, N, Morgans, C, Price, M, Tan, EEH, Tudor, E & Taylor, J 2020, 'Effect of covid-19 lockdown on child protection medical assessments: a retrospective observational study in Birmingham, UK', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 9, e042867. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042867

Alshawush, K, Hallett, N & Bradbury-Jones, C 2020, 'Impact of transition programmes for students and new graduate nurses on workplace bullying, violence, stress and resilience: a scoping review protocol', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 10, e038893. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038893

Batstone, E, Bailey, C & Hallett, N 2020, 'Spiritual care provision to end of life patients: A systematic literature review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 19-20, pp. 3609-3624. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15411

Hallett, N & Dickens, G 2020, 'The violence prevention climate of mental health wards: a cross-sectional study of staff and patient views', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 2020, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-020-01860-6

Dickens, GL, Tabvuma, T, Hadfield, K & Hallett, N 2020, 'Violence Prevention Climate in General Adult Inpatient Mental Health Units: Validation study of the VPC-14.', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12750

Hallett, N, Huber, J, Sixsmith, J & Dickens, GL 2018, 'Measuring the violence prevention climate: Development and evaluation of the VPC-14', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 88, pp. 97-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.09.002

Dickens, GL, Rudd, B, Hallett, N, Ion, RM & Hardie, SM 2017, 'Factor validation and Rasch analysis of the individual recovery outcomes counter (I.ROC)', Disability and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1375030

Review article

Hallett, N, Duxbury, J, McKee, T, Harrison, N, Haines, A, Craig, E & O'Brien, A 2020, 'Taser use on individuals experiencing mental distress: an integrative literature review', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12594

Hallett, N 2018, 'Preventing and managing challenging behaviour', Nursing Standard, vol. 32, no. 26, pp. 51.

Hallett, N & Dickens, G 2017, 'De-escalation of aggressive behaviour in healthcare settings: concept analysis', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 75, pp. 10-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.07.003

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