Pat qualified in Mental Health Nursing in 1994, previously working as a police constable. Pat has always been passionate about working with the whole family, with an early part of her nursing career supporting young adults and their families during a first episode of psychosis. She later embarked on a new role as an Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead setting up a new service in East Kent, again working with whole families this time affected by dementia. During this time, she undertook an MSc in Dementia at Stirling University.
Pat has developed strong leadership and education skills during her career and has led training in a variety of subjects, such as, Behaviour Family Interventions. She was a senior lecturer in Mental Health at Greenwich University teaching on the pre and post-registration nursing programme and a trainer for Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care partnership Trust on Risk and Suicide Prevention. During her nursing career Pat supported vulnerable adults as the Mental Capacity Act Lead at Kent Community NHS Trust. More recently Pat worked on the Admiral Nurse Dementia helpline providing advice, information and support to families affected by dementia. She has now commenced a programme of study at UCL; an MSc in Dementia followed by a full-time PhD scholarship.
Brown, P., Oliver, E. & Harrison Dening, K. (in press) Increasing need for telehealth services for families affected by dementia as a result of Covid-19. Journal of Community Nursing. 33(5): 40-45.
Brown, P., Oliver, E. & Harrison Dening, K. (2020) Complex practice on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: a reflective case study. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1248
Interests and Expertise
People with dementia and their carers
Telehealth- (In the context of supporting families affected by dementia)
Safeguarding vulnerable adults
Consent and mental capacity
Behaviour family interventions
Full-time MSc commenced at University College, London, (UCL) in September 2020. “Dementia: Causes, treatment and Research”. The PhD will run concurrently (in 2021) at UCL. Title of study: How does specialist dementia nursing work? A mixed- methods study of UK Admiral Nursing”
Master of Science, (Dementia Studies) University of Stirling, Scotland 2011
Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing. School of Nursing and Midwifery. Christ Church University Canterbury Kent, 1994