Robin Ion

Head of Division

  • 135 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Personal profile

I am a senior lecturer in Nursing. I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and have an NMC recordable teaching qualification.

I completed the BA (Hons) Social Science (Politics) at Leicester University in 1983 and  the  MSc Mental Health Studies at the University of London in 1997. Before joining the University in 1997, I worked in the acute inpatient and addictions services at the  Bethlem and Maudsley hospitals in London.

I teach modules on professional development, leadership  and evidence-based practice at undergraduate level. I am module lead for recovery and self-management at MSc level.

I am interested in how nurses respond in situations where they witness poor care.


I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. My main areas of teaching are around evidence based practice, leadership and professional issues.

I have an NMC recordable teaching qualification and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

Current research is focussed on the reporting of poor care by student nurses.

I completed  a KTP funded project which explored the reliability and validity of a tool which was designed by the mental health charity, Penumbra, to measure recovery in mental health.

I have previously published work on the history of psychiatry with a specific focus on the reaction of British psychiatry to the introduction of the Demenia Preacox concept.

Knowledge and Exchange

I am about to complete  Knowledge Transfer Project with Dr Scott Hardie from the Division of Psychology and Bridey Monger from the Division of Nursing and Counselling. Working in partnership with the Mental Health charity, Penumbra, we  have been assessing the reliability and validity of a tool deigned by Penumbra to measure recovery in people with mental health problems.

Preliminary findings indicate that the tool is robust and fit for purpose.

I have previously delivered training to NHS 24 and to Citizens Advice Scotland.

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Research Output 2002 2019

  • 135 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 3 Editorial
2 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Factor validation and Rasch analysis of the individual recovery outcomes counter

Dickens, G. L., Rudd, B., Hallett, N., Ion, R. M. & Hardie, S. M., 2019, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 41, 1, p. 74-85 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Statistical Factor Analysis
Mental Health
Mental Health Services
Principal Component Analysis
3 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Attitude to Health
Mental Health
Delivery of Health Care
Mentally Ill Persons
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Gosport War Memorial Hospital Panel report and its implications for nursing

Darbyshire, P. & Ion, R., 28 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 75, 2, p. 258-263 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Health Services
Accidental Falls
Health Educators

Developing the social media presence of @NurseEducToday by using Twitter

Sharp, P., Ion, R. & Massey, D., Sep 2018, In : Nurse Education Today. 68, p. 201-202 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Teaching ethics: intersectionality, care failure and moral courage

Ion, R., DeSouza, R. & Kerin, T., Mar 2018, In : Nurse Education Today. 62, p. 98-100 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
moral philosophy