Lecturer In Nursing (Mental Health)
Nursing and Midwifery
Room 1.24
Brookfield Health Sciences Centre
University College Cork
CORK
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-1470
E: stephen.bradley@ucc.ie

Recently taken up the position of Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing within the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery in UCC.  Bring experience gained through over twenty years in clinical practice in the UK; having worked with clients of all ages at one time or another.  However, particular concern is with the issues confronting younger clients (approx. 15-25yrs) facing ‘mental health issues’.

Passionate believer in research and development that is grounded in the ‘real world’ and in encouraging mental health nurses at all levels to become involved in research and practice development.  To this end, was a founder member of the mental health nursing research cluster at NUI Galway that brings together research active/interested academics and clinicians.  Currently working with colleagues in Denmark to develop a Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research.  Own research is predominantly qualitative, focussing on client and staff accounts of healthcare experiences; particularly influenced by discourse/narrative approaches and how the ‘post’ critiques (post-modernism, post-structuralism, etc.) can be applied to healthcare.

At a time of immense change, and challenge, for mental health services in Ireland, am also interested in issues around how to encourage and support communities to become more ‘mental health friendly’.  To this end, have been working for the last five years with Hope Trust, Co. Roscommon in developing workshops that aim to equip individuals and community groups to be better able to ‘care’ for family, friends and neighbours.

Research Interests

Qualitative Research: discourse/narrative approaches;

Client accounts of healthcare experiences;

Internet based research;

‘Post’ critiques applied to healthcare;

Mental Health Nursing (esp. CAMH).

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2006)'Internet newsgroups as a source of data for qualitative healthcare research: issues, challenges and the practicalities of exploring young people’s mental health accounts'
Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2006) 'Internet newsgroups as a source of data for qualitative healthcare research: issues, challenges and the practicalities of exploring young people’s mental health accounts' In: P. Liamputtong (eds). Health Research in Cyberspace: Methodological, Practical and Personal Experiences of Doing Health and Social Research Online. New York: Nova Science Publishers. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'The use of humor in forensic mental health staff-patient interactions'
Gildberg FA, Bradley SK, Paaske KJ, Hounsgaard L (2014) 'The use of humor in forensic mental health staff-patient interactions'. Journal of forensic nursing, 10 (2):98-105 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Women's perspectives on illness when being screened for cervical cancer'
Hounsgaard L, Augustussen M, Møller H, Bradley SK, Møller S (2013) 'Women's perspectives on illness when being screened for cervical cancer'. International journal of circumpolar health, 72 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Comparing the Obvious: Interactional Characteristics of Staff in Acute Mental Health Nursing and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing'
Gildberg, F.A., Bradley, S.K. & Hounsgaard, L. (2013) 'Comparing the Obvious: Interactional Characteristics of Staff in Acute Mental Health Nursing and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing'. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12 (3):205-214 [Details]
(2012)'Reconstructing normality: characteristics of staff interactions with forensic mental health inpatients'
Gildberg FA, Bradley SK, Fristed P, Hounsgaard L (2012) 'Reconstructing normality: characteristics of staff interactions with forensic mental health inpatients'. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 (2):103-113 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Before and after: reflections in the light of experience on the ethics of Internet newsgroup research'
Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2012) 'Before and after: reflections in the light of experience on the ethics of Internet newsgroup research'. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (5):625-630 [Details]
(2011)'Deconstructing child and adolescent mental health: in search of the ‘taken for granted’…'
Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2011) 'Deconstructing child and adolescent mental health: in search of the ‘taken for granted’…'. Nursing Inquiry, 18 (4):303-312 [Details]
(2006)'Appreciating what works: discovering and dreaming alongside people developing resilient services for young people requiring mental health services'
Carter, B., Bradley, S.K., Richardson, R., Sanders, R.,& Sutton, C.J. (2006) 'Appreciating what works: discovering and dreaming alongside people developing resilient services for young people requiring mental health services'. Current Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 27 (5):575-594 [Details]
(2006)'Workforce, Volume & Access: Graduate Workers’ Contribution To Primary Care Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services'
Lyons, C., Eaton, D. & Bradley, S.K. (2006) 'Workforce, Volume & Access: Graduate Workers’ Contribution To Primary Care Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services'. Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development, 1 (3):16-23 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2012)Research Evaluation of the Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) Service.
Bradley, S.K. et al. (2012) Research Evaluation of the Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) Service. HSE, Dublin. [Details]
(2006)The difference that makes a difference.
Robertson, S., Whittaker, K., Taylor, J. & Bradley, S.K. (2006) The difference that makes a difference. UCLan, Preston, UK. [Details]
(2005)Needs analysis for child and adolescent mental health services in East Lancashire.
Bailey, S., Hacking, S., Spandler, H., and Bradley, S.K. (2005) Needs analysis for child and adolescent mental health services in East Lancashire. UCLan, Preston, UK. [Details]
(2006)Mental Health Services for 15-18yr olds in Lancaster and the South Lakes.
Carter, B., Bradley, S.K., Richardson, R., Sanders, R., & Sutton, C.J. (2006) Mental Health Services for 15-18yr olds in Lancaster and the South Lakes. UCLan, Preston, UK. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(1998)'Stories and Stress in the Ministry'
Bradley, S. K. (1998) 'Stories and Stress in the Ministry' Ministry Today, 13 :6-11. [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2013)Forskningskonference Psykiatrisk Sygepleje,
Bradley, S.K. (2013) Mental Health Nursing Research Practice: Challenges and Possible Solutions. [Keynote Speaker], Forskningskonference Psykiatrisk Sygepleje, Middlefart, DK . [Details]
(2013)4th International Nursing Research Conference,
Bradley, S.K. et al. (2013) ‘Taking me seriously’: research evaluation of a service (SCAN) that links primary care with secondary services when clients are in suicide crisis. [Oral Presentation], 4th International Nursing Research Conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)NPNR Conference,
Bradley, S.K. et al. (2012) ‘Minding the gap’: research evaluation of a service (SCAN) that links primary care with secondary services when clients are in suicide crisis. [Oral Presentation], NPNR Conference, Oxford, UK . [Details]
(2011)3rd International Nursing Research Conference,,
Bradley, S.K. (2011) Young people who self-injure/suicide: ‘change’ oriented or uncooperative ‘difficult patients’?. [Oral Presentation], 3rd International Nursing Research Conference,, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2010)Frontier Youth Trust National Consultation,
Bradley, S.K. (2010) Young people and mental health: exploring the challenges for Christian youthworkers. [Keynote Speaker], Frontier Youth Trust National Consultation, Birmingham, UK . [Details]

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Child Health Care Referee-
Journal Of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Referee-
Journal Of Research In Nursing Referee-

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2012Frederik Alkier Gildberg University of Southern DenmarkPhDReconstructing Normality: Interactional Characteristics of Forensic Mental Health Nursing
2011Evelyn Sybille Mullers National University Of IrelandMSc (Nursing)Mental Health Nurses perspectives on the Nurse-Client Therapeutic Relationship: a qualitative, investigative study utilising e-research methodology