Andy Mercer

Dr Andy Mercer

  • 01202 962208
  • amercer at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professional Lead For Mental Health
  • BGB
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My primary role is as Senior Academic/Professional Lead in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities. I contribute to the HSC mental health team, and have been working closely with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust to achieve their 'University' status and to establish the new University Department of Mental Health. I am also Partnerships Coordinator for HSC.

My background is in nursing and I worked in acute mental health care before moving into education, firstly as a tutor within the NHS, and later as a senior lecturer in Higher Education. My principal interests are in nursing philosophy and the ethics of caring, and in mental health policy. In my current role I am involved in the delivery and management of education programmes, research supervision, and research and practice development activities in mental health. I am an accredited reviewer with Mott MacDonald, and undertake reviews of nurse education programmes on behalf of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). I contributed to the recent NMC review of standards for pre-registration nursing education as a member of the mental health field group...



  • Mercer, A., 2020. Mercer A.M. & Palfreman-Kay J. 2018 – Lives unfiltered, Young people & mental health awareness, International mental health nursing research conference, Manchester. In: International mental health nursing research conference 12-14 September 2018 Manchester.
  • Heaslip, V., Spriggs, A, Mills, A., Scammell, J., Warren, A., Mercer, A., Addis, A., Bond, M., Latchford, C. and Borwell, J., 2016. "Humanising the Interview Process”; an Evaluation of Service User/Carers Contribution to Value Based Recruitment in a Pre-registration Adult Nursing Programme. In: NET/NEP 6th International Nurse Education Conference 3-6 April 2016 Brisbane, Australia.


  • Mercer, A., 2007. Role transition and the nurse practitioner: : an investigation into the experience of professional autonomy. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.


  • PhD in Nursing Philosophy (Bournemouth University, 2008)
  • MA in Philosophy & Health Care (University of Wales (Swansea), 1993)
  • Cert Ed in Teacher Training (Portsmouth University, 1988)
  • RN in Mental Health (NMC, 1984)
  • BSc (Hons) in Social Administration (University of Bristol, 1981)


  • Dorset Football Association, Director, Vice chair,
  • Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, Member,
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council, Accredited quality assurance reviewer,
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council, Registrant Member,
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member,