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Cliff Riordan
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing



Cliff worked in Cambridgeshire for over 25 years in a variety of clinical, managerial and leadership roles within mental health services. Most recently, he was a nurse consultant in assertive outreach, an associate lecturer in mental health nursing (2000-2012) and held the post of senior lecturer in a higher education institution (2012-2014) on secondment from the NHS. Cliff has taught on both pre registration diploma and degree programmes and on the Thorn programme in psychosocial interventions. He has a particular interest and experience of working with carers and families, work-based training and supervision of family work and has been involved in supporting the development of recovery initiatives including co-production and co-tutoring courses and workshops with Recovery College East.


  • BA (Hons) History
  • RGN
  • RMN
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing
  • PGCert (Action Research)
  • PGCert (Applied Social Research)
  • PGCert HE (Learning and Teaching)



Cliff is interested in implementation and evaluation of work based innovations in practice including family interventions, the impact of peer worker initiatives and the development of recovery colleges and self management activities.


Selected publications

  • Goldspink, S., and Riordan, C., 2012. A Carer’s Perspective. In: Wrycraft, N, Editor. Mental Health Nursing Case Book. Maidenhead: Open University Press.



  • Co-operative Learning Groups
  • Principles of Effective Care Delivery

Other teaching

  • SSPRD module - Clinical Supervision
  • Foundation degree - Promoting health and well-being, self management and independence

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

  • Cooke, M., Riordan, C. and Finney, C. 1998. A narrative analysis of community mental health nursing: Nursing’s work and worth. RCN Celebrating Nursing: nurses making a difference, Sunderland, 02 November
  • Riordan, C., 2001 Outcome evaluation of training in assertive outreach. Cambridgeshire Education and Training Consortium. Mental Health Workforce Development Seminar, Wyboston Lakes 24 April
  • Bray, J., Riordan, C. 2001. Delivering medication management utilising practice development and work based learning. ENB Mental Health Nursing Conference. Modernisation: Mental health education and practice and investing in the future. Robinson College, Cambridge 10 July

Cliff Riordan

Contact details

Cliff Riordan
Lecturer in mental health nursing

Tel: 01904 32(1618)