Jerome Wright
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

Profile

Biography

As a registered adult and mental health nurse Jerome worked in number of hospital and community health care settings in UK, including as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, where he established a pioneering liaison mental health nursing service for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

At York, Jerome lectures across undergraduate and post-graduate nursing and public health courses in a range of subject areas relating to mental health care and comorbidities.

As a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group, Jerome’s research focuses upon people’s meanings and experiences of psychological distress with a particular interest in cross–cultural expressions and help-seeking. He has led a number of research and community health development projects in Malawi, including winning Oxfam’s Susie Smith Memorial Prize in 2008 for work with young people with HIV/AIDS, and the Mental Health in Zomba Project – a mental health task-shifting initiative with village-based health workers from 2012-2015.

Jerome continues to collaborate with a number of international NGOs on HIV/AIDS and mental health initiatives in Africa and is an investigator on NIHR IMPACT South Asia Research Programme working with partners in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan at integrating mental health care into non-communicable disease programmes.

Departmental roles

  • Lead for Mental Health Nursing Field of Practice
  • Member of Mental Health and Addictions Research Group 
  • Member of Board of Studies 
  • Member of Board of Examiners

Publications

Selected publications

  • Wright J (1994) A shared understanding: Developing a framework of mental health nursing care for people with HIV. Psychiatric Care 1, 2, 73-77.
  • Wright J & Lavery A (2002) Liaison Mental Health Nursing and HIV and AIDS. In. Regel S & Roberts D (Eds) Mental Health Liaison: a handbook for health professionals. London, Balliere Tindall.
  • Simpson A & Wright J (2003) Admission to a Psychiatric Unit. In. Barker P.(Ed) Psychiatric and Mental health Nursing: the craft of caring. London, Arnold.
  • Lowson K, Beale S, Kelly J, Sanderson D, Whyte M & Wright J (2005) External review of HIV/AIDS Post-Acute Services at Mildmay Hospital. York, York Health Economics Consortium.
  • Wright J, Lubben F and Mkandawire MB. (2006)  Young People’s views of the interaction between Mental Health and HIV/AIDS: a Model from Malawi. Youth Net Counselling Organisation, Malawi.
  • Wright J, Lubben F & Mkandawire MB. (2007) Young Malawians on the interaction between mental health and HIV/AIDS. African Journal of AIDS Research 6, 3, 297-304.
  • Simpson A & Wright J (2009) Admission to a Psychiatric Unit. In. Barker P.(Ed) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: the craft of caring, Second Edition. London, Arnold.
  • Phillips A and Wright J (2009) Achieving Treatment Concordance. Practice Nursing 20, 7, 353-357.
  • Phillips A and Wright J (2010) Recognising the impact of mental well being on self-management of physical conditions. British Journal of Wellbeing 1, 6, 30-35.
  • Kauye F, Chiwandira C, Wright J, Common S, Phiri M, Mafuta C, Maliwichi-Senganimalunje L and Udedi M (2011) Increasing the capacity of health surveillance assistants in community mental health care in a developing country, Malawi. Malawi Medical Journal 23; 3: 85-88.
  • Phillips A & Wright J (2012) Psychological support for people with diabetes. In Phillips A (Ed) Principles of Diabetes Care: evidence-based management for health professionals. London, Quay Books.
  • Wright, J, Common, S, Kauye, F and Chiwandira, C. (2014) Integrating community mental health within primary care in southern Malawi: A pilot educational intervention to enhance the role of health surveillance assistants. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 60: 2; 155–161.
  • Wright, J. and Chiwandira, C. (2016) Building capacity for community mental health care in rural Malawi: Findings from a district-wide task-sharing intervention with village-based health workers. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 1-8, doi:10.1177/0020764016657112.
  • Wright J & Phillips A (2017) Psychological support for people with diabetes. In Phillips A (Second Edition) Principles of Diabetes Care: evidence-based management for health professionals. London, Quay Books.
  • Wright J (2017) Building capacity and increasing access to community mental health care. In Kerrigan et al. Mental Health Pasts, Current Trends & Futures. WHO Centre for Global Health Histories, Orient Black Swan.
  • Wright J & Taylor V (2018) Enhancing academic support, assessment and feedback. Forum; journal of the University of York Teaching Committee 43, 4-6.
  • Wright J & Maliwichi-Senganimalunje L (2019) Pluralism and practicality: village health workers’ responses to contested meanings of mental illness in Southern Malawi, Anthropology & Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2018.1507103  

Teaching

Undergraduate

MSc/BSc (Hons) Nursing

  • Individual and Public Health module
  • Core Values, Knowledge and Skills of Mental Health Nursing
  • Principles of Effective Care Delivery
  • Service Improvement Project/Dissertation
  • Health Behaviours and Approaches to Health Promotion
  • Health Beliefs

BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Practice

Postgraduate

MSc in Advanced Practice

  • Mental Health Assessment and Care
  • Skills of Consultation

Masters in Public Health

External activities

Memberships

Zomba Mental Health Link (UK Registered Charity No.1119153) - a mental health project in Southern Malawi, supported by the Tropical Health & Education Trust, providing in-country training and practice development for staff at the state psychiatric hospital and surrounding clinics at Zomba in Malawi, Africa. 

Invited talks and conferences

  • World Suicide Day Prevention Symposium, Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan, 11th September 2018, “Integrating mental health into the work of non-specialist health workers: the Case for Common Mental Disorders & Suicide Prevention” – J Wright
  • 6th Malawian Mental Health Research and Practice Development Conference, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, 14-16 March 2016 Key note address -‘Strengthening community mental health promotion and care’ - Wright J
  • Promoting Global Awareness: International Health Links in NHS Conference 11th March 2005, Leeds UK, ‘How to sustain a Link’- Wright J
  • Malawian National AIDS Commission Conference Lilongwe 2007, ‘HIV/AIDS and the Mental Health of Young Malawians: Integrating Mental Health into HIV Interventions: a pilot study’ – Mkandawire MB, Wright J & Lubben F.
  • International Conference of African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals, Accra, Ghana, June 26-28 2008 Community-centred approaches to Mental Health Care for People Affected by HIV/AIDS’ – Wright J
  • World Mental Health Day, Mzuzu, Malawi October 2008, Poster presentation ‘HIV, Mental health & Young Malawians’ - Wright J, Lubben F & Mkandawire MB.
  • 2nd Malawian Mental Health Research and Practice Development Conference, Blantyre, Malawi, 19-20 March 2012 'Increasing the Capacity of Health Surveillance Assistants in Community Mental Health Care in Zomba District: findings of an educational intervention' - Wright J 

World Suicide Day Prevention Symposium, Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan, 11th September 2018, “Integrating mental health into the work of non-specialist health workers: the Case for Common Mental Disorders & Suicide Prevention” – J Wright

 

Media coverage

Jerome Wright

Contact details

Jerome Wright
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Department of Health Sciences
The University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 321685