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Rob Allison
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Subject Lead for Nursing



Rob is a lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. He has clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings with people experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, particularly working with people and families who experience psychosis. He trained as a mental health nurse in Newcastle upon Tyne and joined the Department in 2008 as a mental health lecturer.

Rob is interested in alternative approaches to supporting mental health problems. In collaboration with colleagues and people with lived experience, he previously established and co-facilitated a ‘Thinking about Medication’ group to support people wishing to take more control, reduce or stop their prescribed psychiatric medication.

For his PhD, Rob investigated the experiences of voice hearing within mental health treatment settings from the perspectives of people who hear voices and mental health practitioners.


  • RMN
  • MSc
  • Registered NMC teacher
  • PhD

Departmental roles

  • Subject Lead for Nursing
  • Member of Undergraduate Programmes Board
  • Member of Board of Studies
  • Member of Board of Examiners
  • Member of Fitness to Practice committee
  • Member of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) committee



Rob teaches across a range of undergraduate nursing modules.



Rob's research interests are in the role of mental health nursing, particularly regarding coercion across mental health treatment, experiences and approaches to understanding and treating distress related to voice hearing; the administration (and prescription) of psychiatric medication; exploring more meaningful and effective ways for mental health nurses to engage with and work alongside people distressed with mental health problems entering services; the power imbalance within mental health services and the impact of this in terms of shared decision making and ‘treatment’.

External activities


Editorial duties

External Examiner Roles

  • External examiner for the MSc Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health - Psychological Interventions for Psychosis programme (University of Manchester)


Selected publications

  • Lafferty, R., & Allison, R. (2021). Voice Dialogue. In The Practical Handbook of Hearing Voices: Therapeutic and Creative Approaches (pp. 194-202). Monmouth: PCCS Books.
  • Allison, R & Flemming, K (2019) Mental Health patients' experiences of softer coercion and its effects on their interactions with practitioners: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Journal of Advanced Nursing.  DOI: 10.1111/jan.14035  
  • Simpson, A., Allison, R. and Lambley, R. (2017) The acute care setting. In Chambers, M. (ed.) (2017) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The craft of caring (3rd edition), 53: 587-594. New York: Routledge.
  • 2014 Flemming M, Savage Grainge A, Allison R, Martin C, 2014, Practitioners undertaking modular family intervention training: measuring competence, British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 3(1): 12-17 (Jan 2014)
  • Allison R (2011) “Engaging clients through outdoor activities: a small group of clients and staff organised a series of camping trips as an alternative to institutional respite care”. Mental Health Practice, vol. 14, no. 5, 16-19.
  • Allison R, Flowerdew K & Elmslie A (2012) Promoting a discussion about adherence to psychiatric medication. Mental Health Practice, vol.16, no.3, pp. 18-22.
  • Allison R & Bergin G (2013) “A flexible and integrated approach to family intervention”. Mental Health Practice, 16, (8), 18-23.

Rob Allison

Contact details

Dr Rob Allison
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health/Subject Lead for Nursing

Tel: 01904 32(1689)