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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.

He is currently undertaking a part-time PhD, which will explore coercion in voice hearing.


  • RMN
  • MSc
  • Registered NMC teacher

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



BSc (Hons) Nursing

  • Core Values, Knowledge and Skills for Mental Health Nursing
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health
  • Principles of Effective Care Delivery
  • Cooperative Learning Groups
  • Nursing Practice Experience
  • Service Improvement Project/Dissertation


  • Voice dialogue: Talking with Voices



Rob's research interests are in the role of mental health nursing, particularly regarding 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’.


Currently Rob is undertaking a part-time PhD, which will explore coercion in voice hearing.

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

  • 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

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

Tel: 01904 32(1689)