Jennifer Oates

Jennifer Oates

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Biographical details

Jenny is a lecturer in mental health at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King's College London. Her clinical background is in liaison psychiatry and community mental health. Her PhD thesis was on the mental health and wellbeing of nurses.

Jenny has been an independent member of the governing body of Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group since 2012, contributing to the governance and quality surveillance of health and care services in the city.  She is also a Specialist Adviser and Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission. She was previously a Mental Health Nursing Adviser in Policy and Standards and a Fitness to Practice panel member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Jenny trained in Leeds after starting her nursing career as a care assistant in a residential home for older people.  She worked at St James' Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary before moving to London to work in the Emergency Department of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.  She subsequently worked in various roles at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, City University London and the University of Hertfordshire, as well as undertaking evidence review projects for the NMC, General Medical Council and Unite the Union.

Recent blog posts: Rethinking statutory roles in the Mental Health Act


Research interests

happiness and wellbeing; nursing workforce; exercise, yoga and mental health; community mental health; health service regulation; mental health policy and law; clinical commissioning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice (incl. NMC teaching qualification), Postgraduate Certificate , City, University of London

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Mental Health Interventions, Postgraduate Certificate , Middlesex University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

Social Research, Master of Arts, University of Leeds

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

English Language & Literature, Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997

Mental Health, Doctor of Philosophy, City, University of London

External positions

Independent Clinical Member (Registered Nurse) on the Governing Body, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Dec 2012 → …

Mental Health Act Reviewer/ Specialist Clinical Adviser, Care Quality Commission

Oct 2012 → …


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