Amanda Canham

Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Research Supervision:Yes

Amanda is a registered mental health nurse with a clinical background in substance misuse and patient safety.


Amanda has a long nursing carer and has worked in Acute Inpatient Services, Substance Misuse Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Education, Patient Safety and Governance. Amanda began working in an Acute Inpatient setting where she developed an interest in substance misuse and consequently began working within a Community Drug and Alcohol Service. Whilst working within Substance Misuse Services Amanda completed her BSc (hons) in Substance Misuse. Amanda then went on to complete her Independent Non-Medical Prescribing and became an independent non-medical prescriber within the substance misuse service. More recently she has been working within patient safety and governance roles, both within mental health and general settings. Amanda has had a very enjoyable career working in different roles and settings and has developed many skills around prescribing, motivational interviewing, communication, safe guarding, risk management, governance and patient safety.

During her nursing career, Amanda was passionate about supporting the learning of student nurses and junior colleagues. Amanda has also supported several International Nurses in preparation for undertaking their OSCE’s. This has led Amanda to share her knowledge and skills as a full-time lecturer.

Research interests

Research interest 1: Reducing the Non-attendance Rate within Community Substance Misuse Services. Amanda completed a literature review and research proposal on this subject as part of her BSc (hons) and is eager to expand on this.

Research interest 2: Understanding Factors that Influence Prescribing Quantities in Opiate Replacement Therapy. Amanda identified, during her practice, that the quantity of medication needed to ensure optimum comfort, within individuals who are commencing Opiate Replacement Therapy, was not necessarily related to quantity of reported Opiate use.  Amanda is eager to research factors that influence the quantity of Opiate Replacement required from a service user perspective.


  • Clinical Supervisor
  • International Nurses OSCE preparation
  • Mentor


  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc(Hons) in Substance Misuse, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Independent Non-Medical Prescriber, University of Essex

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Selected recent publications

Beattie, M., Hookway, G., Perera, M., Calder, S., Hunter-Rowe, C., Van Woerden, H., 2018, Improving wait time from referral to opiate replacement therapy in a drug recovery service, British Medical Journal, Volume 7, Issue 3

Gibson, R., Azfal, M., Williams, H., Edwards, A., Hibbert, P., Sheikh, A., Donaldson, l., Carson-Stevens, A., 2017, Unsafe opioid replacement therapy in England and Wales: a mixed-methods study, The Lancet, Volume 389.