Dr Ceri Wilson

Senior Research Fellow, Mental Health

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

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Ceri Wilson’s primary research interests centre on the promotion of mental health, well-being and social inclusion of mental health service users and people living with long-term physical health conditions. Ceri has a particular interest in the role of arts and culture in promoting well-being and social inclusion.

ceri.wilson@aru.ac.uk

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Background

Ceri obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology (BSc) from Loughborough University in 2009, and completed her PhD within the Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (LUCRED) in 2013. She took up post as Research Fellow in Mental Health at ARU in January 2013 and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in August 2016.

Here at ARU, Ceri works closely with local NHS Trusts, having been previously seconded to the formerly named South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT), and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). She has worked on a number of research projects with multiple researchers across departments at ARU.

Ceri has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods and publishes regularly in journals related to mental health, nursing, and arts and health. Her paper on patient and staff suggestions for reducing restraint in mental health wards won paper of the year 2018 in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Ceri was co-investigator on the ‘Creative Journeys’ project funded by Arts Council England, which was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Essex County Council You Make a Difference Awards 2019. She was the recipient of an Aging and Social Change International Award for Excellence in 2020. She is also a founding member of the FHEMS Arts and Well-being Research Interest Group.

Research interests

  • Promoting mental health, well-being and social inclusion of mental health service users
  • The role of arts and culture in promoting mental health, well-being and social inclusion
  • Promoting proactive care in mental health services
  • Reducing the use of physical restraint in mental health care
  • Experiences and management strategies of those living with long-term conditions

Areas of research supervision

Ceri would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Promotion of mental health
  • Experiences and management strategies of individuals living with long-term conditions
  • Arts, health and well-being
  • The use of restraint in mental healthcare
Recent and current doctoral supervision:
  • Gail Sinfield: ‘Lecturers' experience of service user involvement in nurse education’. (First supervisor, Professional Doctorate of Health & Social Care)
  • Gabriel Abotsie: ‘Caring for Body and Mind: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Physical Health Promotion in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services’. (Second supervisor, PhD)
  • Rachel Reay: ‘An exploration into student experiences after receiving support from wellbeing services within a secondary school’. (Second supervisor, Doctorate in Education)
  • Mary Hamilton: ‘Sensory integration in children who have experienced complex trauma’. (Second supervisor, Professional Doctorate of Health & Social Care)

Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology First Class Honours Degree, Loughborough University
  • PhD, Loughborough University

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2019-2022: ‘Artists’ Residencies in Care Homes Essex (ARCHE)’. Funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation; £39,725.62; Co-Investigator.
  • 2020: ‘Life during Covid: An archive of lived experiences of older people, those defined as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and unpaid carers, during the Covid-19 pandemic’. Funded by ARU Research & Innovation Support Fund; £5000; Co-Principal Investigator.
  • 2018: ‘Supporting the mental health needs of university students with long-term conditions’. Funded by ARU Research & Enterprise Investment Programme 2018/9; £1995; Co-Investigator.
  • 2016-2018: ‘The role of the arts in building creativity and community for older people in care settings’. Funded by Arts Council England Research Grants Programme Round Two; £125,680; Co-Investigator.
  • 2016-2017: ‘Evaluation of South East Essex Recovery College’. Funded by Trust Links, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Southend CCG, Castle Point & Rochford CCG; £4,434; Principal Investigator.
  • 2016: ‘Exploring the experience of living with a long-term condition in young adulthood’. Funded by ARU Research & Enterprise Investment Programme 2015/6; £1925; Principal Investigator.
  • 2014-2015: ‘PROMISE qualitative study: Exploring the experience of mental health patients and staff members with experience of restraint’; secondment 2 days a week to CPFT (funded by NIHR CLAHRC EoE).
  • 2013-2015: ‘Zinc Arts ArtZone project evaluation’. Funded by Comic Relief; £16,169; Principal Investigator.
  • 2013-2014: Secondment 2.5 days a week to SEPT.
  • 2014: ‘Caregivers' perceptions of the value of the arts in therapeutic and clinical interventions’. Funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council; £23,753.34, Co-Investigator.

Selected recent publications

Bungay, H., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., Munn-Giddings, C., 2021. The role of collaborative working between the arts and care sectors in successfully delivering participatory arts activities for older people in residential care settings. Health & Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13290

Dadswell, A., Bungay, H., Wilson, C., Munn-Giddings, C., 2020. The impact of participatory arts in promoting social relationships for older people within care homes. Perspectives in Public Health, 140(5), pp. 286-293. doi: 10.1177/1757913920921204

Wilson, C., 2020. The long and winding road of discontinuing long-term use of antidepressants. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12623

Wilson, C., Stock, J., 2019. The impact of living with long-term conditions in young adulthood on mental health and identity: What can help? Health Expectations, 22(5), pp. 1111–1121. doi: 10.1111/hex.12944

Wilson, C., King, M., Russell, J., 2019. A mixed-methods evaluation of a Recovery College in South East Essex for people with mental health difficulties. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(5), pp. 1353-1362. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12774

Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., 2019. Creative Journeys: The role of participatory arts in promoting social relationships for older people in care home settings (Chelmsford: Anglia Ruskin University).

Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., Munn-Giddings, C., Bungay, H., 2019. The Role of Participatory Arts in Developing Reciprocal Relationships amongst Older People: A Conceptual Review of the Literature. Journal of Aging and Social Change, 9(4), pp. 1-16. doi: 10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v09i04/1-16

Lombardo, C., Van Bortel, T., Wagner, A., Kaminsky, E., Wilson, C., Rae, S., Rouse, L., Jones, P., Kar Ray, M., 2018. PROGRESS: The PROMISE Governance Framework to Decrease Coercion in Mental Healthcare. BMJ Open Quality, 7, e000332. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2018-000332

Wilson, C., Rouse, L., Rae, S., Kar Ray, M., 2018. Mental health inpatients’ and staff members’ suggestions for reducing physical restraint: A qualitative study. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 25(3), pp. 188-200. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12453

Dadswell, A, Wilson, C., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., 2017. The role of participatory arts in addressing the loneliness and social isolation of older people: A conceptual review of the literature. Journal of Arts & Communities, 9(2), pp. 109-128. doi: 10.1386/jaac.9.2.109_1

Wilson, C., Rouse, L., Rae, S., Kar Ray, M., 2017. Is restraint a ‘necessary evil’ in mental healthcare? Mental health inpatients’ and staff members’ experience of physical restraint. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26, pp. 500-512. doi: 10.1111/inm.12382

Boyce, M., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Wilson, C., 2017. The impact of the arts in healthcare on patients and service users: A critical review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(4), pp. 458-473. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12502

Wilson, C., Secker, J., Kent, L., Keay, J., 2017. Promoting Mental Wellbeing and Social Inclusion through Art: Six Month Follow-up Results from Open Arts Essex. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 19(5), pp. 268-277. doi: 10.1080/14623730.2017.1345688

Wilson, C., Sharpe, D., 2017. Promoting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 8(1), pp. 39-56. doi: 10.1386/jaah.8.1.39_1

Wilson, C., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Boyce, M., 2016. Healthcare professionals' perceptions of the value and impact of the arts in healthcare settings: A critical review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 56, pp. 90-101. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.11.003

Wilson, C., Kent, L., 2016. A qualitative study of 2Create: a mental health service user-led art group. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy & Practice, 8(2), pp. 169-181. doi: 10.1080/17533015.2015.1048697

Wilson, C., Secker, J., 2015. Validation of the Social Inclusion Scale with Students. Social Inclusion: Special Issue Indicators and Measurement of Social Inclusion, 3(4), pp. 521-62. doi: 10.17645/si.v3i4.121

Wilson, C., Kent, L., Secker, J., 2014. Arts participation, mental wellbeing and social inclusion: mixed methods evaluation of an Open Arts studio for people with mental health needs. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 5(3), pp. 341–354. doi: 10.1386/jaah.5.3.341_1

Wilson, C., Wallis, D. J., 2013. Attentional Bias and Slowed Disengagement from Food and Threat Stimuli in Restrained Eaters Using a Modified Stroop Task. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37(1), pp. 127-138.

Recent presentations and conferences

Munn-Giddings, C., Bungay, H., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., 2019. Participatory Arts and Social Relationships for Older People in Care Settings. Oral presentation at the Arts in Society International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. June 2019.

Bungay, H., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., Munn-Giddings, C., 2019. Creative Journeys: The role of the arts facilitator in building community in residential care home settings. Oral presentation at the ‘Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community: An International Arts & Wellbeing Conference, Telford, UK. Aug 2019.

Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., 2018. Participatory arts & social relationships for older people in care settings. Oral presentation at the 7th International Health Humanities Conference, Southampton, UK. Aug 2018.

Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Wilson, C., Dadswell, A., 2017. Creative Ageing: Arts & Social Relationships. Poster presentation at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference, Bristol, UK. June 2017.

Wilson, C., Rouse, L., Rae, S., Kar Ray, M., 2016. PROMISE qualitative study: mental health patients’ & staff members’ experience of restraint & suggestions for reducing its use. Poster presentation at the World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Cape Town, South Africa. November 2016.

Wilson, C., Rouse, L., 2016. PROMISE qualitative study: Staff and patient experiences of the use of restraint. Oral presentation at the West London Collaborative ‘The Power of Being Held’ evening symposium, London, UK. May 2016.

Wilson, C., 2015. Preliminary findings from the PROMISE qualitative study. Oral presentation at the PROMISE Charter: Global Vision for Local Agendas, Cambridge, UK. Oct 2015.

Rouse, L., Wilson, C., Rae, S., Kar Ray, M., 2015. PROMISE: A collaborative project aimed at reducing restraint in mental health care. Poster session presented at the CLAHRC EOE Showcase Event, Cambridge, UK. June 2015.

Kent, L., Wilson, C., and Secker, J., 2014. Open Arts Hadleigh Old Fire Station Open Studio Evaluation. Poster session presented at the Shared Involvement in Medication Management Education Conference, Cambridge, UK. March 2014.

SE-SURG, Wilson, C., and Secker, J., 2013. Open Arts Hadleigh Old Fire Station Studio: Interim Evaluation Report May 2013. Oral presentation at the Open Arts and ArtSpace Arts and Mental Wellbeing Conference, Hadleigh, UK. June 2013.