David Solomon

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Nursing Practice

Anglia Ruskin University

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

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

David is a registered mental health/addictions nurse/NMP with 16 years' experience in psychiatric intensive care units - medium/low secure services, acute/rehabilitation mental health, learning disability and community substance misuse.


Coming from a family background of nursing and lecturing, David has developed a keen interest in helping others, including students.

After leaving college, David's first post was in a secure psychiatric unit which enabled him to complete his nursing degree. He returned as a qualified nurse with core responsibilities in the unit. He then started working in Hertfordshire in two community drug and alcohol teams as a nurse specialist, then, nursing team leader. While in the community, David started his nurse prescribing qualification combined with a Masters degree in Mental Health Practice in Hertfordshire University's Faculty of Medical Science. Progressing to working as a non-medical prescriber in Barnet, London, he independently prescribed the substance misusing client a range of medications.

Research interests

  • Novel psychoactive substances
  • Public health
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Mental health and substance misuse
  • Service improvement
  • Clinical assessment

David has always enjoyed reading relevant information that enables health professionals to improve others' quality of life. In particular, he enjoys working in the public domain whether helping people with substance misuse problems, mental health problems or child protection issues.

In terms of research, over the past year David has concentrated on a study on Novel Psychoactive Substances with the lead consultant at BEH trust, London. The result of the work was part of his research project for his MSc in Evidence Based Practice.


David teaches on various modules at Anglia Ruskin University relating to Advanced Nursing Practice. He is the current module leader for Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills/Clinical Assessment Skills for Health Professionals. David is module tutor for Applied Leadership and Management MSc distance learning. He has module led and tutored on the Non-Medical Prescribing programmes V300/V150 and minor injuries. He has previously designed group work for NHS trusts and facilitated groups for DRR/ATR service users and given presentations for various NHS trusts on NPS, mental health medication and clinical assessment.


  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, University of Bedfordshire.
  • BSc (15) MSPP- Mentoring, university of Bedfordshire.
  • MSc (30) Non- Medical Prescribing. University of Hertfordshire
  • MSc Degree in Mental Health Practice. University of Hertfordshire.
  • PgCert (60) Learning and Teaching pass. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • MSc (30) Educational Practice for Professional Learning for NMC Registrants (commenced 2016) Anglia Ruskin University
  • Professional Doctorate Health and Social Care (commenced 2016) Anglia Ruskin University.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • NMC registered
  • RCN member
  • FHEA 2016
  • Freelance contract with Nursing Times/Nursing Standard for reviewing and publication.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Independently David has worked as an “actor” in differential diagnosis roles and facilitated the “Eastern Psych course” for the CASC exam for junior psychiatrists with respected psychiatrist and author Dr Seshni Moodliar. He has also assisted with the mock exams for the past few years and this has given him great pleasure and confidence to see a “doctor” and “student” in the same context grow and become a competent practitioner.

September 2016 Mental Health Awareness workshop: HOD- Sarah Kraszewski obtained over £3000 funding.

External funding obtained for workshops Mental Health Awareness and Safer Consultation 2018.

Selected recent publications

Solomon, D. (2018). HIV Pioneers: Lives lost, Careers Changed and Survival. Opinion. Book review. Nursing Times. https://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/book-reviews/hiv-pioneers-lives-lost-careers-changed-and-survival/7026549.article?sm=7026549 

Solomon, D (2018). Coping and Thriving in Nursing. Opinion: Book review. Nursing Times. p.1-3

Solomon, D. (2018) The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016: one year on: “Poor legislative changes have increased nursing care for managing NPS use. Nursing Times. 114, 3:1.

Solomon, D (2016) Safer Prescribing for Opioid Dependence. Nursing Times; 112:Online issue 12, 5-8.

Solomon, D & Solomon B (2016) 'Legal highs' and mental health: raising awareness in nurses. Nursing Review RRR: New Zealand (IN PRESS)

Solomon, D (2016) which clinical diagnostic tools are most effective for assessing opioid-dependent women with the menopause? Primary Health Care. 26, 1, 34-40.

Solomon, D (2015) Book review: Treating Substance Abuse (Third Edition): Nursing Standard. 29, 52, 30-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/ns.29.52.30.s33.

Solomon et al, (2014). Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances. Nursing Times; 110:22, 12-15.

Awaiting “Drug Misconceptions” (commentary; letter to the editor) accepted for publication in NT for 2015.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Solomon D, Grierson J, Godier L, Guirguis A. How do Health Professionals experience, view and respond to users of New/ Novel Psychoactive Substances? Poster. Anglia Ruskin University 12th Annual research student conference. 12th July 2018.
  • Solomon D, Grierson J, Godier L, Guirguis A. How do Health Professionals experience, view and respond to users of New/ Novel Psychoactive Substances? Anglia Ruskin University 5th Annual Research Conference. 14th September 2018.
  • 12 February 2016. North East London NHS Foundation Trust; NMP Development Day. Solomon, D. Managing NPS abuse & Mental Health Medication. 18.11.15.
  • 18 November 2015. North East London NHS Foundation Trust; NMP Development Day. Solomon, D. Managing NPS abuse & Mental Health Medication.
  • November 2014: Hamilton, New Zealand; Co-author B.Solomon (Lecturer in mental Health Waiariki Institute of Technology and Practice Educator at Lake District Health Board, Rotorua, New Zealand) conference in addictions forum on joint publication on “Managing Novel Psychoactive Substance Misuse Solomon et al, 2014”.
  • September 2014: Presentation to Tier 2/3 and Public Health Commissioners on Barnet Drug and Alcohol Team; London my presentation consisted on my new model of managing student nurses; Novel Psychoactive Substances (Solomon et al, 2014) and Nurse Prescribing.

Media experience

Interview for Independent Nurse magazine

Independent Nurse: Alexander Turn ball: “The Low Profile of Legal Highs” Date published: 7 December 2015. Link: www.independentnurse.co.uk/news/the-low-profile-of-legalhighs/110920/#.VmwWoVZ3TZQ.email

Solomon, D. et al (2014). Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances. Nursing Times, 110(22, pp12-15.

Awaiting 'Drug Misconceptions' (commentary; letter to the editor) accepted for publication in NT for 2015.

2012: David completed several pharmacological prescribing scenarios for a DVD with Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Seshni Moodliar for the www.easternpsychcourse.co.uk (this can be purchased online).

1994: Participated in 'Wish you were here'.