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Qualifications

PhD, MA, BA (Hons), RMN, RGN, PGCE


About

Ian has held clinical posts in drug and alcohol abuse, general surgery, an elderly mentally ill assessment unit, and in community psychiatry.
As Subject Lead for Mental Health he combines management with teaching philosophy of nursing, interpersonal relationships in Mental Health nursing, qualitative research methodology, the empowerment of people in mental health care and recovery based approaches, psychosocial interventions, history of mental health services and spirituality in mental health care.


Responsibilities

Duties & Responsibilities: Management of Mental Health and teaching and supervision on a number of courses from first year undergraduate to doctorate level.

Publications

Conference Papers

Beech I & Stevenson C (1996) Qualitative Researchers and Ethics Committees – Dialogue and Power. Paper given at Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference. St Catherine’s College, Oxford. September 17th 1996.

Beech I (1997) User Involvement in Training the Specialist Practitioner. Paper given at the ENB Mental Health Nursing Conference, Leicester University, 17th June 1997.

Beech I. (1998) Paradigms Lost, Paradigms Regained:- Defending Nursing Against a Single Reading of Postmodernism. Paper given at Celebrating Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Conference, University of Glamorgan, 10th July 1998.

Beech I. (1998) The Experience Of Talking Therapies. Workshop given to Mid Glamorgan Service User Conference. Ty Newydd Hotel, Hirwaun October 31st 1998.

Invited to speak against the motion that ‘This house believes the evidence for PSI is overwhelming’ in debate at ‘The Evidence Base for Psycho-Social Interventions’ Conference at University College Chester, 4th February 1999.

Beech I. (1999) Running The Caucus Race: How Can All Win And All Have Prizes? Paper to be given at the 4th European Mental Health Nursing Conference, Hotel du France, Jersey. 20th February 1999.

Beech I (2000) Addressing The De-meaning Of Phenomenological Nursing Research. Paper given at the Royal College of Nursing Research Conference. Sheffield University. April 15th.

Beech I (2000) The Nature of Mental Health Research. Paper given at the FoRUS Conference in Ystrad Mynach on Friday November 10th 2000.

Beech, I (2004) Promoting Recovery. Keynote speech at launch of Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Health Board Mental Health Strategy, Rhondda Heritage Hotel, Tuesday 2nd November 2004.

Beech, I & Fothergill, A (2005) Involving Service Users In The Recruitment Of Pre-Registration Student Nurses. Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference 29th September 2005 Oxford University.

Beech, I & Saarakoski, T (2006) Facilitating Learning of Potentially Challenging Material Across Cultures Within a Virtual Learning Environment at 6th Asia Pacific Nurses Convention, Singapore 12th – 14th July 2006.

Key Note Lecture on the Early History of Cardiff City Mental Hospital at the Centenary Celebrations for Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff 16 April 2008

Published Papers

Beech I (1995) Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia, Why the Difference in Attitude? Nursing Ethics, vol. 2 no 2 pp 161-170.

Beech I (1996) Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia, Why the Difference in Attitude? – A Response to Criticism. Nursing Ethics, vol. 4 no 1.

Beech I (1997) Research as Power: A reply to Gournay and Ritter. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Vol. 4 no 6 pp 443-444.

Stevenson C & Beech I. (1998) Playing the power game for qualitative researchers: the possibility of a post-modern approach. Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 27 No 4: 790-797.

Beech I (1998) What future for research in mental health nursing – rediscovering the yin. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 5 no 3: 234 – 235.

Beech, I. (1999) Bracketing in Phenomenological Research. Nurse Researcher. Vol. 6 No 3: 35-51

Beech I (2000) Qualitative and quantitative research: a question of synthesis? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 7 No 4: 367-368.

Beech I & Burnard P (2001) Quality or quantity? Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 21 No. 1: 11-25

Stevenson, C & Beech, I (2001) Paradigms lost, paradigms regained: defending nursing against a single reading of postmodernism. Nursing Philosophy Vol. 2 No. 2 143-150.

Beech, I, Hannigan, B & Cutcliffe, J (2001) Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Journal Club: article review. (Review of ‘Qualified nurses’ lived experience of violence perpetrated by individuals suffering from enduring mental health problems’. Int J Nursing Studies. 1999. (36). p105-16.) British Journal of Nursing. 24 May. 10(10). p665-6.

Beech, I, Coffey, M & Hannigan, B (2002) The Case for Specialist Mental Health Training Nursing Times Vol. 98 No. 15 pp 40 – 41.

Beech, I (2005) The Universal Khaki: The impact of the asylum war hospitals scheme on Cardiff City Mental Hospital, 1915-1920 Llafur: Journal of the Welsh People’s History Society Vol. 9 No 2 pp 4-26

Beech, I (2008) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter: Industrial Relations in Cardiff City Mental Hospital before the First World War. Llafur: Journal of Welsh People’s History, Vol. 10 pp 32-46.

Book Contributions

Barker, P (1999) The Philosophy And Practice Of Psychiatric Nursing Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, Chapter commentary.

Beech, I (2003) The Person Who Experiences Depression in Barker, P (edit) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring. London: Hodder Arnold.

Beech, I (2003) The Person with a Diagnosis of Manic Depression in Barker, P (edit) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring. London: Hodder Arnold

Beech, I (2003) The Contribution of Qualitative Approaches to Community Mental Health Nursing Research. In Coffey, M & Hannigan, B (edit) A Handbook of Community Mental Health Nursing. London: Routledge.

Stevenson, C & Beech, I (2003) Paradigms lost, paradigms regained: defending nursing against a single reading of postmodernism. in Reed, P, Crawford Shearer, N & Nicoll, L edit. Perspectives on Nursing Theory 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Beech, I (2004) Craving In Barker, P & Buchanen-Barker, P (edit) Spirituality and Mental Health: Breakthrough. London: Whurr.

Beech, I (2009) The Person Who Experiences Depression in Barker, P (edit) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring 2nd Edition London: Hodder Arnold.

Beech, I (2009) The Person with a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in Barker, P (edit) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring 2nd Edition. London: Hodder Arnold

Northway R & Beech I (2015) ‘Ethics’ in Delves-Yates, C edit (2015) Essentials of Nursing Practice: Sage: London.


Memberships

Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society

External

  • External Examiner to University of Plymouth. 1998 – 2001
  • Staffordshire University 2003 – 2008
  • Dublin City University 2008 – 2013
  • Keele University 2014 onwards


Consultancy

Introduced Tidal Model to a number of organisations both in the NHS and the Independent Sector.

All Wales Senior Nurse Advisory Group for Mental Health.


Research

PhD study: “Minding the Medicine and Medicalising the Mind: Investigating the Cultural and Social History of Cardiff City Mental Hospital 1906-1930.”

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