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 Nicholas Weaver

Nicholas Weaver

Lecturer: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
weavern2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87550
Campuses
2F21, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Overview

Hello! My name is Dr Nick Weaver and I am a Registered Nurse (Mental Health Field) with clinical experience in acute psychiatry, psychotherapeutic approaches and treatment of substance abuse and addiction issues. I undertook my undergraduate education at Swansea University and graduated in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Degree. Not long after this I secured funding from RCBC to undertake my PhD thesis on ‘Experiences of care continuity and recovery for people at the interface of primary and secondary mental health care in Wales: a thematic discourse analytic approach’. I completed this early 2020 and an e-version can be found within my ResearchGate profile at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicholas-Weaver-2 

My research and teaching interests include recovery, addiction and dependency issues, care continuity and coordination, applied social theory, critical psychiatry, discourse theory and complex systems theory. My most recent publication is 'Recovery and care continuity experiences of people in mental healthcare: a conciliatory approach to the challenge of implementing recovery-based services' published in 'Sociology of Health and Illness'. This study investigates potential ways to reconcile top-down, policy-based recovery implementation with recovery approaches cultivated at the grassroots level. Recently, I have published ‘Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health service systems: the role of recovery as a form of moral communication' published in ‘Kybernetes’. This paper examines the complexity-inducing effects of the proliferation of person-centred, recovery-based approaches to tackling mental health issues.

Please see my Researchgate profile here - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicholas-Weaver-2

Recent publications:-

Weaver, N. (2021). Recovery and care continuity experiences of people in mental healthcare: a conciliatory approach to the challenge of implementing recovery-based services. Sociology of Health and Illness. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13373 

Weaver, N. (2021). Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health service systems: the role of recovery as a form of moral communication. Kybernetes. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/K-11-2020-0782 

Weaver, N. (2020). Experiences of care continuity and recovery for people at the interface of primary and secondary mental health care in Wales: a thematic discourse analytic approach. PhD thesis, Swansea University. https://doi.org/10.23889/Suthesis.53686 

Weaver, N., Coffey, M. & Hewitt, J. (2017). Concepts, models and measurement of continuity of care in mental health services: a systematic appraisal of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 24(6), 431-450. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12387 

Weaver, N. and Hewitt, J. 2016. Care continuity and quality of life for people at the interface of primary and secondary mental Healthcare in Wales. European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics Newsletter 42, pp.4-6. https://eacmeweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Newsletter-May-2016-final-1.pdf 

Conference presentatations/papers:-

Weaver, N. 2021. Crisis in recovery from addiction problems: the impact of COVID-19 at the sociological and individual level. Paper for the conference: Risks and Pathologies. Observed with Social Systems Theory. Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia: 14-17 September 2021.

Weaver, N. 2020. Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health services: the influence of recovery as a form of moral communication. Paper for the conference: Moral Communication. Observed with Social Systems Theory. Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia: 15-18 September 2020.

Presentation on ‘Recovery and care continuity in transforming Welsh services: perspectives on the challenge of complexity in mental health care’ at the International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2020, online conference 14-25 September 2020.

Weaver, N. 2015. Quality Improvement Project: Relaxation Group - SafeWards: 1000 Lives. Poster for the conference: 1000 Lives Improvement National Learning 2015, Cardiff 17 June 2015.

Biography

Publications

Teaching

I believe passionately that teaching and research-based generation of new knowledge and theory should be closely integrated. Thus, my career vision is to develop research and teaching excellence which will feed into the highest quality scholarship at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 

  • I am currently applying for Population health research pitch-to-peer research/grant opportunity within Cardiff University to undertake empirical research in the area of addiction recovery in Wales.

  • I am involved with a systematic review on mental health intervention adherence in relation to urban or rural facilitators and barriers to care. This was a joint project conducted with researchers at Swansea University and the University of Houston. First paper publication is now being submitted to the Journal of Rural Mental Health.

  • I am writing a paper for presentation at the upcoming Luhmann 2021 conference at the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia: 14-17 September 2021. This paper focuses on the overall impact of COVID-19 upon relapse and recovery for people in Wales, UK.

Supervision

I have participated in PGR reviews and mock vivas. I provide undergraduate supervision as Personal Tutor and will shortly be undertaking postgraduate supervision.