Mr Robin Ion

Senior Lecturer

School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling

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+44 (0)1382 30 8504


I am a senior lecturer in Nursing . I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and have an NMC recordable teaching qualification.

I completed the BA (Hons) Social Science (Politics) at Leicester University in 1983 and  the  MSc Mental Health Studies at the University of London in 1997.Before joining the University in 1997, I worked in the acute inpatient and addictions services at the  Bethlem and Maudsley hosptials in London.

I teach modules on professional development, leadership  and evidence -based practice at undergraduate level . I am module lead for recovery and self-management at MSc level.

I am interested in how nurses respond in situations where they witness poor care.


I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. My main areas of teaching are around evidence based practice, leadership  and professional issues.

I have an NMC recordable teaching qualification amd am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Current research is focussed on the reporting of poor care by student nurses.

I completed  a KTP funded project  which explored the  reliability and validity of a tool which was designed bythe mental health charity, Penumbra,  to measure recovery in mental health.

I have previously published work on the history of psychiatry with a specific focus on the reaction of British psychiatry to the introduction of the Demenia Preacox concept.

Ion, R, Olivier, S, Darbyshire, P. (2019)  Failure to report poor care as a breach of moral and professional expectation. Nursing Inquiry .e12299.

Massey, D , Ion, R & Jackson, D. (In press) Top tips when starting a career in academic nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Massey, D, Ion R, and Jackson , D (2019) I want it all and I want it now: Challenging the traditional nursing academic paradigm. Nurse Education Today

Dickens, G.L., Ion, R, Waters, C, Atlantis, E, & Everett, B. (2019) Mental health nurses’ attitudes, experience, and knowledge regarding routine physical healthcare: systematic, integrative review of studies involving 7,549 nurses working in mental health settings. BMC Nursing , 18:16

Darbyshire P & Ion R (2018 ) The Lessons of Gosport for nursing education. Nurse Education Today. 70:130-135. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.08.018

Darbyshire, P & Ion, R, (2018) The Gosport War Memorial Report and its implications for Nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Free to access |

Sharp, P, Ion, R, & Massey , D (2018) Developing the social media presence of @NurseEducToday by using Twitter. 68, 201-202.

Ion, R, DeSouza R, & Kerin , T. (2018) Teaching ethics: Intersectionality, care failure and moral courage, 62 , 98-100 DOI:

Dickens, G,L, Rudd, B, Hallett, N, Ion, R, M, and Hardie S. (2017) Factor validation and Rasch analysis of the individual recovery outcomes counter. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-12

Gamble, C & Ion, R. (2017) . Poor care and the professional duty of the registered nurse.  Nursing Older People. 29, 4, 20-24.

Ion, R, Smith, K, & Dickens G.L. (2017) Nursing and midwifery students' encounters with poor clinical practice: a systematic review. Nurse Education in Practice. Available at

Ion, R, Jones, A, & Craven, R. (2016) Raising concerns and reporting poor care in practice.  Nursing Standard, 31,15, 55-63.

Ion R & Craven R (2016) Much more than a mishap. Nursing Standard, 30, 47, 35.

Ion, R. & Craven, R.( 2016) Helping nurses to speak up. Nursing Standard  30, 48, 35 . 

Stenhouse R, Ion R, Roxbrough M, Devett P, & Smith S ( 2016) Exploring the compassion deficit debate. Nurse Education Today. doi:10.1026/j.nedt.2016.01.019

Ion R, Smith K, Moir J & Nimmo S (2016) Accounting for actions and omissions: a discourse analysis of student nurse accounts of responding to instances of poor care. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 5 1054 -1064 .DOI:10. 111/jan.12893 

Ion R & Lauder W ( 2015) Willis and the turn to generic nursing. Nurse Education Today.

Ion R., Smith K., Nimmo S., Rice A.M., & McMillan L (2015) Factors affecting student nurses' decisions to report poor care witnesed while on practice placement. Nurse Education Today.

Roberts, M. & Ion, R. (2014) Thinking critically about the occurrence of widespread participation in poor nursing care. Journal of Advanced Nursing (Available online for early view:

Roberts, M. & Ion, R. (2014) Preventing moral catastrophes in modern health care systems by  facilitating the development of a Socratic ethos: A big idea from an Arendtian perspective. Nurse Education Today 34, 1411-1413

Ion R, Pegg S and Moir J (2014) Nineteenth century newspaper accounts of a murder committed by an inmate of a Scottish asylum. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 25 (2) 164-175

Roberts, M. and  Ion, R. (2014) A critical consideration of systemic moral catastrophies in modern health care systems: an Arendtian perspective. Nurse Education Today.

Ion R, Monger B, Hardie S, Henderson N and Cumming J. (2013) Usability of a Tool to Measure Progress and Outcome in Recovery in Mental Health  British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2(4), 56-60

Monger, B., Hardie, S., Ion, R., Cumming, J. & Henderson, N. (2013). The Individual Recovery Outcomes Counter: Preliminary Validation of a Personal Recovery Measure. The Psychiatrist, 37, 1-7. (open access)

Monger B, Ion R, Henderson N, Cumming J and Hardie S (2012) Outcome Measurement in a Scottish Mental Health Charity. Mental Health Today 24-27.

McKinlay A, Cowan S, McVittie C and Ion R (2010) Student nurses’ gender-based accounts of men in nursing. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 5, 345-349., 5 . pp. 345-349.

Ion, R, Cowan, S. & Lindsay, R. (2010) Working with people who have been there: the meaningful involvement of mental health service users in curriculum design and delivery. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Vol 5 (1) 4-10

Ion RM and Beer MD (2003) Valuing the past: the importance of an understanding of the history of psychiatry for health professionals and service users and carers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 12, 4 237-242

Ion RM and Beer MD (2002) The British Reaction to Dementia Praecox 1893 - 1913 (Part1) History of Psychiatry, 13, 285-304

Ion RM and Beer MD  (2002) The British Reaction to Dementia Praecox 1893 - 1913 (Part2) History of Psychiatry 13, 419 -431

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Knowledge Exchange

I am about to complete  Knowledge Transfer Project with Dr Scott Hardie from the Division of Psychology and Bridey Monger from the Division of Nursing and Counselling. Working in partnership with the Mental Health charity, Penumbra, we  have been assessing the reliability and validity of a tool deigned by Penumbra to measure recovery in people with mental health problems.

Preliminary findings indicate that the tool is robust and fit for purpose.

I have previously delivered training to NHS 24 and to Citizens Advice Scotland.

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