Martin Harrison

Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
 Martin Harrison
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    +44 (0) 1206 873285

  • Location

    2S2.3.27, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By Appointment



Martin has a clinical background in mental health nursing. His career in the United Kingdom National Health Service covered 20 years of practice. Having spent the first decade of his professional life in South West Wales, he moved to Colchester in 1995. His work has primarily been based adult inpatient and community services in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles. Martin has spent many years working with clients who have substance use/misuse and mental health problems. Having been seconded (part-time) to the DSchool since 1998 to run courses in the Care and Mangement of Clients with Substance Misuse. He joined the School full-time in early 2004 to help develop the new MSc/Registration course in Mental Health Nursing and was programme lead between 2008 - 2016. Between 2014 - 2019 Martin was the Professional Lead for Mental Health Nursing. Between 2014 - 2017 Martin was the Head of Nursing. During 2011/12/13 Martin was Asistant Proctor concerned with student conduct across the University. Martin has been a Member of the University's Student Conduct Committee since 2014 Martin sits on the Faculty's Academic Offences Committee, and he was the School's Academic Offences Officer 2010-2016. Martin continues as a member of the School's Extenuating Circumstances and Lateness Committees, both of which he chaired between 2010-2016.


  • RMN, United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting,

  • DipN (Wales),

  • MSc (Wales),

  • PGDip (Med and Clin Ed). University of Essex,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The role of the mental health nurse in working with clients who have substance use problems This was the subject of Martins MSc research

Comorbidity - the lived experience of those with both Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problems is an enduring interest

Having been a member of NHS Local Research Ethics Committees for 6 years (4 years as Chair) Martin retains a strong interest in health research ethics

Conferences and presentations

Unconscious Bias - Sexuality

Invited presentation, Diversity in Education, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15/6/2018

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Person-Centred Care 1 (HS184)

  • Person-Centred Care 1 (HS221)

  • Relationship Based Practice (HS244)

  • Relationship Based Practice (HS279)

  • Personal Development (HS502)


Journal articles (3)

Todd, J., Green, G., Pevalin, DJ., Ikuesan, BA., Harrison, M., Self, C. and Baldacchino, A., (2005). Service uptake in a sample of substance misuse and community mental health service clients: A case control study. Journal of Mental Health. 14 (2), 95-107

Todd, J., Green, G., Harrison, M., Ikuesan, BA., Self, C., Pevalin, DJ. and Baldacchino, A., (2004). Social exclusion in clients with comorbid mental health and substance misuse problems. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 39 (7), 581-587

TODD, J., GREEN, G., HARRISON, M., IKUESAN, BA., SELF, C., BALDACCHINO, A. and SHERWOOD, S., (2004). Defining dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance misuse: some methodological issues. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 11 (1), 48-54

Books (1)

Martin, P. and Harrison, M., (2017). LGBT+ Perspectives. Editoriale Scientifica

Book chapters (3)

Harrison, M. and Martin, PJ., (2018). Nursing: A profession with too many masters?. In: Coping and Thriving in Nursing an Essential Guide to Practice. Editors: Martin, PJ., . Sage. 31- 46

Martin, PJ. and Harrison, M., (2018). Mental Parkour:Freeing the Mind. In: Coping and Thriving in Nursing An Essential Guide to Practice. Editors: Martin, PJ., . Sage. 123- 137

Harrison, M. and Martin, P., (2017). Being Unaware of Being Aware. In: LGBT+Perspectives. The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I., . 8893910454. 9788893910453

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2S2.3.27, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By Appointment