Sue Webster

I am originally from Sherwood, Nottingham, and came to do my nurse training in Scarborough by the sea, after previous holidays here. My background in nursing is in both primary and secondary care. 

This has covered acute care settings like ICU & CCU, wards, clinics, surgeries a hospice and the nurse bank.  I also completed an Integrative Counselling Theory degree last year at Coventry University in Scarborough.  I am a PPI member of Tees, Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV)  Mental Health Trust Involvement and Engagement Team, which is how I found out about the Peer Researcher position.

Having worked in many areas of nursing, I have seen how mental health has a great impact on physical health and that the two cannot be separated.  I believe that there is “no health without mental health” and now have a great interest in mental health research, particularly after having had a period of depression myself.  I have been involved in a few mental health research projects, including the MODS/BASIL research into Multi-morbidity in the Older Person with Depression and Behavioural Activation in Social Isolation. 

I have a great interest in the WHOLE-SMI study, as I am fully aware of how exercise improves mental health and have experience of this myself, being an active person. I am looking forward to this new opportunity as a Peer Researcher to investigate what helps or hinders exercise for people with SMI, how to best deliver physical health support, and also to use my lived experience in helping to make a difference and empower others.