Dr Dave Mercer PhD, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE, RMN

Lecturer Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Across a range of roles, and contexts, my nursing career has focused on the provision of high quality care, and educational programmes, to promote positive mental health. I am committed to a professional and political philosophy that values diversity, encourages inclusion, and prioritises anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory ways of working. Choosing to specialise in the forensic field, and engaging therapeutically with the mentally disordered offender, has entailed a series of challenges specifically associated with a stigmatised and marginal client group. My contribution to the development of forensic mental health nursing, recognised at national and international levels, has endeavoured to combine clinical practice with academic integrity and intellectual rigour aimed at enhancing the reputation of nursing at the University of Liverpool.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Invited keynote speech at an international conference in Canada (2009) (Keynote Speech, Custody and Caring: International Biennial Conference 2009)
    • Invited presentation at a British Psychological Society Conference in the U.K. (2004) (Invitation to Speak, Forensic Psychology and Vulnerability Conference. Organised by MMU and the BPS 2004)
    • Invited keynote speech at an international conference in New Zealand (2004) (Invitation to Speak, Forensic Psychiatric Perspectives and Possibilities Conference, hosted by the Post-Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychiatric Care Programme 2004)
    • Invited keynote speech at an international conference in New Zealand (2003) (Invitation to Speak, Australian and New Zealand College of Mental health Nurses 2003)
    • Invited series of lectures in New Zealand (2004) (Invitation to Speak, Mason Clinic and Auckland University 2003)
    • Invited series of lectures in New Zealand (2003) (Invitation to Speak, Mason Clinic and Auckland University. 2003)
    • Invited series of lectures in Australia (2003) (Keynote Speech, State Forensic Mental Health Services, Secure Health Management and the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses 2003)
    • Invited keynote speech at an international conference in Australia (2002) (Keynote Speech, Australian 2nd International Forensic Nursing Conference: 'A Kaleidoscope of Forensic Nursing', Flinders University 2002)
    • MCB University Press Awards for Excellence - 'Outstanding Paper' (2000) (Prize, MCB University Press 2000)
    • International Association of Forensic Nurses 'Achievement Award' (2000) (IAFN - to acknowledge research and publication in the advancement of forensic nursing 2000)

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