• Professor John Wells

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    Professor John Wells was educated at Henry Thornton School, London and holds degrees from King's College London (PhD in Nursing); London Guildhall University/ London Metropolitan University (MSc in Care Policy and Management); Manchester University (BA Hons in History) and Southbank University (Post Graduate Diploma in Education). He trained as a mental health nurse at St George's Hospital School of Nursing at Springfield Hospital in London. He then held a number of clinical and management positions in mental health services including Staff Nurse in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Mental Health Nurse, and Ward Manager, Acute Psychiatric Admissions at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital and Springfield Hospital in London. He took up his first academic appointment in 1991 as a lecturer in mental health nursing at the Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing. This was followed in 1993 with an appointment as a lecturer in nursing at King's College, University of London, where he remained until 1998 when he moved to Ireland and took up a lectureship in Psychiatric Nursing based in WIT. Professor Wells was awarded a PhD by research from King's College London in 2004 with a thesis entitled ‘Community Mental Health Policy In The 1990s: A Case Study In Corporate And ‘Street Level’ Implementation’. Supervisor: Professor Dame Jennifer Wilson-Barnett (KIng's College London); Examiners: Professor Edward Peck (University of Birmingham) and Professor Jennifer Secker (Anglia Ruskin University). Professor Wells' principal hobby outside of his academic interests is military history and wargaming, specialising in the Peloponnesian and Greco-Persian wars, the Peninsular Campaign in the Napoleonic Wars and World War 2. For more information please go to https://www.wit.ie/about_wit/contact_us/staff_directory/john_wells#tab=directory_biography

  • Dr Michael Bergin

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    Dr Michael Bergin is a lecturer at the Department of Nursing & Healthcare, WIT since 2002. He holds degrees from the University of Lincoln, UK (PhD in Nursing); University College Dublin (MMedSc) and University College Cork (BSc Hons in Nursing and Diploma in Professional Studies). He trained as a psychiatric nurse at Waterford Regional School of Psychiatric Nursing while clinically based at St. Canices Hospital, Kilkenny. He also trained as a general nurse having undertaken his postgraduate programme at Waterford Regional School of General Nursing, University Hospital Waterford from 1989-1991. He then held a number of clinical and management positions in the mental health services in the south east including Staff Nurse and Clinical Nurse Manager in the Acute Psychiatric Admissions, Community Mental Health Nurse and Project Manager for the Integration of the Carlow/Kilkenny Acute Psychiatric Services. He took up his first academic appointment in 2002 as a lecturer in Nursing at the Department of Nursing, WIT. He has a particular interest in the Productive Ward initiative having undergone training in the Productice Series, University of Warwickshire, UK. Dr Bergin was awarded a PhD by research from the University of Lincoln, UK in 2012 with a thesis entitled ‘Realist Social Theory, Gender Awareness and Irish Mental Health Care: An Exploratory Analysis'. His Supervisors were: Professor John S. G. Wells (Head of School of Health Sciences, WIT) and Professor Sara Owen (Pro Vice Chancellor / Head of College of Social Science, University of Lincoln, UK). Examiners were Professor Alan White (University of Leeds) and Dr Dave Piggott (University of Lincoln, UK).