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Mrs Valentina Short

Research Postgraduate in the Mental Health Research Group

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Valentina qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1985. The majority of her career has focused on working with people experiencing psychosis. Valentina has been a Consultant Nurse since 2009 and currently works in a Tertiary Psychosis Service in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Her role is multi-faceted, and includes clinical work, service development, leadership and support to colleagues. It also has an explicit focus on research activity, both in supporting a research led workforce and in directly engaging in research activity and projects.

Valentina is a visiting lecturer at Newcastle, Teesside and Sunderland Universities and was the course organiser and senior lecturer for 18 months at Sunderland University for the MSc Course in Complex Mental Health Issues. Valentina is an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and an independent non-medical nurse prescriber. 

Valentina is a PhD candidate with the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Mental Health Research Group. She has developed additional links with Durham University, namely through the Hearing the Voice Project and Special Interest Group for Psychosis which she initiated with Dr Angela Woods and Professor Charles Fernyhough.

Current Study/PhD

Valentina commenced a part-time PhD in April 2013. Her focus is on team formulation as used in mental health service teams. It helps teams to understand the antecedents and maintenance factors of a person's mental health problems and what interventions should be offered. It is a practice adopted from one-to-one psychological therapy with limited research evidence. After completing a scoping review of this practice, Valentina developed a conceptual framework of team formulation. Her thesis examines the role of cognitive and social factors in team formulation.


  • R.M.N. (1985)
  • B.A. in Nursing and Health Studies (1994)
  • MSc (Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing) (1999)
  • Independent Non-Medical Prescriber (2006)
  • P.G. Dip Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy (2007)
  • Post Grad Cert in Professional Practice in Law (2011)
  • Post Grad Cert CBT Clinical Supervision (2012)
  • Post Grad Cert Health Research Methods (2012).

Research interests

  • Psychological formulation in mental health, in particular how this is used by adult mental health teams in the care of people with mental health and learning disability problems
  • Research relating to psychosis and life experiences such as trauma that lead to psychosis
  • Social science research methods
  • Valentina is currently a research therapist for a trial looking at dissociation and psychosis run jointly by Newcastle and Manchester Universities.

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