Andrew Irving

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing
Chelmsford ,

Andrew Irving has experience in mental health, nursing in secure / forensic nursing environments, and managing Acute Mental Health Assessment Units, and Designated Health Based Places of Safety in the NHS.

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Andrew Irving qualified as a mental health nurse in 2006. After qualifying he worked in forensic low secure units with people who have enduring mental illness, challenging behaviours. Throughout this experience Andrew enhanced his understanding of working with individuals with complex needs and offending behaviours.

Andrew Irving has also managed Acute Mental Health Assessment Units working closely with people and their families who are in acute distress.

Andrew has also managed and worked in Designated Health Based Places of Safety (Section 136 units) and throughout this experience Andrew has enhanced his understanding and knowledge of working with individuals who are in have crisis and have been detained by the police following concerns that they are suffering from a mental disorder.

In 2022 Andrew Irving Joined ARU and is currently teaching modules teaching modules within the mental health field on the pre-registration nursing programmes.

Research interests
  • Pre Reg and Post Reg Staff attuited to use of clinical / managerial Supervision
  • The appropriate use of Health Based Place of Safety
  • Working with carers and families 
  • BSC (Hons) Pre and Post -Registration Nursing
  • BSC (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Personal and Module Tutor 
  • 2022-Current Study MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice (Nursing)
  • BSC (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) Anglia Ruskin University
  • Dip HE Is nursing (Mental Health) Homerton College Cambridge