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Dr Shanlee Higgins

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

Dr Shanlee Higgins is a senior lecturer in mental health nursing. Her expertise is in older people’s mental health and mental health liaison services, with a special interest in dementia care in acute hospitals.

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Shanlee graduated as a mental health nurse from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2012. Clinically, her roles have varied across inpatient, community, acute hospital and care home mental health liaison services within London, Essex, and Cambridge. Predominantly, her work has specialised in the mental health care of older people.

In 2014, Shanlee gained a Florence Nightingale Foundation project grant to complete a qualitative service evaluation of a memory assessment service's post diagnostic support. In 2015, she commenced a role as a mental health clinical research nurse based at University College London, working on two streams of a large dementia research project (MARQUE). The project was jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and National Institute for Health and Care Research. In 2016, Shanlee was the successful recipient of the Mona Grey Scholarship, which provided funding to undertake a PhD at London South Bank University. Shanlee retained a clinical position whilst completing her PhD and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in November 2021, in recognition of her thesis entitled ‘Person-centred hydration care for older people living with dementia in acute hospital wards: A case study.’ Dr Shanlee Higgins joined Anglia Ruskin University as a senior lecturer in mental health nursing in August 2022, she's keen to share her enthusiasm for mental health nursing as a valuable and rewarding profession with student nurses. 

Research interests
  • Qualitative research
  • Case study
  • Person-centred dementia care in acute hospitals
  • Fundamental care for people living with dementia in acute hospitals

BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Nursing

BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health) - Personal Tutor

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), London South Bank University (2021)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health), Anglia Ruskin University (2009- 2012)
  • Registered Nurse – Mental Health 
Selected recent publications

Person-centred hydration care for older people living with dementia in acute hospital wards: A case study : LSBU Open Research

Sampson, E.L., Stringer, A., Frenais, F. la, Higgins, S., Doyle, M.J., Laybourne, A., Livingston, G. and Leavey, G., 2019. Agitation near the end of life with dementia: An ethnographic study of care. PLoS ONE, 14(10), pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0224043.