I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. I have a BA (Hons) Philosophy, DipHE RNMH, PGDip (Health and Social Care Educator) and MA in Education by Negotiated Learning (Distinction).
I have 30 years of clinical, teaching and research experience in mental health practice. My clinical experiences have been within acute adult psychiatric admissions wards, intensive recovery services for people with severe mental illness, and within a specialist psychological trauma treatment service. I moved into Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health in 2009, and after 10 years working in nurse education within brick Universities, joined the OU in Jan 2020 as a Staff Tutor before moving to the central academic team in 2022.
I have previously been co-lead for a large service user and carer group within HE, clinical supervisor for a campus University student Mental Health nurse team, a School Governor in a large 11-16 Academy and I continue to work as a clinical supervisor in palliative care.
My research and teaching interests include: liminality, professional socialisation, transition and threshold concepts in nurse education, and I closely follow developments in psychological trauma therapy, psychosis, complex grief and the impact of the self in therapeutic work.
I am also looking at how language is used in healthcare in collaboration with academic colleagues in Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL).
Current work includes:
Since joining the OU I have drawn on my experience both as a mental health practitioner and nurse educator to author on modules in Nursing, HSC, ACP and Social Work:
Liminality, professional socialisation, transition and threshold concepts in nurse education.
Interprofessional learning and working in health and social care
Psychological trauma and the evidence base for psychotherapy
Grief and recovery
Supporting staff working with loss, death and dying
Member of Open Thanatology Research Group
Member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK)
Trauma and recovery
Loss and grief
Complex mental health
Leadership and clinical decision making
Evans C A & Kevern P (2015) Liminality in preregistration mental health nurse education: A review of the literature, Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 1-6
Harris C A (2021) “Finding Comfort and Truth in Une Mort Tres Douce” in Narratives of Covid: Loss, Dying, Death and Grief during Covid 19, edited by Erica Borgstrom and Sharon Mallon
Harris C A and Murcott W (2023) A disorder- or just me? Life with Bipolar, Open Learn
Borgstrom, E., Harris, C. A., Kerry, J., and Mallon. S. (2023) Bereavement during employment in Higher Education (UK): 2023 Survey Report. Milton Keynes: The Open University.
Borgstrom, E., Harris, C. A., Kerry, J., and Mallon. S. (2023) Compassion and care: staff experiences of death, the role of bereavement policies in higher education , Open Learn
Rienties B, Calo F, Corcoran S, Chandler K, FitzGerald E, Haslam D, Harris C.A, Perryman L, Sargent J, Suttle M.D, Wahga A. (2023) How and with whom do educators learn in an online professional development microcredential, Social Sciences & Humanities Open, Vol 8, Issue 1.
Academic Journal "Death Studies"
BBC Ideas "What is Therapy?"
BBC Connect- The Evolution of Therapy
How and with whom do educators learn in an online professional development microcredential (2023-07-14)
Rienties, Bart; Calò, Francesca; Corcoran, Suz; Chandler, Kathy; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Haslam, Daniel; Harris, Claire A.; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Sargent, Julia; Suttle, Martin and Wahga, Aqueel
Social Sciences and Humanities Open, 8, Article 100626(1)
Bereavement during employment in Higher Education (UK): 2023 Survey Report (2023-05-05)
Borgstrom, Erica; Harris, Claire A.; Jones, Kerry and Mallon, Sharon
The Open University, Milton Keynes.