Mr Darren Shurmer

BSc (Hons) MA MSc PGDip(RNMH)

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Darren Shurmer


Darren Shurmer has been working in mental health services for the past ten years, eventually becoming a senior nurse within high secure services at West London NHS Trust. He has a keen interest in mental health research, particularly around the use of qualitative research methods to explore the experiences of people with mental health illnesses.


Areas of expertise

  • Forensic mental health nursing
  • Reducing restrictive practices in mental health settings
  • Managing violence in secure settings
  • Working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Trauma informed care
  • Use of restorative justice in mental health settings
  • Quality, service improvement and redesign

Healthcare security

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught


  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
  • MSc Nursing (Mental Health)
  • MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)
  • MSci Nursing (Child and Mental Health)


Modules taught

  • Assessing and Planning Mental Health Nursing Care

Enhancing Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing Practice


Darren has interests in qualitative mental health research, particularly around the life experiences of patients in secure mental health services. He was recently awarded an Improvement Leader Fellowship by Imperial College London and the National Institute for Health and Care Research, and subsequently was awarded a NIHR Patient and Public Involvement grant, both focusing on the experiences of patients nursed under long term segregation in high secure mental health services


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Member of the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative, North West London

Member of the Managed Clinical Network for Personality Disorder

Member of the National Knowledge and Understanding Framework for Personality Disorder Training

Member of the Restorative Justice Council