Louise McCarthy: Lead research nurse

Louise McCarthy I work across all pathways and teams in Norfolk and Suffolk in the delivery of clinical research and research development. A primary focus is supporting mental health nurses interested in research and in developing nurse-led research projects. My research interests are diverse and include mental health and conditions in older people and dementia and reducing the use of restrictive interventions.

Having worked as a mental health nurse for many years, I have a wealth of expertise in establishing therapeutic relationships and building trust with service users and carers.  

Like many mental health nurses, I originally had a perception that research was a huge academic challenge and something that was best left to other professional groups. But, with good support and supervision, research is something that mental health nurses can do and should do. Understanding what works and what doesn’t work for our service users, carers and colleagues is absolutely something all nurses should be involved with.


Screening Tools in Elder Abuse: A Systematic Review.’
(Full reference: McCarthy, L., Campbell, S. and Penhale, B. (2017) The Journal of Adult Protection, 19(6), pp. 368-379)

‘Restrictive Interventions: A Service Evaluation.’
(Full reference: Parke, S., Hunn, L., Holland, T., McCarthy, L. and Day M. (2019) Mental Health Practice doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1369

‘Practice-informed guidance for undertaking remote-delivery mental health research appointment’
(Full reference: McCarthy, L., Teague, B., Rowe, K., Janes, K., Rhodes, T., Hackmann, C., Samad, L. and Wilson, J. (2020) Nurse Researcher In print

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