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John Robinson
Curriculum Vitae

John Robinson
Nurse Specialist for the Deptford Hearing Voices Service

B.Sc(Hons), PGCEA, Dip (CPN), Dip Counselling, Dip. Mental Health Innovations

Employment History

1996 – Project Development Worker and Therapeutic Counsellor
Commissioned by Deptford City Challenge Plc and Lewisham and Guys Mental Health Trust to set up a pilot project in the community for people hearing ‘voices’. Service since 2001 now funded through South London and Maudsley Health Trust and Managed through Community Opportunity Service in the London Borough of Lewisham Mental Health Services South East London.

1994 - 1996 Community Psychiatric Nurse in Day Centre & in Community based Mental Health Team SE London.

1992 – 1993 RMN Staff Nurse (Acute Adult Mental Health Services)

1990 - 1992 RMN training (Nightingale School of Nursing)

1986 – 1990 Various roles in Hospital General Management

1983 – 1985 Clinical Nurse Teacher East Surrey Hospital

1979 - 1983 Bank staff nurse while student at Sussex University

1977 - 1979 Charge Nurse & Sergeant (Royal Army Medical Corps) Military Hosp.

1971 - 1974 Staff Nurse (AMN & SEN) Surg. & ITU, BAOR & Tidworth MH

1968 - 1971 Army Nurse Training (AMN) UK & BAOR

N.B. BAOR (British Army of the Rhine in Germany)

Professional Qualifications

1997 - 1999 University of East London Dip. of Counselling (Integrative)

1996 -  Riverside Health Authority CBT Certificate

1994 - 1995 University of East London Dip. in Professional Nursing (CPN)

1990 - 1992 Guys and Lewisham Registered Mental Health Nurse

1984 - 1985 Surrey University Registered Nurse Tutor

1974 - 1976 Army School of Nursing Registered General Nurse

1968 - 1971 Army School of Nursing EN(G) & AMN Military Cert.

Academic History

1998 – 2000 Anglia Polytechnic University Dip. of Mental Health Innovations

1984 - 1985 University of Surrey Postgraduate Cert in Education

(for Adults)

1979 - 1983 University of Sussex B.Sc (Hons) Human Sciences

Interests & recreation

Being with friends & social cooking, walking touring London and UK countryside, cinema, classical music & opera, politics and history, finally driving other people’s cars (legally!), some visual arts work.

Voluntary work

Trustee & member of Hearing Voices Network (based in Manchester) Charity Member of Management Committee of Bridge 86 a Not for Profit Company in Greenwich. Working with People using mental health services.


Born in Singapore of mixed race Anglo/Chinese/Malay, spent time living in Sarawak (now East Malaysia), three years on a tramp steamer on South China Seas and Indian Ocean, two years semi itinerant lifestyle in port city, two and half years working on chicken farm in West Australia, two years in orphanage in UK fishing port of Hull, two and half years with foster parents in UK sea side resort of Bridlington, two and half year as junior soldier in North Wales UK, 11 years in British Army as Army Trained Nurse, then Registered General Nurse before leaving to enter University of Sussex (Brighton).

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