Professor John Wells
Professor John Wells was educated at Henry Thornton School, London and holds degrees from King's College London (PhD in Nursing); London Guildhall University/London Metropolitan University (BA Hons in History) and Southbank University (Post Graduate Diploma in Education). He trained as a mental health nurse at St. George's Hospital School of Nursing at Springfield Hospital in London. He then held a number of clinical and management positions in mental health services including Staff Nurse in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Mental Health Nurse, and Ward Manager, Acute Psychiatric Admissions at the Maudsley and Bethel Hospital and Springfield Hospital in London. He took up his first academic appointment in 1991 as a lecturer in mental health nursing at the Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing. This was followed in 1993 with an appointment as a lecturer in nursing at King's College, University of London, where he remained until 1998 when he moved to Ireland and took up a lectureship in Psychiatric Nursing based in WIT. Professor Wells was awarded a PhD by research from King's College London in 2004 with a thesis entitled 'Community Mental Health Policy In The 1990s: A Case Study In Corporate And 'Street Level' Implementation'. Professor Wells' principal hobby outside of his academic interests is military history and wargaming, specialising in the Peloponnesian and Greco-Persian wars, the Peninsular Campaign in the Napoleonic Wars and World War 2.