Catharine Jenkins

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery
0121 331 7188

Catharine is currently involved in research on the competencies required by specialist practitioners working in the dementia care field and on approaches to dementia care education and training. She is also particularly interested in creative approaches to active learning for nurse education.

Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Catharine worked for many years as a Community Mental Health Nurse and team leader of an outreach team. At present she works as a volunteer for BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell).

In April 2011 the University launched the Birmingham City University employable students awards (BEST) and Catharine was awarded for her work in running a course in dementia care. This course provides educational opportunities for staff working in care and nursing homes linked to Birmingham Care Development Agency.

Catharine is a 'media champion', responding to media requests on issues related to older peoples' mental health.

Current Activity

Catharine is a senior nurse lecturer at Birmingham City University. She teaches at all levels, from Foundation Degree to MSc.

Catharine has an interest in and teaches on older people's mental health, dementia care and diversity issues. She also has an interest in promoting the mental health of older people within general hospital environments, and works closely with adult nurse colleagues in developing teaching and publications for pre-registration adult nurse students.

Current activities include:

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Student support
  • Research
  • Writing for publication on issues relating older people and their mental health
  • RMHN
  • Dip N
  • MSc
  • PG Dip (Education)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Training in Dementia Care 2012 (University of Bradford)

Higher Education Dementia Network


Catharine is currently involved in projects exploring the training needs of nurses working in nursing homes, alternative approaches to dementia care education and the pro-domal stages of living with dementia.


Smythe, A, Jenkins, C., Bentham P. and Oyebode JR (2015). The experiences of staff working within a specialist mental health service in relation to development of the skills for the provision of person centred care for people with dementia. Dementia Vol. 14(2) 184–198

Smythe, A, Jenkins, C, Bentham, P and Oyebode, J. (2014) Development of a competency framework for a specialist dementia service, The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice,  Vol. 9 (1), pp.59 – 68

Smythe A, Oyebode, Jenkins, C. Bentham P. (2014) An evaluation of an innovative approach to training for staff working with people with dementia in acute hospital settings. Nursing Older People, 26, 2 18-24. 

Jenkins, C and Macken, G (2014) The Impact of Exploring Ageism Through Reflective Writing: Implications for Nurse Education and Service Development The British Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 3 (1) 28-32

Jenkins, C, Smythe, A and Galant-Miecznikowska, M (2014) How can training interventions for nurses promote person-centred dementia care in nursing homes? Mental Health Nursing 34(5) 16-19

Jenkins, C and Smythe, A (2013) Reflections on a visit to a dementia care village Nursing Older People 25 (6) 14-19

Keenan B, Jenkins C et al (2013) Promoting mental health in older people admitted to hospitals. Chapter 9 in Safeguarding Adults at Risk A Nursing Standard Publication London RCN

Jenkins C, McKay A (2013) Health promotion for people in the early stages of dementia. Nursing Standard. 27, 36, 49-56.

Jenkins C, McKay A (2013) A collaborative approach to health promotion in the middle and later stages of dementia. Nursing Standard. 27, 36, 49-56.

Jenkins, C & Walsh, A. (2011) Use of Blended E-Learning Resources in Higher Education: An Innovation From Health Care Training. Chapter in Wankel, C.; Law, J.S (ed) (2011) Streaming Media in Higher Education, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Keenan B, Jenkins C et al (2011) Promoting mental health in older people admitted to hospitals. Nursing Standard. 25, 20, 46-56.

Jenkins, C (2010) Adult Learners: An Argument for Welcoming the Inner Child into the Classroom Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Vol 1, Issue 1 April 2010.

Jenkins, C, Coventry, G and Playford, L (2009), The Nursing Care of Older People with Mental Health Problems; Chapter in Clarke, V and Walsh, A (Eds) (2009), Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing Oxford. Oxford University Press.


Jenkins, C and Clarke, V, (2015) (in Press) The uniqueness of mental health nursing. Ch 6 in Poole, C (2015) Choosing Nursing: From application to offer and beyond Abingdon. Routledge

Jenkins, C, Ginesi, L and Keenan, B (2015) Dementia Care at a Glance Chichester.Wiley


Conference workshop presentation, The Student Journey: A Collaborative Approach to Recruitment in Health Care Using a Media Based Package; University of Chester, Stepping Up To The Mark: Integrated Working, March 2010.

Workshop: 6th Annual Faculty Research Conference 24.11.10 Delivering an effective and efficient dementia workforce.

Conference presentation: The Dementia Workforce Project 25.11.10.

Conference workshop presentation, Simulation for Skills Teaching: Working with an actor to Enhance the Theory-Practice Link; Creating Effective Educational Frameworks Birmingham City University, May 2009.

Media Work

Catharine Jenkins is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Dementia care
  • Older people's mental health

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
email or via Twitter @BCUPressOffice