Catharine Jenkins

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery
0121 331 7188

Catharine’s teaching responsibilities are focused around the care of older people with mental health problems and her main area of expertise is dementia care. She also teaches on diversity issues and transcultural mental health nursing.

Catharine is interested in creative approaches to active learning for nurse education and has presented at international conferences about teaching and research. She is committed to involving students in research and publication.

Catharine’s current research examines the training needs of nurses working in nursing homes and approaches to teaching dementia care in order to change practice. She is also part of a collaborative project aiming to develop evidence based personal advice for people who may be at higher risk of developing dementia. 

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 also works as a volunteer for BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell).

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

Current Activity
  • Teaching pre-registration and post-registration nurses and allied health professionals
  • Researching educational approaches that promote person-centred approaches to dementia care.
  • Student support
Areas of Expertise
  • Dementia Care
  • Older Peoples’ Mental health
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Competencies for dementia care
  • Training and educational approaches that change dementia care practice
  • Active experiential learning and teaching
  • Writing for publication
  • B.A (Hons)
  • RMN
  • MSc
  • PG Dip Ed
  • PG Cert in Training in Dementia Care
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (PIN: 83A3754E)
  • The Higher Education Academy
  • The Higher Education Dementia Network

Module Lead:

  • Foundation Degree L4 module ‘Caring for People with Dementia’
  • Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing L5 ‘Mental health Nursing Practice 2’ (NUR5070)
  • Learning Beyond Registration L6 ‘Dementia Care’ (LBR6166)

Teaching Team member

  • Contributing to a wide range of teaching and assessment over the Mental Health Nursing Programmes, Adult nursing programmes and for trainee allied health professionals.
  • The training needs of nurses working in nursing homes
  • Approaches to teaching dementia care in order to change practice
  • Recognition of very early social indicators of dementia  

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.

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

Book review for Nursing Older People: De Waal et al, (2013) Designing and Delivering Dementia Services

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

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, 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

Smythe, A, Jenkins, C., Bentham P. & 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

Jenkins, C, and Poole, C, (2015) 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 (2016) Dementia Care at a Glance Chichester. Wiley. Bunting, M and Jenkins, C (2016) Transcultural nursing strategies for carers of people with dementia Nursing Older People 28 (3) 21-25

Jenkins, C, Smythe, A, Galant Miesznikowska, M, Bentham, P and Oyebode, J (2016) Overcoming the challenges of conducting research in Nursing homes Nursing Older People 28 (5) 16-23

Ginesi L.,  Jenkins C, Keenan B, (2016) Dementia 1: How dementia differs from normal ageing Nursing Times 112 (24) 12-15

Ginesi L., Keenan B, Jenkins C, (2016) Dementia 2: New approaches to understanding dementia: Nursing Times 112 (25) 16-19

Keenan B, Jenkins C, Ginesi L. (2016) Dementia 3: Preventing and diagnosing dementia. Nursing Times; 112 (26) , 22-25

Jenkins C, Keenan, B and Ginesi, L. (2016) Dementia 4: The nurse’s role in caring for people with dementia. Nursing Times; 112: 27/28, 20-23.

Smythe et al (2016) The effectiveness of a Person-Centred (PC) ‘dual-element’ training intervention designed to reduce burn-out for nurses working with people with dementia in nursing homes. (Report for the Burdett Trust for Nurses)



Maher, M, Rivers-Downing, N, Bell, L and Jenkins, C (2017) Collaborative learning:  Perspectives of a service-user educator, student mental health nurses and nurse lecturer Mental Health Practice

In review

A Qualitative Study Investigating Training requirements of Nurses working with people with Dementia in Nursing Homes Nurse Education in Practice


Poster presentation at NET 2015 ‘The training requirements of nurses working with people with dementia in nursing homes’

Faculty Health research conference 25th Nov 15 Concurrent presentation: A qualitative study of the training requirements of nurses working  with people with dementia in nursing homes Analisa Smythe/Catharine Jenkins

ATINER 2016 2nd Annual International Conference on Nursing, 2-5 May 2016, Athens, Greece

Carole Germaine, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, U.K. & Catharine Jenkins, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, U.K. Problem-Based Learning: Application of Theory to Practice in Mental Health Nurse Education.

NET 2016 The impact of a dual-element person-centred training intervention on burnout Analisa Smythe & Catharine Jenkins


Health Research Conference (30.11.16) A Collaborative Study Exploring Experiences of Pre-clinical Indicators of Dementia

Media Work
CaCatharine is a media champion responding to requests related to older peoples’ mental health
Work With Industry

A collaborative project ‘A Community Centred Predictive Model For Early Diagnosis Of Dementia’ with ‘CM2000’ ( )