Liverpool John Moores University
Philomene qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 2006. She has worked on programmes to redesign care pathways with a greater focus on prevention, early intervention and reduction of health inequalities, including people with complex health problems, asylum seekers and refugees. She began teaching in 2011 at Liverpool John Moores University in the School of Nursing and Allied Health and has worked in public health with specific programmes aimed at increasing life expectancy. Her teaching and research interests include public health, health inequalities and diversity, cultural competency, mental health, early intervention in psychosis, mental health of refugees and asylum seekers, post-traumatic growth, resilience and well-being, women’s health and young people, anti-oppressive practice, stigma, and discrimination.
As a former refugee herself, Philomene recognises the challenges professionals face whilst caring for asylum seekers and refugees. In 2016 she was awarded a prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award to develop an Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees, ensuring that support services and commissioners provide appropriate care. She is setting up a Humanitarian Champions scheme to encourage students in the field of nursing, paramedics, social work and law to promote a Rights based approach in health and social care.