Rob worked for twelve years as a registered nurse in acute psychiatric units around England, Scotland and Australia. He also worked in child and adolescent units, drug and alcohol services, eating disorders, early psychosis intervention and psychiatric intensive care.

 

As an artist Rob has put his psychiatric experience to use in the following ways:

Arts and Health

  • Conferences and events

    Conferences and events

    • Rob regularly performs at health events and conferences around the U.K. Clients include The Department of Health, various NHS Trusts, Unison, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Care Services Improvement Partnership and Mind.
  • The Fruitcake Trilogy

    The Fruitcake Trilogy

    • Three shows exploring the mental health system. Fruitcake is from the perspective of a nurse, Forget Me Not is from the perspective of a carer and Icarus is from the perspective of an inpatient.
  • Workshops for Artists in Mental Health

    Workshops for Artists in Mental Health

    • Themes include the therapeutic uses of creative activity, implications of labelling and stigmatisation, ethical issues, user empowerment, social inclusion, points of good practice and troubleshooting.
  • Workshops for Healthcare Staff

    Workshops for Healthcare Staff

    • Using Rob's show Forget Me Not as a training aid, this teaching package explores the themes of compassion and whistleblowing in healthcare.
  • Physical Health and Wellbeing

    Physical Health and Wellbeing

    • Rob has been commissioned to write witty shows, poems and songs about everything from strategic commissioning to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He's also done countless healthy things in schools.