Prof Pam Smith MBE


Pam Smith is thrilled to take on the mantle of ICCHNR President and the opportunity to work with the Executive, Management Committee and members to fulfil ICCHNR’s vision to promote community nursing globally and strengthen research, education and clinical capacity. She is very much looking forward to participating in ICCHNR’s strategic programme of international conferences, symposia, fellowships and networks to inspire current and future generations of community nurse practitioners, educators and researchers.

Professor Gina Higginbottom MBE


Dr Gina Marie Awoko Higginbottom MBE, PhD, M/A, Postgradip (Ed Studies), RN, RM, RHVis Emeritus Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health. She is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor and her clinical career as a nurse spans 22 years. Prof Higginbottom is an alumna of the Nottingham School of Nursing and completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield. She is a registered nurse in England and Canada. Prof Higginbottom is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, a Canada Research Chair (renewed, a recognition of research excellence by peers), a Nursing Research Scholar of the Smith and Nephew Foundation, a Mary Seacole Leadership Award holder and her PhD was supported by a prestigious National Primary Care Research Fellowship, Gina was the first health visitor to receive this award. In 1998 she was awarded an MBE for services to young people and Health Promotion. 

Prof Sally Kendall MBE


With 30 years’ academic experience and a background in nursing and health visiting, my role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health my role is to develop new areas of multi-disciplinary research to extend the scope of CHSS from health policy to implementation and application in community and public health settings. Working with local, national and international collaborators, the work spans the Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU) and other CHSS research groups. Through my work in Australia and with the European Primary Care Forum I am also developing the international perspective on community and public health.

Prof. Ros Bryar

Hon. Treasurer

Members of Committee:

Clare Cable BN, RGN, RSCN, MSc


Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

Honorary Professor in Nursing, Queen Margaret University,

Fellow of the RSA

Clare joined QNIS in 2014, bringing her experience as a nursing leader in health care improvement and policy. A children’s nurse by background, she was appointed Director of the RCN’s UK Quality Improvement Programme in 2003. She moved to Edinburgh in 2007, honing her influencing skills in community nursing as a Policy Adviser with the RCN. In 2016, Clare was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Nursing at Queen Margaret University and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship. Her vision is to unleash the creativity of nurses to be catalysts for positive change in the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s communities.

Ann-Louise Caress, PhD, BNurs, RGN, DN Cert, FHEA

Professor of Health Services Research and Director, Centre for Applied Research in Health (CARH)

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield

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Ann Caress joined the University of Huddersfield in 2018, taking on the role of Professor of Health Services Research and, from Sept 2019, leadership of the Centre for Applied Research in Health. She has clinical expertise in adult nursing and community healthcare.

Ann’s research expertise is in living with and management of long-term health problems, primarily in adults and primarily in the renal and respiratory fields. Her particular research interests are self-management, patient and carer experience and novel approaches to service delivery.

Dr Nicola Carey PhD, RN, RM Specialist Practitioner General Practice

Reader in Long Term Conditions

School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey


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Nicola is a Reader and lead for the Long term Conditions and Ageing Cluster with the School of Health Sciences. Nicola worked in primary care as a practice nurse and nurse practitioner

Nicola’s work is underpinned by her clinical experience in developing, and evaluating innovative services in primary care: she is engaged in applied research that aims to provide high quality impact and outputs that have a positive effect on service provision, patients, service users, carers, and students at a local, national and international level. Her research interests include quality improvement, workforce development, frailty, non-medical prescribing and patient self-management.

Dr Catherine Evans PhD, RN, DNSPQ

HEE/NIHR Clinical Reader and Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative care

King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

OCRID: 0000-0003-0034-7402

Scopus Author ID: 34869549800

Catherine is a Clinical Reader and Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative care funded by a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship. This is a joint post between King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical background is in district nursing. Her research and clinical practice focus on optimising the impact of research evidence to improve clinical care delivery and outcomes, lead innovations in clinical practice and build research capacity in the priority areas of palliative care for older people with dementia and multimorbidity, and community health services. Full details see King’s Research Portal

Dr Elaine Haycock-Stuart PhD, PFHEA, RGN, RM, RHV

Senior Lecturer Nursing Studies, Director of Quality Assurance

School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh

Honorary Health Visiting Consultant in NHS Lothian

OCRID: 0000-0002-0070-3019

Scopus Author ID: 6506415803

Elaine’s overarching research programme has a service organisation and delivery focus underpinned by a strong nursing leadership and user and carer emphasis.  The main aims of the overarching programme of research are to improve quality of care and patient safety. Recent nursing research examines Student Fitness to Practise and maternal health literacy. Elaine’s clinical background is in health visiting and midwifery. Full details see and

Catriona Kennedy, PhD, BA(Hons), Dip Nurs. RN, DN, PWT, RNT

Organisational affiliation(s) Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS)

Professor of Community Nursing and Academic and Strategic Lead for Research, School of Nursing. Midwifery and Paramedic Practice (SNMPP) Robert Gordon

University (RGU) Aberdeen Scotland.

Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Limerick Ireland. Visiting Professor Karlstad University Sweden

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Catriona is the QNIS Professor of Community Nursing in the SNMPP at RGU. She is responsible for building research capacity and capability and leading the nursing contribution to REF 2021. Catriona has a portfolio of funded projects and high impact journal publications. A District Nurse by background Catriona has expertise in qualitative methods and evidence synthesis. Her publications include Cochrane systematic reviews, published integrative literature reviews and evidence summaries for the Cochrane Nursing Care field. Catriona has been involved in a number of studies with a particular focus around community nursing, long term conditions, cancer and end of life care.

Professor Joy Merrell, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) Nursing, RGN, RHV, RNT, HV Tut cert

Professor of Public Health Nursing

Dept of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales

ORCID number: 000-0003-1205-2628

Brief biography:   After a successful clinical career as a general nurse and a Health Visitor, Joy moved into Higher Education in 1989. Joy has eclectic research interests, but the focus of her work is within community and primary health care. Her research interests include public and user involvement in primary health care, public health nursing, women’s health issues especially minority ethnic health and promoting active ageing. Since 2011, Joy has had leadership roles in promoting gender equality through the Athena Swan Charter at Swansea University. She is a member of Sigma’s Global Regional Council for Europe. For full details:

Patricia Wilson PhD, MSc, BEd (Hons) RN, DNCert

Professor of Primary and Community Care

University of Kent

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A community district nurse by background, I have a clinical interest in chronic disease management and end of life care in the community setting. My research programme has focused on the involvement of patients, public and broader community in their care, organisation of local health and social care services, and involvement as a partner in health and social care research.

Life Members:

Dr. Kim Chungnam

Professor Jean MacIntosh, OBE, FRCN, PhD, RN

Professor Fiona Ross, CBE, PhD, RN

Dr. Setsu Shimanouchi R.N., Ph.D.

Dr. Shirley Stinson, MNA, EdD, LLD