Barbara Stilwell, PhD, MS, BSocSc, RN, RHV, FRCN


Barbara is a nurse, health visitor and primary care Family Nurse Practitioner with a decades long interest in supporting health worker performance through a range of education and practice initiatives. She has been involved in community nursing research in many settings, exploring models of care and implementation challenges. She has worked for the World Health Organization and for non-profit organizations as a technical specialist and has been based in the middle east and sub-Saharan Africa. For the past four years Barbara has been living in the UK and from 2018-2021 headed the global advocacy campaign, Nursing Now. She is now working as a consultant on a global research and implementation project on nurse leadership as well as editing a book on global health which will be published in 2023.

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. 

Professor Sally Kendall

Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health

PhD, B.Sc (Hons)., RN, RHV, FQNI


Sally joined CHSS in April 2016. As a NMC registered academic community nurse and health visitor, her main research interest is in primary and community health care, especially research that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of families and children in the community. I hold a strong belief in working in partnership with parents and families and understanding their needs to inform research and practice, most recently the experiences of women in Ukraine of perinatal mental health issues, Becoming Breast Feeding Friendly in UK and parenting using the TOPSE evaluation tool.

As a nurse and health visitor I have promoted the role of nursing in primary and community care throughout my career and supervised and managed multiple practice-based studies that examine the nursing contribution to primary health care, with reports on primary care being commissioned by the International Council of Nurses in Geneva. With my co-researchers I developed and validated the TOPSE tool for measuring parenting self-efficacy ( that is now widely used nationally and internationally. This has led to research with Aboriginal communities in Western Australia where I am Adjunct Professor and the Sir Walter Murdoch outstanding International Scholar at Murdoch University. I recently led the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly project across the UK in collaboration with Yale School of Public Health. International research also includes partnership working with colleagues in Ukraine to improve services for maternal mental health. I am currently working with the Children’s Policy Research Unit at UCL on several NIHR funded studies related to the evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership in England, the delivery of the Health Visiting Service and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

As the lead for research capacity in the NIHR ARC for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, I also have a great interest in mentorship and supporting the health care workforce to develop their clinical and academic careers as a route to bringing transformation to health care delivery and outcomes for patients and families.

Research interests

Maternal and Child public health (including parenting, breastfeeding, perinatal mental health)
Primary Health Care
Global health
Qualitative methods/mixed methods


Catherine Phillips – Parents and Practitioners perspectives on Early Intervention in childhood (PhD)

Adenile Omatayo – A realist evaluation of the Healthy weight, Healthy Nutrition Programme (PhD)

Jeanette Forbes – The experiences of parents and health visitors of the health visiting service in the Roma community of East London (PhD, UH)

Jacqueline Kelly – The experiences of siblings of having a brother or sister with a learning disability (PhD, UH)

Sara Thomas – Breastfeeding and maternal mental health (PCAF)

Prof. Ros Bryar

Hon. Treasurer

Rosamund graduated from the BNurs programme at the University of Manchester where her first nursing experience was with a Queen’s Nurse in Eccles. She has held posts in health visiting, midwifery, primary health care development, teaching and research. In 2000 she joined City, University of London and was appointed Professor Emerita Community and Primary Care Nursing in 2015. Rosamund is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She is a founding trustee and honorary fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and honorary treasurer of International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research ( She is a founding editor of Primary Health Care Research and Development, a member of the Collaborating in Pregnancy and Early Years (COPE) research group (, a trustee of Tavistock Relationships ( and a consultant to WHO Europe on Moving Primary Care Nursing Forward in North Macedonia.

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.

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 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

OCRID number (or equivalent)

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3510-9113

Brief bio

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:

Dr Helen Elliott, Associate Professor, EdD, PGCert, MSc, RGN, RSCN, RHV, BSc, BSc (Hons), SFHEA

The University of Greenwich, School of Health Sciences

ORCHID: 0000-0002-8798-1037

Helen is an Associate Professor (teaching and learning) in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. With a background in adult nursing, children’s nursing and health Visiting, Helen joined the University of Greenwich as Senior Lecturer in 2013. Helen currently leads the Public Health Practice team of Senior Lecturers and Teaching Fellows in District Nursing, Health Visiting, Speech and Language therapy, Practice Nursing and Nursing Associates. Helen is also lead for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme.

Helen completed a Doctorate in Education in 2019 with her thesis entitled ‘An examination of the factors that inform health visitors’ effective identification and support of women experiencing domestic violence and abuse’. Since completing her doctorate, Helen has disseminated her findings to national and international audiences.

Helen’s research interests are in domestic violence and abuse, leadership/management, and academic skills in higher education.

Areas of expertise:

Helen teaches aspects of leadership development, health promotion, health visiting theory and practice, domestic abuse, qualitative research studies and academic skills.


Elliott, H. (2016). Barriers to the disclosure of domestic violence and abuse in health visiting. Journal of Health Visiting.

Dr Michelle King-Okoye, SFHEA (in progress), PhD (honours), MSc, BSc, RN

Lecturer, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh


Michelle is delighted to join ICCNHR as a committee member. Her priority is to contribute to research and policymaking for minority ethnic communities in relation to education, health and illness experiences and health service research through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. She has a wide range of clinical and community experience, having worked in critical care, emergency care and cancer care (adult and paediatric). Her PhD focused on pathways to care for men with prostate cancer and their partners; with ongoing postdoctoral research targeting health promotion across various communities, utilising innovative and novel methods.

Michelle has conducted research within the Caribbean and the United Kingdom and is involved in ongoing research across Europe, Canada, and the USA, including other developed and developing countries. She currently leads a research consortium that is centred on minority ethnic communities and their Covid19 experiences (including other health conditions and relevant areas), utilising mixed methods research.

You can read more about Michelle here:

Life Members:

Prof Pam Smith MBE

Trustee Profile

Pam Smith MBE


Professor Emerita, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh


PhD, MSc, BNurs, RN (Adult), Lecturer/Practice Educator, Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse-HV, Specialist Practitioner –District Nurse


University of Edinburgh



Expertise and ICCHNR Trustee role if applicable 

President, ICCHNR 2019-2022

Research facilitation, mentorship, networking, event organisation

Community Nursing Research Interests

International/global health; international migration; international development; gender equal health service; defending the UK National Health Service and community nursing role in global universal health coverage; emotions in care.

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Dr. Kim Chungnam

Professor Jean MacIntosh, OBE, FRCN, PhD, RN

Professor Fiona Ross, CBE, PhD, RN

Dr. Setsu Shimanouchi R.N., Ph.D.