Dr Elaine Ball

Dr Elaine Ball

Programme Lead Professional Doctorate

Office Times

Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm


Elaine Ball trained as a nurse in 1984-1987.

1987-1990 she gained a BA (hons), Liverpool University.  

1990-1991she achieved an MA (Research) from Bangor University and lectured at Liverpool Hope University for five years.

1995-1999 a PhD was gained applying a Foucauldian and Kristevan methodology to examine spacial arenas in which hidden discourses convene to resist dominant narratives.

Her background includes academic and research posts and oncology nursing. She has worked in a number of Higher Education Institutions. Research Associate (Principal Investigator), University of Manchester. Senior research fellow in nursing (Principal Investigator), University of Wolverhampton. 2000. Post-graduate tutor, University of Liverpool. English lecturer, Liverpool Hope University.

She joined the University of Salford in June 2004 and is currently a senior lecturer and programme lead for the professional doctorate which is a multi-professional healthcare doctoral programme.

She is the primary supervisor to five doctoral candidates undertaking PhD and DProf research. One MSc student with a timely completion. Distinction gained.


Programme and Module lead: Professional doctorate health and social care; Critical Leadership

Module lead: post-qualifying BSc Nursing Studies, Evidence Based Practice 2

Module lead: MSc Education in Practice

BSc Enhancing Professional Health Care Practice; Evidence in Professional Health Care Practice

Design and lead post-graduate teaching in research practices across faculty: ‘Critical Thinking At Postgraduate Level’; ‘Academic Writing Style’; ‘Structuring your Research’; ‘Translating Research into Practice’

Personal tutor for doctorate students.

Research Interests

Her research interests are cultural theory and philosophy from a linguistic perspective. Other research interests include evidence-based practice, methodologies, research methods and post-modern cultural theories.

Qualifications and Memberships

RGN BA (hons) MA PGCHE Cert Ed PhD

1987. Registered Nurse RN (from Ormskirk Hospital).

1990. BA (hons) Bachelor of Honours (from Liverpool University).

1991. Master of Arts MA (Research) (from Bangor University).

2007. Teaching Diploma PGCHEPR (from Salford University).

1994. 730-5 part 1 of the City and Guilds Teaching Course in Further Education (from Southport Technical College Merseyside).

1999. PhD Dr (from Liverpool University).


2008. Member of the review and validation panal for an MSc Programme in Evidence Based Practice surgery, Edge Hill

2009. Member of the review and validation panal for a Professional Doctorate in Allied Health, Education, Nursing and Social Work for Buckinghamshire New University

2011. Member of the Scientific Committee of the 4th NET/NEP Conference, Baltimore, USA

2012. Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Royal College of Nursing’s annual international nursing research conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Peer reviewer for Oxford University Press; Palgrave Macmillan Press; Elsevier Press; Journal of Education Action Research; Quality in Primary Care Journal; Nurse Education in Practice Journal; Nurse Education Today; Systemic Practice and Action Research Journal, Nursing Forum; African Health Sciences Journal


Subject publications have centred on educational research in nursing. 15 publications, 4 co-authored outputs; 11 single author outputs

Please see SEEK profile for full publication list.