Dr. Dilla Davis

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole Building, Room MS 1.64.




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Current positions

Lecturer in Adult Nursing


Dr Dilla Davis is a lecturer and Program Lead for MSc Diabetes care at University of Salford. She has enjoyed various roles as Staff Nurse, Clinical Teaching Fellow (University of Manchester), Education Development Practitioner and Practice Education Facilitator during her 22-year nursing career. Her PhD focus on lifestyle changes and self-management experiences of South Asians diagnosed of cardiovascular disease.

She has a keen interest in education of undergraduates, postgraduate and post qualified students and cardiovascular research. She supervises and mentor postgraduate students and facilitate PGR workshops to enhance their confidence and motivation. She contributes to FNC Digital health and digital skills passport sessions. She was part of the team that developed GMHSCP DiSk/Infection Control eLearning for HEENW. She was internally awarded for an ESRC Festival event - South Asians, heart attack & cardiac rehabilitation. This event brought together experienced researchers and people living with patients suffering from heart diseases and their family. It was an opportunity to widen the exposure of the research to the hard to reach community such as South Asians.

She was awarded the Postgraduate researcher award in 2018 and was the 3 minutes’ thesis presentation heat winner from School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social sciences and Social work in 2014 and also won the award People’s choice award for the best Pecha Kucha Session in 2016.

She has appeared at several national and international conferences (RCN Research, British Sociological Association) and her articles are published in Nursing standard, Nurse Researcher, Journal of Nursing Management & Journal of Clinical Nursing. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a member of European Society of Cardiology and International Network for Health Workforce Education and Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions. She serves as a reviewer for qualitative Health Research, Nurse Researcher, and Journal of Clinical Nursing.


Areas of research

Self-management, Long-term conditions, South Asians, Behaviour, Self/shared efficacy


Program Lead

  • MSc Diabetes Care

Further teaching contribution to

  • Leading Education in Practice
  • Leading Education in Academic Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy and Physical health
  • Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention

Research Interests

  • Long term condition
  • Behaviour change theories
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Social capital
  • Culture
  • Qualitative approaches
  • Grounded theory
  • Diabetes
  • Digital Health

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - India
  • MSc Advanced Nursing Studies University of Manchester
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP), University of Salford
  • PhD in lifestyle self-management experience of South Asians after Heart Attack, University of Salford
  • Preparation for Mentorship - University of Bolton


  • European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP)
  • European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)
  • International Network for Health Workforce Education