Professor Vanessa Heaslip

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Room 2.76
Mary Seacole building




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Current positions

Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Equity


Vanessa Heaslip is a Professor of Nursing and Health Inclusion at Salford University. Her research interests are in communities who experience health inequity and social exclusion and whose voices are not traditionally heard in the academic and professional discourse. Professor Heaslip has numerous publications including book contributions, journal articles (professional and peer reviewed), editorials and discussion papers. She has received numerous awards and prizes including Burdett Trust Hero (2022), International Council of Nursing Global Nurse Leadership Scholar (2021), UK Woman of the Year (2019), Florence Nightingale Scholar (2016) and the BU Postgraduate Research Prize (2015).

Areas of research

Healthcare Equity, Marginalized Communities, Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, Homelessness, Mental Health, Offenders, Widening Participation, Nursing


  • Research
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Healthcare Inequity
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Public Health

Research Interests

My research focuses on people and communities who experience healthcare inequity and people who find themselves living on the margins in their communities. This includes people who experience homelessness, Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, utilising heritage to promote mental health and wellbeing in people living with long term mental health challenges, people in contact with the criminal justice system, widening participation, and nursing.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 2015 PhD Bournemouth University
  • 2008 MA Health and Social Care Education Bournemouth University
  • 2000 BSc (Hons) Community Nursing: District Nursing Southampton University
  • 1996 Dip He & Prof Registration in Nursing Adult Nursing Bournemouth University


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (since 1996)
  • 2022 International Council of Nurses Global Nurse Leadership Scholar
  • 2020 UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor
  • 2015 Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy
  • 2009 Fellowship Highter Education Academy