Prof Vanessa Heaslip

School of Health & Society

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Professor Vanessa Heaslip is a Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Equity 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 Travel Scholar (2016) and the BU Postgraduate Research Prize (2015).

Areas of Research

Health Inequity and inequality, Vulnerability, Social Exclusion and marginalisation, Nursing, Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Homelessness, Mental Health, People in Prison, Qualitative Research, Phenomenology

Areas of Supervision

I am interested in supporting PhD projects which examine issues of health inequity and inequality, vulnerability, socially excluded groups, and access to care. Methodologically, I am interested in supervising qualitative research and phenomenology


Health Inequity, Vulnerability, Health Inclusion, Evidence Based Practice, Research

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD

    2010 - 2015
  • MA Health and Social Care Education

  • BSc (Hons) Community Nursing: District Nursing