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Group Members


Prof Louise Ackers (Joint-Lead)

LouiseAckersLouise Ackers holds a chair in Global Social Justice. She has worked for many years on the mobilities of the highly skilled with a focus on equality aspects and knowledge mobilisation. Louise has been involved in work on maternal and new-born health in Uganda for around 8 years now. During that time, she has supported the development of a high dependency unit in Mulago Hospital, Kampala; set up a consortium of UK/Ugandan health partnerships known as the Ugandan Maternal and Newborn HUB; coordinated a large long term volunteering project funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and supported a wide range of volunteers and undergraduate placements. She has also worked closely with colleagues in the development of a major intervention supporting capacity-building in bio-medical engineering. Since 2014 she has been involved in the development of a new initiative, supporting the organisation of ethical educational placements. This builds on the infrastructures and relationships we have established in Uganda and our collective experience of volunteer management, risk assessment and deployment. Louise has been actively involved, as an established international researcher, in on-going program evaluation focusing both on optimising the value of international placements to the volunteers and students involved whilst also ensuring a meaningful and sustainable contribution to project impacts in Uganda.

Prof Paula Ormandy (Joint-Lead)

PaulaOrmandyPaula Ormandy holds a chair in Long Term Conditions research. She has many years of experience in executing and leading on research funded projects and service evaluations across various healthcare settings. Her expertise focuses on information needs research and information provision to facilitate self-management in clinical practice for people managing a long-term condition. This includes: designing and implementing a patient-led information network, grounded on patient information needs, within a local chronic kidney disease service; using digital media to provide accessible information to boys and young men to increase engagement in their sexual health; increasing cervical screening uptake in Lesbian, Gay and bisexual women through a digital and social media campaign. Paula worked for five years on collaborative epidemiological research across Europe, examining renal clinical practice. She is the British Renal Society Vice President for Research and chair of the Research Committee. She has for the last 2 years Chaired the UK Kidney Research Consortium made up 12 national research clinical study groups. She is currently examining digital skills training can re-engage people with chronic kidney disease back into employment and the labour market and the use of social media for patient and public involvement in research.


James Ackers-Johnson

James has an extensive background in global health and international development, and has recently obtained his MBA. He has managed a number of high profile projects including the organisation of a high dependency unit in Mulago Hospital (Uganda) and the ‘Sustainable Volunteering Project’ which placed over 50 professional UK long-term volunteers across Uganda over a 3-year period. James is currently managing the Ethical Elective Placement project, he organises numerous staff exchange schemes and student elective placement projects.

Dr Anya Ahmed

Anya has a background in social policy and sociology. She has led a range of externally funded research projects on the experiences of less heard communities, particularly the Somali community. Her recent publications focus on gender, ageing and migration in a UK and EU context, and on different forms of mobility including forced, economic and lifestyle migration. She has an interest in qualitative research methodologies, specifically biographical approaches and structural narrative analysis. She is a member of the ESRC Research Peer Review College, and the Social Policy Association Executive; Editorial Board member for the Journal Social Policy and Society and Programme Lead International PhD post graduate research.

Karen Barker

Karen is a Senior Lecturer (Midwifery) with over thirty years clinical, management and academic experience as a nurse and midwife, delivering healthcare provision. She has expertise in medical ethics, professional and legal issues related to midwifery practice which she draws on in her role as supervisor of midwives and as a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Fitness to Practice panel, for registration appeals hearings. Karen’s research background is linked to studies related to professional education and conduct. She collaborated on a global study with the World Health Organization and the University of Kenyatta in Nairobi, led by Dame Professor Tina Lavender. She has chaired and presented at a number of United Kingdom and international conferences including the International Confederation of Midwives conference in Durban. She writes a regular column andis on the editorial board for the British Journal of Midwifery and leads the Masters in Midwifery.

Kathryn Bond

Kathryn has worked in clinical midwifery and education for 18 years, with extensive of Infant Feeding and Breastfeeding. Her key areas of expertise include working towards achieving the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative within the community and clinical settings, driving forward and being awarded UNICEF Accreditation for the pre-registration and post registration midwifery courses. She lectures across the midwifery curriculum and is responsible for the recruitment of student midwives. Her research interests include examining the recruitment of student midwives to improve the recruitment process and ensure capable and competent future midwives.  

Dr Mary Braine

Mary’s research is focused on neuroscience practice and care, with a focus on acquired brain injury and the cognitive behavioural and emotional sequelae. She is co-author on a recently published book ‘Supporting Families and Carers a nursing perspective’ a resource for providing high-quality person and family-centred nursing care. She also has an interest in the care of the tracheostomized patient, especially weaning and decannulation. She led on a project assessing treatment satisfaction and Quality of Life in patients with MMN who self-infuse high dose subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy independently in the home environment. Current research includes exploring Nurses’ application, understanding and experience of applying painful stimuli when assessing components of the Glasgow coma scale.

Prof Alison Brettle

Alison is a Professor in Health Information and Evidence Based Practice in. As a health information specialist for over 20 years her teaching and research interests include evidence based practice, the effectiveness and impact of library services and systematic reviews and systematic review methodology. Alison is Director of Post Graduate Research leading and co-ordinating the School PhD programme and research training for PGR students. She is serves as Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Alison serves on international, national and local committees, including the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) as awards co-ordinator; the board of Counselling Psychotherapy Research Journal; and the International Programme Committee for the EBLIP Conference series.

Dr John Chatwin

John is a sociologist with a particular focus on ethnography, communication and micro-interaction. His recent work has focused on the qualitative aspects of the Health Education England funded project - Measuring the outcomes of volunteering for education. This study examined the potential impact that participation in overseas professional placements and volunteering might have on the NHS – both at an individual and organisational level.

Dr Lesley Choucri

Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery. Her areas of expertise include action research and appreciative inquiry, student-centred curriculum development and she led the design and delivery of the current midwifery pre-registration problem based learning curricula. Through action research she examined and the concepts of leadership, culture and time which reshaped and informed the education and practice development of midwives. She is assisting with a project examining the impact of social media based communities of practice for new mothers to enable information sharing and learning. Recently, she was commissioned to develop, design and pilot a communication toolkit on behalf of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, and adopted as a toolkit for health professionals by NHS England.

Dr Elizabeth Collier

Elizabeth is a Lecturer in mental health. Her research interests include recovery concepts, mental health promotion, evidence based practice, mental health and ill health in later life, long term mental ill health and dementia. She is currently evaluating the effectiveness of an innovative teaching session focused on age and discrimination across the lifecourse. The project has included working with student mental health nurses as co researchers. Other projects include European funded development of Masters level dementia modules, knowledge and transfer partnership relating to training for carers of people with dementia, evaluation of a local mental health recovery service, older people with mental illness public consultation project.

Prof Grace Edwards

Grace is a Professor of Midwifery Education and Practice at Aga Khan University (Uganda), and an honorary Professor in Midwifery at the University of Salford. Although she now works in Uganda she has experience of developing midwifery practice in Abu Dhabi; implementing a Shared Care model of Midwifery across all Government hospitals and the Midwifery Upskilling Programme for Midwives working in remote areas.  She was Co-chair of the Hospital Research Ethics Committee in Abu Dhabi. Responsible for overseeing approved trials and liaising with principal investigators and the Heath Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to maintain good ethical and practice compliance. Appointed as Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee to standardise good clinical and research practice. Elected member of the Scientific and Regulation Committee of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council. She is on the Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Childbirth, MIDIRS and the Midwifery Digest Journal. Her research interests include empowering the midwife as the expert in normal birth, strategies to reduce perinatal and maternal mortality, and advocating evidenced based midwifery practice narrowing the theory practice gap.

Celeste Foster

Celeste is a senior lecturer in mental health. She has developed a strong interest and area of expertise relating to adolescent mental health and its relationship with the ‘adolescent body’, which includes self harm and suicide. She has a MA in Psychoanalytic Interventions with adolescents and is a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  Her main research interests are psychoanalytic approaches to working with adolescents and their professional networks; self-harm; complex psychosomatic presentations; and higher education curriculum development in the field of child and adolescent mental health. She continues to contribute to clinical practice in her field through provision of psychoanalytic interventions for Adolescents requiring Psychiatric Intensive Care Inpatient Treatment in partnership with a local healthcare provider.

Dr Michelle Howarth

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and an experienced researcher. Her PhD explored the meaning and experience of person centred care for people who have chronic back pain and particularly how inter-professional teams work to centralize patient care. Recently awarded a VC Scholarship Award to explore how person centred care is integrated into discharge planning processes for people following coronary bypass graft surgery. Activities include developing an inter-professional learning programme across NHS organisations and in collaboration with Age Concern exploring the older persons experience of medication appearance changes. She has examined Research Governance in the NHS organisations and partnership working in a range of contexts. Her current research focusses on how therapeutic horticulture can be used to support person centred approaches to recovery for people in the community.

Rita Haworth

Rita is a Senior lecturer in social policy. She is a Member of the Social Policy Association holding the post of executive member for four years. Her research interests include the impact of social policies on older people. Public and Patient participation in decision making processes within the NHS and gender inequalities.

Dr Daiga Kamerade

Dagia is a Senior Lecturer in quantitative research methods. She is an experienced lecturer in psychology, organisational behaviour and human resource management and has been teaching at various universities in the UK and abroad for more than fifteen years. She has also been involved in health research methods, training and development consultancy, data collection and analysis consultancy work for numerous private and public organisations. Daiga’s current research interests include work and employment, volunteering and well-being.

Anne Leyland

Anne Leyland is a Lecturer in Midwifery and International Lactation Consultant. She is undertaking her doctoral study exploring inter-professional simulation based bereavement education. She was recently shortlisted for a Royal College of Midwifery Award recognising her excellent pioneering work embedding simulation in the teaching and development of undergraduate students understanding and knowledge of bereavement care. Her interests include curriculum development and breastfeeding, where she is working closely with UNICEF and towards achieving gold standard in breastfeeding education within the undergraduate curriculum.

Prof Ben Light

Ben for the past 9 years, has engaged with the interdisciplinary area of Internet Studies, and since 2006 conducted research in Internet dating and studies of the appropriation of other digital media including Facebook, Habbo Hotel, and YouTube have followed. As both Principal or Co-Investigator he has been associated with over £1.7M of personal research income (Funding bodies include the ARC, AHRC, the UK Arts Council, ESRC, EPSRC, NESTA, the NHS and the State Library of Queensland). As Associate Dean Research and Innovation, he led the institution’s contribution to a successful AHRC higher degree research student block grant partnership award for 2014 totaling £26.3M for up to 200 studentships across the consortium. Ben sits on the editorial boards as Associate Editor for New Media and Society, Social Media and Society, the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and Senior Editor for the Journal of Information Technology and was associate editor of the European Journal of Information Systems. He is part of the UK’s EPSRC and AHRC peer review colleges. His research interests are concerned with understanding people’s everyday experiences of digital media, engaging science and technology studies bringing it into dialogue with questions of (non)consumption practices, digital methods, gender and sexuality. He is currently working in the areas of digitally mediated public sexual cultures and dating and hookup apps.

Dr Jeanne Lythgoe

Jeanne has 28 years in midwifery practice, education, management and research. Her academic and research interests focus on midwifery practice, promotion of normality, domestic abuse and safeguarding, perinatal mental health, acupuncture, examination of the newborn, statutory supervision of midwives and qualitative research methodologies. She teaches across midwifery programmes and supervises postgraduate students at masters and doctorate level. Together with an obstetrician (Dr David Carr) she developed a national BMAS course focused on the use of ‘Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Birth’ and has trained over 300 midwives to increase choice and access to acupuncture for labouring women. Her professional doctorate explored the experiences of pregnant women receiving acupuncture treatment from a midwifery acupuncture service, extending knowledge and evidence based practice. She is studying the development of doula volunteers in partnership with the voluntary organisation Home Start.

Rose McCarthy

Rose is an academic midwife teaching on the undergraduate Midwifery degree programme, Her research interests include intra-partum care, acute and critical illness in pregnancy and the newly delivered woman, and practice development. As part of her doctoral studies she is exploring the use of Social Media Communities of practice in supporting new mothers. Rose is an active member of the Gulu-Man Link, a global health partnership and have visited Uganda to teach medical students Neonatal Life Support (NLS) and Obstetric Emergency Management at the Gulu University Faculty of Medicine. I am a Supervisor of Midwives at a local trust, thus have the responsibility to protect the safety of the mothers and babies at the Trust and the wider public at large. I work as a practising midwife on the delivery suite.

Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer for Midwifery Research. Her area of expertise includes student-centred curricula, particularly problem based learning, the use of art as a means of stimulating reflection and critical thinking in students, inter-professional education, and the politics of maternity care. Her doctorate explored Midwifery knowledge and the medical student experience. She is currently developing two studies with commercial and charity partners, as well as research reviewing the organisation of maternity care in the local area, and exploring student responses to the Birth Rites art collection currently housed within the School. She is reviewer for different medical, midwifery and nursing journals and Editor for International Journal of Health Governance (IJHG) and leading on a Special Issue on the governance of global maternity care for 2018.

Steve Myers

Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences. He has a background in Social Work and has led externally funded research and evaluation into areas of Social Work practice, such as Adoption and services for sexual offenders. He writes about Social Work and professional practice and has co-authored several books about working creatively with sex and violence. He supports the development new areas of business based on research, including consultancy, training and industry-led academic programmes.

Dr Joy Probyn

Joy is a Lecturer in Social Policy with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research and a focus on patients' and health professionals' experiences of health, illness and health services. Previous research work has centered around living with chronic illness, patient education and self-management, paediatric end-of-life care and informed consent for surgery. Current research interests include asylum seekers' and refugees' access to health care, mental wellbeing in the transition to motherhood and online education for teenagers with Type 1 diabetes.  Joy studied BA (Hons) Sociology and PhD Health Sciences at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2010. Following post-doctoral research positions at the Universities of Chester and Liverpool, Joy was a Research Fellow in the Nursing Directorate at the University of Salford in 2014 before joining the Directorate of Social Sciences in 2016.

Maaike Seekles

Maaike is the Knowledge Exchange Affiliate for the renal social work role evaluation and research associate on the Ethical Electives Programme. Her background is in psychology and neuropsychology, and she has worked internationally in a variety of roles. Her main research interests are how social issues influence individuals within a society, and she has a keen interest in the contextualisation of international political issues, how they arise, and the contribution that policy research can make to our understanding of them.

Dr Sandra Shaw

Sandra is currently Programme Leader on the MSc Social Policy. Her current research interests include: families; gender; children and young people; child sexual exploitation; mental health; comparative welfare; and developments in global social policy. In addition, she has undertaken research on widening Participation in Higher Education, and completed projects on youth homelessness, looked-after children and carers and employment.

Dr Mariyana Schoultz

Mariyana has a personal and professional passion for Mindfulness and explored the use of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) within her doctoral studies. Wider research interests include using mindfulness interventions with people managing other long-term conditions and with school children. She is interested in emotional regulation and resilience for patients or professionals, using technology for mental health. She has expertise in randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and quantitative research examining and evaluating interventions. In addition to mindfulness she is seeking to explore the use of technology for health and in particular mental health.

Melanie Stephens

Melanie is a health service researcher with specific research interests in pressure redistributing properties of seating, tissue viability, and interprofessional working. Her research includes generating an evidence base for products used in the 24-hour management of pressure ulcers and simulation in developing nurse knowledge and skills. Melanie is the Chair for the annual International University of Salford Wound Management Conference. She was project coordinator for the EU Radar project; a 2-year acute illness management programme for student nurses across seven countries. She is now co-leading an amendment to the UK Tissue Viability Guidelines for Seating and sharing her work at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville, USA. She is experienced in using qualitative and mixed methods of enquiry, working with practitioners and commerce to develop research for the use in the clinical environment.

Dr Cristina Vasilica

Cristina is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital and Social Media in Healthcare. Her PhD evaluated the impact of social media on patients’ information provision, networking and communication. Her research interests focus on creating digital tools, which embed sustainable engagement strategies in the healthcare and educational context.  She explores the expansion of emerging technologies across different contexts; combining technical understanding with theoretical constructs to impact on real life information provision and individual engagement in health and social care. Cristina worked with INVOLVE (National Institute for Health Research) to influence and inform the safe use of social media use with patients involved in research. She is currently examining if digital skills training can re-engage people with chronic kidney disease back into employment and the labour market and the use of social media for patient and public involvement in research.

Dr Emilie Whitaker

Emilie is a Lecturer in Social Policy and holds an Honorary Lectureship in Sociology at Cardiff University. She is an ethnographer and sociologist interested in care, welfare, death and futures. Her work frequently involves an exploration of time, particularly understandings, visions and experiences of futures and endings. She is also interested in methodological innovation in ethnographic practices, writing and representation.

Dr Mark Wilding

Mark is a Lecturer in Social Policy. He has spent three years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the Catholic University of Korea, and two years working at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. He has experience of researching a wide range of policy areas including employment, housing, social care, and social enterprise, among others. His work has drawn on research methods including focus groups and semi-structured interviews, along with quantitative analysis of both primary and secondary datasets. This work has been published in high level journals including Administration & Society; Policy Studies; and Policy Sciences; and he has presented at numerous international conferences. He is currently leading the quantitative analysis elements of an evaluation of the HomelessnessPart of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 for the Welsh Government, and the Evaluation of the DWP and Oxfam Livelihoods Training Project. He has acted as a peer reviewer for a range of journals including Journal of Public Policy; Asia Pacific Law Review; and International Review of Public Administration.

Post graduate researchers

Within the School we have over 60 research supervisors and a large and very active post graduate research community totalling over 120 PhD students.  Within Knowledge Health and Place we supervise and develop nearly a quarter of the research students within the School and the research student community is crucial to progress the work of the research programmes.  

Asha Abdillahi (PhD) - The weight of ‘baahi’ collective responsibility, kinship and interconnectedness amongst Somali communities in the UK

Sumaia Almadani (PhD) - Measuring the readiness of primary health care organisations and the nurses they employ to engage in clinical supervision: a case study

Nahed Alquwez (PhD) - Employment status and sustainability of work among haemodialysis patients in Saudi Arabia

Sabah Alsomali (PhD) - The Role of Health Care Professional and Social Support Systems as Determinants of Self-Care Among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Carol Baker-Longshaw (DProf) - The Influence of professional identity on the credibility of integrated team leaders

Sue Bellass (PhD) - The family and friendship experience of young onset dementia

Elaine Beaumont (PhD) - Compassion in healthcare

Susan J Buttress (DProf) - Investigation of health professions regulation overseas influencing flow of International students and programme development and delivery

Claire Carey (MSc by Research) - An Examination of the Effects of Part-Time Work on the Long-Term Salaries, and Career progression of Women

Sameena Chaudhry (PhD) – The use of SMS Texting technology by ethnic minority communities to promote self-management

Eileen Cunningham (PhD) - How students and graduates access and benefit from the experience of volunteering, internship and work experience both locally and globally

Hamad Daliah (PhD) - Asthma education in Saudi Arabia

Jawhar Ebnmhana (PhD) - Social Development Centers as a Bridge between Private Sector and Societal Needs

Chidi Ekuma (PhD) - The lived experiences of haemodialysis patients in Nigeria and sustainability of treatment  

Stephen Fauguel (PhD) - Counselling in prisons

Emma Haynes (PhD) - Transactional analysis in mothers with antenatal depression

Anthony Hesketh (DProf) - Bridging theory and practice in social work education

Jennifer Klunder (PhD) - Orthopaedic fracture management in Uganda

Anne Leyland (PhD) - Simulation for bereavement in midwifery education

Rose McCarthy (PhD) - Communities of Practice in Midwifery using SoMe

Hassan Osman (PhD) - International development and volunteering

Sharon Roberts (DProf) - Mentoring in nurse education and Practice

Melanie Stephens (PhD by PW) - Enrichment in education  

Wendy Sinclair (PhD by PW) - Professional Social media in nurse education

Natalie Tate (PhD) - Global health, midwifery education and mobility

Natasha Tyler (PhD) - Examining the learning of health professionals on international placements

Jo Welsh (PhD) - Aspects of task shifting and how it impacts on antibiotic stewardship, specific to the role of the midwife, in the Karabole district of Uganda

Associate members

Lucy Akiiki - British Commonwealth Fellow, Midwife, Kagote Health Centre III (Uganda)

Dr Muwafaq Al-Momani - Assistant Professor, Vice Dean of Princess Aisha Bint Al-Hussein College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University

Fiona Beckerlegge - Director and Physiotherapist, Kyaninga Children’s Development Centre (KCDC) (Uganda)

Susan Buttress - Associate Dean International, School of Health Sciences, Programme Lead MSc Trauma

Mr Robert Finnigan – Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network Manager

Dr Catherine Howell - Obstetric Long-term Volunteer, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Rachel Lassman - Occupational Therapist, Kyaninga Children’s Development Centre (KCDC) (Uganda)

Dr Alia Mahmood  - Anaesthetic Long-term Volunteer, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Jesca Nantume - Project Evaluator, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Marcelo Navarro - Project Coordinator. One Brick At A Time (OBAAT) (Uganda)

Maria Nassali - Project Evaluator, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Allan Ndawula - Project Manager - Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Dr Victor Njoroge - British Commonwealth Fellow, Medical Officer, Kisenyi Health Centre IV (Uganda)

Dr Iman Permana - Head of Center for Islamic Medicine Studies, Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Brian Senabulya - British Commonwealth Fellow - Orthopedic Technician, Mulago Hospital (Uganda)

Dr Robert Ssekitoleko - Biomedical Engineer - Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Joanne Welsh - Midwifery Long-term Volunteer, PhD student, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Hannah Webster - Midwifery Long-term Volunteer, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)

Arafat Wakulira - Biomedical Engineer, Knowledge4Change (Uganda)