Sally Kendall, MBE, Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons), RN, RHV, FQNI, MFPH, FiHV
iHV Expert Adviser: Research
Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent, UK.
Co-Editor in Chief Primary Health Care Research and Development
Co-director International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research www.icchnr.org
Adjunct Professor Ngangk Yira Institute for Change, Murdoch University, Perth, WA
As a NMC-registered academic community nurse and health visitor, my main research interest is in primary and community health care, especially research that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of families and children in the community. I hold a strong belief in working in partnership with parents and families and understanding their needs to inform research and practice, most recently the experiences of women in Ukraine of perinatal mental health issues, Becoming Breast Feeding Friendly in the UK, and parenting using the TOPSE evaluation tool. I am currently working with the Children’s Policy Research Unit at UCL on several NIHR-funded studies related to the evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership in England, the delivery of the Health Visiting Service and Adverse Childhood Experiences, and an NIHR-funded realist review of the delivery of health visiting services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with Stirling and Oxford Universities. I am also the academic project manager for the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children study for England in collaboration with the DHSC/DfE and the WHO. I am also a collaborator on a study funded in Australia to examine the impact of the nurse practitioner service on homeless children in South Australia.
As a nurse and health visitor, I have promoted the role of nursing in primary and community care throughout my career, and supervised and managed multiple practice-based studies that examine the nursing contribution to primary health care and public health, with reports on primary care being commissioned by the International Council of Nurses in Geneva. With my co-researchers I developed and validated the TOPSE tool for measuring parenting self-efficacy (www.topse.org) that is now widely used nationally and internationally. This has led to research with Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, where I am Adjunct Professor and the Sir Walter Murdoch outstanding International Scholar at Murdoch University.
As the lead for research capacity in the NIHR ARC for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, I also have a great interest in mentorship and supporting the healthcare workforce to develop their clinical and academic careers as a route to bringing transformation to healthcare delivery and outcomes for patients and families.