Following experience as a staff nurse at Westminster Hospital, Sally became a health visitor in 1982 and worked in SW London until taking up a research post at King’s College London.
Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent
Sally worked as part as a research team investigating the health promotion role of nurses, midwives and health visitors, and at the same time commenced her doctoral studies on the health visitor-client interaction. She gained her PhD from King’s College London in 1991 and took up a lecturing post. In 1999, she moved to the University of Hertfordshire as Professor of Nursing and, in 2001, was also appointed as the Director of the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC). She was appointed as Associate Dean Research in 2012. In April 2016, Sally moved to the University of Kent as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, Centre for Health Services Studies.
Sally’s main research interest is in community and primary health care nursing and health visiting, especially in client/patient experience and in family health research, particularly parenting and breastfeeding, having published and supervised 21 doctoral studies in these areas. Her monograph on primary care nursing since the declaration of Alma Ata, was published by ICN in 2008. She is the co-editor of ‘Primary Health Care Research and Development’ and the co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity that supports international community nursing research dissemination around the world. Sally is the Chair elect for the European Forum for Primary Care from September 2017.
One of her key areas of interest has been the development and validation of the Tool to measure Parenting Self-Efficacy (TOPSE) which has been used throughout the UK and internationally to evaluate many different parenting programmes. Sally is also a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Community Health node of the Joanna Briggs Institute, Australia. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at Murdoch University, Perth in Western Australia where, as part of a research team, they are exploring the health and support needs of Aboriginal parents. Amongst many other NIHR-funded studies, Sally currently strategically manages the HEE/NIHR mentorship and outreach programme for clinical academics. She has also worked extensively with colleagues on evaluating the ASQ-3 for use in the UK including its translation into British English and an e-learning programme for health visitors.
In 2018, Sally was awarded an MBE for her services to nursing and to research in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.