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Development of cross-cultural care in nursing practice. Public health, health inequalities and poverty. Social exclusion and health, in particular in relation to people seeking asylum, refugees and those who experience homelesness.

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I am a senior lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Academic Director for the Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health in the School of Health in Social Science:

I am also Programme Director for the MSc in Advanced Nursing and I teach several courses in Global Public Health, Community Health and health inequalities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have a particular interest in health inequalities, gender based violence, homelessness and refugee health.

I completed my doctorate at Sunderland University (2011) in community health and culture. Homelessness and inclusion health is an ongoing focus of my work, particularly the ways that conceptualisations of 'home', gender and health intersect. In addition, I am interested in the ways that nurses engage in social justice in the UK; what social justice is understood to mean within the profession of nursing in the UK and how it is employed in practice situations.

Prior to my move into Higher Eduction, I worked for many years as a community development health nurse with people seeking asylum and refugees in the North East of England. I am a Registered Adult Nurse, Registered District Nurse and non-medical prescriber. I am also a founding member and current trustee of Justice First, a charity working in the Tees Valley with people who are seeking asylum in the UK [].





Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sunderland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Arts, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989


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