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Dr Fiona Cuthill


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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

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 are homeless.

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sunderland
Emotional encounters in health care: an investigation into the experiences of health visitors when working across cultures.
Master of Arts, University of Sunderland
Refugee women: living connections and cross-cultural spaces

Professional Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, PGCHE
Registered District Nurse
Registered General Nurse, RGN

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseFiona has expertise in qualitative and participatory research methodologies. She also has extensive experience in working in communities with people who encounter issues of social exclusion, addiction, homelessness and asylum.


Dr Fiona Cuthill is a lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Convenor for the Athena SWAN assessment team for the School of Health in Social Science. She is the Programme Director for the MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice and teaches several courses in Global Public Health/Community Health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has a particular interest in health inequalities, gender based violence, homelessness and refugee health. A Registered Adult Nurse and District Nurse, she worked with people seeking asylum and refugees in the North East of England for several years and is 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. 

Homelessness and inclusion health is an ongoing focus of her work and this is reflected in her research. She is particularly interested in qualitative research methodologies that use peer participatory researchers as part of the research process. 

Her research interests to date have explored the ways that marginalised groups in society access community organisations to support resilience and this has focused primarily on people who find themselves destitute following the asylum process. Community health is both her area of clinical experience and also the focus of her current research projects. She is currently working with Dr Vicky Hirst on a qualitative research project to explore homeless patients’ experience of General Practice care in an outreach setting (May - Dec. 2017). In addition, she is interested in the ways that community nursing staff 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.





Research activities & awards

  1. International Conference of Qualitative Research

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. Emotions Research Series

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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