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Sally is the Research Capacity Lead for ARC KSS. She is also Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent.
Sally is a registered nurse, health visitor and family planning nurse. She undertook her PhD at Kings College London and her thesis examined the health-visitor client interaction during home visits with a focus on client participation.
Sally's main research interest is in primary and community health care and public health, especially research that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of families and children in the community. Sally has a strong belief in working in partnership with parents and understanding their needs to inform research and practice.
Sally developed 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 she is Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University. She also works on maternal and infant health in Ukraine.
Sally is currently the UK lead on the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly project in collaboration with Yale School of Public Health. She is also currently working on a Migrant Health study in Kent and a study of the use of data linkage in the Family Nurse Partnership in collaboration with University College London.
Sally is an experienced research and PhD supervisor and member of the NIHR Academy. She has worked closely with NIHR both as a former panel member of the ICA programme and as the former academic lead of the ICA Mentorship programme. She has also led and collaborated on NIHR research studies.
She is also currently the chair of the European Forum for Primary Care and the co-editor of Primary Care Research and Development and the co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity that supports global community nursing research (www.icchnr.org). She is also a trustee of the Institute of Health Visiting and is a Member of the Faculty of Public Health.
She was awarded the MBE by the HRM Queen Elizabeth II for services to nursing and research in June 2018.