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Professor Sally Kendall, MBE

Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health



With 30 years’ academic experience and a background in nursing and health visiting, my role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health my role is to develop new areas of multi-disciplinary research to extend the scope of CHSS from health policy to implementation and application in community and public health settings. Working with local, national and international collaborators, the work spans the Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU) and other CHSS research groups. Through my work in Australia and with the European Primary Care Forum I am also developing the international perspective on community and public health.

My own current interests are focused on parenting and the impact on child health both in the UK and internationally. I am the Associate Investigator on a major NHMRC project in Australia concerned with the early parenting experiences of Aboriginal parents. My current work on the parenting self-efficacy measure (www.topse.org.uk) also involves me in studies investigating the effect of psychological support for parents of children with complex health needs, the development of an ante-natal measure of parenting and the evaluation of an app for new parents. I am the UK Principal Investigator for the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Study in collaboration with Yale School of Public Health, working with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Scotland Health.

My research interests are wide-ranging and include patient and public experience of health and health care in the community (particularly epilepsy), public health in relation to children and families (particularly breastfeeding) and implementation and application of health policy into practice. Methodologically my interests lie in mixed methods evaluation, case study and qualitative approaches. Having successfully supervised 22 research students and externally examined more than 20 PhDs including internationally, I welcome new applications.

Prior to joining CHSS in April 2016, I was Director of the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care and Associate Dean Research at the University of Hertfordshire, leading a team of over 40 researchers. I have experience in managing the REF and building research capacity, generating research grants and publishing.

I am co-editor in chief of Primary Health Care Research and Development, an internationally recognized journal and co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity supporting international community nursing research dissemination (www.icchnr.org).

My first degree was completed in 1982 at South Bank University, London and my PhD in 1991 at Kings College, London. My thesis is entitled ‘Client Participation in the Health Visitor-Client interaction’ and took an ethno-methodological approach.

Chair of the European Forum for Primary Care
Adjunct Professor, Ngangk Yira Centre for Research in Aboriginal Health, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Trustee of the Institute of Health Visiting
Member of Expert Advisory Group for the Community Health node of the Joanna Briggs Institute, Australia
Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

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Peckham, S., Zhang, W., Eida, T. J., Hashem, F. and Kendall, S. (2023) 'Research engagement and research capacity building: a priority for healthcare organisations', Journal of Health Organization and Management. Emerald Publishing Limited. doi: 10.1108/jhom-12-2021-0436.
King, E., Gadsby, E., Bell, M., Duddy, C., Kendall, S. and Wong, G. (2023) 'Health visiting in the UK in light of the COVID-19 pandemic experience (RReHOPE): a realist review protocol', BMJ Open. BMJ Publishing Group. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-068544.
Oyugi, B., Nizalova, O., Kendall, S. and Peckham, S. (2023) 'Does a free maternity policy in Kenya work? Impact and cost–benefit consideration based on demographic health survey data', The European Journal of Health Economics. doi: 10.1007/s10198-023-01575-w.
Perez-Escamilla, R., Dykes, F. and Kendall, S. (2023) 'Gearing to success with national breastfeeding programmes: The Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) initiative experience', Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13339.
McFadden, A., Kendall, S. and Eida, T. J. (2023) 'Implementing the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly initiative in Scotland', Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13304.
Oyugi, B., Kendall, S., Peckham, S. and Barasa, E. (2023) 'Out of pocket payments during childbirth in Kenya under the free maternity services: Perspectives of mothers, healthcare workers and county officials', Wellcome Open Research. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.18577.1.
Roncaglia, F., Bonvicini, L., Kendall, S., Panza, C., Ferraroni, M. and Giorgi Rossi, P. (2023) 'Validation of the Italian version of the Tool to Measure Parenting Self‐Efficacy questionnaire using data from an intervention study', Child: Care, Health and Development. Wiley, pp. 189-200. doi: 10.1111/cch.13032.
Merritt, R. K., Eida, T. J., Safon, C. and Kendall, S. (2023) 'Print media coverage of breastfeeding in Great Britain: positive or negative?', Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13458.
Bailey, E., Nightingale, S., Thomas, N., Coleby, D., Deave, T., Goodenough, T., Ginja, S., Lingam, R., Kendall, S., Day, C. and others. (2022) 'First-time Mothers' Understanding and Use of a Pregnancy and Parenting Mobile App (The Baby Buddy App): Qualitative Study Using Appreciative Inquiry.', JMIR mHealth and uHealth. doi: 10.2196/32757.
Merritt, R. K., Kendall, S., Eida, T. J., Dykes, F. and Perez-Escamilla, R. (2022) 'Scaling up breastfeeding in England through the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly initiative (BBF)', Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13443.
Clery, A., Harron, K., Woodman, J., Bedford, H. and Kendall, S. (2022) 'We need both quantitative and qualitative data to prove the value of health visiting', British Medical Journal. BMJ Publishing Group. doi: 10.1136/bmj.o2503.
Cavallaro, F. L., Gilbert, R., Wijlaars, L. P., kennedy, E., Howarth, E., Kendall, S., Van der Meulen, J., Calin, M. A., Reed, L. and Harron, K. (2022) 'Characteristics of enrolment in an intensive home-visiting programme among eligible first-time adolescent mothers in England: a linked administrative data cohort study', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. BMJ Publishing Group, pp. 991-998. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-217986.
Woodman, J., McGrath-Lone, L., Clery, A., Weatherly, H., Jankovic, D., Appleton, J. V., Kirman, J., Barlow, J., Kendall, S., Bennett, S. and others. (2022) 'Study protocol: a mixed-methods study to evaluate which health visiting models in England are most promising for mitigating the harms of adverse childhood experiences', BMJ Open. BMJ Publishing Group. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-066880.
Cavallaro, F. L., Kendall, S., Van der Meulen, J., kennedy, E., Howarth, E., Gilbert, R. and Harron, K. (2022) 'Evaluation of the real-world implementation of the Family Nurse Partnership in England: an observational cohort study using linked data from health, education and children's social care', International Journal of Population Data Science. Swansea University. doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v7i3.1831.
Parry, Y., Ullah, S., Willis, E., Sivertsen, N., Kendall, S., Marriott, R. and Ankers, M. (2022) 'The invisible issue, children, and families in substandard accommodation: how can paediatric interdisciplinary teams help?', BMJ Journals, p. A50. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2022-rcpch.83.
Kendall, S., Eida, T. J. and Perez-Escamilla, R. (2022) 'Becoming breastfeeding friendly in Great Britain - Does implementation science work?', Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13393.
Siversten, N., Parry, Y., Willis, E., Kendall, S., Marriott, R. and Bell, A. (2022) 'Aboriginal children and family connections to primary health care whilst homeless and in high housing mobility: observations from a Nurse Practitioner-led service', Primary Health Care Research & Development. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S1463423621000384.
Fraser, C., Harron, K., Barlow, J., Bennett, S., Woods, G., Shand, J., Kendall, S. and Woodman, J. (2022) 'Variation in health visiting contacts for children in England: cross-sectional analysis of the 2–2½ year review using administrative data (Community Services Dataset, CSDS)', BMJ Open. BMJ Publishing Group. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053884.
Parry, Y., Willis, E., Kendall, S., Marriott, R. and Ankers, M. (2022) 'A Nurse Practitioner service designed to address the health needs of children living in housing instability: A non‐randomised, concurrent mixed methods study protocol', Journal of Advanced Nursing. Wiley, pp. 1166-1175. doi: 10.1111/jan.15152.
Oyugi, B., Kendall, S. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Effects of free maternal policies on quality and cost of care and outcomes: an integrative review', Primary Health Care Research & Development. doi: 10.1017/S1463423621000529.
Panza, C., Volta, A., Broccoli, S., Bonvicini, L., Kendall, S., Marchesi, M. and Rossi, P. G. (2020) 'Evaluation of an intervention aimed at supporting new parents: the Baby Newsletter project', Italian Journal of Pediatrics. Springer. doi: 10.1186/s13052-020-00886-5.
Panza, C., Volta, A., Broccoli, S., Bonvicini, L., Kendall, S., Marchesi, M. and Giorgi Rossi, P. (2020) 'Evaluation of an intervention aimed at supporting new parents: the Baby Newsletter', Italian Journal of Pediatrics. Springer, p. 123. doi: 10.1186/s13052-020-00886-5.
Mugweni, E., Lowenhoff, C., Walker, M., Jaswal, S., Emrys-Jones, A., Adams, C. and Kendall, S. (2020) 'The feasibility of a multi‐professional training to improve how health care professionals deliver different news to families during pregnancy and at birth', Child: Care, Health and Development. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/cch.12758.
Research reports (external)
Peckham, S., Eida, T. J., Zhang, W., Hashem, F., Spencer, S., Kendall, S., Newberry Le Vay, J., Buckley-Mellor, O., Samuel, E. and Vohra, J. (2021) Creating Time for Research: Identifying and improving the capacity of healthcare staff to conduct research. Cancer Research UK. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/creating_time_for_research_february_2021_-_full_report-v2.pdf.
Conference or workshop items
Peckham, S., Eida, T. J., Zhang, W., Hashem, F., Spencer, S., Kendall, S., Newberry Le Vay, J., Buckley-Mellor, O. and Vohra, J. (2020) 'Time for Research: Improving research capacity in the health service post COVID-19', in. National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference 2020.
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