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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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Caller, I., Kendall, S. and Clare, I. (2018). An Intellectual Disability Service and Children's Social Care joint parenting pathway: the experiences of parents, and health and local authority practitioners. East of England Branch Newsletter:3-7.
Deave, T. et al. (2018). A study to evaluate the effectiveness of Best Beginnings' Baby Buddy phone app in England: a protocol paper. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000294.
Peckham, S. et al. (2017). Health promotion and disease prevention in general practice and primary care: a scoping study. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000494.
Howe, A. et al. (2017). Learning to work together - lessons from a reflective analysis of a research project on public involvement. Research Involvement and Engagement [Online] 3:1-12. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40900-016-0051-x.
Bryar, R. et al. (2017). Health visiting in primary care in England: a crisis waiting to happen? British Journal of General Practice [Online] 67:102-103. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X689449.
Kendall, S. and Bryar, R. (2017). Strengthening primary health care nursing in Europe: the importance of a positive practice environment. Pflege & Gesellschaft (Nursing & Society) [Online] 22:5-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3262/P&G1701005.
Braun, A. et al. (2017). Development of the Epilepsy Risk Awareness scale (ERA scale) for people with epilepsy. Seizure-European Journal of Epilepsy [Online] 46:13-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2017.02.005.
Rosa, F. et al. (2016). Resilience as a concept for understanding family caregiving of adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): an integrative review. Nursing Open [Online] 4:61-75. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nop2.63.
Ikioda, F. and Kendall, S. (2016). Transformation of health visiting services in England using an Online Community of Practice. Health Policy and Technology [Online] 5:298-306. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2016.02.006.
Potter, B., Kendall, S. and Calvert, H. (2016). More than just a chat: Bringing service user involvement to an online community practice. Journal of Health Visiting [Online] 4. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/johv.2016.4.10.512.
Peckham, S. et al. (2015). The organisation and delivery of health improvement in general practice and primary care: a scoping study. Health Services and Delivery Research [Online] 3. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3310/hsdr03290.
Procter, S. et al. (2015). A case study of asthma care in school age children using nurse-coordinated multidisciplinary collaborative practices. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare [Online] 2015:181-188. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S71030.
Kendall, S. and Bryar, R. (2015). Bringing Europe together through primary care. Primary Health Care Research & Development [Online] 17:1-2. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423615000468.
Byrne, G. et al. (2014). Developing a national mentorship scheme to enhance the contribution of clinical academics to evidence-based health care. Nurse Researcher [Online] 22:23-28. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nr.22.2.23.e1288.
Brown, A. et al. (2014). Encouraging  patients  to  self­‐care–the  preliminary  development  and  validation  of  the  VeLUSET©, a self-­‐efficacy tool for venous leg ulcer patients, aged 60 years and over. International Wound Journal [Online] 11:326-334. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iwj.12199.
Peckham, S. et al. (2014). Commissioning for long-term conditions: hearing the voice of and engaging users - a qualitative multiple case study. Health Services and Delivery Research [Online] 2. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3310/hsdr02440.
Ikioda, F. et al. (2014). Developing an online community of practice to empower health visitors: Findings from a pilot study. Journal of Health Visiting [Online] 2:436-440. Available at: http://www.journalofhealthvisiting.com/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.cgi?uid=106131;article=hv_2_8_436_440.
Kendall, S. et al. (2013). Factors That Influence Healthcare Professionals' Online Interaction in a Virtual Community of Practice. Social Networking [Online] 2:174-184. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/sn.2013.24017.
Kendall, S. et al. (2013). Efficacy of a group-based parenting program on stress and self-efficacy among Japanese mothers : A quasi-experimental study. Nursing and Health Sciences [Online] 15:454-460. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12054.
Procter, S. et al. (2013). Success and failure in integrated models of nursing for long term conditions: Multiple case studies of whole systems. International Journal of Nursing Studies [Online] 50:632-643. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.10.007.
Whiting, L., Kendall, S. and Wills, W. (2013). Rethinking children's public health : the development of an assets model. Critical Public Health [Online] 23:146-159. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2013.777694.
Brooks, F. and Kendall, S. (2013). Making sense of assets: What can an assets based approach offer public health? Critical Public Health [Online] 23:127-130. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2013.783687.
Wilson, P. et al. (2012). The nursing contribution to chronic disease management: a case of public expectation? Qualitative findings from a multiple case study design in England and Wales. International Journal of Nursing Studies [Online] 49:2-14. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.10.023.
Whiting, L., Kendall, S. and Wills, W. (2012). An asset-based approach: an alternative health promotion strategy? Community Practitioner [Online] 85:25-28. Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233725923_An_asset-based_approach_An_alternative_health_promotion_strategy.
Research report (external)
Kendall, S. et al. (2014). Evaluating the use of a population measure of child development in the Healthy Child Programme Two Year Review. [Online]. Children's Policy Research Unit. Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cpru/documents/evaluating-the-use-of-a-population-measure-of-child-development-in-the-healthy-child-two-year-review.
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