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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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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 [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12758.
Deave, T., Ginja, S., Goodenough, T., Bailey, E., Coad, J., Day, C., Nightingale, S., Kendall, S. and Lingam, R. (2019). The Bumps and BaBies Longitudinal Study (BaBBLeS): a multi-site cohort study of first-time mothers to evaluate the effectiveness of the Baby Buddy app. mHealth [Online] 5. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/mhealth.2019.08.05.
Marriott, R., Strobel, N., Kendall, S., Bowen, A., Eades, A., Landes, J., Adams, C. and Reibel, T. (2019). Cultural Security in the Perinatal Period for Indigenous Women in Urban Areas: A Scoping Review. Women and Birth [Online] 32:412-426. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2019.06.012.
Whiting, M., Nash, A., Kendall, S. and Roberts, S. (2019). Enhancing resilience and self-efficacy in the parents of children with disabilities and complex health needs. Primary Health Care Research & Development [Online] 20:1-7. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423619000112.
Mugweni, E., Goodliffe, S., Adams, C., Walker, M. and Kendall, S. (2019). "I'll look after the kids while you go and have a shower": An Evaluation of a service to address mild to moderate maternal perinatal mental health problems. Journal of Mental Health [Online] 28:324-330. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2019.1581347.
Kendall, S., Bryar, R. and Henderson, K. (2019). Celebrating the first 20 years of publication of Primary Health Care Research & Development!. Primary Health Care Research & Development [Online] 20:1-3. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000956.
Kendall, S., Nash, A., Braun, A., Bastug, G., Rougeaux, E. and Bedford, H. (2019). Acceptability and Understanding of the ASQ-3TM as part of the Healthy Child Programme Two-year health and development review in England: Parent and professional perspectives. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12639.
Kendall, S., Nash, A., Braun, A., Bastug, G., Rougeaux, E. and Bedford, H. (2019). Acceptability and understanding of the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition, as part of the Healthy Child Programme 2?year health and development review in England: Parent and professional perspectives. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online] 45:251-256. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12639.
Ginja, S., Coad, J., Bailey, E., Kendall, S., Goodenough, T., Nightingale, S., Smiddy, J., Day, C., Deave, T. and Lingam, R. (2018). Associations between social support, mental wellbeing, self-efficacy and technology use in first-time antenatal women: data from the BaBBLeS cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and childbirth [Online] 18. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2049-x.
Deave, T., Kendall, S., Lingam, R., Day, C., Trudy, G., Bailey, E., Ginja, S., Nightingale, S. and Coad, J. (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] 20. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000294.
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.
Wilson, P., Mathie, E., Poland, F., Keenan, J., Howe, A., Munday, D., Kendall, S., Cowe, M., Staniszewska, S. and Goodman, C. (2018). How embedded is public involvement in mainstream health research in England a decade after policy implementation? A realist evaluation. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy [Online] 23:98-106. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1355819617750688.
Peckham, S., Hann, A., Kendall, S. and Gillam, S. (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.
Bryar, R., Cowley, D., Adams, C., Kendall, S. and Mathers, N. (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.
Braun, A., Kendall, S., Cole, C., Smeeton, N. and Angus-Leppan, H. (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.
Howe, A., Mathie, E., Munday, D., Cowe, M., Goodman, C., Keenan, J., Kendall, S., Poland, F., Staniszewska, S. and Wilson, P. (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.
Kendall, S. and Bryar, R. (2017). Stärkung der Pflege in der Primärversorgung in Europa: die Bedeutung einer positiven Praxisumgebung = 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.
Kendall, S., Eida, T. and Merritt, R. (2019). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland: Report. Scottish Government. Available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/becoming-breastfeeding-friendly-scotland-report/pages/3/.
Eida, T., Kendall, S. and Merritt, R. (2019). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Wales Infographic. Public Health Wales.
Eida, T. and Kendall, S. (2019). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Scotland Infographic. Scottish Government.
Kendall, S., Eida, T. and Merritt, R. (2019). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Wales Recommendations Briefing Report. Public Health Wales.
Conference or workshop item
Eida, T. and Kendall, S. (2019). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly in Wales: context, findings and recommendations. In: Launch of the Wales Breastfeeding Action Plan.
Eida, T. and Kendall, S. (2019). How can migrant communities and services collaborate to improve public health across diverse areas?. In: European Forum for Primary Care.
Mugweni, E., Jaswal, S. and Kendall, S. (2018). Improving the way healthcare professionals deliver news about a child having a condition associated with a learning disability. In: NHS Benchmarking & Good Practice in Learning Disabilities Conference.
Eida, T., Kendall, S. and Merritt, R. (2018). Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly in Britain Scaling up Breastfeeding in Wales, Scotland and England. In: Institute of Health Visiting Conference.
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