Professor Sally Kendall, MBE
Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health
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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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PROJECT NOW COMPLETED. CHSS is working with Yale School of Public Health as part of a global project to promote breastfeeding in Britain. Sally Kendall, Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, is leading the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) programme for England, Scotland and Wales. The BBF programme involves a five-step process, including application of a suite of benchmarks to accurately assess barriers to successful breastfeeding on a country-wide level. It also provides case studies to assist decision-makers in implementing it most effectively. The BBF programme helps countries identify gaps in their own breastfeeding programmes, thus enabling focused resource allocation, ultimately leading to improved breastfeeding results. Breastfeeding rates must improve around the world to meet the WHO’s 2025 global target of increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months to at least 50%. As well as Great Britain, Germany, Myanmar, Samoa, Mexico and Ghana, have accepted the challenge to reach this target by implementing the BBF programme. Start date: 1/11/2017 End date: 28/02/19 Funding (joint): Public Health England, Wales and Scotland (£42,500) and the Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation (unrestricted grant to Yale University) ($32,000)
Migrant Health Project Evaluation
This evaluation of an innovative three year Kent Community Health Foundation Trust project focuses on migrant communities who have settled in Kent, living predominantly in Dover, Folkestone and Margate and Gravesend. The aim is to reduce barriers and increase access to health services by local migrant families to address inequalities and encourage take-up of preventive services. Evidence shows particularly low engagement by Roma communities with family planning, dental care and general practice. KCHFT will employ and train staff largely from the Roma community as community based health advisers. The evaluation will be supported by 'Roma in the Lead', a project managed by Red Zebra which is working closely with Roma families to build trusting relationships. Led by Prof Sally Kendall, the CHSS research team will use realist evaluation and social justice frameworks. In the first project year they will work with community representatives and other key partners to develop a logic model and research methodology, and start data collection to find what works best for whom and in what context. Start date: 07/01/19 End date: 31/10/20 Funder: Kent Community Health Foundation Trust Funding: £20,000
Developing a public health research system to suport local government in Kent
After the Health and Social Care Act of 2012, councils took over responsibilities for public health from the NHS. This included promoting and improving health (e.g. sexual health clinics, health visitors, promoting physical activity, and promoting good health through its other activities such as transport, urban planning and education). Research is recognised to be a key part of NHS activity, with research active NHS organisations having better patient outcomes. There are concerns that councils do not use research evidence and take part in as much research, not seeing it as part of their role, or useful. Councils may not have the research knowledge, experience and culture that is generally embedded in the NHS. There are concerns that councils’ established ways of working do not always give research evidence sufficient prominence in decision-making, which tends to focus on local context and political constraints. This project aims to understand how to develop a system to support councils to use research evidence more effectively and to develop, usually in collaboration with university research departments, good quality applications for funding. We will use Kent County Council and Medway Council as study sites and have secured the collaboration of both Directors of Public Health. We will develop a questionnaire in collaboration with members of the public and the council employees. We will survey council employees to map out how research is used, what research has been carried out, and investigate what they know about research and their attitudes to it. We will then interview council employees and councillors to gain further insights into these issues and explore what they think might work to promote research culture. We will run a workshop bringing together university researchers, council employees, councillors and members of the public to identify the possible structure and function of such a research system and a plan for implementation. The outputs of this would be a design for a research system to enable better use of research evidence and to facilitate more research being carried out in Kent, an estimate of resources needed to make it happen and a framework to guide other councils to do the same with their local universities. We will work with the councils to implement the findings. In the long run we hope that this will enhance the process of council decision-making and improve outcomes for the communities served. Start date: 1/8/20; End Date: 30/11/20 Funder: NIHR Public Health Research Programme (20/30 NIHR Local Authority Research System call) Funding: £48,406