Dr. Fiona Cuthill

LECTURER (FTE) IN NURSING STUDIES (Public Health/Community Nursing

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Global Health Academy

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Room 2.6, Doorway 6, Medical Quad, Teviot Place

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I have worked as a lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh since May 2014. I completed my PhD in 2011 at the University of Sunderland, where I investigated the experiences of white health visitors when working across cultures. I then worked for the following 3 years as a lecturer in Public Health at the University of Sunderland.

Since qualifying as an adult nurse in 1989 and then a District Nurse in 1991, I have worked in a variety of community settings. I am particularly interested in health inequalities, social exclusion and the ways in which poverty impacts on health. I worked as a community nurse for people seeking asylum and refugees in the North East of England until 2007 and I am a founding member and current trustee of Justice First, a charity working in the Tees Valley with people who are seeking asylum in the UK.

My research interests to date have explored  the ways that marginalised groups in society access community organisations to support resilience and this has focused primarily on people who find themselves destitute following the asylum process. I was awarded a British Council Research travel grant to travel to Ewha Womens University in Seoul, South Korea for a month in June 2015 to work with nursing colleges there, to further explore the mechanisms that support ‘resilience’  in women who are simultaneously working in the labour market, caring for children and caring for elderly family members.

Community nursing is both my area of clinical experience and also the focus of my current research projects. I am currently working with NHS Lothian on a qualitative research project that explores the day-to-day experiences of Health Visitors using a 'routine enquiry' approch to domestic abuse'. In addition, I am interested in the ways that community nursing staff engage in social justice in the UK; what social justice is understood to mean within the profession of nursing in the UK and how it is employed in practice situations.

Migration and health is an ongoing focus of my work and this is reflected in my research and also in my teaching. I am particularly interested in qualitative research methodologies that use peer participatory reseachers as part of the research process. I would welcome PhD students who are interested in studying any of these areas to contact me for further discussion.