Professor Aisha Holloway (BSc (Hons) Nursing RGN PhD PGCHE FHEA)
Head of Nursing Studies, Professor of Nursing Studies
Room 2m6, School of Health in Social Science, Doorway 6, Old Medical Quad, Teviot Place
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Professor Aisha Holloway, Chair of Nursing Studies and Head of Nursing Studies provides strategic leadership to support the propagating and delivery of the School and College academic, research and financial plans within the Subject Area. Leading learning, teaching and research activity at all levels in the disciplines relevant to Nursing Studies including internal- and external-facing dimensions, and including local, national and international contexts. Directly responsible for the management, leadership and effective administration of activities and resources within the Subject Area and contribute to the development and implementation of the School and University strategic plan.
Aisha is also Programme Lead: Research and Evidence for Effective Practice the Global Nursing Now Campaign, launched in February 2017 for 3 years. The campaigns partners are ICN and WHO, 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Overarching research programme has two distinct elements: 1) a global public health and alcohol related harm and 2) nursing workforce with a strong professional health policy and political nurse leadership focus. The main aims of both programme are to reduce the risks and harms of alcohol in society, influencing and shaping alcohol policy alongside alongside, development of an evidence base focused on political nurse leadership. My programme of research has and is funded by MRC-PHIND, NIHR-PH, CSO, ESRC, NIHR-GCRF and Alcohol Change UK as well as others.
Alcohol related harm focuses specifically on (i) the development and evaluation of nurse led alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) across a wide range of health related settings, (ii) the education and teaching development of the nursing workforce in responding to alcohol-related harm and (iii) the use of innovative multi-disciplinary, public engagement methodologies for co-production of alcohol research.
Nursing workforce focuses on (i) political leadership in nursing (ii) nures influence on health policy and (iii) economic impact of global nursing workforce.
Alongside this, Aisha has a larger focus on global public health and health related factors with a particular interest in Low and Middle Income Countries and developing countries where health workforce and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals is fundamental. With the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh and the Director, Professor Liz Grant, we have been developing strategic and operational opportunities for clinical academic research application to strengthen the positioning, role and educational attainment of nurses and midwives globally as well as other disciplines. This is particularly relevant to Aisha's professional and political nurse leadership collaborations and partnership with Governments and her work as Programme Lead for Research and Evidence for effective practice for the Global Nursing Now campaign and partners, ICN and WHO. Here I look to advise, influence, inform and shape health policy and the global position of nurse leadership through development of a strong evidence base.
With a strong interest in nurse political leadership both nationally and globally, Aisha works at the interphase between nurse led health and social care research and influencing relevant health and social care policy. She was previously an Hon Nurse Consultant for Alcohol Policy and Research at Scottish Government. In 2016, Aisha also submitted written evidence on political leadership in nursing to the All Party Parliamentary Group (UK APPG) on global health, Chaired by Lord Crisp. This evidence was subequently used in the Triple Impact report published by the APPG http://www.who.int/hrh/com-heeg/triple-impact-appg/en/ In 2017 she was invited to submit written and oral evidence to the Scottish Health & Sports Committee. Scottish Parliament, Round table evidence session at Scottish Parliament as part of the Prisoner Health Inquiry.
Awarded a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship in 2014, which provided a bespoke programme of strategic leadership development, Aisha completed a Leadership programme at Harvard Business School and visited Congress, Washington DC, USA as part of the Scholarship working with Nurse leaders in the USA to explore the development of nursing political and strategic leadership to influence health policy.
Founder and Chair of the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN)
Scottish Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Award. Established Career Research Award 2017
Scottish Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Award. Impact 2015
BSc (Hons) Nursing RGN
Responsibilities & affiliations
Chair and Founder of the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) www.sarn.ed.ac.uk
Non-Executive Director of the Board RCNi https://rcni.com
Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore
Trustree Florence Nightingale Foundation
Programme LeadL Research and Evidece for effective practice for Nursing Now global campaign https://www.nursingnow.org/join-the-campaign/
Global public health and alcohol related harm (i) the development and evaluation of nurse led alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) across a wide range of health related settings, (ii) the education and teaching development of the nursing workforce in responding to alcohol-related harm and (iii) the use of innovative multi-disciplinary, public engagement methodologies for co-production of alcohol research.
Nursing workforce (i) political leadership in nursing (ii) global skills partnership (nurse migration) (ii) economic impact of global nursing workforce.
Current research interestsHealth and wellbeing in marginalised populations, specifically prison health and alcohol interventions in prison for men on remand. Identifying research priorities for prison health in Scotland. Developing research capacity, capability and sustainability for global health workforce. Workforce and contribution to SDGs. Political and health policy research . RTAs and alcohol in Sri Lanka. Child and Maternal Health (DIPLOMATIC) study in Africa.
Past research interestsSelection of past research projects: Chlamydia Screening funded by HTA (ClaSS) multi-centre collaborative project led by Bristol University, School of Social and Community Medicine and Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Birmingham. Anxiety and Depression experiences of families and significant others. Photovoice in Recovery. Increasing Public Health Workers capacity to respond to alcohol related harm.
With a strong interest in nurse political leadership both nationally and globally, Aisha works at the interphase between nurse led health and social care research and influencing globally relevant health and social care policy. In 2017 she was recently invited to submit written and oral evidence to the Scottish Health & Sports Committee. Scottish Parliament, Round table evidence session at Scottish Parliament as part of the Prisoner Health Inquiry. In 2016, Aisha also submitted written evidence on political leadership in nursing to the All Party Parliamentary Group (UK APPG) on global health, Chaired by Lord Crisp. This evidence was subequently used in the Triple Impact report published by the APPG http://www.who.int/hrh/com-heeg/triple-impact-appg/en/
In 2015 at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament a Motion brought by Shona Robison (Cabinet Secretary Health) on making progress on the Scottish Government’s in “Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action” Thursday 4th June acknowledged the work of Aisha and colleagues in their Photovoice research work with those in recovery from alcohol. The Photovoice research study raised by 3 MSPs and The Minister for Public Health.
Affiliated research centres
- International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA)
- Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
- Providing verbal evidence to the Health and Sport Committee on healthcare in prisons
- The First China-UK International Nursing Management Forum
- Alcohol and alcoholism (Journal)
- Journal of Advanced Nursing (Journal)
Current project grants
NIHR-PH funded APPRAISE study (Chief Investigator)
NIHR-GCRF funded DIPLOMATIC study (Co-applicant)
CSO funded SCARF study (Co-applicant)
ESRC IAA funded Delphi Study (Chief Investigator)
RCN Foundation YARNS funded study (Co Chief Investigator)
Burdett Trust funded STAY-SAFE study (Co-applicant)
Past project grants
Highlighted previous grants held:
Alcohol Research UK ORBITAL study (Co-applicant)
MRC-PHIND PRISM-A Study (Chief Investigator)
CSO Clinical Academic Research Fellowship
SFAAD (Chief Investigator)
SHAAP (Chief Investigator)
Understanding HIV-positive drug users’ experiences of taking highly active antiretroviral treatment
Evidence into action
What do HIV-positive drug users’ experience tell us about their antiretroviral medications taking? An international integrated literature review
Social media in nursing and health policy
Analytic methods considerations for the translation of sensitive qualitative data from Mandarin into English
‘A bridge to normal’
Rapid Evidence Review
Prioritization of outcomes in efficacy and effectiveness alcohol brief intervention trials
The variability of outcomes used in efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol brief interventions
A systematic review of the efficacy of alcohol interventions for incarcerated people
Research on health in prison settings in Scotland - a colloquium
The “Outcome Reporting in Brief Intervention Trials: Alcohol” (ORBITAL) framework
Webinar: Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) for male remand prisoners
What does an ABI look like when delivered in the prison setting
The variability of outcomes used in efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol brief interventions
Alcohol screening and brief interventions with male remand prisoners
PRISM-A - a study podcast
PRISM-A - an infographic