Professor Aisha Holloway (BSc (Hons) Nursing RGN PhD PGCHE FHEA)

Head of Nursing Studies, Professor of Nursing Studies

Background

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)

Cavell Star Award 2019 https://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci/news-events/news/current-news/nursing-studies-head-wins-award-for-care

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

 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Nursing RGN

PhD

PGCHE

Cert ILM

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/

 

 

 

Research summary

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 interests

Health 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 interests

Selection 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.

Knowledge exchange

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

Research activities

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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)
ARUK (Co-applicant)
SHAAP (Chief Investigator)

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