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

Professor of Nursing Studies and Co-Director of Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative

Background

Professor Aisha Holloway, Chair of Nursing Studies, provides strategic leadership to support the propagating and delivery of the School and College academic, research 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 of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Intiative and research programme contributing to the development and implementation of the School and University strategic plan.

Aisha is the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Intiative (EGNI) and holds a number of Advisory and Board roles within the UK and Internationally.  

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 global political nurse leadership. Programme of research funding 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) nurses influence on health policy and  (iii) innovative nurse and midwifery advanced clinical practice and leadership development in Africa

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, Aisha launched the Edinburgh Global Nursing Initative in 2020.  Developing strategic and operational opportunities for clinical academic research application to strengthen the positioning, role and educational attainment of nurses and midwives globally, with a particular focus on Africa as well as LMICs . 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 she looks 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/   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, 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 Co-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

Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, USA

Trustee  Board member Florence Nightingale Foundation

Programme LeadL Research and Evidece for effective practice  for Nursing Now global campaign https://www.nursingnow.org/join-the-campaign/

Advisory Board member Harvard Global Nursing Leadership programme

Advisory Board member Nursing Now Challenge

 

 

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) global political leadership in nursing (ii) global skills partnership (nurse migration) (ii)  innovative nurse and midwifery advanced clinical practice and leadership development in Africa.

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. Most recently Aisha developed a Masters course, "Nursing & Global Health Policy: developing your political leadership." In its first year we welcomed a range of nurse leaders working in a health policy political landscape, including, Howard Catton, CEO of the ICN, who engaged with our global Masters nursing students to provide insight into influence, position, voice and presence. Aisha also mentors a number of early career nurses, a great passion of hers.

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)
Burdett Trust funded IGNITE programme in Africa

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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