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Catrin Evans

Associate Professor & Director of Knowledge Exchange, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr. Catrin Evans is a nurse and an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences. Catrin obtained her BSc in Nursing from King's College, London. She worked clinically in the UK and Germany within the field of infectious diseases/HIV. After completing a Diploma in Tropical Nursing, Catrin spent several years in India working on community-led structural interventions for HIV prevention and promotion of human rights amongst women in the sex industry. A strong interest in the intersections of culture, gender, health and development led her to complete an MA in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS and then an ESRC-funded PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Catrin subsequently worked as a research consultant for international health and development agencies across South and South East Asia, contributing to HIV prevention, anti-trafficking and maternal health initiatives. Catrin joined the University of Nottingham in 2003 and has maintained a strong commitment to social justice for health through a research programme focused on the development and evaluation of community-led strategies for health promotion amongst vulnerable populations.

Catrin has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, is a Registered Nurse Teacher and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She has a deep commitment to knowledge translation and currently serves as Director of Knowledge Exchange for the School. Catrin's work has global reach; she spent over 10 years (2008-2018) as School (and then Faculty) Director of Internationalisation/Global Engagement and spearheaded the development of a strong institutional commitment to global citizenship within the health professions. She personally led major teaching and research partnerships in India, Jordan, east Africa and China. Catrin is Co-Director of the Nottingham Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare - a Centre of Excellence within the global Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) network - and she is a JBI accredited systematic review trainer. Catrin has also served on the Executive Committee of the UK National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) from 2007-2014, leading an e-learning initiative that has reached thousands of nurses worldwide.

Catrin also has a strong interest in research capacity building. She led the School's PhD programme from 2008-2013 and received a Lord Dearing Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of achieving outstanding student satisfaction and transforming the student experience. Catrin was Secretary of the International Network of Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) from 2010-2014.

Expertise Summary

Catrin's research interests fall into two main areas: (1) community-led health promotion (with a particular focus on HIV, maternal health and migrant health), and, (2) the health workforce, particularly around the development of advanced clinical practice and the internationalization of healthcare higher education. She has methodological expertise in qualitative research and systematic reviews.

Teaching Summary

MSc Course Co-Leader - Systematic Reviews; MSc Course Leader - The Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care; Researcher Academy Short Course Co-Leader -… read more

Research Summary

Catrin is a member of the School's Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and is Co-Director of the Nottingham Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare - a Centre of Excellence within the global… read more

Recent Publications

  • MSc Course Co-Leader - Systematic Reviews;
  • MSc Course Leader - The Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care;
  • Researcher Academy Short Course Co-Leader - Introduction to Systematic Reviews;
  • Researcher Academy Short Course Leader - Qualitative Evidence Synthesis;
  • Specialist teaching input across different BSc and MSc programmes (on HIV, global health, globalization, advanced practice, qualitative research, ethnography, systematic reviews, evidence based practice);
  • Supervisor for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral dissertations;
  • Trainer on JBI accredited short courses (Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Programme & Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence);
  • Member of a Practice Learning Team, Nottingham University Hospital Trust;
  • Member of the Community Placement Audit Team;

Current Research

Catrin is a member of the School's Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and is Co-Director of the Nottingham Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare - a Centre of Excellence within the global Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) network. Catrin is committed to participatory research paradigms, and much of her work has been undertaken in partnership with non-governmental and community organisations. Catrin's work draws upon social theory to illuminate the interface between lay and professional understandings of health and factors that influence the implementation of healthcare and health workforce policy and interventions.

Current Research:

Implementing Advanced Clinical Practice in the UK: Three Inter-Linked Projects that seek to: (i) Evaluate the Implementation and Educational Infrastructure of Advanced Clinical Practice Roles in the UK, and (ii) Review the Existing Evidence Base around Advanced Clinical Practice in the UK. All Projects are funded by Health Education England (HEE):

  • Systematic Review of the Evidence on Advanced Clinical Practice (Principal Investigator)
  • Early Stage Evaluation of the Academy of Advanced Practice (Co-Investigator)
  • Formative Evaluation of the Role of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Primary Care across the East Midlands (Co-Investigator)​​​​​​

Tackling Global Development Challenges through Mathematical Sciences Research. Risk Prediction for Women's Health and Rights in Tanzania: Novel Statistical Methodology to Target Interventions (Co-Investigator). This multidisciplinary project is funded by the EPSRC and aims to establish, through methodological developments in statistics, a new mathematical framework to help address underlying data issues behind women's rights problems in lower income countries, using perinatal mortality and vulnerability to FGM and forced marriage as exemplar cases. The PI is Professor Ian Dryden (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham). Organizational Partners in Tanzania include: Hope for Girls and Women, D-Tree, Tanzania Development Trust, African Maths Initiative and OneBillion.​​​​​​​

Generation of a Digital Toolkit for Workplace HIV Testing: Evaluation of Attitudes and Uptake within Employee Health Checks in the Construction Industry (Co-Investigator). This project, funded by Gilead Sciences Ltd, aims to develop and evaluate a digital tool to support employers to offer HIV testing in the workplace as part of work-place health initiatives. The project PI is Dr Holly Blake (University of Nottingham).

Past Research

Catrin has secured significant research funds from a range of national and international funding bodies (NIHR, DFID, HEE, EPSRC, ESRC, WHO, Public Health England, Higher Education Academy). She has published widely.

Catrin's previous research and knowledge exchange initiatives have included projects on: -

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • HIV testing in the workplace
  • HIV prevention and care experiences in migrant populations
  • Views and experiences of provider initiated HIV testing
  • Development and evaluation of mhealth interventions to promote uptake of HIV testing
  • Views and experiences of 'treatment as prevention' in HIV care
  • Anti-trafficking interventions
  • HIV prevention in sex work settings
  • Shared decision making in HIV care
  • Behaviour change communication within 'Safe Motherhood' initiatives
  • Respiratory health in Nepal

Catrin has also undertaken several funded research and knowledge exchange initiatives related to the health workforce and the internationalization of healthcare higher education: -

  • Development of national Midwifery Practice Guidance for care of women in labour and during induction of labour
  • Learning experiences of international doctoral nursing students in the UK
  • Post-doctoral knowledge transfer in an internationalized context: a case study of Jordan
  • Evaluation of Developing Solutions MSc scholarship holders' experiences and career development upon return home
  • Exploring advanced nursing practice in Kenya
  • Evaluating faculty development programmes in India
  • Professionalization of nursing in India
  • Barriers and facilitators of study abroad in healthcare students

PhD Students

Catrin is an experienced PhD supervisor and regularly acts as internal and external examiner for PhD theses.

Current PhD Students:

  • Nada Alattar- Barriers to mental health recovery in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Jennifer Akuamoah-Boateng - The meaning of 'respectful care' in the context of child bearing in Ghana: A qualitative study of midwives' experiences
  • Sovereign Secundus - The motherhood experiences of women living with sickle cell disease in the UK
  • Lawitra Khiaokham - Adolescent mothers' decision making regarding long acting reversible contraceptives in Thailand: a grounded theory study
  • Mark Hayford Dwira - Men's role in FGM prevention and healthcare decision making in the UK
  • Kafi Alshammari - The views and experiences of nurses in Saudi Arabia regarding domestic violence and abuse
  • Endah Sulistyowati - Inter-professional team working in community maternity services in Indonesia

Successful PhD Students:

  • Talaso Barako (2020) - Perspectives of a pastoralist community regarding antenatal care services in Marsabit County, Kenya: A focused ethnographic study
  • Sylivia Nalubega (2017) - Care in HIV drug trial closure: perspectives of research participants and staff in Uganda;
  • Edward Appiah Boateng (2016) - Decision making in end stage renal disease (ESKD) in Ghana: Exploring patient and provider perspectives;
  • Eunice Ndirangu (2016) - Communication and interaction in the context of routine provider initiated HIV testing and counselling for HIV: the case of Kenya;
  • Gail Errington (2015) - An investigation of factors contributing to the sustainability of home safety equipment schemes in communities at higher risk of injury: a case study approach based on a national programme in England;
  • Gertrude Mwalabu (2014) - Telling their story: perspectives of young women, their caregivers and service providers regarding the experiences of growing up with perinatally-aquired HIV in Malawi;
  • Anupama Roy (2013) - Game based mobile learning for peer educators in MSM HIV prevention projects in India;
  • Tapash Roy (2009) - Sexual behaviour, perception of AIDS risk and safer sex practices practices amongst rural to urban migrant men in Bangladesh;
  • Hsiu-Li Wu (2008) - An investigation of type 2 diabetes self management in Taiwan;

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