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Catrin Evans

Associate Professor, 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 her work has global reach. ​​In her role as Director of Global Engagement for the School and Faculty over the last 10 years (now concluded), she spearheaded the development of a strong institutional commitment to global citizenship within the health professions, and personally led major teaching and research partnerships in India, Jordan, east Africa and China. ​ She currently serves on the Council of Deans for Health Global Advisory Group. 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 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 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 international 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 internationalization of healthcare higher education. She has methodological expertise in qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, particularly ethnography, case study design and qualitative systematic review. She also has experience of using mixed methods approaches to develop and evaluate e-learning resources and community-led mhealth interventions.

Teaching Summary

MSc Module Convenor - Comprehensive Systematic Review; MSc in Quality Patient Safety and Improvement - Dissertation Module Convenor; Specialist teaching input across different BSc and MSc… read more

Research Summary

Catrin is a member of the School's Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group. Catrin is committed to participatory research paradigms, and much of her work has been undertaken in partnership with… read more

Recent Publications

  • BLAKE, H, BANERJEE, A and EVANS, C, 2018. Employer attitudes towards general health checks and HIV testing in the workplace, Public Health. 156, 34-43
  • EVANS, C, SUGGS, S, TURNER, K, OCCA, A, JUMA, A and BLAKE, H, 2018. Text messaging to promote uptake of HIV testing among migrant African communities, Health Education Journal. (In Press.)
  • BLAKE, H, HUSSAIN, B, HAND, J, JUMA, A and EVANS, C, 2018. Employers’ views of the ‘Healthy Hub Roadshow’: A workplace HIV testing intervention in England, AIDS Care. (In Press.)
  • MCGARRY, J, HINSLIFF-SMITH, K, WATTS, K, MCCLOSKEY, P and EVANS, C, 2017. Experiences and impact of mistreatment and obstetric violence on women during childbearing: a systematic review protocol, JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 15(3), 620-627

Catrin holds several senior leadership roles within the School and Faculty, as well as externally: -

  • Member, Global Advisory Group, Council of Deans for Health;
  • Director of Global Engagement, School of Health Sciences;
  • Chair, Global Engagement Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • Member of Faculty Senior Management Board;
  • Nottingham-China Health Initiative; Steering Group Member;
  • Member, University Global Engagement Board;
  • Member, School of Health Sciences Senior Management Group;
  • Co-Director, Nottingham Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare - a Centre of Excellence within the global Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) network;
  • MSc Module Convenor - Comprehensive Systematic Review;
  • MSc in Quality Patient Safety and Improvement - Dissertation Module Convenor;
  • Specialist teaching input across different BSc and MSc programmes (on HIV, global health, globalization, 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);
  • External examiner for an innovative BSc programme in 'Health Systems Approach to HIV/AIDS Care and Management' - delivered by Mildmay in East Africa - validated through the University of Manchester;
  • 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. 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 complex healthcare interventions. Catrin currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Ethnicity and Health.

Current Research:

  • Improving Healthcare for Women and Girls who have undergone FGM: Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (Principal Investigator). This project comprises two qualitative systematic reviews looking at experiences of healthcare from the perspectives of (i) FGM survivors and (ii) health professionals. It is funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme (Project No. 15/137/04), and aims to provide evidence for health service development. Co-investigators include: Professor Gina Higginbottom (University of Nottingham), Dr. Julie McGarry (University of Nottingham), Jeanette Eldridge (University of Nottingham), Dr. Carol McCormick (Consultant Midwife), Valentine Nkoyo (representing Mojatu Foundation) and Kinsi Clarke (representing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum).
  • HIV and Health at Work: M1 Corridor Distribution Project: An Evaluation of Workplace HIV testing Initiatives (Principal Investigator). This project evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of including HIV testing within workplace health and wellbeing initiatives. It aims to enhance uptake of HIV testing, particularly amongst migrant populations. It is funded by Public Health England and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Holly Blake (University of Nottingham), Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) and the African Institute of Social Development (Nottingham).
  • Interventions that improve Maternity Care for Immigrant Women in England: a Narrative Synthesis Review (Co-Investigator). This project is funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme (Project No. 15/55/03), and is conducted in collaboration with Professor Gina Higginbottom (PI, University of Nottingham), Professor Myfanwy Morgan (King's College, London)and Dr Khuldip Bharj (University of Leeds).

Knowledge Transfer Initiatives:

  • RCM Midwifery Practice Guidance for Care of Women in Labour in all Settings in the UK (Co-Investigator). This prestigious project is funded by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). Along with project leads, Professor Helen Spiby and Dr Phoebe Pallotti from the University of Nottingham, the team will work with an expert national advisory group to produce new guidance to enable midwives to provide individualised care across all settings across the UK to women in labour.
  • Implementation of Workplace HIV Testing Programmes: Development of a Toolkit for Employers (Co-Investigator). This is project is funded by the University of Nottingham's ERSC Impact Accelerator Fund. It aims to work with networks of workplace health specialists and community partners to determine the best approach to implementation of HIV testing in the workplace - through stakeholder surveys and consultation, and generation of implementation guidelines. The project is led by Dr. Holly Blake (PI, University of Nottingham) and conducted in collaboration with Well for Living & LASS Social Enterprise Ltd (Leicester), STASS (Milton Keynes), Sunrise (Corby and Northants), AISD (Nottingham), Well for Life (Derbyshire) and Embrace Life (Luton).

Past Research

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

Catrin's previous research has included projects on: -

  • FGM
  • Community mobilisation for HIV prevention
  • Anti-trafficking interventions
  • HIV prevention in sex work settings
  • HIV prevention and care experiences in migrant populations
  • Views and experiences of provider initiated HIV testing
  • Factors influencing the implementation 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
  • Behaviour change communication within 'Safe Motherhood' initiatives
  • Shared decision making in HIV care

Catrin has also undertaken several funded research projects related to the internationalization of healthcare higher education: -

  • 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:

  • Jennifer Akuamoah-Boateng - The meaning of 'respectful care' in the context of child bearing in Ghana: A qualitative study
  • Talaso Barako - Perspectives of a pastoralist community regarding antenatal care services in Marsabit County, Kenya: A focused ethnographic study

Successful PhD Students:

  • 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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