Professor Katherine Curtis

School: Faculty-wide

Job Title: Associate Dean External Engagement


Location: Kingston Hill campus


Professor Katherine Curtis is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of critical care clinical experience and has been working as an educator and researcher within Higher Education since 2003. She held senior academic and executive positions in two other universities prior to becoming the Associate Dean External Engagement for the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. Katherine has an extensive portfolio of research activity, primarily within the field of professional development; with her most recent focus being on leadership for digital health engagement and ethical practice.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • Senior, Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, Socialisation in Compassion, University of Surrey
  • National Certificate, Workplace Mediation, TCM Group, London
  • PgDip, Health Professional Education, University of Portsmouth
  • MSc, Behavioural Biology and Healthcare, Roehampton University
  • BSc(Hons), Psychology and Social Biology, Roehampton University
  • ENB 100, Intensive Care Nursing, Westminster Hospital, London
  • Registered General Nurse, Adult Nursing, Nightingale School, St.Thomas Hospital, London

Professional experience

  • 2018 - present
    Associate Dean External Engagement, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St.Georges University of London
  • 2016 - 2018
    Head of School/Dept Nursing and Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University
  • 2015 - 2016
    Head of Professional Preparation Programmes, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey
  • 2013 - 2015
    Head of Nursing Programmes, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey
  • 2003 - 2013
    Head of Adult Nursing, Senior Teaching Fellow, Lecturer (various academic roles), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey
  • 2000 - 2003
    Practice Educator in Critical Care, Cardiac and Critical Care Services, King Edward VII Hospital, West Sussex
  • 1998 - 2000
    Senior Nurse Practitioner, West Middlesex University Hospital, London
  • 1995 - 1998
    RN, ICU, Kingston Hospital, London
  • 1987 - 1998
    Senior Sister, Intensive Care, St.Stephen's Hospital, London
  • 1988 - 1992
    RN, ICU, Charing Cross Hospital, London
  • 1984 - 1987
    RN (various wards), Charing Cross, Westminster, St.Thomas' Hospitals

Professional registration and membership

  • Regsitered Nurse and Lecturer, NMC
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing
  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Professional leadership; Digital health engagement; Ethical care and compassion; Professional behaviour development; Grounded Theory; Phenomenology; Ethnography; Appreciative Inquiry

Grants and funding

  • 2017 - 2021
    £32,000 funding awarded for matched funded PhD studentship as Principal Supervisor with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (PGR commenced Sept. 2017)
  • 2018 - 2019
    £42,694 grant awarded from The Burdett Trust for Nursing as PI on: Leadership of digitAl health technology Uptake among Nurses in Care Homes: exploring the enablers for nursing leadership to LAUNCH e-health within residential nursing home settings
  • 2017 - 2018
    £70,000 grant awarded as Bournemouth University PI for the development of practice assessment at Masters Level within advanced practice roles for HE Wessex region (transferred to new BU PI in August 2018)
  • 2017 - 2017
    £1450 funding from Bournemouth University for Student Research Assistant for: The availability, use and impact of health and well-being Apps among an older population aged 65 years and over
  • 2014 - 2016
    £150,000 grant awarded from HE KSS as Co-I on the Cultivating Compassion Project, a collaboration between University of Surrey and Brighton University
  • 2014 - 2015
    £38,715 Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) grant awarded by HE KSS as PI with medical colleagues to develop simulation course for senior medical staff working in acute and critical care
  • 2013 - 2014
    £32,498 grant awarded from The Burdett Trust for Nursing as Co-I on the Empowering Nurses to provide ethical leAdership in care homes supported by a dignity Toolkit (ENACT) project
  • 2012 - 2014
    Co-I on the Academic award and Recontextualising/Re-using Knowledge (AaRK) project funded by the General Nursing Council (£262,327 for several projects over 10 year period, all now completed)
  • 2007 - 2008
    £18,000 funding from Funds for Strategic Developments in Learning and Teaching (FSDLT) as Innovation Lead, for Innovations and evaluations of formative OSCE using peer feedback
  • 2006 - 2006
    £500 grant from the Higher Education Academy as Principal Lead for OSCE workshop: Creative Applications of OSCE in Health Professional Education


Number of items: 33.


Tee, Stephen and Curtis, Kathy (2018) Academic misconduct : helping students retain their moral compass. Nurse Education Today, 61, pp. 153-154. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

Allan, Helen Therese, Magnusson, Carin, Evans, Karen, Horton, Khim, Curtis, Kathy, Ball, Elaine and Johnson, Martin (2018) Putting knowledge to work in clinical practice : understanding experiences of preceptorship as outcomes of interconnected domains of learning. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(1-2), pp. 123-131. ISSN (print) 0962-1067

Curtis, Katherine and Price, Kyle (2017) Factors that influence older people's engagement with digital health technology. Nursing Older People, 29(10), pp. 27-30. ISSN (print) 1472-0795

Ramage, Charlotte, Curtis, Kathy, Glynn, Angela, Montgomery, Julia, Hoover, Elona, Leng, Jane, Martin, Claire, Theodosius, Catherine and Gallagher, Ann (2017) Developing and using a toolkit for cultivating compassion in healthcare : an appreciative inquiry approach. International Journal of Practice Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 5(1), pp. 42-64. ISSN (online) 2051-6223

Gallagher, Ann, Curtis, Katherine, Dunn, Michael and Baillie, Lesley (2017) Realising dignity in care home practice : an action research project. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12(2), e12128. ISSN (print) 1748-3735

Curtis, Katherine, Gallagher, Ann, Ramage, Charlotte, Montgomery, Julia, Martin, Claire, Leng, Jane, Theodoisus, Catherine, Glynn, Angela, Anderson, John and Wrigley, Martha (2017) Using Appreciative Inquiry to develop, implement and evaluate a multi-organisation 'Cultivating Compassion' programme for health professionals and support staff. Journal of Research in Nursing, 22(1), pp. 150-165. ISSN (print) 1744-9871

Curtis, Katherine (2017) Using iterative cycles of discovery within a Glasarian grounded theory of socialisation in compassion. SAGE Research Methods Cases,

Allan, Helen T., Magnusson, Carin, Evans, Karen, Ball, Elaine, Westwood, Sue, Curtis, Kathy, Horton, Khim and Johnson, Martin (2016) Delegation and supervision of healthcare assistants’ work in the daily management of uncertainty and the unexpected in clinical practice : invisible learning among newly qualified nurses. Nursing Inquiry, 23(4), pp. 377-385. ISSN (print) 1320-7881

Kinchin, I.M., Alpay, E., Curtis, K., Franklin, J., Rivers, C. and Winstone, N.E. (2016) Charting the elements of pedagogic frailty. Education Research, 58(1), pp. 1-23. ISSN (print) 0013-1881

Curtis, Katherine (2015) Compassionate care : the student nurse perspective. Nursing and Residential Care, 17(11), pp. 641-642. ISSN (print) 1465-9301

Allan, Helen Therese, Magnusson, Carin, Horton, Khim, Evans, Karen, Ball, Elaine, Curtis, Kathy and Johnson, Martin (2015) People, liminal spaces and experience : understanding recontextualisation of knowledge for newly qualified nurses. Nurse Education Today, 35(2), pp. 78-83. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

Curtis, Katherine (2015) Compassion is an essential component of good nursing care and can be conveyed through the smallest actions. Evidence-Based Nursing, 18(3), p. 95. ISSN (print) 1367-6539

Johnson, Martin, Magnusson, Carin, Allan, Helen, Evans, Karen, Ball, Elaine, Horton, Khim, Curtis, Kathy and Westwood, Sue (2015) 'Doing the writing' and 'working in parallel' : how 'distal nursing' affects delegation and supervision in the emerging role of the newly qualified nurse. Nurse Education Today, 35(2), pp. 29-33. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

Curtis, Katherine (2014) Learning the requirements for compassionate practice : student vulnerability and courage. Nursing Ethics, 21(2), pp. 210-223. ISSN (print) 0969-7330

Curtis, Katherine (2013) 21st century challenges faced by nursing faculty in educating for compassionate practice : embodied interpretation of phenomenological data. Nurse Education Today, 33(7), pp. 746-750. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

Curtis, Katherine, Horton, Khim and Smith, Pam (2012) Student nurse socialisation in compassionate practice : a grounded theory study. Nurse Education Today, 32(7), pp. 790-795. ISSN (print) 0260-6917


Curtis, Katherine (2015) Socialisation in compassionate practice. Saarbrucken, Germany : Scholars' Press. 348p. ISBN 9783639769517

Book Section

Curtis, Katherine (2018) Socialisation in compassionate practice : the student nurse experience. In: Prendergast, Mary and Brophy, Michael, (eds.) Sharing compassion : a fortuitous journey of illumination. Dublin, Ireland : Rainsford Press. pp. 131-144.

Conference or Workshop Item

Paglioni, Marta, Curtis, Katherine, Branney, Jonny and Valentine, Janine (2018) A mixed methods investigation into the impact of ICCI (Intentional Compassionate Communication Interventions) for older people in A&E. In: Humanising Care, Health and Wellbeing; 21-22 Jun 2018, Bournemouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, K. and Martin, C. (2018) Using appreciative inquiry to support and develop nursing leadership and co-create an innovative online CPD toolkit for cultivating compassion. In: NETNEP 2018 : 7th International Nurse Education Conference; 06-09 May 2018, Banff, Canada. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Katherine (2017) The context of healthcare education in 2017 - the future professional. In: Mentorship Conference 2017 : “The Changing Face of Healthcare Education : What Does This Mean For You”; 20 Nov 2017, Salisbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Katherine (2017) Context of healthcare education 2017 – the future professional. In: Mentorship Conference 2017 : Changing Face of Healthcare Education; 01 Nov 2017, Yeovil. U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sala Defilippis, Tiziana ML, Gallagher, Ann and Curtis, Katherine (2017) The process of re-harmonising connectedness as an ethical challenging experience. In: 18th Nursing Ethics Conference and 3rd International Ethics in Care Conference : “Present and Future Challenges and Opportunities for Ethics in Nursing and Care”; 15-16 Sep 2017, Leuven, Belgium. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Kathy (2017) The changing UK nursing workforce : supporting the successful introduction of new roles and apprenticeship education. In: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Mu Chapter : Business Meeting and Scholarly Presentations; 23 Feb 2017, Bournemouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Katherine (2016) Compassionate practice : personal expectation, professional duty & real world challenges. In: 8th International Cashel Conference : Spirituality and the Law as Compassionate Forces in Healthcare; 07 Nov 2016, Cashel, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Sala Defilippis, Tiziana ML, Gallagher, Ann and Curtis, Katherine (2016) Moral resilience among intensive care nurses in Switzerland : a grounded theory study. In: 17th International Nursing Ethics Conference, 2nd International Ethics in Care Conference and V Workshop on Health and Human Rights : 'Ethics and Human Rights in Health Care'; 14-15 Sep 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Unpublished)

Sala, T, Gallagher, A and Curtis, K (2016) Happiness, eudaimonia and moral resilience. In: Economics, Health and Happiness; 14-16 Jan 2016, Lugano, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Katherine (2015) ENACT : Empowering nurses to provide ethical leadership in care homes. In: 1st International ICE Observatory and 16th Nursing Ethics Conference : The Future of Ethics in Care; 17-18 Jul 2015, Guildford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Defilippis, Tiziana, Gallagher, Ann and Curtis, Katherine (2015) Conceptualising moral resilience. In: 1st International ICE Observatory and 16th Nursing Ethics Conference : The Future of Ethics in Care; 17-18 Jul 2015, Guildford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Katherine (2014) Delegation as a newly qualified nurse : early findings from an intervention study. In: RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2014; 02-04 Apr 2014, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, K (2012) Nursing's got talent : nurturing students' intentions to provide compassionate care. In: NETNEP 2012 : 4th International Nurse Education Conference : Changing the Landscape for Nursing and Healthcare Education; 17-20 Jun 2012, Baltimore, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Curtis, Kathy, Horton, Khim and Smith, Pam (2011) The student experience of socialisation in compassionate care. In: NET2011 : 22nd International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference; 06-08 Sep 2011, Cambridge, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Curtis, Katherine [Contributor] (2015) Additional colleagues who have contributed their expertise and advice : Raising the bar : shape of caring : a review of the future education and training of registered nurses and care assistants. The Shape of Caring Review, Lord Willis of Knaresborough,. Health Education England.

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