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Professor Katherine Curtis

Associate Dean External Engagement


I am Professor of Professional Development within the Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St.George's University of London. I held senior academic and executive positions in two other universities prior to taking on this new faculty-wide role as Associate Dean External Engagement. I am a health professional with 20 years of critical care clinical experience and have been working as an educator and researcher within UK Higher Education since 2003.  My initial teaching expertise was developed within the field of critical care nursing, expanding to include the development of diverse non-medical curricula, and has more recently included education innovations in undergraduate and postgraduate apprenticeships.  I have an extensive portfolio of research activity, primarily within the field of health professional development, leadership and professionalism.  My most recent external research funds have supported studies on leadership for digital health engagement and ethical practice within older person care. 

Areas of specialism

  • Health Professional Development
  • Nurse Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Socialisation in Compassion
  • Ethical Practice within Older Person Care
  • Enabling Digital Health Technology Innovation
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Apprenticeships
  • Curriculum Development


  • PhD
  • MSc Behavioural Biology and Healthcare
  • PG Diploma in Education
  • BSc Psychology and Social Biology
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow
  • National Certificate in Workplace Mediation

Professional membership

Regsitered Nurse and Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Member, Royal College of Nursing


As Professor of Professional Development, my research interests centre on healthcare professionals' education and practice.  My PhD identified the antecedents to socialisation in compassionate practice among student nurses in 2008, at a time when 'compassion' was just emerging as a key descriptor in professional behaviour expectations within the NHS Constitution and in health professional codes of conduct.  My post-doctoral research has extended in scope to include other areas of health professional education and practice, such as fostering dignity in the care of older people, cultivating compassion within multi-professional groups and across multiple organisations, and enabling engagement with digital health technology in challenging clinical environments such as nursing homes.

I have attracted substantial external research funding over the last 5 years as well as Health Education England workforce development funding for scoping new roles and curricula.  I have supported PhD students to successful completions and collaborated on research across a number of higher education institutions.  


Number of items: 34.


Sala Defilippis, Tiziana M. L., Curtis, Katherine and Gallagher, Ann (2019) Conceptualising moral resilience for nursing practice. Nursing Inquiry, ISSN (print) 1320-7881 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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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