Dr Clare Whitfield

Lecturer /Senior Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences


01482 463222

Clare is a registered nurse who has taught research methods and evidence-based practice since 2002.

Her research background includes health and social care service user experience, the impact of health policy on health outcomes and telehealth.

Current interests include the sexual health of young people and women’s health. Clare is a peer reviewer for Health Education Research.


Research Interests

  • Sexual health and adolescent sexual health advice

  • Health of mid-life and older women

  • Decision-making amongst older health service users

  • Critical social / health policy

  • Older people

  • Telehealth and telecare

  • Qualitative research methodology and methods

Research groups

  • Maternal and Reproductive Health (MARH) research group

  • Social and Psychological Research in Long Term Conditions (SPARC) inter-disciplinary research cluster     

  • Research Student Monitoring Committee (RSMC)

  • Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee

  • Senior Tutor for Student Progression Committee (SPC)


Wilkinson Y, Whitfield C, Hannigan S, Azam Ali P, Hayter M (2016) 'A qualitative Meta-Synthesis of Young peoples’ experiences of "Sexting"', British Journal of School Nursing, 11(4), pp 183-191

Whitfield, C., Jomeen, J., Hayter, M. and Gardiner, E. (2013) 'Sexual Health Information Seeking: A survey of adolescent practices', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(23-24) 3259-3269

Lee, M, Laurenson, M and Whitfield, C (2013) 'Can compassion be taught to lessen the effects of compassion fatigue?', Journal of Care Services Management, 6, 121-130 doi: 10.1179/1750168713Y.0000000016

Smith, J., Jomeen, J., Hayter, M., & Whitfield, C. (2013) 'What are Healthcare Professionals' experiences of infant feeding within the current policy context and culture of healthcare in England?', Journal of Reproductive And Infant Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. E26-E26

Whitfield, C. (2013) 'Commentary on Cook C (2012) ‘Nice girls don't': women and the condom conundrum', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21, pp 535-43


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Safe and Competent (UG)

  • Evidence-based Practice (UG)

  • Research and Evidence Applied to Practice (UG)

  • Research and Literature Review Methods (PG)

  • Research and Literature Review Methods [Online] (PG/PGTS)

  • Advanced Decision Making in Practice (PG)

  • Evidencing Personal & Professional Development (UG/PG)

  • Using Evidence and Information in Specialist Practice (UG/PG)

  • MSc Dissertation (PG)

Research PhDs

Women’s health, sexual health, teen / adolescent pregnancy and parenting, care of older people, care relationships.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Parichat Arayajaru, Lived experiences in repeat pregnancy among adolescent mothers in Thailand

  • Hannah Miles, A study of the experiences of pregnancy, motherhood and parenting in early years (as second supervisor)

  • Maria Sciberras, Female Gender Dominance In Nursing: Gender hindrance perceptions of State Maltese First-line Nursing Managers on leadership career progression (as second supervisor)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (FE)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • RGN

  • BA Sociology and Social Anthropology

  • PGCert Research

  • PhD