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Dr Caroline Davenport

Lecturer in Nursing

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Nottingham)
  • MA (University of Nottingham)
  • PGDip (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • PGCert (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • PhD / DPhil (Anglia Ruskin University)

Summary

Background:

Caroline is currently a lecturer at the University of Hull, having commenced her role in July 2023. Her clinical career started as nurse in community palliative care.

Caroline completed a National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] affiliated MA Research Methods in 2015. Having conducted empirical research into maternal mental health in the National Health Service [NHS], she later trained as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse [SCPHN]-Health Visiting.

In September 2020 Caroline was granted a Vice Chancellor PhD scholarship at Anglia Ruskin University, where she focused on fathers with postnatal depression, completing this award in August 2023. During her PhD she conducted a series of studies including a systematic review, and four primary research studies into fathers, mothers, and health visitors. This has resulted in five publications across a range of health journals, offering original knowledge and recommendations for healthcare practice. Most recently, these have been requested by the UK Fatherhood Institute. One article was included in the Scottish Government's evidence synthesis for paternal mental health in January 2024. The impact of this research extends to wider professions.

External Activities:

Caroline is an external examiner for Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

She is also a peer reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute and British Medical Journal.

Caroline also held the role of patient representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists for two years between 2021-2023 and contributed to their Early Years Position Statement for infant mental health, released in 2023.

Caroline is currently in the process of designing research to examine student health visitors’ perceptions of postnatal depression in fathers.. Caroline is currently involved in grant applications for both maternal mental health.

Caroline holds Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy [FHEA]. She is module leader for the Level 7 Perinatal Mental Health Module. She teaches research methods, masculinity and men’s health, reproductive health, co-production, (perinatal) mental health, and public health promotion and health inequality. She teaches across a range of modules and programmes at all levels of learning.

Caroline is currently studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol

Davenport, C., & Craven, R. (2024). Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol. Nursing older people, https://doi.org/10.7748/nop.2024.e1469

Embedding the service user voice to co-produce UK mental health nurse education—A lived experience narrative

O'Brien, S., & Davenport, C. (2024). Embedding the service user voice to co-produce UK mental health nurse education—A lived experience narrative. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.13031

South Asian and black women's perinatal mental health care services require careful work with families, translators and peer supporters to reduce stigma and ensure confidentiality

Davenport, C., & Smith, L. (in press). South Asian and black women’s perinatal mental health care services require careful work with families, translators and peer supporters to reduce stigma and ensure confidentiality. Evidence-Based Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2023-103917

Exploring fathers' experiences of seeking support for postnatal depression

Davenport, C., & Swami, V. (2023). Exploring fathers’ experiences of seeking support for postnatal depression. Primary Health Care, https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2023.e1810

Health visitors' experiences of supporting fathers with paternal postnatal depression

Davenport, C., & Swami, V. (2023). Health visitors’ experiences of supporting fathers with paternal postnatal depression. Journal of Health Visiting, 11(9), 378-390. https://doi.org/10.12968/johv.2023.11.9.378

Research interests

Perinatal Mental Health; Men's Health; Family Health.

Postgraduate supervision

Caroline welcomes prospective students who are interested in men’s mental health, perinatal mental health, and gendered health.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

NMC Registered Nurse SCPHN(HV)

2020 - 2024

NMC Registered Nurse Adult

2014 - 2024

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