Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones PhD, MA, RN, RM, HV

Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones

School of Nursing
Professor of Gender Based Violence and Health

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Caroline is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her research interests lie broadly within the scope of addressing inequalities and more specifically are focused on issues of family violence and child abuse and neglect. She has led or been actively involved in securing funding for a number of research projects relevant to these areas. She has undertaken research or engaged in scholarly activities with a number of countries including Japan, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany and Finland. Caroline leads the Risk, Abuse and Violence research programme at the University of Birmingham. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Caroline has addressed the consequences the pandemic might have on domestic violence, with the result of lockdown increasing the rate of domestic violence in the home against women and children.


  • 2009 - Bangor University, PhD in Nursing
  • 2005 - Manchester Metropolitan University, MA in Education
  • 1996 - Manchester Metropolitan University, PG Certificate in Education             
  • 1995 -  Manchester Metropolitan University, BSc (Hons) Community Health
  • 1991 - Manchester Metropolitan University,Registered Health Visitor
  • 1988 - Salford Health Authority, Registered Midwife
  • 1983 - Clwyd Health Authority, Registered General Nurse


Caroline is an Associate Editor for Child Abuse Review and is an editorial board member for Journal of Clinical Nursing and International Journal of Social Research Methodology. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Academy of Nursing Science and holds a position as Trustee for the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect .

She is a prolific writer and has published widely in nursing and non-nursing journals. Her publications reflect her interest in a range of empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives. Caroline is an experienced teacher having contributed to a spectrum of curriculum development and leadership projects from undergraduate through to doctoral level programmes. She has extensive experience of face-to-face, on-line, distance, small group and large group teaching.

Postgraduate supervision

Current Research Supervision

Marie Clancy (P/T PhD) University of Birmingham
Rachel Caswell (P/T PhD) University of Birmingham
Ron Meechan (P/T PhD) University of Birmingham
Sarah Rockowitz (F/T) University of Birmingham (Global Challenges)
Ben Donagh (PT PhD) University of Birmingham
Khadijah Alshawush (F/T) University of Birmingham
Philippa McKnight (F/T) University of Birmingham (ESRC DTP)

Doctoral Supervision (completed)

Mathilde Azar (PhD) University of Dundee
Bahia Abdallah (PhD) University of Dundee
Michael Ramsay (Ed. Doc.) University of Dundee
Georgina Morley (PhD) University of Bristol
Louise Isham (PhD) University of Birmingham
Susan Waigwa (PhD) University of Birmingham 

Doctoral Examination

University of Dundee: PhD November 2010
Elaine Lee ‘Disclosure in Maternity Care Contexts: the Paradigm Case of Sexual Orientation’

University of Strathclyde: Educational Doctorate March 2011
Angela Dow ‘Simulation-Based Learning in the Context and Situation that it is Applied: a Case Study 

University of Teesside: Professional Doctorate April 2011
Michael Fleet ‘A Critical Inquiry into the Lived Experience of Caring on a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit’

Glyndwr University: PhD Dec 2012
Nikki Lloyd Jones ‘Having a leg to stand on …' Decision making in clinical practice: An exploratory study’

University of Huddersfield: PhD July 2013
Caroline Barker ‘Directed Study Time in an undergraduate adult nursing curriculum:  the lived experiences of students and lecturers’

King’s College London: PhD Dec 2015
Wladzia Czuber-Dochan ‘A phenomenological study of fatigue in patients with IBD’

University of Brighton: Professional Doctorate in Nursing April 2016
Norma Sarsby ‘Representing Others: an exploration of health visiting practices to address Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) in Black and Minority Ethnic communities'

Flinders University, South Australia: Doctor of Public Health August 2016
Lara Andrews 'A mixed method study of the factors that influence Papua New Guinean nurses' identification and management of family sexual violence'

Salford University: PhD September 2016
Sara Kennedy ‘An exploration of empowerment of final-year nursing students while on clinical placement in Ireland using Social Domain Theory’

University of Birmingham: PhD September 2017
Victoria Clarke ‘A transatlantic phenomenological study of why student psychiatric/mental health nurses choose their profession’

Monash University, Australia: PhD May 2018
Simon Sawyer ‘The paramedic response to intimate partner violence’

University of Dundee: PhD  August 2018
Laurie Matthew ‘Perspectives of young sexual abuse survivors, unknown to child protection services, about confidentiality: participatory study’

University of South Wales: MRes September 2018
Catrin Wallace ‘Using a Realist Approach to Evaluate a Domestic Abuse Primary Prevention Programme for Children and Young People with Additional Learning Needs’

National University of Ireland, Galway: PhD January 2019
Collette Kirwan ‘Influencing Factors in the Implementation and Management of Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Antenatal Care Setting: A Case Study’

University of Greenwich: Professional Doctorate (EdD) January 2019
Helen Elliot ‘Health visitors and domestic abuse: An examination of health visitors’ experiences, values, beliefs and the impact these may have on their ability for effectively working with women experiencing domestic abuse’

University College Dublin: PhD January 2019
Siobán O’Brien Green ‘I'm still afraid to say it kind of’: Factors associated with the disclosure of domestic violence and subsequent positive service utilisation during and after pregnancy in Ireland.


Grants since 2010

2016    Bradbury-Jones, C. & Ward, N. Gender, Sexual Diversity And Professional Practice Learning (The DAPPLE project). Education Enhancement Fund UoB. £15,330

2016    Bradbury-Jones, C. & Taylor, J. Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS): Evaluation of two Birmingham sites. Birmingham and Sandwell CCGs. £10,088

2016    Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Child Protection Issues in Military Families. NSPCC. £20,810

2015    Lewis, A., Clark, M. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Public health nurses’ knowledge and confidence in promoting positive sexual health of young people who use technology to share self-images known as ‘selfies’ and/or ‘sexting’. £7,844

2015    Bradbury-Jones, C. & Hewison, A. When Elderly People Abuse their Carers: A mixed-methods study to investigate the health and social care needs of carers. University of Birmingham, Endowment PhD studentship (3 years) £57,800

2014    Bradbury-Jones, C. & Broadhurst, K. Supporting Nursing Students in Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse: Development of a Mixed-media, On-line Educational Resource. University of Manchester School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Education Innovation and Evaluation Unit (9 months) £2,906

2013    Bradbury-Jones, C. & Taylor, J.S. The Abused Women Awareness, Recognition and Empowerment (AWARE) project. HEFCE & UnLtd (6 months) £5,000

2012    Bradbury-Jones, C., Kroll, T., Taylor, J.S., Duncan, F., MacGillivray, S., Lazenbatt, A. & Devaney J. Investigating the Relationship between Disability, Domestic Abuse and Access to Maternity Healthcare: Implications for Obstetric Health and Wellbeing. Wellbeing of Women (21 months) £80, 090

2012    Allan H., Bradbury-Jones, C., & Symon, A. The transition from infertile woman to new motherhood: a cross-country comparison of the meaning of motherhood after IVF (IVF). European Academy of Nursing Science €5,000

2012    Taylor, J.S., Hunter, H.  Rahilly, T. Children who go missing from care: A participatory project with young people as peer interviewers. BASPCAN (12 months) (Project Researcher: Bradbury-Jones, C.) £7,660

2011    Bradbury-Jones, C., Innes, N., Taylor, J.S., Evans, D., Ballantyne, F.  Health Visitors' Role in Assessing Oral Health in Children: Investigating Dental Neglect Thresholds. Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (10 months) £7,810

2010    Rattray, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., MacGillivray S., Jones, M. Promoting the health, safety and welfare of adults with learning disabilities in acute care settings. NHS Tayside, Scotland (7 months) £23,251

2010    Taylor, J.S., Bradbury-Jones, C., Kroll, T. & Duncan, F.  Health Professionals' Beliefs about Domestic Abuse and the Impact these have on their Responses to Disclosure: A Critical Incident Technique Study. Chief Scientist Office (12 months) £41,788

Other activities


  • 2015     Queen’s Nursing Institute for Scotland - Honorary Fellowship of QNIS
  • 2017     Honorary Contract - Public Health England
  • 2017     Aurora Leadership Programme - Cardiff cohort
  • 2017     Research Leaders Programme Cohort #2 - University of Birmingham
  • 2017    Winston Churchill Foundation  - Fellowship
  • 2017     Institute of Clinical Sciences Outstanding Achievement  - University of Birmingham
  • 2018     Article of the month  - University of Birmingham
  • 2019     Teaching Innovation of the month - University of Birmingham                    

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Clinical Nursing - Editor since 2018
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology - Editorial Board since 2016
  • Child Abuse Review - Associate Editor since 2013


Guest Edited Special Issues

Bradbury-Jones, C. (2016) Domestic violence and nursing: multiple perspectives to tackle a complex problem. Journal of Research in Nursing, 21(5-6), 342-344.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Pearce, J. (2016) Child Sexual Exploitation: marginalised perspectives and temporal shifts. Child Abuse Review,  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0852/homepage/editorial_-_child_sexual_exploitation__marginalised_perspectives_and_temporal_sh.htm

Humphreys, C. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2015) Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding: Focus, Response and Intervention. Child Abuse Review, 24(4), 231-234.

Peer reviewed journal articles


Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Clark, M.T., Herber, O.R., Wagstaff, C. & Taylor, J. The State of Qualitative Research in Health and Social Science Literature: A Focused Mapping Review and Synthesis. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. In press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2016.1270583

Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M.T. & Taylor, J. Abused women’s experiences of a primary care identification and referral intervention: A case study analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. In press.


Azar, M., Kroll, T. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2016) Lebanese women and sexuality: A qualitative inquiry. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 8, 13-18.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Clark, M.T. (2016) Intimate partner violence and the role of community nurses. Primary Health Care, 26(9), 42-48.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Clark, M.T. (2016) How to address domestic violence and abuse. Nursing Times, online issue, 12, 1-4.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M.T., Parry, J. & Taylor, J. (2016) Development of a practice framework for improving nurses’ responses to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13276

Bradbury-Jones, C., Appleton, J.V. & Watts, S. (2016) Recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse: The role of Public Health Nurses. Community Practitioner. 89(3), 24-8.

Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A., Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Conducting sensitive research with disabled women who experience domestic abuse during pregnancy: Lessons from a qualitative study. SAGE Research Methods. In press.

Clark, M.T, Clark, R., Toohey, S. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Rationales and treatment approaches underpinning the use of acupuncture and related techniques for plantar heel pain - a Critical Interpretive Synthesis. Acupuncture in Medicine. 1–8. DOI:10.1136/acupmed-2015-011042

Clark, M.T, Clark, R., Toohey, S. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Suggestions regarding adaptation of the STRICTA guidelines for reporting acupuncture practice and research. Acupuncture in Medicine. doi:10.1136/acupmed- 2016-011130

Clark, M.T, Lewis, A. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2016) Critical reflections on early career research development in public health nursing. Community Practitioner. October, 36-39.

Taylor, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Jones, C. & Herber, O.R. (2016) Risk of vicarious trauma in nursing research: A focused mapping review and synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25(19-20), 2768-77. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13235.


Bradbury-Jones C. (2015) Review. Engaging new nurses: the role of psychological capital and workplace empowerment. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20(4) 278–279. DOI: 10.1177/1744987114528024

Bradbury-Jones, C. (2015) Talking about domestic abuse: crucial conversations for health visitors. Community Practitioner, 88(12), 44-47.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A.  & Taylor, J. (2015) Priorities and strategies for improving disabled women’s access to maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a multi-method study using concept maps. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15, 350.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A.  & Taylor, J. (2015) Disabled women’s experiences of accessing and utilising maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: A Critical Incident Technique study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15, 181.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Broadhurst, K. (2015) Are we failing to prepare nursing and midwifery students to deal with domestic abuse? Findings from a qualitative study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(9), 2062-2072. Available open access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12666/abstract

Taylor J & Bradbury-Jones C (2015) Child maltreatment: every nurse’s business. Nursing Standard. 29(29), 53-58.

Taylor, J., Bradbury-Jones, C. Lazenbatt, A. & Soliman, F. (2015) Child maltreatment: Pathway to chronic and long-term conditions? Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdv117


Bradbury-Jones C. & Taylor J. (2014) Applying social impact assessment to nursing research. Nursing Standard. 28(48), 45-49.

Bradbury-Jones C., Taylor J. & Herber O. (2014) How theory is used and articulated in qualitative research: Development of a new typology. Social Science & Medicine, 120, 135-141.

Bradbury-Jones C., Taylor J., Kroll T. & Duncan F. (2014) Domestic Abuse Awareness and Recognition among Primary Healthcare Professionals and Abused Women: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23(21-22), 3057-68.

Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A., Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2014) Access and utilization of maternity care for disabled women who experience domestic abuse: a systematic review. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 14, 234.

Smith, C., Allardyce, S., Hackett, S., Bradbury-Jones, C., Lazenbatt, A. & Taylor, J. (2014) Practice and policy in the UK with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours: an analysis and critical review, Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice, DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2014.9270102013


Azar, M., Bradbury-Jones, C. & Kroll, T. (2013) Patterns of help-seeking in women when problems arise in their sexual life: A discussion paper. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 22(23-24), 3587-96.

Bradbury-Jones C. (2013) Refocusing child protection supervision: an innovative approach to supporting practitioners. Child Care in Practice, 19(3), 253-266.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Innes, N., Evans, D., Ballantyne, F. & Taylor, J. (2013) Dental neglect as a marker of broader neglect: a qualitative investigation of public health nurses assessments of oral health in preschool children. BMC Public Health, 13, 370. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-370. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/370

Bradbury-Jones, C., Rattray, J., MacGillivray S. & Jones, M. (2013) Promoting the health, safety and welfare of adults with learning disabilities in acute care settings: a structured literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12109

Bradbury-Jones C. & Taylor J. (2013) Establishing a domestic abuse care pathway: guidance for nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 27(27), 42-47.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Taylor, J. (2013) Domestic abuse as a transgressive practice: understanding nurses’ responses through the lens of abjection. Nursing Philosophy, 14, 295-304.

Bradbury-Jones C. & Taylor J. (2013) Engaging with children as co-researchers: challenges, counter-challenges and solutions. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2013.864589

Munro, E., Taylor J. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2013) Understanding the causal pathways to child maltreatment: implications for health and social care policy and practice. Child Abuse Review. DOI: 10.1002/car.2266.

Olsen P.R. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2013) Using a knowledge utilisation framework to explore how findings from one study can be applied to other nursing contexts. International Nursing Review, 60, 381-388.

Taylor, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Hunter, H., Sanford, K., Rahilly, T. & Ibrahim, N. (2013) Young people’s experiences of going missing from care: a qualitative investigation using peer researchers. Child Abuse Review. doi: 10.1002/car.2297

Taylor J., Bradbury-Jones C., Kroll T. & Duncan F. (2013) Health Professionals’ Beliefs about Domestic Abuse and the issue of Disclosure: A Critical Incident Technique Study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 21(5), 489-499.


Bradbury-Jones, C. (2012) Abjectly Boundless: Boundaries, Bodies and Health Work. Nursing Philosophy, 13, 153–155.

Bradbury-Jones C. (2012) A reply to 'Phenomenology as research method or substantive metaphysics? An overview of phenomenology's uses in nursing' by Vicki Earle: a phenomenological grapevine? Nursing Philosophy, 13, 224-227.

Bradbury-Jones C. (2012) Power to gain knowledge. Nursing Standard, 26(24), 72.


Bradbury-Jones C., Taylor J. & Herber O. (2012) Vignette development and administration: a framework for protecting research participants. International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Bradbury-Jones C., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Moy, M. & Taylor, J. (2011) Improving the health care of women living with domestic abuse. Nursing Standard 25(43), 35-40.

Bradbury-Jones C. & Herber O. (2011) Creativity in nursing research: five thinking hats? International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48, 143-144. [Editorial]

Bradbury-Jones C. & Irvine F. (2011) Nursing older people: a shared priority for nursing research in the UK and Japan. Nursing Older People, 23(9), 9.

Bradbury-Jones C., Irvine F., Jones C., Kakehashi, C. & Ogi, A. (2011) A comparison of elderly care nursing in the UK and Japan. Nursing Older People, 23(9), 33-37.

Bradbury-Jones C. & Lee E. (2011) Polemics and pregnancy: a response to arguments about ethical obstetric care. American Journal of Bioethics, 11(12), 64-65.

Bradbury-Jones C., Sambrook S. & Irvine F. (2011) Empowerment and being valued: A phenomenological study of nursing students’ experiences of clinical practice. Nurse Education Today, 31, 368-372.

Bradbury-Jones C., Sambrook S. & Irvine F. (2011) Nursing students and the issue of voice: A qualitative study. Nurse Education Today, 31, 628-632.

Bradbury-Jones C., Stewart, C., Irvine F. & Sambrook S. (2011) Nursing students’ experiences of being a research participant: Findings from a longitudinal study. Nurse Education Today, 31, 107-111.

Bradbury-Jones C. & Taylor J. (2011) Credibility and impact: two sides of the same coin.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 1505-1506. [Editorial]

Herber O.R. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2011) Cross my heart and hope to die. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(21), 2981-2983. [Editorial]

Herber O.R. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2011) The Postdoctoral Paradox: A Specification of Nursing Science? Nurse Education Today, 31, 537-538. [Editorial]

Taylor J. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2011) International principles of impact assessment: lessons for research? Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(2), 133-145.

Taylor J. & Bradbury-Jones C. (2011) Sensitive issues in healthcare research: the protection paradox. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(4), 303-306. [Editorial]


Bradbury-Jones C. & Alcock J. (2010) Nursing students as research participants: a framework for ethical practice. Nurse Education Today. 30, 192-196.

Bradbury-Jones C., Coleman D., Davies H., Ellison K., & Leigh C. (2010) Raised Emotions: A critique of the Peshkin Approach to Reflection. Nurse Education Today, 30, 568-572.

Bradbury-Jones C., Irvine F. & Sambrook S. (2010) Phenomenology and participant feedback: convention or contention? Nurse Researcher, 17(2), 25-33.

Bradbury-Jones C., Irvine F. & Sambrook S. (2010) Empowerment of nursing students in clinical practice: spheres of influence.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(9), 2061-2070.

Taylor J., Irvine, F., Bradbury-Jones C. & McKenna H. (2010) On the precipice of great things: the current state of UK nurse education. Nurse Education Today, 30(3), 239-44.


Bradbury-Jones C. (2009) Globalisation and its implications for health care and nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 23(25), 43-47.

Bradbury-Jones C., Hughes S.M., Murphy W., Parry L. & Sutton J. (2009) A new way of reflecting in nursing: The Peshkin Approach. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(11), 2485-2493.

Bradbury-Jones C., Sambrook S. & Irvine F. (2009) The phenomenological focus group: an oxymoron? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(3), 663-671.


Bradbury-Jones C., Sambrook S. & Irvine F. (2008) Power and empowerment in nursing: a fourth theoretical approach. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(2), 258-266.

Bradbury-Jones C. & Tranter S. (2008) Inconsistent use of the Critical Incident Technique in nursing research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 64(4), 399-407.


Bradbury-Jones C. (2007) Enhancing rigour in qualitative health research: exploring researcher subjectivity through Peshkin’s I’s. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59(3), 290-298.

Bradbury-Jones C. (2007) Exploring research supervision through Peshkin’s I’s: The yellow brick road. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(2), 220-228.

Bradbury-Jones C., Irvine F. & Sambrook S. (2007) Empowerment of nursing students in the United Kingdom and Japan: a cross cultural study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59(4), 379-387.

Bradbury-Jones C., Irvine F. & Sambrook S. (2007) Unity and detachment: a discourse analysis of doctoral supervision.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(4), 81-96.

Bradbury-Jones C., Sambrook S. & Irvine F. (2007) The meaning of empowerment for nursing students: a critical incident study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59(4), 342-351.

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