Professor Annie Topping

Professor Annie Topping

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Professor in Nursing

Contact details

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

Professor Annie Topping is a nurse scientist and educator specialising in improving care outcomes. She is Professor of Nursing in partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.  Where she works with a team developing research workforce capability and capacity across the nursing, midwifery and allied professions workforce.  


  • Professor in Nursing
  • PhD in Health & Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, 2001
  • Fellow of the Higher Education, 2012 Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Huddersfield, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, University of Surrey, 1987
  • Registered General Nursing, Royal Free Hospital, London


Postgraduate supervision

Professor Topping is happy to supervise doctoral research on:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods health service research
  • Improving patient experience and health and social care delivery
  • Workforce roles, capacity and capability
  • Cancer and supportive care
  • Education practice pedagogy – learning


Research interests

Primary focus is improving patient experience and care through clinical research and improvement, roles and care delivery, and education. Predominantly in cancer and supportive care and women’s health.

Current projects

Other activities

Professor Topping is an experienced nurse, health services researcher and educator. She has worked at various UK universities including Huddersfield (Professor of Nursing), Bradford (Head of Nursing) and Leeds (Senior Lecturer), she has also held a number of executive roles in the UK and Middle East at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar and Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary-Qatar (2013- 2017). She was recently Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Birmingham 2020-2023.


 Editorial Board Memberships


Recent publications


Fernandes, M, Rathinam, C & Topping, AE 2023, 'Parents’ experience of children with acquired brain injury undergoing neuro-rehabilitation: thematic synthesis protocol', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 4, e066254.

Bates, R, Bailey, C & Topping, A 2022, ''Out of Sync': a qualitative investigation of patients' experiences of atrial fibrillation and perceptions of weight management', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 11, e065995.

Turner, S, Littlemore, J, Taylor, J, Parr, E & Topping, A 2022, 'Metaphors that shape parents’ perceptions of effective communication with healthcare practitioners following child death: a qualitative UK study', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 1, e054991.

Khattak, H, Gallos, I, Coomarasamy, A & Topping, A 2022, 'Why are women considering ovarian tissue cryopreservation to preserve reproductive and hormonal ovarian function? A qualitative study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 4, e051288.

Turner, S, Littlemore, J, Parr, E, Taylor, J & Topping, A 2022, '‘Lights in the darkness’, Part 1: characterising effective communication with healthcare practitioners following the death of a child', Mortality.

Turner, S, Littlemore, J, Parr, E, Taylor, J & Topping, A 2022, '‘Lights in the darkness’, Part 2: characterising effective communication with professional groups following the death of a child', Mortality.

Littlemore, J, Turner, S, Parr, E, Taylor, J & Topping, A 2021, 'Communicating effectively when helping parents to organise a funeral for their child' Funeral Directors Monthly, vol. 104, no. 3, pp. 26-27. <>

Topping, A 2020, 'Commentary: Fostering nursing innovation to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance using approaches from the arts and humanities', Journal of Research in Nursing, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 208-210.,

Parr, E, Littlemore, J, Turner, S, Taylor, J & Topping, A 2020, 'Communicating effectively with parents whose child has died' Resurgam – The Journal of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities, vol. 63, no. 4.

Williams, H, Jones, LL, Coomarasamy, A & Topping, A 2020, 'Men living through multiple miscarriages: protocol for a qualitative exploration of experiences and support requirements', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 5, e035967.,

Macdonald, C, Benjamin, K, Wolsey, C & Topping, A 2020, 'The experiences of diploma registered nurses returning to undergraduate study in Qatar: a descriptive qualitative study', Nurse Education Today, vol. 91, 104456.

Topping, A 2020, 'Withdrawing from treatment for Bladder cancer: Patient experiences of BCG installations', International Journal of Urological Nursing .

Thompson, A, Topping, A & Jones, LL 2020, '‘Surely you’re not still breastfeeding’: a qualitative exploration of women’s experiences of breastfeeding beyond infancy in the UK', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 5, e035199.,


Dawson, C, Roe, J, Starmer, H, Brady, G, Nund, R, Coffey, M, Govender, R, Patterson, JM, Nankivell, P, Topping, A, Sharma, N, Parmar, S, Elkington, C, Merrit, M, Stanbury, D & Pracy, P 2020, 'Patient advocacy in head and neck cancer: Realities, challenges and the role of the multi-disciplinary team', Clinical Otolaryngology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 437-444.

Review article

Khattak, H, Woodman, H, Afifi, Y, Amorim, CA, Fishel, S, Gallos, I, Coomarasamy, A & Topping, A 2022, 'Experiences of young girls and women undergoing ovarian tissue cryopreservation: a systematic review and thematic synthesis', Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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