Dr. Philippa Olive

Senior Research Fellow in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing (Nursing)

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB217

+44 (0) 1772 89 3641


Subject Areas: Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health, Sociology

Dr Philippa Olive is a nurse academic (RGN, RSCN) and social scientist undertaking applied health services research in the SEaRCH (Supporting Evaluation and Research in Child and family Health) Research Group. Her main research focus is violence across the life course, specifically its impacts and costs and health-based responses to it. More broadly, her research is concerned with social / intersectional determinants of health and wellbeing, health inequalities and improving people’s health outcomes and experiences.


Full Profile

As an adult and children’s nurse working in emergency departments and caring for victims of violence Philippa became increasingly concerned about the experience and impact of violence in people’s lives and about health services responses to it in terms of limiting harm suffered and preventing further violence. Following her Master’s Degree research Philippa was successful in her application for a National Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship. Her PhD programme of research examined the conditions under which forms of gender-based violence are more likely and through the sociology of diagnosis explored the construction and classification (naming) of categories of gender-based violence during health consultations and in health information systems. This work investigated classification categories and collection of gender-based violence data at different system levels in national and international administrative health data systems (NHS Datasets and ICD-10) and proposed data standards for categories of violence in order to measure the scope and extent of harms caused by violence across people’s lives.

Following her postdoctoral work (a review of health system responses to rape and sexual violence in non-conflict, conflict and post-conflict zones) Philippa worked on the project ’Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union’ for the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE). It was during this research that Philippa developed skills and expertise in methodologies for measuring the harms and impacts of gender-based violence and for estimating their social and economic cost. Collectively these work streams have important implications for prioritising violence as a major public health issue and for securing resources needed to limit harms from violence and prevent further violence. Philippa’s work in this field has received international recognition and she has participated in expert group panel meetings for the British Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the Gender Equality Observatory, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.

As a mixed-method researcher, Philippa has experience of undertaking and synthesising quantitative, qualitative, multi-method research along with synthesis of evidence from diverse sources. Since joining the SEaRCH Research Group in 2017, Philippa has developed a wider portfolio of applied health service research aimed at improving health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. These projects include:

  • EaCH (Evaluation of ChatHealth)
  • NEST (Neonatal Early Supported Transfer home)
  • iDV4YP (Impact of domestic violence for lives of young people in Lancashire)

Philippa is also lead for the UCLan/LTHTr Clinical Academic Faculty, a partnership to support development of local clinical academic research and innovation. It offers a one-stop shop for clinical academic research advice and signposting and provides clinical academic training in the form of: Research Engagement Programmes, Clinical Academic Training and Research Internship Programmes, Support for HEE/NIHR Masters in Clinical Research studentship and Doctoral Fellowship applications, Writing Support Series and the Research Development Group.


Olive, P. (2018) Intimate Partner Violence and clinical coding: issues with the use of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) in England, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

Olive, P. (2017) Classificatory Multiplicity: intimate partner violence diagnosis in emergency department consultations, Journal of Clinical Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13673

Walby, S., Towers, J., Balderston, S., Corradi, C., Francis, B., Heiskanen, M., Helweg-Larson, K., Mergaert, L., Olive, P., Palmer, E., Stockl, H. and Strid, S. (2017) ‘The concept and measurement of violence against women and men’, Bristol: Policy Press.

Olive, P. (2016) First Contact: Acute stress reactions and experiences of emergency department consultations following an incident of intimate partner violence, Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid, S., Krizsán, A., Lombardo, E., May-Chahal, M., Franzway, S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal, B., and Armstrong, J. (2015) ‘Stopping Rape: Towards a comprehensive policy’, Bristol: Policy press.

Walby, S. and Olive, P. (2014) Estimating the Costs of Gender-Based Violence in the European Union. Vilnius: European Institute for Gender Equality. Read More.





  • PhD in Sociology, Thesis Title: ‘Classifications of Intimate Partner Violence in Hospital-based Emergency Department Health Systems’, Lancaster University, 2014
  • MSc. Professional Practice: Development & Evaluation (Distinction), Dissertation Title: ‘A pilot study of practice in the care of emergency department patients who experience domestic violence’, University of Central Lancashire, 2005
  • PgCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
  • BSc Hons Nursing Studies (Class 2:1), University of Central Lancashire, 2001
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Children’s Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, 1996
  • Registered General Nurse, Blackpool Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, 1985

RESEARCH Activities

Philippa works on research projects as lead (PI) and team-member (CI) and supports development of early career clinical academic researchers.

As a member of the UCLan’s STEMH (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Health) ethics committee, Philippa has undergone ethical review training to provide ethical review of staff and student applications to STEMH.

Research Groups

  • Supporting Evaluation and Research for Child and Family Health (SEaRCH)

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Philippa contributes to post-graduate research and innovation modules providing academic supervision and delivering sessions on: mixed-method research (NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research), ‘sampling’ in qualitative research (NU4026 Advanced Research Methods) and Realities of innovation in practice (NU4074 Improving Delivery of Services through Implementation Science). Philippa is an experienced PhD supervisor and welcomes applications in related subjects (violence, gender-based violence, family violence, children and young people’s health / health services) and/or particular design supervision (critical realism, post-modern complexity theory, mixed-methods, qualitative research and evidence synthesis).

External Activities

Philippa is a member of the UK Domestic Violence and Health Research Forum and the North of England Health Visitor and Child Health Research Network, is affiliated with the Violence and Society Research Group (Lancaster University) and is part of Equal North: Research and Practice, Criminal Justice Partnership (UCLan) and Connect Centre (UCLan) research networks.

Philippa is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Clinical Nursing and reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing and Journal of Gender-Based Violence and has provided subject external review for the Cochrane Collaboration: Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group. ‘Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings’, King’s College and the Wellcome Trust.



EaCH: ChatHealth is text messaging service for young people to access health advice and school nurse services. This realistic evaluation of ChatHealth collected and brought together multiple sources and types of data (qualitative service user, practitioner and stakeholder interviews, quantitative administrative message data, and text message transcripts) to produce an evaluation of ChatHealth in terms of what was or was not working for whom under which conditions.

NEST: (Neonatal Early Supported Transfer home). The aim of the NEST project is to develop and implement an evidence-based early supported transfer home pathway for late pre-term babies and address the health inequalities associated with their longer hospital stays. This new pathway would reduce average length of stay in hospital for late pre-term babies and deliver improved, infant-sensitive care to promote parental-infant attachments and establishment of successful breast-feeding.

iDV4YP (Impact of domestic violence for the lives of young people). This project undertook a secondary data analysis of young people’s School Health Needs Assessments in Lancashire. It has identified the extent of some of the major health and wellbeing risks for young people with domestic violence in their lives. The findings of this research support innovative and flexible design of personalised, integrated intervention packages for young people reporting exposure to domestic violence.



Olive, P. (2018) Integrated policy on sexual violence, Invited oral presentation / expert panel member, Gender Equality Observatory, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, 29th September 2018. 

Whittaker, K. Olive, P. Smith, G. Wilson, N. Ritchie, G. Whiteside, M. Kenyon, G. & Lawrenson, P. (2018) ‘What young people seek and school nurses say: an analysis of ChatHealth conversations’, Poster Presentation, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, (QNI) Conference, 24th September, Royal College of General Practitioners, London.

UN ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) Invited participant: Expert Group Meeting "Step by Step towards Costing Violence Against Women in the Arab Region" - 20-21 September 2018

Trail, S. Raynor, G. Olive, P. Harrison, N. (2018) ‘Self-esteem and social pressure: A study of the structural and agency factors underlying student perceptions of academic feedback’,  Oral Paper, 24th International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference 2018, 13th -14th September 2018, MOSI, Manchester.

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Philippa is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.