Steven was appointed to the Chair in Clinical Nursing Research at the University of York in 2017. He previously held the Dame Kathleen Raven Chair in Clinical Nursing at the University of Leeds (2014-17) and prior to that he was Dean of Health and Professor of Nursing and Dermatology Care at the University of Hull (2011-14). He qualified as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital London and completed his PhD in Nursing Studies at King’s College, London. Steven has worked in clinical-academic posts in the Oxford and Southampton Departments Dermatology and supported clinical-academic development amongst health professionals with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Steven has held positions at the National Institute for Nursing in Oxford, as a Reader in Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Southampton, he also held the Established Chair in Health-related Research at Bournemouth University. His research and development work for the past 25 years has focused on nursing-related skin health, skin care and dermatological nursing.
Steven was Inaugural President of the International Skin Care Nursing (ISNG) Advisory Board (1999-2010), developing scientific educational opportunities for nurses worldwide. In 2015 he led the Nursing Scientific meeting and inaugural Dermatology Nursing summit at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver. In 2006, Steven was awarded the Stone Award by the British Dermatological Nursing Group in recognition of his nursing contribution to the international development of evidence-based dermatology. His visiting and honorary appointments have included: Honorary Professor of Nursing, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and as visiting scholar, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore.
In 2018, Steven received the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Soceity, International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award www.sigmanursing.org/advance-elevate/awards/nurse-researcher-awards.
Steven’s research and publications examine ways of promoting the wellbeing and self-management support for people living with long-term skin conditions. He has an interest in developing educational and behavioural interventions to support effective treatment use in chronic illness and to promote the wellbeing of those living with dermatological conditions, including the secondary prevention of skin cancer. He also has an interest in nursing development, advanced nursing practice and promoting more person-centred approaches to dermatological care.
Steven is an experienced doctoral research supervisor and examiner and would welcome enquires from potential research degree students in these areas: skin health and skin care, dermatological nursing and related areas of long-term condition management health promotion and support, secondary skin cancer prevention, complex intervention development in nursing and advanced nursing practice.