Gillian Harvey

Professor Gillian Harvey

Professorial Research Fellow

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Gill is a Professorial Research Fellow in Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide. Gill has a clinical background in nursing; previous posts in the UK include working as the Director of the Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Programme, Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care and Professor of Health Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.
Gill’s teaching and research interests are in the field of quality improvement, knowledge translation, facilitation and implementing evidence-based practice in in health care. She has published widely on these topics and was one of the developers of the widely used ‘Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS)’ framework. Gill was recognised in the Social Sciences category of the 2014 Thomson-Reuters listing of highly cited researcher for her work in the field of knowledge translation.

My research
Research Interests:
  • Knowledge translation and mobilisation
  • Implementation science
  • Evidence-based health care
  • Facilitating change
  • Quality improvement
Current research projects in the areas of:
  • Evaluating facilitation as a knowledge translation strategy in the management of clinical deterioration in acute care
  • The role of clinical leaders and facilitators in supporting and enabling the implementation of evidence-based nursing care
  • Process evaluation of a study to improve men’s mental health in rural and remote care
  • Developing and testing a person-centred, locally relevant approach to integrated care for older people
  • Evaluating a facilitation approach to reduce geriatric syndromes in older inpatients
  • Citation analysis and review of the PARIHS framework
  • Development and testing of a facilitation toolkit for use with the recently revised integrated-PARIHS framework
  • Exploring opportunities for disinvestment in inappropriate wound care practice in acute hospitals
Research Grants Awarded
2017 Harvey G, Marshall A, Rawlins K, Mittinty, M. Local Innovative Solutions to ENhance integrated care. Hospital Research Foundation. 2017-2018 $25,000

Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A.M., Harvey, G., Considine, J., Mitchell, I., Rycroft-

Malone, J., Graham, I., Mohebbi, M. & Watts, J. 

Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO) National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Scheme. 2016-2018


Harvey G, Kitson A.  Building nursing leadership capacity for innovation and evidence-based practice

Lead applicant. Awarded by the Northern Communities Health Foundation Health Foundation, South Australia. Start date January 2015.


Harvey G, Chambers N, Walshe K, Boaden R, Campbell S, Proudlove N. Health Foundation PhD Studentships in Improvement Science.

Lead applicant on bid to secure funding for two full-time PhD studentships in improvement science. Funded by Health Foundation, start date September 2013. Total budget to University of Manchester


Grande G, Ewing G, Green K, Harvey G, Austin L, Pilling M, Varvel S.  Factors associated with successful implementation of a Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) in Hospice Home Care (HHC).

Co-applicant on bid. Funded by Dimbleby Cancer Care, start date May 2013, 20 months in total.


Chambers N, Harvey G, Mannion R. Towards a framework for enhancing the performance of NHS boards: a synthesis of the evidence about board governance, board effectiveness and board development.

Co-applicant on bid. Funded by the NIHR SDO programme; July 2010-11. 


Rycroft-Malone J, McCormack B, Dopson S, Thompson C, Harvey G, Baker R, Burton C, Graham I, Staniszewska S. CLAHRCs in action: process, impact and theory development.

Co-applicant on bid. Funded by the NIHR SDO programme from Dec 2009 for 54 months.


Llewellyn S, Howes A, Proctor A, Gonzalez V, Harvey G. Negotiating the organisational and policy context for successful technology adoption in the NHS.

Co-applicant on bid. Funded by the NIHR SDO programme, from  October 2009.


Seers K, Harvey G, Rycroft-Malone J, McCormack B, McCarthy G, Wallin L,

Estabrookes C, Titchen A, Cox K. Facilitating Implementation of Research Evidence

Funded under EU, FP7-Health-2007-B.

Led by University of Warwick. GH leading two of the workstreams in the research (facilitator training and dissemination).

3 million euros

Clark E, Harvey G, Smith L. Evaluation of ‘Action Learning for Improvement in the NHS’ Programme

Funded by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement under the Research and Evaluation framework agreement with MBS. Supervising and supporting PI (Elaine Clark).


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)

GH acting as academic lead for one of the four implementation themes (Chronic Kidney Disease).

£20 million over 5 years (£10 million from NIHR and £10 million matched funding from local NHS trusts).

Harvey G, Smith L, Boyd A. Evaluation of NHS Live.

Funded by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement under the Research and Evaluation framework agreement with MBS. Sole PI.





Current teaching:
  • Short courses in Knowledge Translation
  • M.NursSc Knowledge Translation
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Improving Medication Adherence for Adults with Hypertension using Behavioural Economic Insights Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jackie Roseleur
    2018 Principal Supervisor Challenges Encountered by Nurses to Delivery of End of Life Care in Saudi Arabia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Omar Awadh M Alrasheedi
    2018 Principal Supervisor Factors influencing self-management of adults living with HIV on Antiretroviral Therapy: a mixed methods study in Northwest Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Habtamu Abera Areri
    2018 Principal Supervisor Attitudes and Perception of Difficulties and Facilitators of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Implementation Among Saudi Staff Nurses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nader Eqaab D Alotaibi
    2018 Co-Supervisor Midwives' and Maternity Nurses' Knowledge, Practices and Attitudes Toward Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour to Prevent Postpartum Haemorrhage in Oman; A Mixed Method Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noora S Al-Jabri
    2015 Co-Supervisor Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Oral Health for Older People Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Adrienne Lewis
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Implementing Interventions in Indigenous Primary Health Care: A Realist Evaluation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Louise Ann Clark
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member NHMRC Assigners Academy
    2016 - ongoing Member Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Research Committee
    2015 - ongoing Chair Adelaide Nursing School Research and Research Training Committee
    2015 - ongoing Member Adelaide Nursing School Executive Committee
    2008 - 2013 Member NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Greater Manchester
    2007 - 2010 Member Healthcare Associated Infection Research Network, National Priorities Advisory Group, UK
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
    1981 - 2005 Member Royal College of Nursing United Kingdom
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2008 - ongoing Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Board Member International Journal of Health Policy and Management
    2003 - ongoing Board Member Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
    1999 - 2003 Associate Editor Quality and Safety in Health Care (now BMJ Quality and Safety)
  • Position: Professorial Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130267
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3988
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6068.01
  • Org Unit: Nursing

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