Dr Nicola Heslehurst
Lecturer/NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3823
- Address: Institute of Health & Society
Newcastle upon Tyne
My research focuses on maternal weight and reproductive health, particularly relating to inequalities and health service improvement. I commenced my current role at Newcastle University in January 2012 after being awarded a lectureship, and an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship titled “The development and rehearsal pilot of a guideline implementation intervention for the management of maternal obesity by midwives”.
I sit on the executive committee for the Institute of Health & Society (IHS) Applied Epidemiology theme. I am a Principal Investigator for the IHS Public Health Improvement theme, and for the Maternal and Perinatal Research Team. I am an associate member of Fuse, a Public Health Research Centre of Excellence for Translational Research, and a Principal Investigator for the Early Life and Adolescence Programme (ELAP).
PhD “Trends in Maternal Body Mass Index, Health Inequalities, and the Impact of Maternal Obesity on NHS Maternity Services”. 2009, Teesside University
MSc Health Sciences: Public Health. 2007, Teesside University
BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition. 1999, Teesside University
Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) Trustee, September 2014-present
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Research, Teesside University, October 2007–December 2011
Research Assistant/Part-time Lecturer in Research Methods, Teesside University, March 2005–October 2007
I am currently Principle Investigator for an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship clinical trial, the GLOWING trial (GestationaL Obesity Weight-management: Implementation of National Guidelines). This programme of work included the development of an intervention to support community midwives implementing national maternal obesity guidelines into their clinical practice. The intervention has been piloted as a cluster RCT.
I have supervised one PhD student to completion (Uma Padmanabhan, PhD "),
I am currently supervising six PhD students.
- Emma Slack, "A life course investigation of maternal ethnic group and pregnancy weight in the development of short and long-term health outcomes for women and their offspring", Newcastle University (MRC studentship)
- Claire O'Malley,"Determinants and influences of diet and physical activity in pre-school children in the UK" Durham University (NIHR School for Public Health Research PhD studentship)
- Zainab Akhter, "An investigation of maternal obesity, bariatric surgery in women of reproductive age and associations with severe adverse perinatal outcomes in subsequent pregnancy", Newcastle University (Research Excellence Academy studentship)
- Augustina Pemu, "Asylum seekers and refugees in the North East of England: an advanced quantitative study of inequalities in maternity care and costs to NHS maternity services", Newcastle University (ESRC studentship)
- Dave Ray, "Developing and feasibility testing a health professional led intervention to prevent childhood obesity in the early years (0-2 years) in the Durham region", Newcastle University (Fuse, Institute for Health & Society and Durham County Council studentship)
- Lem Ngongalah, "Knowledge, beliefs and perceptions on maternal obesity, childhood obesity and infant feeding amongst African immigrant women in the UK", Newcastle University (Overseas Research Scholarship)
I regularly supervise undergraduate and masters student research projects and research placements.
Jones, A., Heslehurst, N., Adamson, A., Ells, L., Woodcock, C., Fuse, Institute of Health & Society, Durham County Council (05/2017), "Developing and feasibility testing an intervention to prevent childhood obesity in the early years”
Heslehurst, N., Rankin, J., Devlieger, R., Ackroyd, R., Newcastle University Research Excellence Acadamy (09/2016), £71,373, "An investigation of maternal obesity, bariatric surgery in women of reproductive age and associations with severe adverse perinatal outcomes in subsequent pregnancy”
Rankin J., Heslehurst, N., Brown, H. ESRC PhD Studentship (09/2016), £82,259.50, "Asylum seekers and refugees in the North East of England: an advanced quantitative study of inequalities in maternity care and costs to NHS maternity services”
Heslehurst, N., Rankin, J., Rushton, S. MRC 1+3 MSc/PhD Studentship (09/2013), £87,000, "A Life Course Investigation of Maternal Ethnic Group and Pregnancy Weight in the Development of Short and Long-term Health Outcomes for Women and their Offspring"
Heslehurst, N., McColl, E., Knight, M. NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (01/2012), £290,379, “The development and rehearsal pilot of a guideline implementation intervention for the management of maternal obesity by midwives”
Heslehurst, N. North East Strategic Health Authority (10/2010), £29,070, “A Scoping Study to Develop Midwifery Training for Obesity in Pregnancy”
Heslehurst, N., Holt, A., Simpson, H., Sedgewick, G. South Tees NHS Trust Small Grant Application (06/2009),£5,802, “An evaluation of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal clinical pathways for obese pregnant women within South Tees NHS Trust maternity services, and partnership public health organisations”
Heslehurst, N., Griffrin, K., Long, H. Teesside University Research Fund (06/2009), £4,348, “A qualitative study exploring experiences of the implementation of dietetic referrals for women with a raised body mass index in pregnancy”
Heslehurst, N., Ells, L., Wilkinson, JR. Public Health North East (09/2008), £50,000, “Maternal Obesity Maternity and Community Service Evaluation”
TeachingMy teaching activities include teaching qualitative research to students on the Masters programme for Clinical Research, facilitating Stage 4 medical student public health case study sessions on obesity, and contributing to ongoing institute and working group research seminars. My teaching responsibilities include student supervision and assessments for for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as PhD external examinations.
- Heslehurst N, Dinsdale S, Brandon H, Johnston C, Summerbell C, Rankin J. Lived experiences of routine antenatal dietetic services among women with obesity: A qualitative phenomenological study. Midwifery 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Barber C, Rankin J, Heslehurst N. Maternal body mass index and access to antenatal care: a retrospective analysis of 619,502 births in England. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2017, 17(1), 1-10.
- Heslehurst N, Vieira R, Hayes L, Crowe L, Jones D, Robalino S, SLack L, Rankin J. Maternal body mass index and post-term birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews 2017, 18(3), 293–308.
- Padmanabhan U, Summerbell CD, Heslehurst N. A qualitative study exploring pregnant women's weight-related attitudes and beliefs in UK: the BLOOM study. BMC Pregnancy and Birth 2015, 15, 99.
- Heslehurst N, Dinsdale S, Sedgewick G, Simpson H, Sen S, Summerbell CD, Rankin J. An Evaluation of the Implementation of Maternal Obesity Pathways of Care: A Mixed Methods Study with Data Integration. PLoS ONE 2015, 10(5), e0127122.
- Heslehurst N, Russell S, Brandon H, Johnston C, Summerbell C, Rankin J. Women's perspectives are required to inform the development of maternal obesity services: a qualitative study of obese women's experiences. Health Expectations 2015, 18(5), 969-981.
- Heslehurst N, Newham J, Maniatopoulos G, Fleetwood C, Robalino S, Rankin J. Implementation of pregnancy weight management and obesity guidelines: a meta-analysis of healthcare professionals' barriers and facilitators using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Obesity Reviews 2014, 15(6), 462-486.
- Heslehurst NH, Crowe L, Robalino S, Sniehotta FF, McColl E, Rankin J. Interventions to change maternity healthcare professionals' behaviours to promote weight-related support for obese pregnant women: a systematic review. Implementation Science 2014, 9, 97.
- Heslehurst N, Russell S, McCormack S, Sedgewick G, Bell R, Rankin J. Midwives perspectives of their training and education requirements in maternal obesity: a qualitative study. Midwifery 2013, 229(7), 736-744.
- Heslehurst N. Systematic review and meta-analysis: Diet and physical activity interventions reduce pregnancy weight gain compared with control, with dietary interventions having the greatest effect (Thangaratinam S, Rogozinska E, Jolly K, et al. Effects of interventions in pregnancy on maternal weight and obstetric outcomes: meta-analysis of randomised evidence. BMJ 2012;344:e2088). Evidence-Based Nursing 2013, 16(2), 41-42.
- Heslehurst N, Sattar N, Rajasingam D, Wilkinson J, Summerbell C, Rankin J. Existing maternal obesity guidelines may increase inequalities between ethnic groups: a national epidemiological study of 502,474 births in England. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2012, 12(1), 156.
- Smith SA, Heslehurst N, Ells LJ, Wilkinson JR. Community-based service provision for the prevention and management of maternal obesity in the North East of England: A qualitative study. Public Health 2011, 125(8), 518-524.
- Heslehurst N, Moore H, Rankin J, Ells LJ, Wilkinson JR, Summberbell CD. How can maternity services be developed to effectively address maternal obesity? A qualitative study. Midwifery 2011, 27(5), 170-177.
- Heslehurst N. Identifying groups of 'at risk' women, associated health inequalities and the impact of maternal obesity on NHS maternity services. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 2011, 70(4), 439-449.
- Heslehurst N, Bell R, Rankin J. Tackling maternal obesity: the challenge for public health. Perspectives in Public Health 2011, 131(4), 161-162.
- Heslehurst N. The 'Obesity Cycle': The impact of maternal obesity on the exogenous and endogenous causes of obesity in the offspring. In: Unnithan-Kumar, M., Tremayne, S, ed. Fatness and the Maternal Body: Women's Experiences of Corporeality and the Shaping of Social Policy. Oxford: Bergham Books, 2011, pp.111-129.
- Heslehurst N, Rankin J, Wilkinson J, Summerbell CD. A nationally representative study of maternal obesity in England, UK: trends in incidence and demographic inequalities in 619 323 births, 1989–2007. International Journal of Obesity 2010, 34(3), 420-428.
- Heslehurst N, Simpson H, Ells LJ, Rankin J, Wilkinson J, Lang R, Brown TJ, Summerbell CD. The impact of maternal BMI status on pregnancy outcomes with immediate short-term obstetric resource implications: a meta analysis. Obesity Reviews 2008, 9(6), 635-683.
- Heslehurst N, Lang R, Rankin J, Wilkinson JR, Summerbell CD. Obesity in pregnancy: a study of the impact of maternal obesity on NHS maternity services. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology 2007, 114(3), 334-342.
- Heslehurst N, Ells LJ, Simpson H, Batterham A, Wilkinson J, Summerbell CD. Trends in maternal obesity incidence rates, demographic predictors, and health inequalities in 36 821 women over a 15-year period. BJOG 2007, 114(3), 334-342.