Research at Leeds Beckett
About Catherine Waskett
Catherine is a Senior Lecturer who teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing modules and programmes. She is a registered nurse, nurse tutor and health visitor.
Catherine qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and worked in neurosurgery and critical care in Wakefield then Leeds where she became one of the first clinical educators in the trust. She left clinical practice in 2000 to take up her first post as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Catherine has had several roles in different universities in the region within the last 19 years including Pre-registration Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme Lead, NMC Correspondent, MSc Advanced Practice programme lead and Continuing Professional Development Lead. Catherine returned to clinical practice in 2012 as a health visitor before returning to education in 2014. She strongly believes that education of healthcare professionals influences the quality of clinical practice and therefore patient care. As such she is experienced in employing a number of pedagogies in her teaching, including high fidelity simulation, debriefing, team based and problem based learning and flipped classroom techniques.
Catherine is also a member of the City of Sanctuary charity Yorkshire and Humber region ‘Health Stream of Sanctuary' group including NHS commissioning officers, a wide range of health practitioners and voluntary sector workers who aim to work together to overcome health inequalities for sanctuary seekers.
Catherine teaches across pre and post registration programmes:
- Level 6 Pre-registration nursing dissertation module, Leadership, Change Management and Enterprise (module leader)
- Level 5 Applied biological Sciences module
She also contributes to teaching on post-registration/CPD modules.
Catherine’s research interests are predominantly around vulnerable migrants and BAME communities and access to health services. This has expanded to access and attainment in higher education for migrant and BAME communities.
She has contributed to grant proposals with colleagues and, in 2015, was successful in obtaining funding to lead the project ‘Exercise and physical activity in asylum seekers in West Yorkshire, using the theoretical domains framework to identify barriers and facilitators’. An article based on the study has been published. A digital animation App aimed at increasing levels of physical activity in this population has subsequently been developed and is currently being tested for its efficacy. Further publications are planned after the project is completed.