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Dr Julie Prowse

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236374

Research Interests (key words only)

Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Leadership, National Health Service, Workforce roles and skills, Performance Management.

PhD Supervision

Toyosi Kuforiji (full-time submitting September 2016).  
Qualitative study exploring Maternity Ward Attendants’ perceptions of occupational (work related) stress and coping methods adopted within maternity care settings (hospital) in Nigeria.

Jo Nichols (part-time submitting September 2020).
An assessment of the influence of dedicated strategic co-ordination posts across a whole systems public health outcome strategy (2000-2010 England Teenage Pregnancy Strategy) and the implications of the loss of the post.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Module leader for: Strategy, Policy and Organisations, Human Resource Management (Bradford and Dubai), Commissioning and Negotiation, Strategic Business and Service Planning, Comparative Health (Dubai)
  • Supervise 15-20 Masters management projects
  • Supervise PhDs
  • Programme Leader for MSc in Leadership, Management and Change in Health and Social Care (2007-2014)


Julie started her academic career at Sheffield Business School and taught on a range of business and management under and postgraduate courses. She was also a researcher on a three year funded project examining the Ward Learning Climate for nurses.

From 1993, Julie worked at De Montfort University for 9 years and was a programme leader and designed and developed Masters programmes, taught on a range of modules and supervised dissertations.

Since 2002, Julie has worked at the School of Service Delivery and Improvement developing a range of postgraduate programmes, modules and bespoke provision. She worked collaboratively with Yorkshire Cancer Network to deliver management workshops for senior NHS consultants and nurses and with Yorkshire Ambulance Service on a workforce development project and educational provision. As part of the Faculty of Health international work, Julie and colleagues developed the MSc in International Health Management which has been successfully delivered in Dubai since 2012.

Julie’s research interests and publications span a number of public sector areas and include NHS workforce development, employee relations, performance management and leadership. She has worked collaboratively with colleagues from other Universities on different projects and is currently looking at the effects of the living wage for the UK social care workforce in care homes and trade unions approaches to leadership development and mentoring.

Study History


  • 2006 - PhD. University of Leeds,  Leeds Business School
  • 1990 - MA Health Studies, Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds
  • 1979 - B.Sc. (Hons) Social Science and Administration, University of London (Bedford College)

Professional Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 2014 - Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • 2012 - Qualified Myers Briggs
  • 2009 - Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • 2009 - Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • 2002 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 1985 - City and Guilds Further and Adult Teachers Certificate                 
  • 1982 - Registered General Nurse, St. George’s Hospital, London. (Shortened training)

Professional Activities


2012 - National HE science, technology, engineering and mathematics- STEM Project.  Mathematics Support in the National Health Service: Applying Proven Practices to Workforce Upskilling. (£5K).

2011 - Kent County Council, worked with colleagues based in School of Dementia Studies and delivered the Developing Leadership in Person-Centred Care course (SDI received a portion of this).

Research Collaborations

  • Collaborative research examining trade unions approach to leadership development and mentoring programmes with Professor Peter Prowse (Sheffield Hallam University) and Dr. Rob Perrott (Bradford Business School)
  • Research examining the effects of the living wage for the UK social care workforce in care homes. This is joint research with Professor Peter Prowse and Dr. Jereme Snook (both at Sheffield Hallam University)


2016 - Prowse, J.M. and Prowse, P.J.  Featured Article: Flexible working and work–life balance: midwives’ experiences and views. Work life Balance Working Group Newsletter. (in press)

2015 - Prowse, J.M. and Prowse, P.J. Flexible working and work–life balance: midwives’ experiences   and views. Work, Employment and Society.  29 (5) 757-774.

2015 - McIntosh, B. Prowse, J. M. and Archibong, U. The psychology of transference: gender   and access to training - the mechanisms of disadvantage. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. 6 (10) 63-80.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

2016 - British Universities Industrial Relations Association: Annual Conference.  Employment relations towards 2020 and beyond: reflection, prospects and opportunities Austerity and the Living Wage: the Case of Care Homes in Britain. Prowse J.M., Prowse, P.J. and Snook, J.

2016 - Berlin, 4th – 6th April 2016, 34th International Labour Process Conference. Perrott, R. Prowse, J.M. and Prowse, P.J.Leading Change – A TUC programme to facilitate  leadership development for full-time senior union officials: An inter-union approach.                   

2015 - International Nursing Conference Al Noor Hospital 11th September. Prowse, J.M., Cassidy, A. and Mcintosh, B. Nurses Leading Change: Health Service Improvement and Change Abu Dhabi, UAE. Refereed paper.

2015 - Athens, Greece 13 – 15th April 2015, 33rd International Labour Process Conference, Prowse, J.M; Prowse, P.J. and Perrett, R. Women take care and men take charge’: An Analysis of Trade Union Leadership in the Public and Commercial Services Union`. Refereed paper.

2013 - Brighton 30th- 1st November. Developing Leadership in Person Centered Dementia Care.7th Dementia Congress. Refereed paper.

2011 - Leeds University Business School.  5th April – 7th April. Prowse, J.M. and Prowse, P. J. Labour Process Conference. ‘As long as we are all doing the same thing and we know what each other is doing: Midwives’ experiences of collaborative working. Refereed paper.

2010 -  Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, March 15-17th, 29th International Labour Process Conference 2010. Prowse, J.M. and Prowse, P. J. `The Rhetoric and Reality of Flexible working: Midwives’ Experience of Flexible Working`. Refereed paper.

2009 - The Netherlands. 7-10 June.  The 23rd ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Learning including the 2009 EADTU Annual Conference. Maastricht, Cassidy, A. and Prowse, J.M. Designing an Online Mentoring Tool to Support MSc Health and Social Services Management Students. Refereed paper.

2009 - University of Bradford. 29th April, Norcroft Centre, Prowse, J. M,. Cassidy, A and Gatecliffe,L Health and Social Care Managers’ views and experiences of mentorship and support in the workplace. Collaborations in Health and Social Care: Research, Knowledge Transfer and Education. Refereed paper.

Julie has been a reviewer for the following publications:  

-        Gender, Work and Organisation

-        International Journal of Public Sector Management

-        Journal of Health Organisation and Management

-        Health Sociology Review

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