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Sarah Fry

Dr Sarah Fry

Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 87724
Ty Dewi Sant, Room Room 2.14, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am  a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing. My research expertise involve understanding socially derived health knowledge, and particularly the construction of knowledge in communities at high risk of health inequalities. I also has expertise in patient and public involvement in research and advise researcers on how to involve people at the early stages of resarch design, data collection and dissemination.  I works closely with the University flagship engagement project, Community Gateway, to find ways of better engaging high-risk groups and develop community-led projects to study cultural diversity in understanding health risks  This work includes engagement with communities local to Cardiff University to set-up and run a 1-mile running event in August each year, the Butetown Mile, and I have been working with the community on delivering this event since 2013.

As part of the University Celebrating Excellence Awards 2022, I was awarded excellence in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for work with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  My background in nursing has developed my academic thinking about where knowledge of health and illness is derived, and adaptations healthcare practitioners and academics may need to make to be accessible to black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

As part of this work, I was recently awarded (March 2022), a Future Leaders in Cancer Research (FLiCR) Seedcorn fund, hosted by the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University, to develop a Community Research Group with African and African Caribbean men.  The group worked together to find methods for studying minority ethnic men’s interpretation of prostate cancer health literature.  This was the subject of my PhD, which was derived from my experience of working in prostate cancer clinics, where black men are underrepresented despite their high risk for this cancer.  My interests are in how prostate cancer literature is interpreted at a community level, and the Community Research Group worked with me to find viable methods to study this.

My teaching is at both postgraduate and undergraduate level.  My teaching interests are in research and critical analysis of literature, as well as developing critical thinking in advanced clinical practitioners.  I works closely with senior clinicians in the NHS to support a generation of practitioners who are working in complex care systems and require a high level of critical thinking skills.  I also teach on cancer care modules on specific risks of cancer in ethnic minority communities. 








Book sections

  • Fry, S. 2020. Strengthening community action. In: Bennett, C. L. and Lillyman, S. eds. Promoting Health and Wellbeing: For nursing and healthcare students. Banbury: Lantern Publishing Ltd, pp. 139-152.




My research interests include:

Community generated understandings of health risk

Understanding community interpretations of mass health communication

Patient and Public involvement in research

Health behaviours and behaviour change - developing novel approaches to studying everyday conversations about health
I have published my novel approach to collecting everyday talk about prostate cancer, using interactive focused participation in cultural groups.  I am developing this approach to extend to other health concerns in high-risk communities, to find ways to communicate effectively.

Funded research:

2022: Future Leaders in Cancer Research (College of Life Sciences, Cardiff University): An investigation into the relevance of prostate cancer health literature for BAME communities. 

2012 - 2017:  RCBC Wales/Prostate Cancer UK): Differences in perceptions of prostate cancer risk between black British men and White British men living in South Wales: A constructivist grounded theory.

In May 2022 I talked about my research interests and the importance of connecting with communities to share research knowlegde, in a podcast with Health and Care Research Wales:


Delivery of year 2 undergraduate module; Critical Evaluation of Evidence.

Teaching and co-module lead for postgraduate module; Advanced Practice.

Specialised teaching for postgraduate cancer care module; black, Asian and minority ethnic issues in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Supervision of postgraduate advanced practice portfolio submission, including three theoretical submissions and assessment by OSCE.

Undergraduate and postgraduate personal tutor support.


Employment history

Lecturer, School of Healthcare Science (2015 – ongoing)

Part-time PhD candidate and Prostate Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (2012 – 2015)

Prostate cancer research nurse (2009 – 2015)

Accident and Emergency nurse (junior and senior levels) (1995 – 2009)


PhD (2018): Cardiff University: Perceptions of Prostate Cancer Risk in White Working Class, African Caribbean, and Somali Men Living in South-East Wales: A constructivist grounded theory.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2018): Cardiff University

BSc psychology (2007): Cardiff University

BSc Critical Care Nursing (1998): Buckinghamshire Chilterns University

Project 2000 Nursing (1995): Imperial Collage, St. Mary’s Hospital, London

Professional Membership:

Nursing and Midwifery Council: Adult Nurse and Teacher

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy


Celebrating Excellence (Cardiff University 2022):  Award for Equiality, Diversity and Inclusion

Senior Lecturer in Nursing recognised for her commitment to improving lives in local communities - News - Cardiff University

Professional memberships

Nursing and Midwifery Council  - Registered Adult Nurse January 1995


Karen Wingfield (2021) 2nd Supervisor:  The experiences of patients, families, and professionals when cancer is diagnosed in emergency hospital settings.

Marianne Jenkins (2016) 2nd Supervisor: Surfacing tensions of the advanced practitioner: A situational analysis of how ANP’s manage and reconcile role ambiguity.

Tidziwe Malinki (2018) 2nd Supervisor: The impact of supporting termially ill patients during the final 12-weeks of life in a community care setting.


  • Behaviour Change
  • cancer screening
  • Health Inequalities
  • public involvement