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Alexandra Murrell


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I am new to teaching. I am part of the health studies team at London campus. I qualified, as a general nurse in 1985 in Lewisham, in south east London. I have worked in primary care since 1990 in general practice, homelessness and family plannig which has become contraception and sexual health. I briefly worked at Royal Free Hospital in 1990 for 6 months in hepatitis B and C research trialling interferon injections. The good news is hepatitis C has recently become curable. In between working in different parts in London predominately the inner city area, I worked overseas initially in Romania with children with HIV, in Cambodia in an emergency hospital for people with war injuries in 1998. I did a short spell in East Timor with the UN in 1999. In 2002 I went to Tajikistan to work on a nutritional and primary care programme. I did a short spell in Pakistan in 2005 in a camp with people who had been affected by the earthquack doing rehabilitation. Working in homelessness I gained non medical prescribing qualification and assessment skills. I currently work in general practice and occasionally in walk in centres.           


Hepatitis Research in Professional Nurse September 1993 

Reconciliation of a Nation in Medicine Conflict and Survival April-June 2002 

Giving Something Back Nursing Standard 15 March 2006 Vol 20 No 27

Filling the Gaps History of Overseas Nurse Recruitment Open University Conference 17 April 2009   


Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Primary Care in UK and poorer countries
  • Nutrition 
  • Contraception 
  • Chronic disease management Asthma Diabetes 
  • Homelessness and refugee health I do voluntary work with Doctors of the World refugee centre. 
  • Young people's health
  • Woud care and lymphoedema 
  • Extensive experience of working in voluntary sector
  • 2 Masters 1 in Medical Anthropology did a dissertation on animal therapy I set up a conference on this in 1998 which brought nurses and other professionals together.   
  • 1 in Public Health Overseas Nurse Recruitment 1950-2000 examing policies in nurse recruitment and retention  

Current research activities

I have written a short paper on diagnosis of pernicious anaemia and when to treat it with vitamin B12 injections. 

Desired research direction

I would like to research the following: Why is nursing such an unpopular job in UK? Why are only 10% of adult health nurses male, in contrast to other countries in which it is 30%?

What would help to retain staff in nursing?

I would be interested in UWS working with poorer countries to improve health.     

Target collaborative companies

I would be interested in working with the UN bodies, overseas charities, local charities and NHS.  

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