Katie McGhee


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Katie graduated as a registered Children’s Nurse from Kings College, London in 1998. Her nurse training was consolidated by six years of general surgical and medical nursing experience at Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust delivering care to acutely and chronically unwell children, young people & their families. The greatest challenge, and reward, followed in capacity as Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Pain Control Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she spent four years fulfilling this specialist nursing role. It was here that she developed expertise and passion for the care of children and young people with complex health needs and disabilities, organisational leadership, service innovation and high quality healthcare education. Thereafter she returned to Kings College, London in 2008; a decade from qualifying as a children’s nurse, and this time to commence a new and exciting career trajectory as a Nursing Lecturer.  A decision she did not regret on return to her Norfolk roots in 2011 undertaking the role of Child Health Nursing Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, UEA. Katie spent four years leading the undergraduate children and young people’s health nursing provision as the BSc Programme Course Director and a further four years undertaking the school level leadership role of Quality Assurance Lead and NMC Official Correspondent. Katie continues in a senior academic role as Associate Professor in Children & Young People's Health and Nursing with a focus on progressing successfully through an Education Doctorate whilst leading the BSc Children and Young People's Nursing programme anew as interim Course Director. Katie is a trained and certified intuitive eating councellor and registered with the national directory of The Original Eating Eating Pros - Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Katie McGhee, Author at Intuitive Eating

Key Research Interests

Katie cultivated an enthusiastic research interest into public health issues and particularly the impact of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood on adult health outcomes and the responsibilities of adult, mental health and learning disabilities nurses in adopting a life course approach to empowering and effective healthcare. 

Her distinct curiosity lies with the current political agenda and the nurses role in the prevention and management of obesity. Katie is interested in contemporary research that shifts the focus from weight-centred to weight-inclusive/neutral nutritional health promotion strategies to enable people to develop and nurture relaxed and  comfortable relationships with food, body and mind. An example of a weight-neutral strategy would be the nursing promotion of models of internally regulated eating i.e. intuitive eating and eating competence. 

Additional areas of expertise and scholarly activity are paediatric pain management and the travel care needs of people across the life course with Type 1 Diabetes.

Teaching Interests

A member of the Children and Young People's Nursing academic team with a special interest in:

  • Public health and the lifecourse
  • Obesity prevention and management across the lifecourse
  • Empowering children to develop healthy relationships with food, body and mind by internally regulated eating
  • Nutritional self-care across the lifecourse
  • Paediatric pain management 
  • Complex health needs and disability in children and young people
  • Leadership of change in healthcare
  • Quality assurance in healthcare education
  • Type 1 diabetes and air travel


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being