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 her 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 care needs and disabilities, organisational leadership for change 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 a 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 Child Health Nursing with a focus on progressing successfully through an Education Doctorate whilst leading 3rd year clinical nursing skills requirements as module organiser of Nursing Practice and Simulation (NPS3). 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

External Activities

  • England Representative Committee Member for the Children and Young People’s Nursing Academics [CYPNAUK]. A forum for ChYP academics to lobby, empower and influence CYP nursing.
  • UEA Health and Social Care Partners (UEAHSCP) Childhood Obesity Working Group.
  • International engagement activity  related to the enhancement of the promotion of childhood healthy eating by internal regulation i.e. intuitive eating and eating competence.  
  • Enterprise activity related to the education and training needs of UK airport security staff when delivering service to people with Type 1 Diabetes with insulin therapy pumps.

Key Research Interests

Katie cultivated an enthusiastic research interest into public health issues and particularly the impact of childhood on adult health outcomes and the responsibilities of all four fields of nursing in adopting a life course approach to empowering and effective healthcare. Her distinct curiosity lies with the prevention and management of obesity, particularly in the context of shifting the focus from weight to wellbeing and enabling people to develop and nurture relaxed and  comfortable relationships with food, body and mind by the 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'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