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Dr Sarah Fry

Dr Sarah Fry

Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

+44 (0)29 206 87801
Room 2.14, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision


Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate level.  Her teaching interests are in research and critical analysis of literature, as well as developing critical thinking in advanced clinical practitioners.  She 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.

Her research expertise involve understanding socially derived health knowledge, and particularly the construction of knowledge in communities at high risk of health inequalities.  She works closely with the Universities flagship engagement project, Community Gateway, to find ways of better engaging these 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 she has been working with the community on delivering this event since 2013.

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

As part of this work, Sarah 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 will work together to find methods for studying black, Asian and minority ethnic men’s interpretation of prostate cancer health literature.  This was the subject of Sarah’s PhD, which was derived from Sarah’s experience of working in prostate cancer clinics, where black men are underrepresented despite their high risk for this cancer.  Sarah’s interests are in how prostate cancer literature is interpreted at a community level, and the Community Research Group will work with Sarah to find viable methods to study this.


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







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.

My research interests include:

Community generated understandings of health risk
Understanding community interpretations of mass health communication
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: Funded on a part-time bases by RCBC Wales (October 2012 – February 2018), bench fees paid by Prostate Cancer UK. PhD title: 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:


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.

Past projects

Rayan Khayat (2017 - 2022) Co-Supervisor (33%): An educational intervention the develop leaders’ perceptions of transformational theory and its impact on job satisfaction among hospital laboratory staff.

Moayad Subahi (2016-2021) Co-Supervisor (33%): An Evaluation of Physical Fitness and Physical Activity to Support Therapeutic Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Knee Osteoarthritis in Saudi Arabia: A Mixed-Methods Study