Dr Maria Horne


I have worked in primary care, community and public health, in both academic and clinical settings, for over 30 years. My clinical background is in nursing, midwifery and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice. I have extensive experience in public and service user involvement, working with communities and improving public health. I am on the editorial board for Clinical Nursing Research and the British Journal of Community Nursing and is the Section Editor for the Journal of Strategy, Operations and Economics. Maria is a Fellow of and contributes to the work of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences.

My main research theme is the ‘promotion of health and wellbeing across the life course’ and falls under 

My main research theme is the ‘promotion of health and wellbeing across the life course’ which falls under three sub themes:

Theme 1:

Promotion of health and wellbeing through exercise and physical activity across the life course - children’s and older adults’ health and wellbeing - with an emphasis on reducing sedentary behaviour/time, increasing physical activity levels, promoting active ageing, self-managing long term conditions and psychosocial issues that can affect the lives of older adults, cultural adaptation of interventions and changing health behaviour across the life course – for example for those with long-term conditions, stroke survivors and BAME groups.

Theme 2:

Promotion of health and wellbeing in care homes settings around sexuality, intimacy and relational needs of care home residents. 

Theme 3

Promotion of health and wellbeing through digital health and IoT applications – avatar technology in weight loss management; IoT in social housing to promote health and wellbeing of tenants.

My research expertise is primarily in qualitative and mixed methods research.

I am the Deputy Director for the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Wellbeing, Health and Communities (WHC) Pathway;  a committee member of the Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB): North West Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and the NIHR Local Authority Fellowship Programme  (PLAF) Scheme.

I am in involved in professional advisory work for the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research; Academy of Finland’s evaluation panel; National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health (Singapore); the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC); The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw); MRC Programme Grants; National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) – Research.

I was awarded the title of Queens Nurse in recognition and commitment to leading on and improving standards of care for learning and leadership in 2019.


  • PhD
  • MA (Health Research)
  • BA
  • Dip Community Health Studies

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing

Research groups and institutes

  • Maternal, child and family health

Current postgraduate researchers

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