Dr Dave Sookhoo

Senior Lecturer in Adult Acute Care

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Dave Sookhoo's interests include: research methods teaching, care of older people and safeguard, cross-cultural health and illness perspectives, cultural competence, learning styles, health psychology.


Dr Dave Sookhoo has extensive experience in nursing and nurse education, has taught research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has collaborated across disciplines, worked with colleagues in social work and psychology. He has undertaken systematic reviews and aims to be a reviewer for the JBI again. Dr Sookhoo has developed learning packages in research methods and cultural competence/transcultural nursing.

Research interests

  • Self-care management in patients with long-term conditions (heart failure, diabetes)
  • Health and illness across cultures, illness perception and self-efficacy
  • Ethnicity and healthcare, with particular interest in older adults
  • Learning and teaching in higher education

Dave's research interests have developed over the years and the current focus is primarily on the experiences of patients with their illness and recovery to health.

Areas of research supervision

Dave would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Health beliefs, illness representation and perceptions
  • Self-care, social support, recovery in patients with long-term conditions
  • Ethnicity, healthcare access, experiences and outcomes
  • Cultural issues in healthcare and cultural competence among health professionals
  • Learning strategies, student learning in groups, team-based learning


Dave is experienced in teaching small and large groups, skilled in teaching research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate course students and has supervised students in their dissertation work.


  • PhD in Psychology (Health) London South Bank University, London, UK
  • Master of Education (Research Methods) University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), Open University, UK
  • Certificate in Education (Huddersfield Polytechnic), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Diploma in Nursing, London University, London, UK
  • Registered Nurse, Adult, NMC, UK
  • Registered Nurse, Mental Health, NMC, UK

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Royal College of Nursing

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2008-2009 RiTE project - ‘Teaching Research Methods: Design and evaluation of an e-learning resource’ UWL, London.

2006-2007 Application with Professor Elizabeth Anionwu ‘Evaluation of the use of the Multi-Ethnic Learning and Teaching in Nursing (MELTING) online resource to inform the development of the 2007 pre-registration nursing curriculum’. Funded by Thames Valley University Research and Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund. £5.310.

2004-2005 Co-Applicant with Dr Julia Magill-Cuerden and Sandra MacDonald ‘An exploration of relationships and interactions between student and support tutors when studying by distance learning’ Funded by Thames Valley University Research Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund. £2000.

Selected recent publications

Sookhoo, D., Pellowe, C. & Derham, C.  (2013) The experiences of heart failure patients following their participation in self-management patient education programmes: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11(2), pp236-280.

Sookhoo, D. (2009) 'Race' and ethnicity.  In: C. Squire (Ed.) The Social Context of Birth. Oxford: The Radcliffe Press. 2nd ed. Chapter 5, pp85-99.

Elcock, K. & Sookhoo, D. (2009) Evaluating a new role to support mentors in practice. Nursing Times, 1003(49), pp30-31.

Ruiz Laconcepcion, M. C. & Sookhoo, D. (2006) Job satisfaction among perioperative nurses: a phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Perioperative Care, 2(3), pp87-95.

Sookhoo, D. & Anionwu, E.  (2006) An exploratory study into the recruitment of black and minority ethnic students to a sponsored NHS Trust cancer nursing education programme. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 3, pp27-34.

Buka, P. & Sookhoo, D. (2006) Current Legal Responses to Elder Abuse. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 1(4), pp194-200.

Luger, L. & Sookhoo, D. (2005) Rapid Needs assessment of the provision of drug and alcohol services for people from minority ethnic groups with drug and alcohol problems. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2, pp167-176.

Recent presentations and conferences

2006 Patients with heart failure and their experiences of loop diuretic therapy’. Poster presentation. Audrey Alimo & Dave Sookhoo. RCN International Nursing Research Conference 21-24 March 2006, York Racecourse, York, England.

2007 ‘The essence and experience of a new role in supporting mentors in practice settings’. Karen Elcock & Dave Sookhoo. Concurrent Paper. Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference, 30 April - 4 May, Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland.