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Philomene Uwamaliya

Philomene Uwamaliya

Telephone: 0151 231 4543


Philomene is a registered mental health nurse since 2006. She also, have worked on the different programmes aimed to redesign care pathways with a greater focus on prevention, early intervention and reduction of health inequalities. For example, people with complex health problems, and asylum seekers and refugees. She began teaching in 2011 at Liverpool John Moores University in the School of Nursing and Allied Health. She also has experience of working in public health with specific programmes aimed at increasing life expectancy. Her teaching and research interests include pre-registration adult, and mental health nursing, post-registration and post-graduate programmes specifically, public health, health inequalities, and cultural competency in health care. Others include early intervention in psychosis, post-traumatic growth, resilience and well-being, women’s health and young people, mental health of refugees and asylum seekers, recovery, equality and diversity, anti-oppressive practice, stigma, and discrimination.

As a refugee herself, Philomene recognises the challenges professionals face whilst caring for asylum seekers and refugees. Therefore in October 2016, Philomene applied and won the prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award to develop the Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees. The online resource hub aims to:
• Provide up-to-date, easily accessible information on the legal asylum-seeking process and role of professionals.
• Increase students and professionals’ knowledge of specific health issues relevant to asylum seekers and refugees.
• Develop a better understanding among students and professionals of the importance of cultural diversity and providing culturally responsive care.
• Create the opportunities for inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration and learning between healthcare professionals and non-healthcare organisations such as education, employment, and housing.
• Provide information to promote health and well-being and good practice.
She is also highly committed to ensuring that support services and commissioners provide the appropriate care to asylum seekers. She is setting up a Humanitarian Champions which is comprise students nurses child, adult and mental health, paramedic, social workers and law students to promote a Rights based approach in health and social care.

Philomene is currently involved in two important research projects. Currently she is leading a research project that aims to assess the Impact of the Liverpool Asylum Seeker Initial Accommodation Centre. For the second project she is one of the co-applicant for the Feasibility study for a proposed trial of an evidence-based low intensity psychosocial intervention delivered by lay therapists for asylum seekers and refugees (PROSPER), led by Professor Christopher Dowrick, at Liverpool University is due to start on 01 Sept 2018.

Membership of a professional body

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) March 2006 – Present


Society for Social Medicine : July 2018 - Present
European Public Health Association : July 2018 - Present
Royal Society for Public Health : August 2018 - Present


2018, Public Health, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Suicide Prevention Trainer
2017, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, PGCertLTHE
2015, Mental Health First Aid England, United Kingdom, Mental Health First Aid Instructor
2014, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Public Health International Development
2011, University of Salford, United Kingdom, Post Graduate Certificate - BME Mental Health & Community Development
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Diploma -Mental Health Nursing

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2011 - present
Honorary Lecturer, School of Nursing (Mental Health), Liverpool John Moores University, 2007 - 2011


Highlighted publications

Uwamaliya P. 2018. Online Resource Hub: Resources for Professionals who support Asylum-seekers and Refugees >Link

Internet publication

Uwamaliya P, Sheridan E, Zambelli G. 2019. Humanitarian Champions Programme >Link

Uwamaliya P. 2018. Report: Online resource hub Advancing the Rights and Well-being of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Mary Seacole Leadership Award >Link

Uwamaliya P. 2018. Online Resource Hub: Resources for Professionals who support Asylum-seekers and Refugees >Link

Journal article

Uwamaliya P. 2018. Rights for refugees Community Practitioner, 91 :48-53 >Public Url

Uwamaliya P, Smith GM. 2017. Rehabilitation for survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda: What are the lessons learned? Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38 :361-367 >DOI >Public Url

Conference publication

Burnett A, Uwamaliya P. 2018. Caring for refugees, survivors of torture and other vulnerable migrants, whilst also looking after yourself EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 28 :9-9 >Link


Uwamaliya P. 2015. Parenting, Immigration Status, and Mental Health Reupert A, Maybery D, Nicholson J, Gopfert M, Seeman MV. Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and their Families Cambridge University Press 9781107070684

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

(2019) Widening Participation in nursing education: Reach out and Inspire., Student Nursing Conference, Westminster, London, Oral presentation 05/02/2019

Humanitarian Champions Programme Launch, 2nd Conference - Impact of integration on the health of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Populations, Hosted by the School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool, Oral presentation 30/01/2019

Supporting the Education of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Liverpool John Moores University., Rainhill School, Liverpool, Oral presentation 29/11/2018

The Roles of Health Visitor, School Nurse and Community Practitioners in UK, Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) Annual Conference, Bournemouth International Centre, Oral presentation 17/10/2018

Caring for refugees, survivors of torture and other vulnerable migrants, whilst also looking after yourself, 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, PROGRAMME-FOR-WEB.pdf, international Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Oral presentation 17/05/2018

Reflections on our Journey, Practice and Learning. Working Through Challenges in Different Contexts., Annual Conference 2018, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society, Leeds, Oral presentation 16/03/2018

(April, 2017) RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Exhibition & Fringe Event, “Mary Seacole’s legacy: scholars with courage and ambition”, Oxford, UK, Oral presentation 04/04/2017

A boost up the ladder of knowledge through internships, Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moore University, Oral presentation 15/06/2016

Learning and engagement analytics, Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 15/06/2016

EUR – Human Expert consensus meeting: To reach consensus on the content of Primary Health Care (PHC) needed to assess and address the health needs of refugees and newly arrived migrants., Expert meeting, Athens, Greece, Oral presentation 08/06/2016

Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict,  UN General Assembly, UN General Assembly - New York -US, Oral presentation 24/09/2013

Torture Prevention Strategy, First anniversary of the launch of the Foreign Office's Torture Prevention Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, Oral presentation 05/12/2012

What more can Europe do to Advance Humana Rights, European Leadership Conference,  European Parliament - Brussels – Belgium, Oral presentation 05/12/2012

Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity,  Roscoe Lecture, St George's Hall, Liverpool, Oral presentation 14/01/2008


Outstanding Contribution Award, Celebrating the contribution of the black and minority ethnic community to health and social care Development of the Online Resource Hub: Resources for Professionals who support Asylum Seekers and Refugees -, Northwest Region, Royal College of Nursing

(2018) Outstanding Contribution Award, Celebrating the contribution of the black and minority ethnic community to health and social care., Royal College of Nursing,

(2006) Student Citizenship Awards, Foundation for Citizenship Liverpool John Moores University

(2008) The Ann Frank Awards – Highly Commended Nominee for true commitment to making a difference to others., The Ann Frank Foundation

(2014) Staff Citizenship Awards, Foundation for Citizenship Liverpool John Moores University

(2014) Vice-Chancellor Rising Star Award, Liverpool John Moores University

External collaboration:, (2009) REDRESS, Meeting the needs of Torture Survivors in the UK, (2008) Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP), Community Mental Health Research on Inequalities and Cultural Needs in Mental Health Service Provision for Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Liverpool., (2009) MIND, Improving mental health support for refugee communities.


A member of the Royal Society for Public Health, Royal Society for Public Health,

A member of the European Public Health Association, European Public Health Association,

A member of the Society for Social Medicine, Society for Social Medicine,

Membership of professional bodies:

(2006) Registered Mental Health Nurse, NMC

Other Professional Activity:

(2015) Curriculum Enhancement Internships, Internally Funded: Developing resources to help the faculty integrate cultural competency into Nursing and Allied Health curriculum

(2016) A joint - Curriculum Enhancement Internships Projec, Internally Funded - Accrington & Rossendale & BSc Nursing Developed an Electronic PDP resources.

(2017) A joint project – School of Pharmacy and BSc Nursing - NICE Evidence search - Student Champions The Student Champion Scheme aims to improve the routine use of evidence-based information in future dentists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Joining this peer teaching programme will build students ‘core and specialist skills to share with their fellow students.

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University., Research Excellence Framework (REF) Upskilling, Grant value (£): 4000, Duration of research project: 1 year

(July -Sept 2018) Urgent Care 24 (UC24), Uwamaliya. P Research Lead: Impact Assessment Study of the Liverpool Asylum Seeker Initial Accommodation Centre, Dr. Isaac Oduro Amoako; Dr. Daz Greenop; Moni Akinsanya, Grant value (£): 9,324, Duration of research project: Three months

(2016 - 2017) Mary Seacole Leadership Award funded by the Health Education England, To develop a web hub resource to Advance the Rights and Well-Being of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Grant value (£): 12,500, Duration of research project: 12 Months