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Steve Bilham

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery

Stephen qualified as a nurse in the 1980s and worked in a wide variety of practice settings before moving into Higher Education as a lecturer in 2003.

Email: [email protected]


Steve’s nursing career has been varied, working in many practice settings including medical, surgical and orthopaedic, intensive care and emergency, always with children. young people and their families as the focus. As a Health Visitor, Steve developed his interest in the wider view of health as not just an absence of illness but as a fundamental right to be enjoyed by all, no matter the circumstances.

Research interests
  • Professional image of nursing
  • Tattoos and body image
  • Using visual methods in research
  • Sociology of childhood and health

Currently involved in all aspects of teaching the pre-registration nursing curriculum.

  • RN – Child
  • RN – Adult
  • SCPHN – HV
  • Community Nurse Prescriber
  • Teacher
  • PhD – Does the presence of visible tattoos o nurses affect the therapeutic relationship?
  • MSc – Nursing
  • BA(Hons) Health Care
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council – Registrant
  • University and Colleges Union - Member
Selected recent publications

Bilham, S. and Barron, C. (2022) ‘NHS staff tattoo policies in England: time for an update?’, British Journal of Healthcare Management, 28(10), pp. 1-5. Available at: https://doi. org/10.12968/bjhc.2022.0029

Bilham, S. (2013) ‘Using developmental theories to enhance holistic care’, in: C. Thurston, (ed.) Essential Nursing Care for Children and Young People. Abingdon: Routledge. pp.40-60.

Bilham, S. (2013) ‘Cultural aspects for children and young people’, in: C. Thurston, (ed.) Essential Nursing Care for Children and Young People. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 81-96.