Dilva Porter

Senior Lecturer in Community Nursing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Dilva is a very experienced Health Visitor, Safeguarding Practitioner and Clinical researcher. She has over thirteen years Community Nursing and management experience as well as thirteen years’ experience as an HE Lecturer and researcher in the areas of health and Applied Psychology.

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After obtaining her first degree in Psychology from the University of London, Dilva went on to hold a number of Research posts, one at the Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough , Hants and examined resilience in pilots. And one as a Clinical Researcher for the University of Leicester- based at Carlton Hayes Hospital, which assessed the needs of the Psychogeriatric population. In 1994 Dilva Graduated from Surrey University with Distinction following the discovery of an effective dietary therapy for children diagnosed with ADHD.

Following a variety of social care residential posts, Dilva subsequently went on to train as first a general nurse (RGN) at Addenbrookes’ hospital then as a Health Visitor in 1990. From 1990-2000 Dilva worked first as a Health Visitor, then as a Safeguarding Lead throughout S.W Hertfordshire, building up her expertise. In 1984 whilst working full-time, Dilva undertook a part-time Masters degree in Behavioral Biology & Healthcare at Surrey University. After relocating to Suffolk in 2000, Dilva obtained a post as an Early Childhood Studies lecturer at University Campus Suffolk, teaching on the Early Childhood Studies B.A. (Hons) Course and as a Visiting Lecturer to the UCS SCPHN professional programme. 

Research interests

Neuropsychology, dietary therapies for ADHD, LAC Children’s agency, health and well-being, therapies for cognitive and mental health disorders in children and young people.

As a result of her professional background, Dilva is interested in a number of different research areas including the investigation of therapies for children’s with additional needs, dysfunctional attachments and parenting styles, Looked- after children and more recently the efficacy of the ASQ and the application of other community-based developmental assessment tools.

Areas of research supervision

Dilva currently supervises the SCPHN Students’ Research Dissertations in conjunction with my two other colleagues in the team. Research areas include; Domestic Violence, Safeguarding Children, PND etc.


SCPHN Level 6 and Level 7 programme, Safeguarding Children (SCPHN, Midwifery and Children’s Nursing programmes)


  • CBT Therapies Part 1 (2014)
  • CEOP Ambassador (2013)
  • RNT (UCS) 2014
  • PGCE (H.E.) University Campus Suffolk (2006)
  • MSc (Distinction) Behavioural Biology, University of Surrey (1994)
  • RHV (De Montfort University) 1990
  • RGN (Addenbrookes’ Nursing School, Cambridge) 1985
  • B.A. (Hons) Psychology /English, London University (1982)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial member of ESTRO (Essex University Student Research Online) publication 2012—Present.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2012-2013. Member of the Social Care professional working group “What works in practice” led by David Jacobs, Service Manager for Children’s Social Care, Landmark House, Suffolk County Council.

2010-2012 Chair of the Suffolk County Council E-Safety Group. Dilva was appointed to undertake this Voluntary position whilst working in conjunction with the Suffolk County Council Education Lead, Lorna Jackson.

Selected recent publications

Porter, D. (2013) Critique of a peer-reviewed article on “the eating habits of children in Scotland.” in “Childhood Remixed” February 2013.

Recent presentations and conferences

June 2013. Poster Presentation for the School of Health & Human Sciences, Prof. Doctorates “An Investigation into Suffolk LAC Children’s sense of agency & well-being whilst in the care of the local authority.”

June 2013. Principal organiser and Chair for “Unchartered Waters; Safeguarding dangers Online” an International Safeguarding Conference held at UCS Suffolk. Featuring Professor Gail Dines (Boston USA).

February 2013. Joint organiser for “Interdisciplinary  Safeguarding Conference.” Held at UCS Suffolk. Keynote Speaker; Professor Martin Calder. Suffolk County Council Social Workers & social work students were invited to this Conference as were representatives from the LSCB, Suffolk Constabulary and academic staff from UCS. This Conference was well-received by a wide range of Safeguarding professionals from the Suffolk & Coastal region.