Bridget Taylor

Senior lecturer

Bridget has a well-established teaching career. She worked as a Community HIV Trainer in Oxfordshire for 6 years and joined Oxford Brookes University as a Senior Lecturer in sexual health in 1996. Bridget has over 30 years of nursing experience in palliative care in both community and hospice settings. In addition to her teaching role, she is a Community Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care in Buckinghamshire. 

Teaching and Research Interests

Bridget completed her PhD, 'Couples living in twilight: a Heideggerian hermeneutic study of sexuality and intimacy in life-limiting illness' at Oxford Brookes University in 2012. Her research interests are patient experience and meaning-making. Bridget currently delivers modules in sexuality and also end of life care.


Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Taylor B, de Vocht H (2011) Interviewing separately or as couples? Considerations of authenticity of method. Qualitative Health Research21(11), 1576-1587.
  •  Taylor B (2011) The impact of assistive equipment on intimacy and sexual expression. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(9), 435-442.
  • Taylor B, Davis S (2007) The Extended PLISSIT Model for Addressing the Sexual Wellbeing of Individuals with an Acquired Disability or Chronic Illness, Sexuality & Disability, 25(3), 135-139. 
  • Taylor B (2007) Does favouritism play a part in bed allocation in hospices? European Journal of Palliative Care, 14(4), 148-151. 
  • Taylor B (2005) Whose baby is it? The impact of new reproductive technologies on kinship. Human Fertility, 8(3), 189-195. 
  • Taylor B (2005) The experiences of overseas nurses working in the NHS: results of a qualitative study. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2(1), 17-27. 
  • Taylor B (2000) HIV, stigma and health: integration of theoretical concepts & the lived experiences of individuals. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35(5), 792-798. 
  • Taylor B (1999) ‘Coming out’ as a life transition: homosexual identity formation and its implications for health care practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30(2), 520-525. 
  • Taylor B (1999) Parental autonomy and consent to treatment. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29(3), 570-576. 
  • Taylor BM (1997) Analysis of job-share as a process of change. Journal of Nursing Management, 5(4), 223-227. 
  • Taylor BM (1995) Gender-power relations and safer sex negotiation. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 22(4), 687-693.

Practitioner Journals

  • Taylor B (2007) The Extended PLISSIT model for addressing sexuality. Fertility, Spring, 6-7. 
  • Taylor B & Davis S (2006) Using the Extended PLISSIT Model to Address Sexuality in Primary Care. Nursing Standard, 21(11), 35-41. 
  • Taylor B (2006) Giving children & parents a voice: the parents’ perspective. Paediatric Nursing, 18(9), 20-23. 
  • Taylor B (2003) Have I asked today? The impact of a conference poster presentation on changing nursing practice. Paediatric Nursing, 15(2), 42-45. 
  • Taylor B (2002) Nurse-patient partnership: rhetoric or reality? Journal of Community Nursing, 16(3), 16-19.
  • Taylor B (1996) Parents as partners in care. Paediatric Nursing, 8(4), 24-27.

Book Chapters

  • Taylor B (2009) Participant Observation, In Neale J (ed.) Research Methods for Health and Social Care, Basingstoke: Palgrave, Ch.16. 
  • Davis S & Taylor B (2006) From PLISSIT to Ex-PLISSIT, In Davis S (Ed.) Rehabilitation: The Use of Theories and Models in Practice, Oxford: Elsevier Ltd, Ch.6.

Other Publications

  • Taylor B, Satchwith K (2012) Oxford Blended Learning Pathway: Band 5 Nurses Working in Specialist Palliative Care Services. NHS National End of Life Care Programme. Available at:
  • Taylor B, Britton K, Ingledew D (2003) Oxfordshire Sexual Health & HIV Strategy Baseline Review, Oxford: Oxford City Primary Care Trust. 
  • Baird A, Taylor B, Jones A, Coffey J (2002) Oxfordshire Sexual Health Strategy, Oxford: Public Health Resource Unit,  Oxfordshire Health Authority.

Conference Presentations


2012 “I don’t want last time to be the last time.” The meaning of sex in life-limiting illness. Poster at European Association of Palliative Care conference, Trondheim.

2012 Sexuality at end of life: the silent bedfellow. Oral presentation at International Palliative Care Research Society congress, Newcastle.

2011 Addressing issues of sexuality in terminal diseaseKeynote presentation at International MND symposium, Sydney.

2010 The doctor said MND wouldn’t affect my sexuality … but it has. Oral presentation at ALS/MND symposium, Florida.

2010 The impact of equipment on relationships ~ lessons for practice. Oral presentation at ALS/MND Allied Professionals Forum, Florida.

2010 Unstructured or semi-structured interviews in phenomenological research: does it really matter? Oral presentation at 8th International Qualitative Research conference, Bournemouth.

2010 The merits of interviewing couples separately in a Heideggerian hermeneutic study on sexuality and intimacy.Oral presentation at RCN research conference, Newcastle.

2009 The challenges of discussing sexuality in phenomenological research interviews. Oral presentation at European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, Graz, Austria.

2005 Multiple Selves: Multiple Dilemmas.  Oral presentation at Advances in Qualitative Methods 6th International Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 18th February.

2004 New Reproductive Technologies & the Reconstruction of Parenthood & Kin Relations. Oral presentatio at 5th Annual Human Reproductive Study Group. University College Northampton, 2nd December.



 Giving Children and Parents a Voice: The Personal Experiences of one Family. Keynote address at International RCN paediatric conference: Meeting the Challenges to Providing Quality Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


 Wading Through Treacle. Keynote address presenting the parent’s perspective on decision-making & care.
RCN Paediatric Oncology Nurses Conference, Nottingham.


2011 Talking about sexuality and intimacy: overcoming the barriers. Workshop at International MND symposium, Sydney.


How to Incorporate Sexuality & Sexual Health into Teaching. RCN Sexual health Forum Conference, Putting Sexual Health into Practice: Moving Forward, London.


Sexuality Masterclass. MS Trust Conference, Loughborough.




 Margaret Idour Scholarship

 Royal College of Nursing Marjorie Simpson New Researchers Award


 Prize for Excellence, Oxford Brookes University, School of Health Care Studies


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