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Angela Leonard


BNurs Cape Town MSc(Nur) Cape Town RN


Registration with SANC: 14138440 Nurse (General, Psychiatric & Community) and Midwife

Angela Leonard works as a researcher within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for research and clinical practice development. She participates in research programme design, proposal development, study implementation and dissemination. Angela facilitates practice development support in clinical facilities including a weekly hospital wide nursing journal club. Angela has a keen interest in participative methods in research, including the use of graphic facilitation to strengthen practice development and track facility-wide practice development processes, in South Africa and other African partnering countries.

Angela is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Cape Town. Angela worked as a research nurse in the Child Health Unit at the University Cape Town, for two years. In 2004, she graduated with a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Cape Town with a dissertation entitled, ‘Parents’ lived experiences of providing kangaroo care to their preterm infants’. This was followed by four years in research roles at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Angela has published articles in peer reviewed journals and her on-going topics of interest are: family involvement in the care of paediatric patients, participative research methods, strengthening children’s nursing practice and quality of care across Sub-Saharan Africa through the application of local research into practice.


Awarding institution

Year awarded

Bachelor of Nursing Degree

The University of Cape Town


Master of Science in Nursing by Dissertation

The University of Cape Town




North, N., Sieberhagen, S., Bonaconsa, C., Leonard, A., Coetzee, M. (2019). Making children’s nursing practices visible: using visual and participatory techniques to describe family involvement in the care of hospitalised children in southern African settings. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919849324

Leonard, A, Bonaconsa, C, Ssenyonga, L, Coetzee, M. 2017. Graphic facilitation as a novel approach to practice development. Nursing Children and Young People29(8), 42-45.doi:10.7748/ncyp.2017.e869.

Leonard A, Verster A, Coetzee M. 2014. Developing family-friendly signage in a South African paediatric health care setting. Curationis.37 (2)

Davis, C, Hendry, I, Barlow, H, Leonard, A, White, L, Coetzee M. 2014. Exposing students to research through a journal club in a postgraduate child nurse diploma. Curationis. 37(2), 1-9.

Leonard A, Mayers P. 2008. Parents’ lived experience of providing kangaroo care to their preterm infants. Health SA Gesondheid. 13(4):16-28.

Fletcher O, Johnson N, Gibson L, Coupland B, Fraser A, Leonard A, dos Santos Silva I, Ashworth A, Houlston R and Peto J. 2008. Association of Genetic Variants at 8q24 with Breast Cancer Risk. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.17 (3):702-705.

Johnson N, Fletcher O, Palles C, Rudd M, Webb E, Sellick G, dos Santos Silva I, McCormack V, Gibson L, Fraser A, Leonard A, Gilham C, Tavtigian SV, Ashworth A, Houlston R, Peto J. 2007. Counting potentially functional variants in BRCA1, BRCA2 and ATM predicts breast cancer susceptibility. Human Molecular Genetics. 16(9):1051-1057.

Congress proceedings (published abstract):

Ssenyonga, L, Leonard, A, & Coetzee, M. 2016. “Articulating the paediatric neurosurgical nursing practice model of care at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda - challenging current thought with emerging evidence’. Child’s Nervous System. 32;10:2027. 44th Annual meeting of International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery congress (ISPN), Kobe, Japan, October 23-27, 2016

Coetzee, M, Leonard, A. Communicating family-friendly practice: starting by saying what we do. In: Michell WL. Critical Care Society of Southern Africa National Congress. Southern African Journal of Critical Care. 2010;26(2):59.