Dr Obrey Alexis

Reader in Adult Nursing

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Obrey Alexis


Dr. Obrey Alexis has worked in the NHS for a number of years. He subsequently became a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences where he teaches on  undergraduate and post-graduate modules. Obrey's PhD focused on the experiences of overseas nurses in the NHS and he obtained this from the University of Surrey. 

Areas of expertise

A qualitative researcher with expertise in culture, diversity and minority ethnic health and experiences. Moreover prostate cancer and internationally recruited nurses are other expert areas.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Adult health and welbeing
  • Dissertation
  • Research methods


Dr Obrey Alexis do supervise PhD and Professional Doctorate students.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Claire Coughlan Optimising follow up for patients treated for bowel cancer from seldom heard groups Active
Sandra Rushwaya What are the barriers and facilitators to the uptake of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis among Black African Heterosexual Women in England? Active


Dr Obrey Alexis research focuses on black and minority ethnic populations and migrant health using qualitative and quantitative approaches. He particular focuses on health disparities, understanding of health and illnesses, the impact of social exclusion on minority populations, cultural congruence of health care services, access and utilisation as well as the provision of health care services for black and minority populations.

Obrey belongs to an advisory group to the Chief Nursing Officer for England. In 2011, Obrey was a visiting scholar at New York University and his focus was to develop a better understanding of internationalisation of the healthcare curriculum. In 2013 Obrey was awarded a Santander scholarship to explore global health at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins University.


Projects as Co-investigator

  • Older Adults’ Perception and Experience of Vulnerability and Inequality in Recovering from the Pandemic (led by University of Regina)(01/07/2022 - 31/12/2023), funded by: University of Regina, funding amount received by Brookes: £589, funded by: University of Regina


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Obrey is the chair of:

  • The Independent Advisory Group to Hampshire Constabulary for the Northern Area.
  • The North Hampshire Caribbean and African Network from 2002 to 2008.

He is also a member of:

  • Chair of Independent Advisory Group for the Police Service in Aldershot, Basingstoke and Rushmoor. Sept 2006 – Sept 2015.
  • Member of the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Advisory Group to the Chief Nursing Officer in England.
  • Member of the Independent Advisory Group for the Police Service in Aldershot, Basingstoke and Rushmoor. Sept 2015 – January 2020.
  • A member of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • A member of UK Nursing Oncology Society
  • Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy [Advance HE]
  • A member of the European Public Health Association [EUPHA] and Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health.
  • Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium – CaPTC.
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Gender Network at Oxford Brookes University.
  • BAME staff Network at Oxford Brookes University.
  • Invited Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Cancer Nursing Practice.
  • Invited Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Healthcare.
  • Invited member Task and finish group: Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards.
  • Invited Clinical Advisory Board Member for Prostate Cancer Research.
  • Invited member for the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium.
  • Invited Clinical Advisory Board Member for Prostate Cancer UK.
  • Invited Editorial Board Member of BMC Nursing.

Further details

As a result of funding from the Mary Seacole Award, Obrey developed the following two you tube videos to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Black African and Black Caribbean communities: