Dr Heaslip is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing Science at Bournemouth University. Her general research interests are in the field of vulnerability and vulnerable groups in society whose voices are not traditionally heard in the academic and professional discourse. In particular, she is interested in marginalised communities who experience inequity of opportunity in accessing health care and education. In 2019 she attended the national Woman of the year lunch which honours the most outstanding women from all over the UK in recognition of her work with diverse and unrepresented groups.
In regards to health, she has undertaken numerous research projects with Gypsy Roma Travellers, offenders and people living with mental health issues. With regards to education Dr Heaslip has led numerous research projects regarding diverse groups; co-leading the BU Fair Access Research project, research with care leavers, fair access students and white working class boys.
Externally, Dr Heaslip has worked on National groups such as; Student Nursing Times Awards, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions National Expert Think Tank, Mary Seacole Awards as well as Department of Health and regional groups on Values Based Recruitment.