Professor Daniel Kelly

Professor Daniel Kelly

Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research & Director of Research and Innovation

School of Healthcare Sciences

+ 44 (0)29 2091 7753
13.12, 13th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Academic Interests

My academic background is in the social sciences, nursing and health care. My research interests have focused on the impact and experience of illness - primarily reflecting my clinical and managerial experience in cancer and palliative care - as well as the potential of nursing and associated NHS workforce issues.

I hold the Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research. I am involved in several national and international research projects. I am experienced as a PhD Supervisor and Examiner, including international examining.

I am currently Lead for the Workforce, Innovation and Improvement Research theme in the school. This is an active theme with several strands of funded research activity.

I also review for several high impact journals and review for a range of funding bodies on a regular basis.

For the next two years I will be President of the European Oncology Nursing Society.

Career Profile

Graduate of the integrated Social Science and Nursing degree programme at Edinburgh University. On qualifying I gained clinical experience in intensive care, hospice and acute oncology settings; including specialist oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London in the 1980’s.

I then spent five years in two Charge Nurse roles. The first, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, was in the Sexual Health service at the height of the HIV crisis in the late 1980s. I then returned to Oncology at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh to manage a chemotherapy unit that specialised in high dose/trial treatments, including the treatment of young adults. I completed the MSc (Advanced Practice, Cancer Nursing) at the University of Surrey during this time.

I then moved into education as a Lecturer in Cancer Nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital/ Institute of Cancer Research and contributed to the development of innovative cancer and palliative care degree programmes for several years.

In 1998 I was appointed Senior Nurse (Research & Development) at University College Hospitals and completed a part-time PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2002. This was an ethnographic study of a group of men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

For three years I was Senior Research Fellow working between UCL Hospitals and City University, London. I was then appointed Reader in Cancer Nursing at Middlesex University in 2005 with subsequent promotion to Professor of Nursing and Cancer Care.

I joined Cardiff University in 2011 as The Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research.

In 2016, I was awarded the Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Awards and Appointments

2016 Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing

2015 Chair of Nursing Track Scientific Committee, ECCO15, Vienna.

2013 Winston Churchill Fellowship. This was based at Sydney University and focused on building networks and research on the end of life care needs in adolescents and young adults.

Since 2011 Visiting Professor in Nursing Studies, School of Health and Social Science, University of Edinburgh.

2011 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

2008 Jeremy Gambrill Award, Prostate Cancer Charity,

for 'COUPLES: Facing Prostate Cancer Together.’

2007 Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science.

1998 Awarded King’s Fund Doctoral Studentship.

1995 Clinical Nursing Research Scholarship to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and Sunnybrook Cancer Centre, Toronto.

1985 RCN Cancer Nursing Society Award.

1982 Edwina Mountbatten Scholarship, Edinburgh University allowed 2 months experience of nursing and community health projects in India.

Other External Activities

President of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS).

Represent EONS at ECCO, the European Cancer Organisation.

Member of RCN Research Society Steering Committee.

Associate Editor of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2008-2015.

Since 2015 member of the Editorial Board of Nurse Education Today.

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

Member of the Advisory Board for RCNI.

Member of the British Sociological Association; Royal College of Nursing;

Research Interests

My research interests have developed primarily out of my background in social sciences and an enduring interest in the needs and experiences of under-researched groups, such as men with prostate cancer or children and young people with cancer. I am also interested in a range of professional topics such as the scope and potential of the nursing role; questioning the everyday or mundane aspects of healthcare practice and the relationships between the social, physical and emotional dimensions of illness experience & care work.

In Cardiff members of the Workforce and Innovation Research theme has worked closely with Welsh Government and has established a Workforce Academy model to bring different disciplines together to explore demands, and possible ways forward, for the NHS workforce in Wales.

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines in the UK and overseas and have worked with a variety of research funders. My main interests reflect my roots in the social sciences including naturalistic/qualitative/ethnographic approaches.

Current/Recent Research

“Co-constructing NHS innovation: case studies with managers in 3 settings.’ With Dr A Jones, Dr A McDermott (2015-16) Funder: Welsh Government.

'Dying at the wrong age' provision of emotional care of teenagers and young adults with cancer transitioning to end of life care. Australian-UK collaboration. (UK arm supported by the Teenage cancer Trust).

Researching nurse staffing levels in Wales” (2014-15) With Dr A Jones, Dr T Powell, Dr M Lynch, Dr S Vougioukalou). Funder: Welsh Government.

‘Resilience in frontline nurses in Wales.’ (PhD studentship 2014-17) Funder: Royal College of Nursing PhD Studentship. Student: Judith Benbow.

‘Resilient Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Experiences of Executive Directors of Nursing in the wake of the Francis Report'. (2013-2015). With Professor A Lankshear & Dr A Jones. Funder: GNC Trust for England & Wales.

‘Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Carribean men in South Wales: implications for health policy and supportive care.’ Funder: RCBC (PhD Studentship 2012-15) Co-supervisor Prof J Hopkinson, Student: S Fry.

'Transition from active treatment to palliative care - drawing on the experiences of parents and professionals in a paediatric oncology unt'. Funder: Lothian Health Board, Royal Sick Children's Hospital and Nursing Studies, Edinburgh University (with Professor P Smith and R Mc Andrew).

'Contributing to the evidence base in workforce research'. (2012-15) With Dr A Jones, Dr D Watkins D A McDermott, Prof B Hunter) Funder: Welsh Government.

The potential of Advanced Practice in Wales’ (2013-14) With Dr T Powell, Dr A Jones, Prof D Watkins. Funder: Welsh Government.

'Whistle blowing in relation to older person's care in Wales: A stakeholder analysis'. The Older Person's Commissioner, Wales. (With Dr A Jones).

'Talking with children with cancer about their disease and treatment: an ethnographic study'. (2012-15). With Prof F Gibson, S Kumpunen, M Hortsman, Prof M Blubond-Langer.Funder: The Olivia Hodson Cancer Fund.

'Psychosexual support following prostate cancer surgery: feasibility and outcomes of a couple-based intervention' (2012-15) With Prof L Forbat. Funder: Prostate Cancer Scotland.