Professor Daniel Kelly
Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research
- 13.04, Eastgate House, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
- Available for postgraduate supervision
My academic background is in the social sciences, nursing and health care.
See recent book: Understanding Sociology in Nursing
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 future potential of nursing and associated NHS workforce issues.
I am the fifth holder of the Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research at Cardiff University (Chair established in 1988).
I am currently involved in several national and international research projects, and am experienced as a PhD Supervisor and Examiner, including international examining.
I am currently Lead for the Workforce, Innovation and Improvement Research theme which is an active and succesful 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.
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 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.
Awards and Appointments
2018 Co-Chair of Scientific Committee for EONS11, Munich
2018 Chair of RCN Research Society International Conference
2018-21 Member of the RCN International Committee
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.
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.
Member of RCN Research Society Steering Committee.
Member of the Scientific Committee for AYA Cancer Congress, Sydney, 2018
Nuring & Midwifery Council:
- Registered Nurse (Adult)
- Specialist Practitioner (Community Nursing)
- Registered Teacher / Practice Educator
Royal College of Nursing
British Sociological Association
- 2011 - Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research, Cardiff University
- 2005-2011 Professor of Nursing & Cancer Care, Middlesex University
- 2003-2005 Senior Research Fellow, City, London University
- 1998-2003 UCL Hospitals, Senior Nurse Research & Development
- 1991-97 Lecturer in Cancer Nursing, Insititue of Cancer Research & the Royal Mardsen Hospital
Invited speaker, ‘The future role of Oncology Care in Europe’, Heidelberger Pflegekongress Onkologie, Heidelberg University, Germany, June 2017.
UK Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, 'Cancer nursing, professional challenges and European perspectives,' Harrogate, 2017.
Queens University Belfast ‘From description to theory in qualitative health research’, School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, June 2017.
5-day course on ‘Cancer as a chronic condition’, Bethlehem University, Palestine, January 2017 (With Matthew Fowler)
Invited speaker at Italian Oncology Congress on ‘Euthanasia and advanced directives in the UK.’ Rome, October 2016.
Annual European School of Oncology Masterclass faculty member since 2013 teaching on a range of subjects including cancer workforce challenges in Europe, research and adolescent cancer care. Switzerland & Germany.
Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Invited plenary paper, Nursing Workforce issues in haematology: some ideals and realities.' Adelaide, October 2015.
Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Invited Plenary paper, ‘Palliative care in haematology: still problematic?. Invited plenary at: Haematology Association of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia, November 2015.
RCGP & Public Health Wales, ‘End of life provision in prisons: a clash of cultures’. Invited speaker, Cardiff, September 2015.
Committees and reviewing
- 2016- Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Nursing.
- 2015- Editorial Board, Nurse Education Today.
- 2015- Editorial Advisory Board, RCNI.
- 2008-15, Associate Editor, European Journal of Oncology Nursing,
- 2007- Editorial Advisory Board, Nursing Standard,
- 1999-15 Editorial Board, European Journal of Oncology Nursing.
- 1998- Editorial Board, International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Mainly Doctoral Supervision,
Leadership and research topics in M Level and DProf programmes
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 nursing; 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 have worked closely with Welsh Government and established a Workforce Academy model to bring different disciplines together to explore demands, and possible ways forward, for issues facing 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.
‘Evaluation of the NHS whistleblowing guardian role’. Co-app with Dr Aled Jones (PI) & Professors Jill Maben (KCL) & Russell Manion (Warwick). NIHR. Commences April 2018.
‘Understanding continence management practices in acute settings for people with dementia: raising awareness and improving patient safety.’ Co-app with Featherstone K (PI), Jones A et al, NIHR, (Commenced November 2017).
‘An oral history of graduates from the earliest nursing degree programmes at Edinburgh University, 1960-70.’ (PI) Monica Baly History of Nursing Bursary (2016-18).
‘Developing resources to support a ‘Speak up’ campaign in the NHS context.’ (Co-app with Dr A Jones, ESRC, 2016-18)
‘Recognising the value of Cancer Nursing across Europe’ (ReCAN Project Phases 1 & 2). (PI, ECCO/EONS: 2016-18).
‘Providing support to people facing cancer who live alone.’ Tenovus. (Co-app, 2016-18).
'Resilience in nursing in Wales: current challenges and opportunities.’ Royal College of Nursing in Wales PhD studentship, 2014-18 (PI) With Dr A Jones.
‘Resilient Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Experiences of Executive Directors of Nursing in the wake of the Francis Report'. (PI) GNC Trust: 2013-15.
'Whistle blowing in relation to older person's care in Wales: A stakeholder analysis'. The Older Person's Commissioner, Wales. (PI with Dr A Jones: 2012-14).
'Talking with children with cancer about their disease and treatment: an ethnographic study'. (2012-15). (Co-app with Prof F Gibson, S Kumpunen, M Hortsman, Prof M Blubond-Langer). The Olivia Hodson Cancer Fund. 2011-14).
‘Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Carribean men in South Wales: implications for health policy and supportive care.’ Funder: RCBC PhD Studentship (2012-17) Co-supervisor Prof J Hopkinson.
'Transition from active treatment to palliative care - drawing on the experiences of parents and professionals in a paediatric oncology unt'. (Lothian Health Board, Royal Sick Children's Hospital and Nursing Studies, Edinburgh University, Co-PI with Professor P Smith and R Mc Andrew 2013-15).
'Contributing to the evidence base in workforce research'. (2012-16) Welsh Government, (PI) With Dr A Jones, Prof D Watkins Dr A McDermott, Prof B Hunter.
I am interested in supervising topics of relevance including workforce, health systems and innovation. Clinical interests and expertise lie in cancer, young oncology and end of life care.
Current PhD students:
‘Leadership for Nursing in Saudi Arabia.’
‘Resilience in Registered Nurses working in Wales.’
'The role of the father in care of children with congenital heart defect.’
‘The diagnostic radiography role in Ghana: developing its potential.’
‘Leadership and medical laboratory service provision in Saudi Arabia’.
Previous PhD supervision (main or co-supervisor):
‘The concept of Quality in Life in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.’ (2006, UCL).
‘The experience of cancer in Bangladeshi children in East London.’ (2007, QMUL).
'Factors affecting the achievement of cancer waiting times targets in NHS Trusts: an exploratory study’. (2008, Middlesex).
'Quality of life in colorectal cancer patients in Greece'. (2008, Middlesex).
‘The supportive care needs of patients diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma’. (2008, City).
‘Patient refusal of dialysis in end stage renal disease’. (2009, City).
'Sexual health needs of hard to reach young people'. (2010, Middlesex).
‘The nurse-patient relationship in patients diagnosed with personality disorders in secure mental health settings.’ (2010, Middlesex).
'The fluctuation of agency in adolescents and young adults with cancer.’ (2016, Cardiff).
‘The sibling’s role in Cystic Fibrosis: a dramaturgical study.’ (2016, Cardiff).
‘Risk perceptions of prostate cancer in men from BME groups and socially deprived areas of South Wales.’ (2017, Cardiff).
‘A narrative study exploring representations of identity for young adults with cancer: from diagnosis through treatment.’ (2017, UCL).