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Prof Jane Hopkinson 

Professor Jane Hopkinson
Position:Professor of Nursing

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2091 7813
Location:Room 409, 4th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

I am a Registered General Nurse (The Middlesex Hospital, London) and hold an Honours degree in social science (Open University), Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in Nursing Studies (University of Manchester). I have a long standing interest in practice development and research into supportive, palliative and end of life care.

Academic Interests

My research interests and expertise include Phase I-II trials of psychosocial interventions and the design and delivery of supportive and palliative care research.

In the past decade, I have led a programme of work about the improvement of supportive care of cancer patients with involuntary weight loss and poor appetite, symptoms of cancer cachexia syndrome. The work is recognised both nationally and internationally for delivering new understandings of cancer cachexia and innovations in supportive care for patients and families affected by the syndrome. For example, I have developed and tested the first psychosocial intervention for patients affected by cancer cachexia syndrome; the Macmillan Approach to Weight and Eating (MAWE), available at

I am committed to improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service by using research as a change management tool. I see research as a key facilitator to raise clinical performance. To this end, in my career as an academic researcher (12 years), I have authored over 60 peer reviewed publications and co-edited the Oxford University Press textbook, Nutrition and the Cancer Patient (2010). I now frequently speak at national and international scientific meetings. In December 2013 I delivered an invited presentation during the opening plenary of the 7th Cachexia Conference, Kobe, Japan.

My research leadership role has also led me to serve on committees at local, national and international levels. For example, I was a member of Help the Hospices Food and Nutrition Group 2008-2011, the National Cancer Research Institute, Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group from 2009-2012 and a member of the Palliative Care Congress 2014 Organising Committee and Scientific Committee. I am currently an Independent Member for the Velindre NHS Trust Board (Cardiff University representative), member of the European School of Oncology (ESO) Early Recognition of Malnutrition and Cachexia Taskforce and member of the Scientific Board, Cachexia Hub, Helsinn Healthcare.
I lead the Emotional, supportive and palliative care research group within Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences. Members of the group offer doctoral supervision to nurses, allied health professionals and social scientists with an interest in research topics relating to the improvement of health outcomes and support for people affected by chronic and life-limiting conditions in Wales and beyond.