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Prof Daniel Kelly  -  PhD (Goldsmiths, London), MSc (Surrey), BSc (Edinburgh), RN, NDN Cert, PGCE, FRSA.

Career Profile

Graduate of the integrated Social Science and Nursing degree programme at Edinburgh University. Clinical and managerial experience in intensive care, hospice and acute oncology settings, including specialist oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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

I then moved into education as a Lecturer in Cancer Nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital and contributed to the development of innovative cancer and palliative care degree programmes for several years before being appointed Senior Nurse (Research & Development) at University College Hospitals in 1998. I completed a part-time PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London University on the embodied impact of prostate cancer in 2002.

This transitioned to a joint Senior Research Fellow post between UCL Hospitals and City University, London. I was then appointed Reader in 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

2011 Member of Senate, Cardiff University

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

2011-13 Winston Churchill Fellowship. This will enable a study of end of life care in adolescents and young adults, at the University of Sydney, Australia and other Australian centres.

2011 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

2007 Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science. 

1998 King’s Fund Doctoral Studentship.

1995 Clinical 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 Mountbatten Scholarship, Edinburgh University allowed 2 months experience of nursing and community health projects in India.

Other External Activities

President Elect and Co-Chair of Research Working Group of EONS (European Oncology Nursing Society).

Royal College of Nursing and member of RCN Research Society Steering Committee, British Sociological Association.