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Prof Lesley Lowes  -  PhD, MSc, DPSN, RGN, RSCN, PGCHPE

Dr Lesley Lowes
Position:Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Research

Telephone:+44 (0)29 - 2091 7714 (EH) 206 87534 (TDS)
Extension:7714 (EH) 87534 (TDS)

Research Interests

  • Qualitative methodology
  • Service User Involvement in Research
  • The experiences of service users
  • Chronic illness in childhood (particularly type 1 diabetes)

Professor Lesley Lowes is the Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice Research in Cardiff. This collaborative post between Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences, the Foundation, and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is designed to support clinical nursing research capability and capacity in Wales. Lesley has held a dual clinical academic nursing role since 1999. From 1995-2013, the clinical aspect of her role, as a senior paediatric diabetes specialist nurse, concerned the care of children with diabetes and their families. In 2010, she was awarded the inaugural All Wales Outstanding Achievement Award for Nursing and Midwifery. Lesley has a wide range of research interests including childhood diabetes, theories of grief, loss, adaptation and change, service users’ involvement in research and children/young people’s and parents’ experiences of health care. She has been key to the development of a sustained and progressive programme of research and is currently Chief Investigator on two competitively funded studies, one a feasibility study and the other, a multicentre randomised controlled trial. She is primarily a qualitative researcher and is a recognised expert in the involvement of service users in the research process. She has an extensive publication portfolio comprising research papers, evidence-based papers and expository articles in academic and professional journals. Her strategic approach to publication ensures that evidence accrued through scholarly activity is also disseminated to nurses in clinical practice. Lesley is an ambassador for the Florence Nightingale Foundation, demonstrating academic leadership in nursing and promoting the translation of research directly into clinical care to enhance the patient experience.

Lesley’s contribution to learning and teaching arises from her roles with the University, the Heath Board and the Foundation, and crosses Schools and academic levels, from pre-registration to doctoral students. Lesley mainly focuses on research topics, such as qualitative methodology, service user involvement in research and research in the ‘real world’, and enjoys undertaking workshops on related topics such as writing for publication. She supervises PhD and MSc students, and provides mentorship to aspiring and early stage researchers and novice writers. Due to her background in diabetes, Lesley is also co-lead on the diabetes module of the BSc in Community Nursing in Oman. She acts as reviewer for various nursing and multidisciplinary journals and funding bodies, and is Chair or has membership of a number of research funding committees.