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Yr Athro Heather Waterman BSc (Hons), PhD

Yr Athro Heather Waterman

BSc (Hons), PhD

Athro Nyrsio & Offthalmoleg

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Gofal Iechyd

Email
watermanh1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87212
Campuses
Ystafel 711, 7fed llawr, Tŷ Eastgate, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd CF24 0AB

Trosolwg

In addition to responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the School, I continue to conduct research and supervise students.

The majority of my academic research is focused on the field of ophthalmology.  I have been closely involved with the development of a programme of research into the effects of patient education on adherence to glaucoma eye drops.

Besides my clinical research interests I also have an international methodological reputation in action research.  Action research is a qualitative methodology where stakeholders critically reflect, research and take action aimed at improving patient care or clinical services (Koshy et al 2011).

I also sit on the International Editorial Boards for the International Journal of Opthalmic Practice and Educational Action Research.

Bywgraffiad

I qualified as a nurse from Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1983, and received my degree in Nursing from Kings College, London in 1989.

I then joined the University of Manchester where I gained my PhD in 1994, and where I have been Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology for the past 13 years.

Prior to that I was a Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Nursing and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Opthalmology, School of Medicine.

During my time at the University of Manchester I was Director of Graduate Education and more recently Director of Postgraduate Research.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS)
  • European Society for Patient Adherence, Compliance and Persistence (ESPACOMP)
  • Leuven-Basel Adherence Research Group
  • Fellow, European Academy of Nursing Science
  • RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
  • RCN Nurse Practitioner Forum
  • RCN Research Society
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2002-2015 Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (University of Manchester)
  • 1995-2004 Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology, Medical School (University of Manchester)
  • 1998-2002 Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (University of Manchester)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Action research across disciplinary settings, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Braga, Portugal, 6-8 November 2015
  • Group based education for patients with glaucoma can help to deliver the NICE guidance on delivering information to patients with glaucoma, Nordic Ophthalmological Congress, Nurses Conference, Malmö, Sweden, 22 May 2015
  • Group based patient education and the NICE guidance for giving information to patients with glaucoma Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Liverpool, 20  May 2015
  • Adherence to glaucoma eye drops Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Bicentenary, 25 June 2014
  • A home safety and exercise programme to prevent falls in older people with visual impairment: a feasibility study Royal National Institute for the Blind, NB magazine, 26 March 2014
  • The role of education in adherence to glaucoma eye drops, United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society, Nottingham, 6 December 2013.

    Adapting a home safety programme and an exercise programme to prevent falls in a feasibility study Royal National Institute for the Blind, London, 21 October 2013
  • Adherence to glaucoma eye drops: how ECLO’s can support patients Royal National Institute for the Blind, London, 10 July 2013

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My research interests are focused primarily on the promotion of self-care of patients with long term conditions, especially those concerning loss of sight.

Specialising in the field of ophthalmology, specifically glaucoma, my most recent programme of research has concentrated on the effects of patient education on adherence to glaucoma eye drops.

Recent grants include an IGA / RCN funded study into the perspectiveso of patients and carers  on having a diagnosis of dementia and glaucoma. We will use qualitative research to understand how people who have dementia cope with glaucoma - including visits to glaucoma clinics - and how they manage their eye drop regimes, with the ultimate aim of improving the services we provide to them.

Besides my clinical research interests I also have an international methodological reputation in action research, a qualitative methodology where stakeholders critically reflect, research and take action aimed at improving patient care or clinical services (Koshy et al 2011).

Grant Funding

FunderTitleGrantStart / End Dates
IGA/ RCNPatients’ and carers’ perspectives of managing glaucoma when living with dementia: a grounded theory study£24,9722016-2017
International Glaucoma AssociationVirtual clinics for glaucoma care in the UK: national survey and patients’ and clinicians’ experiences and perceptions: a qualitative evaluation£48,9952015-2017
NIHR PHRAdapting a falls prevention exercise programme with and for older people with visual impairment: a  feasibility study£457, 9272014-2016
College of OptometryEnhanced Scheme within Primary Care Ophthalmic Services Evaluation Project£294,2872012-2015
NIHR RfPBThe effectiveness of portable electronic vision enhancement systems (EVES) in comparison to optical magnifiers for  near vision activities in visual impairment – the p-EVES Study£250,0002012-2014
IGA-RCN & PfizerTraining nurses to deliver group based education to patients with glaucoma£15, 000 + £19,1832012-2013
NIHR RfPBPromoting adherence to interventions to prevent falls in people with visual impairment ≥75 years old£238,3222011-2013
CMFT RfPB FundWhat are patient’s post-operative experiences and quality of life issues following orbital exenteration surgery?£20,0002009-2010
Burdett Trust for NursingGroup based education for patients on treatment for glaucoma£100,6012009-2011
NIHR RfPB A randomised controlled trial of the ‘Hyperemesis Impact of Symptoms Score’ for individualised assessment and management of symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum£267,5062008-2011
NIHRGreater Manchester CLARHC Implementation ProgrammeApprox £10 million2008-2013
Burdett TrustHyperemesis gravidarum: action research project£34,0002006-2007

Current Supervision of Research Students

  • 2014 Jennifer Voorhees, FT, PhD, Optimising Population Access to General Practice through Community-Based Participatory Research
  • 2014 Jennifer Solomon, FT, PhD, Utilizing action research to develop a sustainable and effective continuous profession development program for Grenadian nurses
  • 2014 John Okomoh, PT, PhD Optimising the delivery of care to patients living with dementia in Nigeria
  • 2013 Jason Hickey, PT, PhD, What are the perspectives of those who suffer from mental illness in Qatar?
  • 2013 Jittanun Srisuwan, FT, PhD, The relationship among stigma, discrimination and bonding in HIV-infected mothers and their infants in Thailand: a mixed method study
  • 2009 Christa Muller-Froelich, FT, PhD: Transforming the Culture and Practices of Nurses and Physicians during Educational Change : an action research project