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Yr Athro Daniel Kelly OBE

Yr Athro Daniel Kelly


Cadeirydd Ymchwil Nyrsio y Coleg Nyrsio Brenhinol ac Arloesedd

+44 (0)29 206 88565
Ystafell 13.05, 13eg Llawr, Ty Eastgate, 35-43 Ffordd Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 0AB


Academic Interests

My academic interests span the social sciences and health care. My main research interests have focussed on the impact and experience of illness - primarily in the context of cancer and palliative care $acirc;   as well as enhancing the potential of nursing and workforce issues.


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$acirc;  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.






























  • Kelly, D., Scott, K. and Speechley, V. 1996. Assessment, communication and consent. In: Mallett, J. and Bailey, C. eds. The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures.. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Kelly, D. 1996. Male reproductive system cancers.. In: Tschudin, V. ed. Nursing the Paitent with Cancer.. Prentice Hall Nursing Series London: Prentice Hall., pp. 301-317.


My research interests have developed primarily out of an interest in the needs and experiences of certain (often under-researched) patient groups, such as men with prostate cancer or the nature of specialist care for young adults with cancer. I am also interested in a range of related topics such as the scope of nursing, workforce development research and the relationships between the social, physical and emotional dimensions of illness & care. I collaborate with colleagues in other settings and disciplines and have worked with a variety of research funders. I have employed a diverse range of methods but my main interests these days reflect my roots in the social sciences including naturalistic/qualitative/ethnographic approaches.

Current/Recent Research Includes:

Resilient Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Experiences of Executive Directors of Nursing in the wake of the Francis Report'. (December 2013-January 2015). PI, with Dr Aled Jones & Professor Dinah Gould. Funder: GNC Trust.

'Psychosexual support following prostate cancer surgery: feasibility and outcomes of a couple-based intervention' (Oct 2012- Jul 2015). Co-applicant with Dr Liz Forbat et al, Stirling University. Funder: Prostate Cancer UK.

Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Carribean men in South Wales: implications for health policy and supportive care. Part-time PhD Studentship. RCBC, Welsh Government. (Co-supervisor Prof Jane Hopkinson, Student - Sarah Fry.

'Transition from active treatment to palliative care - drawing on the experiences of parents of children with cancer'. Lothian Health Board, Royal Sick Children's Hospital and Nursing Studies, Edinburgh University (with Professor Pam Smith and Rachel McAndrew).

'Contributing to an evidence base in workforce research'. National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare. (PI with Prof Billie Hunter, Prof P Donnelly, Prof Z Radnor, Dr A. Jones, Dr A McDermott, C O'Brien, Dr S Pratt, and Dr D Watkins)

$acirc;  Whistle blowing in relation to older person$acirc;  s care in Wales: A stakeholder analysis.$acirc; The Older Person$acirc;  s Commissioner, Wales. (With Dr Aled Jones).

$acirc; Dying at the wrong age$acirc;  : provision of emotional care of teenagers and young adults dying from cancer.$acirc;   (Australian-UK collaboration during Winston Churchill Fellowship to Sydney University in 2012/13)

$acirc; Talking with children with cancer about their disease and treatment: an ethnographic study$acirc; .

The Olivia Hodson Cancer Fund (with Prof F Gibson, S Kumpunen, M Hortsman, Prof M Blubond-Langer)

$acirc;  Widening participation to Hospice services through community engagement$acirc;  . Peace Hospice, Grove House, St Francis Hospice & Middlesex University:   (with Prof R Papadopoulos)

$acirc;  Facilitating the establishment and evaluation of the Nurse Consultant role in Teenage Cancer$acirc;  , The Teenage Cancer Trust. 2009-2012. (with Prof Faith Gibson)  $acirc;  The Training Needs of European Nurses to care for men with Prostate Cancer: priorities and comparisons with patients' views. European Oncology Nursing Society. 2009-2012 (with Prof Sara Faithfull & colleagues) $acirc;  COUPLES$acirc;   Facing Prostate Cancer Togethe'r, Prostate Cancer Charity 2008-2010


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’.

Past projects

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).