Judith Benbow

Research student, School of Psychology

Research summary

Currently I am  a Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing), at the School of Healthcare Sciences,  Cardiff University. I am a Registered Nurse; my clinical experience is in adult  and critical care nursing. I  am currently undertaking a PhD examining resilience of frontline nurses in  Wales under the supervision of Professor Daniel Kelly, Dr Aled Jones (Healthcare Sciences) and Professor Andrew Smith (School of  Psychology). The study is funded by The  Royal College of Nursing Wales and The School of Healthcare Sciences Cardiff University.

I  have worked in a variety of nurse educational roles since 1995, enabling students and registered nurses  to be excellent healthcare practitioners. Currently I lead on International  Student Mobility in the School. Nursing is highly rewarding yet demanding. I wish to  contribute in some small way to understand how nurses can be better equipped to  deal with the current and future health care demands. I see my research  contributing to this.

Undergraduate education

Registered Nurse training, 1985.

Bachelor of Education (Special       Nurses and Midwives) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education Registered       Nurse Tutor, from Cardiff University, 1993.

Postgraduate education

MA Education from the Open University,       2005


Welsh National Board Scholarship 1992-1993

External committees

I have been a  member of various local and national professional forums for example the  Undergraduate All Wales Nursing and Midwifery Initiative, 2009- 2013 and  earlier I was Chair/Vice Chair of the British Association of Critical Care  Nurses Wales (1999-2004). As well as other external activities for example  reviewing curricula and externally examining.


My clinical experience is in adult and critical care  nursing. I  have worked in a variety of nurse educational roles since 1995,  for example  a two year secondment as an Education Advisor to the Royal College of Nursing  Wales, MSc (Nursing) Programme Manager as well as Director of Undergraduate  Studies.


I have enjoyed teaching,  personal tutoring and supervising nurses at under graduate and post graduate  levels with a particular interest in dignity, professional development, leadership,  as well as reflection and narrative enquiry.

Research interests

Research topics and related papers

My PhD is a mixed methods  study incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the  theoretical concept of resilience applied to front line nurses in Wales. This study  is informed by recent research, UK and Welsh policy in order to enhance the  health and wellbeing of nurses and the delivery of nursing care in Wales. Of  increasing government and public significance is the supply of nurses’ and  their ability to deliver safe person centred care and positively cope with the  increasing demands of their work, now and in the future.

This unique study will inform practice,  education, policy and research of what works well, what could work better and  the nature of what is needed to develop resilience of frontline nurses in Wales  to benefit the health and wellbeing of nurses and patients.


The  Royal College of Nursing Wales and the School of  Healthcare Sciences Cardiff University.

Research group

The       School of Psychology:- Health & Mental Health, and Wellbeing       Connect
The       School of Healthcare Sciences:- Workforce, Innovation and       Improvement Research theme

Research collaborators

Professor Andrew Smith:- School of Psychology
Daniel Kelly and Dr Aled Jones – School of Healthcare Sciences