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Dr Clare Bennett

Dr Clare Bennett

Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
bennettcl3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 225 10818
Campuses
3.26, 3rd floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff. CF14 4XN
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Healthcare Sciences and co-Director of the Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care, a JBI Centre of Excellence https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/wales-centre-for-evidence-based-care.

I teach, assess and supervise students across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am a PhD/Professional Doctorate supervisor and examiner in the UK and Australia. I lead level 7 modules in: Research Methods, Patient Safety, and Public Health, Health Economics and Health Policy. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Visiting Lecturer at Freiburg University, Germany, and The Health Care and Services Research Unit (Investén-isciii), Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain. 

My research expertise is in sexual health promotion, particularly Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), digital technologies for adolescent sexual health and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine uptake. I mostly utilise qualitative methods and systematic review methodology. I am a Doctor of Nursing (Cardiff University).

Clinically, I was a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Nurse Practitioner for the West Midlands Regional Centre for Immunology and a Research Nurse for Birmingham University, having worked previously as a staff nurse in HIV, Infectious Diseases and Sexual Health in London, Birmingham and Romania.

Biography

My career in nursing began in the early 1990s. After having worked in a variety of surgical and medical settings I developed an interest in HIV, first working with children and babies who were HIV positive in Romania and later with adults, at the West Midlands Regional Centre for HIV.  I then went on to work in sexual health before becoming a Research Nurse at Birmingham University and a Clinical Nurse Specialist / Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Immunology. In 1999 I moved to London where I continued to practice clinically and commenced my career as a Lecturer.  My first post was with Middlesex University, followed by the Royal College of Nursing Institute, the Open University and the University of Worcester. I joined the School of Healthcare Sciences in 2018.

Honours and awards

Burdett Trust for Nursing Award for the DASH Study: Digital interventions for Adolescent Sexual Health (2022)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2018

Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship 2017

Professional memberships

RN 1 and Teacher Status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Academic positions

01/17 -

Present

Freiburg University

Visiting Lecturer

09/16 -

03/18

Cardiff University

Honorary Tutor

09/14 -

03/18

University of Worcester

Senior Lecturer / Research Fellow

08/08 -

09/14

University of Worcester

Senior Lecturer

05/07 -

08/08

University of Worcester

Visiting Lecturer

06/03 -

08/08

Royal College of Nursing

Senior Lecturer

11/03 -

02/12

Open University

Associate Lecturer

05/99 -

11/02

Middlesex University

Senior Lecturer

Speaking engagements

  • Bennett, C. (2022) Sexual Health and Girls’ Education. Oral presentation for the Commonwealth Fellowship Programme (Phoenix Project), Cardiff University, 13th April 2022.
  • Kelly, D. and Bennett, C. (2022) Reducing HPV associated cancers, reasons for vaccine hesitancy and strategies to increase uptake - updates from a European project. Oral presentation for Healthcare Sciences Cancer Research Group, Cardiff University, 19th March 2022.
  • Bennett, C. (2020) ‘Normalisation Vs Dramatisation: Dutch and English Parents’ Experiences of Discussing Sexuality with their Children’. Invited speaker: Bath Spa University’s Global Citizenship Programme, 10th November 2020.
  • Bennett, C. (2019) ‘Normalisation Vs Dramatisation: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Dutch and English Parents’ Experiences of Discussing Sexuality with their Children’. An Oral Presentation for Rotterdam ERASMUS University, University Medical Centre, May 2019.
  • Bennett, C. (2019) ‘A Derridean deconstruction of an on-line discussion thread of mothers’ perceptions of their daughters’ menarche’. An Oral Presentation for Rotterdam ERASMUS University, University Medical Centre, May 2019.
  • Bennett, C. (2019) ‘Perceptions of HPV risk and vaccination opportunity in a group of young people: A mixed methods study research proposal’. An Oral Presentation for Rotterdam ERASMUS University, University Medical Centre, May 2019.
  • Bennett, C. (2019) ‘Learning from the classroom: Applying lessons in promoting a positive learning experience for international students to the international workplace’.  An Oral Presentation for Rotterdam ERASMUS University, University Medical Centre, May 2019.
  • Bennett, C. (2018) Fathers as Sexuality Educators: Cultural Comparisons with the Netherlands. Key Note Presentation for Sex Education Forum Members’ Event: Parents and RSE.  4th July 2018, London.
  • Bennett, C., Harden, J., Anstey, S. (2016) Dads, kids and sexuality communication: an unlikely alliance with populations, health and growth?  Oral presentation.  Research Paper.  RCN International Centenary Conference, London, 22nd December 2016

    Committees and reviewing

    Editorial Board: Journal of Advanced Nursing

    Journal reviewer: Culture Health and Sexuality, Sex Education, BMJOpen, Journal of Research in Nursing and Nurse Researcher.

    Adviser and reviewer: Nursing Standard, Taylor and Francis.

    Conference abstract reviewer: JBI European Symposium.

    Publications

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    Teaching

    I teach and assess on undergraduate, MSc and doctoral modules and lead three post-graduate, level 7 modules: Research Methods, Patient Safety, and Public Health, Health Economics and Health Policy. I have also published in these fields.

    I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. I supervise students undertaking masters dissertations and doctoral candidates. I am experienced in curriculum design and programme leadership. I am a Visiting Lecturer at Freiburg University, Germany, and The Health Care and Services Research Unit (Investén-isciii), Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain. I am also an External PhD Examiner in the UK and Australia.

    My research interests include:

    • Adult-child sexuality communication
    • Relationships and sexuality education
    • Digital technologies in adolescent sexual health
    • HPV vaccine uptake
    • Young people's experiences of healthcare
    • Qualitative research methods
    • Systematic review

    My doctoral thesis (D.Nurs awarded 2016, Cardiff University) centred on adult-child sexuality communication within families in England. In 2018 I was awarded a grant by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which enabled the continuation of this research in The Netherlands. I have subsequently published two books as an outcome of this research.

    I have been Principal Investigator for a number of Health Education England and Royal College of Nursing commissioned studies. I am currently Principal Investigator on the Digital interventions for Adolescent Sexual Health (DASH) study which is funded by The Burdett Trust for Nursing. I am co-Chief Investigator on a NIHR Stage 2 application and Principal Investigator on an application to a commercial partner. I am also co-Director of the Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care, a JBI Centre of Excellence https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/wales-centre-for-evidence-based-care

    Grants

    Dates

    Role and Study

    Institutions involved

    Funding

    01/22 – 01/23

    Principal Investigator:

    Burdett Trust for Nursing:The DASH Study: Digital interventions for Adolescent Sexual Health

    The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service, ChatHealth, British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, Public Health Wales, Cardiff University (DECIPHer, ALPHA, School of Healthcare Sciences)

    £50,000

    07/17 – 08/17

    Principal Investigator:

    Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship: Parent-child sexuality communication in the Netherlands

    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Christelijke Hogeschool Ede.

    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust £4880

    05/16 – 10/16

    Principal Investigator:

    Urgent Out of Hospital Care Programme Evaluation

    Health Education England, Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG, Wyre Forest CCG, South Worcs CCG, Hereford CCG, South Warwickshire CCG, Coventry & Rugby CCG and Warwickshire North CCG.

    Health Education England

    £19,612

    03/15 - 02/16

    Principal Investigator:

    The Pharmacist Independent Prescriber (PIP) Programmes Phase Two: A Realist Evaluation.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands

    £51,000

    03/15 - 02/16

    Principal Investigator:

    Skills Enhancement in Rural Communities (SERC): A Longitudinal Study of Impact. Runner up for the Nursing Times 2017 ‘Nursing in the Community’ Award.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands

    £35,000

    06/14 - 02/16

    Principal Investigator:

    The Pharmacist Independent Prescriber (PIP) Programmes Phase One: A Realist Evaluation.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands £45,320

    09/15 – 02/16

    Principal Investigator:

    A Realist Evaluation of the RCN’s Cultural Ambassadors Programme

    UoW and RCN West Midlands

    RCN West Midlands £6,550

    06/14 - 02/16

    Principal Investigator:

    Skills Enhancement in Rural Communities (SERC): A Study of Impact.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands £22,500

    06/14 – 01/15

    Principal Investigator:

    Measuring the Impact of the HEWM / RCN Leadership Development Programme: A Realist Evaluation.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands £15,684

    01/14 – 01/15

    Principal Investigator:

    Recruitment and Selection to the Aspiring Directors Programme HEWM: A Research Study into Best Practice.

    Health Education West Midlands and University of Worcester

    Health Education West Midlands £10,126

    Supervision

    I am interested in supervising PhD and Prof Doc students in the areas of:

    • Sexual health
    • Public Health
    • Family Studies
    • Leadership and quality improvement

    Current PhD/Professional Doctorate students

    Lead supervisor: Fatemah Altheyab Parenting a nonverbal child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Kuwait: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of mothers’ experiences

    Co-supervisor: Iain Harbison A Foucauldian discourse analysis into the strategies employed by members of the MDT in meeting the 4 and 12 hour NHS emergency department waiting time target.

    Co-supervisor: Mohammed Bindayel Healthcare leaders' perceptions and attitudes of innovation and how this impacts employees' innovative behaviours in relation to nurse recruitment in Saudi Arabia.

    Past projects

    Lead supervisor: Owena Simpson The lived experience of mature female students on a bachelor of nursing (adult) programme: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (awarded 2022)

    Lead supervisor: Caroline Bovey Professional identity: Exploring the experience of dietetic practice. what does professionalisation and professionalism mean in the working life of dietitians?

    Co-Supervisor: Tina Dennis An interpretative phenomenological analysis of midwives’ experiences of promoting normal birth in an alongside midwife unit in the United Kingdom (awarded 2019)

    Co-Supervisor: Kate Godfrey Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit: influences on constructions past and present – a genealogical analysis (awarded 2021)