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Professor Heather Waterman BSc (Hons), PhD

Professor Heather Waterman

BSc (Hons), PhD

Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
watermanh1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 88560
Location:
12.15, 12th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Heather Waterman is Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology in the School of Healthcare Sciences.   The majority of her academic research is focused on the field of ophthalmology.  She has led the development of a research programme on the promotion of self-care of patients with long term conditions, especially, those concerning loss of sight.

Besides her clinical research interests, she also has 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.

Heather was appointed as Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology at the University of Manchester in 2002. In 2015, she took up position of Head of School and Dean, at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University.  In 2018, she stepped down as Dean and is now employed as Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University.

On qualifying as a nurse in 1983, she worked as staff nurse then ward sister at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. She left to gain a BSc in Nursing from Kings College, London in 1989. Following which, she was awarded a Department of Health PhD studentship at the University of Manchester and gained her PhD in 1994.  Thereafter, she carried out post-doctoral research at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester (1993-2015) and as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of Manchester (1995-2004).

Since 1994, she has supervised 21 postgraduate students to MPhil/PhD completion, of those, 8 employed an action research methodology.  She has been lead or collaborator on externally funded grants from government bodies (eg. NIHR) and medical charities (eg. IGA). She has been a member of several professional committees including Fight for Sight Workshop on the Theory of Change (2018+) and the Royal College of Ophthalmology Commissioning Guide for Glaucoma Group (2015-2016).   She is a member of the Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group on Vision (2018+).

Professional memberships

United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS)

European Society for Patient Adherence, Compliance and Persistence (ESPACOMP)

Fellow, European Academy of Nursing Science

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse Practitioner Forum

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Research Society

Academic positions

    2015 – 2018 Head of School and Dean, School of Healthcare Sciences (university of Cardiff)

    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)

Speaking engagements

    Prevention of falls in older people with visual impairment    European Falls Festival, University of Manchester, July, 2018.

    Glaucoma, dementia and ‘the precipice of care’: transitions between states of medication adherence. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 29th-3rd May.

    A silver jubilee: How the passage of twenty five years has led to a personal re-evaluation of participation in healthcare action research.  Collaborative Action Research Conference, Braga, Portugal, November 2015.

    Patient education and experiences of glaucoma.  United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society Conference, Leicester, 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, May, 2015.

    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

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Her research interests are focused primarily on the promotion of self-care of patients with long term conditions, especially those concerning loss of sight. Self-care includes how patients understand their condition and treatment, and how they translate this into healthy behaviour.  This programme of research includes the study of interventions to promote self-care.  Self-care is important because it can directly impact upon patient outcomes. Specialising in the field of ophthalmology, our recent research has concentrated on patient adherence to glaucoma eye drops and new models of service delivery in glaucoma and AMD.

Recent grants includes the feasibility and acceptability of a new clinical pathway for the Identification of non-responders to glaucoma eye drops (the TRIAGE study) funded by RfPPB Health and Care Research Wales.   This study for which she is chief investigator, proposes a new way of working at the point of first prescription for glaucoma eye drops that will enable clinicians to identify whether there is a non-response to eye drops and to plan subsequent care accordingly.

A new grant (the FENETRE study) funded by NIHR HTA investigates the follow up of patients with macular degeneration by non-medical practitioners in the community funded by NIHR HTA.   As a co-applicant on this study she has responsibility for the process evaluation which examines patient and staff experiences of this new model of care.

Completed grants include an IGA / NHS Fife funded study into the perspectives of patients and carers on having a diagnosis of dementia and glaucoma. Qualitative research was employed to understand how people who have dementia manage their eye drop regimes, with the ultimate aim of improving the services we provide to them.

Besides clinical research interests, she has 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.    She led the HTA systematic review on action research: Waterman H, Tillen D, Dickson R, Koning de K. (2001) Action research: a systematic review and assessment for guidance. Health Technology Assessment 5 (23) which has had global impact.