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Dr Tessa Watts

Dr Tessa Watts

Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
wattst1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 225 10693
Location:
13.14, 13th floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision

Tessa Watts is a researcher, qualified teacher and registered nurse (adult field) with a clinical background in palliative and end of life care in advanced cancer. A London University graduate, Tessa subsequently completed the MSc in Nursing at University of Wales College of Medicine. Tessa was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at Swansea University between 1996 and 2018. Tessa’s PhD was completed at Swansea University and focused on end of life care.

I have an academic grounding in the social and political sciences and nursing and am an active qualitative researcher, publishing, making conference presentations with a focus on palliative care, chronic illness/conditions, most particularly advanced cancer and examining at doctoral level. I am particularly interested in care and support for people living with advanced cancer and those approaching the very end of life. I have an active and productive research collaboration with University of Notre Dame in Perth Western Australia which focuses on the development and testing of falls prevention interventions in care home settings and am now developing a programme of work around people’s experiences of cancer immunotherapy. I review grant applications for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Scheme and Tenovus. In 2018 I was invited to join the Scientific Review Panel for the International Nursing Education Conference (NET/NEP). I regularly review for several journals as detailed on my publons account.

In 1996 I was appointed Lecturer in Nursing Theory at Swansea where I initiated, developed and led the first BSc in Palliative Nursing (with spq) in Wales and Swansea’s first BSc Cancer Nursing programme. In 2003 I was promoted to Associate Professor and Programme Director for the BN Programme. In this role I led the implementation of the Fitness for Practice Nursing Curriculum. In 2009 I moved into postgraduate studies and took on the role of Director for the multi-professional MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management whilst simultaneously taking on a strategic College role for recruitment, admissions and inclusion. I was the College Associate Dean (undergraduate studies) at Swansea from 2014 and following a restructuring of the Academic infrastructure I was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair of the University’s Programme Approval Committee.

I was an Editorial Board member for Nurse Education in Practice between 2014 and 2019. 

Honours and awards

Associate Editor Nurse Education in Practice 2019

Advance HE National Teaching Fellow Nominee 2018 (Swansea University)

International travel fellowship College of Human and Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Swansea University 2017 – visited School of Nursing at Sydney University and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Faculty of Health/ Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care

Professional memberships

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Academic positions

2003- 2018 Associate Professor, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

1996-2003 Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Swansea University.

Speaking engagements

 

Invited seminar presentation University Technology Sydney, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, March 2017.

Committees and reviewing

  • Associate Editor Nurse Education in Practice (from 2019)
  • Editorial Board, Nurse Education in Practice (from 2014)
  • Grant reviewer, Tenovus
  • Grant reviewer, Research for Public and Patient Benefit (England) 

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Watts, T. 2010. Chronic conditions management. In: Kell, C. and Helme, M. eds. Interprofessional Education in Wales: case studies in health and social care... London: Higher Education Academy

2004

2001

1999

1997

I am an experienced educator, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was an Advance HE National Teaching Fellow Nominee in 2018 when I was still working at Swansea University. I have designed, developed, validated and led full and part time pre and post registration professional body-approved programmes in Palliative Nursing, Cancer Nursing, Undergraduate Pre-Registration Nursing (adult; mental health and child fields) and multi professional post graduate programmes: Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management and a Professional Doctorate. I now teach, supervise and examine at pre-registration undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral levels.

My current, specific, module responsibilities are:

  • MSc Advanced Practice: Understanding Cancer: Patient and professional perspectives HCT 150
  • MSc Advanced Practice: Introduction to research methods HCT 206

I am also a personal tutor for undergraduate pre-registration nursing students

An experienced postgraduate supervisor, I have supervised students to timely completion of their dissertations at postgraduate (MSc) and doctoral level (PhD and DProf), examined internally and externally (transfer viva MPhil – PhD).  I am committed to growing research capacity and capability within nursing and allied health professionals and welcome research degree applications from potential students who are interested in further exploring aspects of people’s experiences of advanced cancer/ end of life care using qualitative methodologies and drawing on the social sciences.

Research projects

2019 Experiences of ongoing cancer immunotherapy with immune-checkpoint inhibitors: insights from patients and oncology healthcare professionals in South Wales, UK. (Macmillan Cancer Support) (Dr Tessa Watts (CI), Stephen Jennings, Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons-Warm, Professor Debbie Fenlon, Dr Sally Anstey, Dr Alison Brewster Ms Janet Richards, Mr John Buckman). (December 2019-May 2021) 

2018: Scoping and evaluation for professional stoma care education programme development (Eakin Healthcare) (Dr Tessa Watts (CI) Dr Liv Kosnes (CI) Dr Louise Cleobury)

2017: Pre-Registration nursing students end of life care education (Swansea University School of Education seed corn funding) (Dr Tessa Watts (CI))

Advance care planning in acute major/severe stroke (Stroke Research and Innovation Fund) (Dr Tessa Watts (PI), Dr Mushtaq Wani , Dr Manju Krishnan)

2016: The community and economic impact of multidimensional cancer rehabilitation interventions in supporting people to live well with and after their cancer: PhD studentship (Macmillan Cancer Support/College of Human and Health Sciences/ Cardiff University) (Dr Tessa Watts (CI))

The needs and concerns of adult haematology patients on completion of initial active chemotherapy treatment in West Wales: A mixed methods investigation (Research Capacity Building Cymru) (Dr Tessa Watts, Ms Janet Richards, Mrs Heulwen Morgan Samuel)

Evaluation of the ‘On-the-Ground’ Educational Programme (OEGP): Improving efficiency and effectiveness in managing chronic oedema in community settings (NHS Wales Collaborative/Public Health Wales) (Dr Tessa Watts)

2014 Sustaining connections during practice placements: Supporting first-year nursing students using Skype© (Swansea Academy for Learning and Teaching small project grant) (2014: Dr Tessa Watts (CI), Mr Hywel Thomas, Ms Lauren Piercey and Ms Elen Davies)

2013: A three counties pilot study of ‘Cyfeillion Gweldda’ Dining Companions for patients with dementia. (Hywel Dda Health Board) (Dr Ruth Davies (CI), Tessa Watts, Mr Tom Alexander, Ms Andrea Higgins)

2011: Coping interventions for couples living with prostate cancer (Swansea University PhD Scholarship) (Professor Jaynie Rance, Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons, Professor Paul Bennett and Tessa Watts)

2010: Patient reported Outcomes in Cancer Rehabilitation (College of Human and Health Science PhD Scholarship) (Professor Jaynie Rance, Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons and Tessa Watts)

2009: Structured personal tutoring to engage undergraduate students on professional programmes (Higher Education Academy) (Tessa Watts, Mike McIvor, Andrew Evered, Angela Williams)

2001: A review of the literature relating to the health information needs of minority ethnic groups (Public Health Strategy Division of the National Assembly for Wales) (Professor Joy Merrell, Tessa Watts and Angela Williams)

2000: A systematic review to evaluate the current level of knowledge on methodologies analysing individual practice which could be used to assist the assessment of health care roles and responsibilities (NHS Wales Office of Research and Development) (Professor Anne Williams, Professor Paul Wainwright, Tessa Watts, Dr Melanie Jones, Dr Ian Russell, Dr Christine Urquart, Rosemary Currell and Mark Lambert)

Current Research students

Judit Csontos PhD studentship – Realist evaluation and economic analysis of cancer rehabilitation services in South Wales.

Fran Mada DProf

Amal Albatini: Effects of Rehabilitation on Cardiac patients' health-related quality of life in Kuwait: Role of exercise, culture and social factors (External supervisor Swansea University)

Current supervision

Francesca Mada

Research student

Judit Csontos

Research student

Maria Cable

Research student

Past projects

  • First supervisor Melanie Thomas (Swansea University)  The impact of the lymphoedema risk reducing recommendations on people treated for breast cancer and the implications on clinical practice. (awarded 2018)
  • Supervisory team member Amina Mehta (Swansea University) Exploring Journeys for Older People with Cancer in South West Wales. (awarded 2015)

Areas of expertise

External profiles