Victoria Shepherd

Victoria Shepherd

Research Associate - Nurse

Email:
shepherdvl1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7641
Location:
509, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS

I am an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow based in the Centre for Trials Research and Division of Population Medicine. Project title: Informed consent and proxy decision making in research involving adults lacking capacity: development of an intervention to support proxy informed decision making, set within ethical and legal frameworks.

Prior to this I had an extensive clinical career as a Registered Nurse, the majority spent in Critical Care settings in England and Wales. Within the Centre, I have been involved in a number of clinical trials and other research projects, through which I have gained a wide experience of research methods in a range of health care settings. These have primarily involved working with vulnerable populations such as older people in long term care settings, adults lacking capacity, and children and young people. My research interests include the legal, ethical and practical aspects of research involving people who lack the capacity to consent, and exploring informed proxy decision-making.

Honours and awards

BSc Acute and Critical Care, MA Healthcare Law and Ethics. Dissertation: Vulnerable populations in medical research: is research regulation ‘protecting them to death'?

Professional memberships

NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)

Institute of Medical Ethics

Society for Academic Primary Care

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

I have a special interest in research involving vulnerable populations including children, older adults with cognitive impairments, critically ill and emergency situations. I am involved in a number of research studies which involve these populations, with a focus on infections and primary care. I have developed an interest in law and ethical issues in research, in particular issues of consent in vulnerable populations.

I am currently an NIHR Dcotoral Research Fellow based in the Centre for Trials Research and Division of Population Medicine. Project title: Informed consent and proxy decision making in research involving adults lacking capacity: development of an intervention to support proxy informed decision making, set within ethical and legal frameworks. Previous research activities include contributing to the delivery of three multicentre, interventional studies: Children with Eczema, Antibiotic Management - CREAM Study (NIHR HTA), Oral STeroids for the Resolution of otitis media with effusion (OME) In Children – OSTRICH Study (NIHR HTA) and Probiotics to Reduce Infections iN CarE home reSidentS – PRINCESS Study (NIHR EME). I am leading a UK wide Research Priority Setting in Care Homes Study, which aims to identify a set of research priorities for care home research with a key group of stakeholders. The aim is to engage with researchers and funding bodies to share the findings in order to inform the care of older people by ensuring the future research agenda can be focused on the areas of greatest need. I am also involved in collaborating with other researchers/institutions to develop research proposals involving older people in long term care, some of which address areas identified as research priorities.