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Dr Sally Anstey

Dr Sally Anstey

Senior Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 88571
13.14, Eastgate House, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am currently a Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing), School Research Ethics Officer and Deputy Research Theme Lead: Palliative, Emotional and Supportive the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University. I am a Registered Nurse (Adult Nursing) and have a clinical background and teach across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes specifically cancer, genetics, palliative and end of life care, research and ethics. I was appointed to my lecturing post in 2006.

I obtained my RGN in 1981 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) and subsequently obtained an MSc in Palliative Care from the Institute of Cancer Research University of London. My PhD, awarded in 2012, explored the referral practices of consultant physicians to specialist palliative care services and was an interpretative phenomenological analysis.

My clinical experiences have focussed on the care of people with cancer specifically those with a life-threatening diagnosis.  I worked as a nurse specialist in palliative care in the community, hospice and hospital settings in South East Wales.  In 1998 I became the Welsh Service Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support which was linked to National Assembly.

Honours and awards

Honours and awards

  1. 2009 Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year awards.  Innovation in Palliative Care category shortlisted finalist, runners up Very Highly commended ‘Palliative Education for District and Community Nurses’.
  2. 2014 Cardiff University Enriching Student Life Awards: Winner Personal Tutor of the Year
  3. 2016 Betsi Cadwaladr Foundation Scholarship on behalf of the Stonewall Team.
  4. 2016 RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Runner up: Nurse Education Award

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing










Research Grant Reviewer – I am a grant reviewer for the following organisations:

  • Tenovus Cancer Care
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care and Dimbleby
  • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
  • General Nursing Trust


  • reviewing book proposals for the journals Health and Social Care in the Community, Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care publications and for Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
  • reviewing manuscripts and journal article proposals for Palliative Medicine, International Journal of Palliative Nursing and British Journal of Community Nursing;

My main areas of research and research interests are:

Cancer Care living beyond treatment, Palliative and End of Life Care, Dementia, Patient Public Involvement in Education, Research Ethics and Governance, Qualitative Research.


2012 Funding from Dimbleby Cancer Care & Marie Curie Cancer Care. Cancer Carers Medicines Management project (CCMM) (Latter S, Hopkinson J, Richardson A, Duke S, Anstey S (Educational Lead for Cardiff) , Bennett M, Smith, P, May, C) achieving research. Completed

2014-2015 Team Member Macmillan Associate Lecturer Evaluation Project Completed

2015 Tenovus Innovation Grant PI; “The Cancer Survivor Voice: messages for education and practice, an evaluated co-production for Wales”.

2016 General Nursing Council Trust Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: an exploratory study (Ray Samuriwo PI)

2016 (and 2011) Royal College of Nursing Task and Finish group Assisted Dying

2017 Tenovus Innovation Grant PI; “The Challenges of Cancer and Disability study (CoCADs)"

Research students

I have supervised at Doctoral level to completion and I am currently supervising:

PhD Students: (co supervision) 4 students:

  • Head and Neck Cancer, patient experiences following treatment,
  • Pain assessment and Dementia
  • Life after Traumatic Brain Injury

Professional Doctorate: (co-supervision):

  • Nurses experiences of caring for the dying frail elderly.Who am I and Where am I going?
  • An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Resilience in Undergraduate Students Undertaking a BSc in Health & Social Care.
  • An exploration of the experiences of school staff when responding to Sexually Harmful Behaviours exhibited by children and adolescents at a residential SEBD (Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties) school in one county in England. An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
  • Exploring understanding of Neural Stem Cell Transplantation (NSCT) as an intervention for Huntington’s disease (HD)
  • Attrition in Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • How children’s nurses working in hospices manage emotional labour and professional integrity? : A longitudinal study

I also have experience of examining and chairing at doctoral level.

Past projects

Previous PGR projects:

  • Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk
  • Diabetic foot ulcer – pain and quality of life (Malaysia)
  • Needs of Saudi Women following treatment for Breast Cancer
  • Educating Children about Physical Maturation, Reproduction and Relationships: An Exploration of Factors that Influence Parental Involvement.