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Professor Jane Hopkinson

Professor Jane Hopkinson

Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 88562
13.10, 13th floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


Hello. My name is Jane Hopkinson, Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care.

I have an established research track record in cancer care and palliative care, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. My expertise is supportive care in cancer cachexia, with particular interest in eating-related distress, nutritional care and issues for families affected by the syndrome. I have also conducted mixed-methods and qualitative research with older people, people with cognitive impairment/dementia, and people approaching end of life. The focus of my research is understanding comorbidity and vulnerabilities that contribute to complex care needs. This knowledge is important for supportive care that can improve equality in treatment outcomes and patient experience.

I am lead for the School of Healthcare Science Cancer Research Group, Cardiff University, lead of the All Wales Allied Health Professional and Nurse (WAHPN) Cancer Research Network, and a representative for nurse and allied healthcare professionals on the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) Leadership Team. I am currently a member of, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer and Nutrition Collaborative, the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD), Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),  and the Knowledge and Dissemination Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).


Jane Hopkinson is a cancer, palliative and end of life care nurse and researcher. Jane trained as a nurse at The Middlesex Hospital London, qualifying in 1984, and then worked clinically in geriatric rehabilitation, cancer and hospice care prior to completing a PhD about end of life care at University of Manchester, 2001. She has worked with clinical and academic teams in locations across the UK, which include the Christie Hospital, Manchester; St Ann’s Hospice Manchester, Macmillan Research Unit, University of Southampton and the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff. She took up her current post as Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care in 2020. A role with focus on building research capacity in the NHS. Please see

Educational qualifications

2009: Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine         

2001: PhD in Nursing, The University of Manchester

1997: MSc in Nursing, The University of Manchester

1994: BSc Hons in Social Science, The Open University


Professional qualifications

1987: ENB 237 (Oncology nursing certificate) The Christie Hospital, Manchester.

1985: RGN and Diploma in Nursing (Geriatrics) The Middlesex Hospital, London.


Employment history                         

Aug 2020 – : Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care, Cardiff University

Sept 2011 – Jul 2020: Professor of Nursing, Cardiff University

Jul 2001 - Aug 2011: Post Doc Fellow, University of Southampton         

Nov1984 - Jul 2002: Clinical nursing in cancer care, palliative care and elderly care

Current appointments

Oct 2020 – current: NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) Funding Committee

Mar 2020 – current: Wales Cancer Research Centre Leadership Team member

Jul 2019 - current: Member of the Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

July 2018 – current: Lead for the All Wales Cancer Nurse and Allied Health Professionals Research Network. See

Sept 2017 – current: Member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer and Nutrition Living with Cancer and Beyond Subgroup, End of Life Care lead.
























I teach undergraduates and postgraduates about the relevance of research for healthcare improvement and innovation.

Current projects

Cancer Memory Mate: an evaluation of the Velindre launch and implementation of an innovation to support cancer treatment adherence and management of side effects in people with dementia or milder cognitive impairment. Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC IAA).

South East Wales lung cancer pathway evaluation. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support/Velindre University NHS Trust.

eat-CIT follow-on: oral intake and nutritional care of patients receiving non-surgical treatment for colorectal cancer: a systematic review and narrative synthesis.

What factors should be considered when making a shared decision with patient and carers to commence and discontinue artificial nutrition at end of life?’ A Pan London Research Fellowship held by Jennifer McCracken, Dietitian.

ENeRgy-Q: qualitative analysis of participant experience of the multimodal intervention offered in a randomized, phase II, trial of an Exercise and Nutrition-based Rehabilitation programme (ENeRgy) versus standard care in people with cancer. Funded by the Ken Fearon Endowment Fund.

Oral chemotherapy management in the home: an exploratory case study of treatment adherence in people with cancer living in the Valleys of South East Wales. Funded by: KESS2: Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships, European Social Fund.

Nurses' decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: A vignette based study of a prototype decision making algorithm. Funded by: Cwm Taf/Aneurin Bevan.

An international field study for the reliability and validity of the EORTC cancer cachexia module (the EORTC QLQ-CAX24) and the EORTC QLQ-C30 for assessing quality of life in cancer patients with cachexia. Funded by: The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group.

Recent research projects

Cancer Memory Kit: developing supportive care of people with cognitive impairment receiving cancer treatment in partnership with the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff. Welsh Government Dementia Action Plan Grant.

eat-CIT: an investigation to inform the content of a web based resource to help people with cancer to self-manage eating problems during chemotherapy treatment. Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant.

Patient perception of the effectiveness and use of salt as a first line treatment for overgranulation at their gastrostomy tube site. Tenovus/RCBC Wales First into Research Award held by Judy Wright, Nutrition Nurse Specialist.

REACT project: an investigation of the active components of a specialist home treatment intervention to prevent hospital admission of people with dementia in crisis in the community. Funded by: Healthcare Research Wales, Research for Patient and Public Benefit

Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: an exploratory study to develop a decision support algorithm. Funded by:  General Nursing Council.

Feasibility study of a behavioural intervention to reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for curable breast cancer. Funded by:  Tenovus Innovation Grant.

Underserved and overlooked: Investigating the management of refusal of care in people with dementia admitted to hospital with an acute condition. Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Improving the experience of out-patient cancer treatment for people with comorbid dementia in Wales. Funded by: Tenovus Innovation Grant

Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at the end of life. Funded by: Marie Curie/Dimbleby Cancer Care


I am interested in supervising students in the areas of:

  • Cancer care
  • End of life care
  • Dementia care

I currently supervise:

Jane Mathlin (Radiographer) Exploring the experience of altered taste during radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: mixed methods research

Abdiraheem Ali (Pharmacist)  Oral chemotherapy management in the home: mixed methods case study research. KESS2 studentship

Tidziwe Malinki-Madeya (Community Nurse) End of life care for people with dementia in care homes

Ohoud Alnazawi (Nurse Educator) High Fidelity Simulation in the education of undergraduate nursing students in Saudi Arabia: a mixed methods study

Gabriel Ashong (Radiographer) Understanding the role of radiographers in Ghana and views of role extension: mixed methods case study research

Fathiyyah Alsomali (Cancer Nurse) Exploration of the Rate of Cord Blood Donation to the National Cord Blood Bank in Saudi Arabia: case study research

Past projects

Anna Jones (Intensive Care Nurse) A Critical Exploration of the Quality of Life of Adult Home Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PhD awarded 2019)

David Evans (Radiographer) - Survivorship experiences of working-age adults previously treated for oropharyngeal cancer. Moving towards a post-treatment self, its hidden impact and an absence of recognition: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (PhD awarded 2018)

Sarah Fry (Cancer Nurse) - Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Carribean men in South Wales: implications for health policy and supportive care (PhD awarded 2017)

Nicola West (Cancer Nurse) - Being a carrier and living with the BRCA gene mutation: an interpretive phenomenological study of the experiences of women who elect Risk-Reducing bilateral Mastectomy, their husbands and family (PhD awarded 2017)

Sally Wheelwright (Social Scientist) - Development of a psychoeducational intervention for patients with cancer cachexia and their informal carers (PhD awarded 2017)

Nicola Evans (Mental Health Nurse) - To Explore How a Change Agent Initiates Change in an NHS Outpatient Service (PhD awarded 2014)

Jane Winter (Cancer Nurse) - Living with locally advanced rectal cancer: An exploration of the everydayness of living with rectal cancer. (PhD awarded 2009)

Caroline Hoffman (Cancer Nurse) - An evaluation study of the effectiveness of a mindfulness meditation based stress reduction (MBSR) programme on stress, coping and well-being in women with breast cancer. (PhD awarded 2009)

Jodie Moffatt (Radiographer) - Factors that influence illness behaviour prior to a diagnosis of lung cancer. (PhD awarded 2007)