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Dr Daniella Holland-Hart

Research Associate

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7138
Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a social researcher in the Marie Cure Paliative Care Research Centre with a background in person centredness and policy. My recent research is in precision medicine and patient experiences along the cancer pathway with specific interest patient- clinician communication, decision making and quality of life. 


Education and Qualifications

2014: PhD Active citizenship: the role of Third Sector adult education within UK and devolved Welsh Governments’ policy contexts: A case study of the Workers’ Educational Association South Wales. Goldsmiths, University of London. 

2002 MA International Relations

2000 BSc/Econ Politics with International Relations

Honours and awards

ESRC CASE Studentship PhD (2019)

Academic positions

2016- Present: Research Associate, Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

2014 –2015: Research Assistant, Unit for development in Intellectual Disabilities, University of South Wales      



2020- present Tutor/ facilitator Patient centre care -Shared decision making (Evidence Based Medicine)                                         

2017-2019: Lecturer Teaching Diverse Learners (Creating and managing inclusive learning environments) Doctoral Academy   


Current research

Currently my research focuses on integrating patient preferences and priorites into precision medicine approaches and optimising patient experience along cancer pathways. This work is Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) funded. I also carry out qualitative research for cancer trials:

(SCOPE 2) Study of Chemoradiotherapy in Oesophageal cancer including PET response and dose Escalation projects. Qualitative analysis of patient experiences and perceptions of participating in a trial of escalated definitive chemoradiotherapy (dCRT) compared with standard dose and of the two PET driven drug regimes.

(CHRONOS) Comparative Health Research Outcomes of Novel Surgery in prostate cancer. Qualitative research with patients’ and staff participating in a trial, decision making for prostate cancer treatment pathways and patient’s quality of life.  

Previous research

(PLUS): Pharmacy Referrals for Lung Cancer Symptoms Study. Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of a pharmacy referral service for lung cancer which focused on people from lower-socio-economic communities.

(PREDICT-CAT) Predicting Self-reported Benefit for cataract patients, Supporting Decision. Making and Calibrating Health utilities for Cataract Surgery. A mixed methods study developing and user testing of a decision support intervention for cataract patients. 

Prudent Healthcare- exploring the perceptions and experiences of clinicians, patients and public regarding the concept of coproduction and shared decision making. 

Training and developmental needs of social care workers who support older people with learning disabilities in relation to their health.


Holland-Hart D, McCutchan GM, Quinn-Scoggins HD, et al. (2021) Feasibility and acceptability of a community pharmacy referral service for suspected lung cancer symptoms. BMJ Open Respiratory Research 2021;8:e000772. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2020-000772

Jordan, A., Joseph-Williams, N., Edwards, A., Holland-Hart, D., Wood, F. (2019) "I'd Like to Have More of a Say because it's my Body": Adolescents' Perceptions around Barriers and Facilitators to Shared Decision-Making. Journal of Adolescent Health, Elsevier.

Holland-Hart, D., Addis, S., Edwards, A., Kenkre, J., Wood, F. (2018) Co-production and health: public and clinicians’ perceptions of the barriers and facilitators, Health Expectations. Wiley doi:10.1111/hex.12834

Addis, S., Holland-Hart, D., Edwards, A., Neal, R, Wood, F. (2018), Implementing Prudent Healthcare in the NHS in Wales: what are the Barriers and Enablers for Clinicians? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Wiley. doi:10.1111/jep.13023

Northway, R., Holland-Hart, D. and Jenkins, R. (2016), Meeting the health needs of older people with intellectual disabilities: exploring the experiences of residential social care staff. Health Soc. Care Community. doi:10.1111/hsc.12380

Northway, R., Jenkins, R. and Holland-Hart, D. (2016), Training of Residential Social Care Staff to Meet the Needs of Older People with Intellectual Disabilities who develop Age-Related Health Problems: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellect Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12283


Recknagel, Gabi and Holland, Daniella (2013) How Inclusive and How Empowering? Two Case Studies Researching the Impact of Active Citizenship Learning Initiatives in a Social Policy Context (chapter) in M Mayo, Mendiwelso-Bendek, Z and Packham, C (ed.) (2013) Community Research for Community Development, Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan



Past projects

Current supervision

Supervisor Nina George- Masters’ in Public Health What the barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer screening among ethnic minorities in developed countries?

Previous supervision

Supervisor Grace King- Masters’ in Public Health dissertation. How can breastfeeding uptake be increased in HIV positive women living in South Africa?’ (awarded 2020)

Supervisor Daniele DeLeone- Masters’ in Public Health dissertation.  A Systematic Qualitative Review of How Different Low-Incidence Countries Afflicted with Tuberculosis Approach Healthcare Systems for Migrants in an effort to Reduce Infection. (Case Studies of Sweden and the Netherlands) (awarded 2019)