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Overview

I am a Lecturer in Cancer Care at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) since February 2016. My role combines teaching and research activities. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Dundee in 2013. Over the past 11 years, I have gained extensive research experience through my work as a researcher on different projects focussing on the improvement of the delivery of patient care in both the acute and palliative care setting. I have an invested interest in supporting patients with cancer and their families through innovative nurse-led research that endeavours to develop and implement interventions targeting psycho-educational aspects of care in order to facilitate living with and beyond illness. 

I am the Module Co-ordinator for three modules (Systemic Anticancer Treatment Adninstration, Essentials of Cancer Care, The Principles of Haematology) and I am also teach the module of Therapeutic Communication, all part of the BSc Professional Health Studies Programme. I work in collaboration with the Beatson Cnacer Centre and local Health Boards.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Cancer nursing
  • Haematological oncology
  • Systematic reviews
  • Communication
  • Sexuality in the context of cancer care
  • Meaning making 
  • Patient education
  • Symptom management
  • Evidence-based care
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures

I have experience on eHealth intervention studies. As part of my role, I was  involved in the training and recruitment of patients; communication and close collaboration with health care professionals in the participating sites; co-ordination of data collection through use of quantitative and qualitative methods; support of junior research staff; and report and publication writing. I was also a core member of a multi-centre prospective RCT funded by the European Union (FP7). I initiated, facilitated and co-ordinated dialogue between partner countries on a number of research design and methodology matters, while at the same time I led a systematic review on clinical guidelines for the management of chemotherapy-related symptoms and self-care and self-management advice conducted as part of the project, where I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with partners with different clinical, professional and even cultural backgrounds. I was heavily involved in the technological implementation of the system through working closely with the company partner bringing together my clinical and research expertise.

I have also worked in the palliative care setting on the implementation of the Dignity Care Inventory in the community, a patient centred intervention focussing on addressing dignity related needs of patients nearing end of life. I was also involved in a feasibility project exploring the early access to palliative services for patients with lung cancer, where I had a substantive contribution to the project’s final output through systematic data collection, effective data analysis and critical interpretation of findings.

Current research activities

I have lead the conduction of a systematic review looking at nurses attittudes on sexual health provision in patients with cancer. This work was reulted in the production of an International Competencies Framework for educating nurses who work with paptiens with cancer. Currently we are exploring next steps for implementation testing of the proposed framework.

I am the Principal Investigator fro the Frailty Matters project (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing) that is currently underway. This 3-phase project aims to build leadership skills of communnity nurses through an educational and coaching inervention to manage frailty in Ayrshire.

I am also exploring opportunities to collaborate with the Alzheimer's Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, focussing on patients with a dual disgnosis of dementia and cancer.

Desired research direction

I have a strong commitment in carrying out top-level research, whose primary goal is to directly impact on the care provided by meeting the expectations, priorities and needs of both care providers (i.e. health professionals) and care receivers (i.e. patients, families and informal carers). I strongly believe that the University of the West of Scotland and the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice offer a great environment to enable high quality and innovative research through a long-standing collaboration with NHS Health Boards with the ultimate goal being to provide better care to patients and families affected by cancer and other long-term conditions.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative meta-synthesis methods
  • Quality of qualitative research
  • Phenomenology, Interpretative Phenomenological analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Use of computer packages to assist analysis of qualitative datasets
  • Experience in large longitudinal qualitative datasets
  • In-depth interviewing
  • Interested in the use of discourse analysis in exploring formation of meaning
  • Participatory Action research
  • Interested in exploring creative methodologies for data capturing and analysis
  • Interested in integrating innovative technological solutions within the clinical settings

Keywords

  • RT Nursing
  • Cancer Care
  • Interventions
  • Technology
  • Research methodology
  • qualitative methodology
  • Psychosocial Care
  • Ethics

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Research Output

Leadership skills in the higher education sector: a study of Scotland

Harrison, C., Collins, S., Gilardi, M., Reilly, C. A., Valentin, S., Balaraman, P. & Papadopoulou, C., 5 Sep 2019, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2019 Conference. British Academy of Management, 9 p. 437

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  • Nurses' caring behaviors towards patients undergoing chemotherapy in Greece: a mixed methods study

    Karlou, C., Papadopoulou, C., Papathanassoglou, E., Lemonidou, C., Vouzavali, F., Zafiropoulou- Koutroubas, A., Katsaragakis, S. & Patiraki, E., 1 Sep 2018, In : Cancer Nursing. 41, 5, p. 399-408 10 p.

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    Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Leadership in Higher Education: A Study of the University of the West of Scotland

    Christian Harrison (Speaker), , Stephen Collins (Speaker), , Marco Gilardi (Speaker), , Christine Reilly (Speaker), , Stephanie Valentin (Speaker), , Pravin Balaraman (Speaker), & Constantina Papadopoulou (Speaker)

    27 Jun 2019

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