Fiona Smith

Dr, Lecturer, School of Health and Life Sciences, Research Fellow, NHS Centre for Integrative Care, Faculty Manager, Paramount College of Natural Medicine, Australia, Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, Anaesthetic Technician, Australia, State Enrolled Nurse (Operating Department Practice) Australia

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20072015

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Overview

I have a PhD and a Masters of Public Health including a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) degree – first Class. My PhD was a qualitative study and explored survivorship cancer care from the perspectives of oncologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists and General Practitioners.

Over the last ten years, I have received qualitative training at the Universities of Glasgow, Oxford and Edinburgh Napier. This training has provided me with a strong foundation from which to practice qualitative research. Most of the research that I have been involved with as a past research fellow has been qualitative in nature. Therefore, I have experience of Grounded Theory and Framework Analysis as analytical tools.

Over the past nine years I have worked on evaluating health interventions, for example: the Healing Shift Enquiry; decision making between patients and neurologists; heart failure and treatment burden; cancer care follow-up and e-health and the role of boundaries.  More recently, I was involved with the WEll Enhanced Learning (WEL) programme at the Centre for Integrative Care in Glasgow. This group-based intervention aimed to show patients with chronic diseases how to self-manage aspects of their care.  A particular focus was placed on the effect of nutrition, mindfulness and self-compassion on reducing obesity and concurrent blood glucose levels. Pilot biological measures on our particular cohort showed that nearly 50% of participants were actual or suspicious pre-diabetic. Interestingly, at nine months post WEL, blood glucose measures of half of respondents who had been pre-diabetic were reduced. Although encouraging these results proved difficult to maintain over time, perhaps due to the addictive element of refined foods.

Currently, I am in involved in an evaluation of  Blood and body fluid spills, which  are a risk for the spread of infection in the healthcare setting. The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual provides guidance on how to deal with these spills. While many studies have been done on how well they disinfect, few if any studies have been done on their relative ease of use.

Currently, I work as a lecturer at the UWS on the pre registration adult health and the graduate programme for public health. These roles have now been developed to include module coordinator for two new Diploma in  Operating Department Practice modules. The ODP programme is now moving toward degree level. Recently, I have been successful in obtaining a postion within the school of midwifery and specialist nursing as the module coordinator for the MSc health studies programme.

Overview

I am currently focused on professional roles in relation to suvivorship care. This includes the voluntary, primary and the specialist sectors. I am writing a paper in conjunction with Hull York Medical school.

Overview

I am interested in developing a model of care that will facilitate professional roles across boundaries and in doing so support patients to self manage aspects of their care.

Overview

Cancer care professional groups whom may be interested in providing optimal cancer care.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

External Examiner, University of Bolton

20172022

Keywords

  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Health and Social Care

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