PhD Completions and a Chancellor’s Prize!!!


I would like to congratulate a number of students on their recent PhD success. This is a huge achievement. You have all been exemplary student members of RCBC and your success is well deserved. I am very proud of you and your contributions to RCBC.


Professor Donna Mead, OBE

Grant Holder, RCBC Wales

PhD student completions (graduating in 2013):

Dr Jenny Welstand, Glyndwr University

PhD Title: The Heart of the Matter; caring for patients with heart failure


Jenny has also been identified as a Student Prize winner for the Lord Jones Prize for Postgraduate Research Students at Glyndwr University. This is awarded to the student who in the opinion of the judges has achieved the best overall performance of the graduating cohort of students who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Research Degree in each year. Jenny was considered eligible for this prize in the opinion of the internal and external examiners, through achieving/demonstrating:-


A performance at viva voce and in the thesis or dissertation and /or research reports which is regarded by the examiners as being particularly strong in terms of subject knowledge and expertise.


This is the second time an RCBC student at Glyndwr University has won this prize, following on from Dr Edna Astbury-Ward’s success in 2010.

Dr Joanne Pike, Glyndwr University

PhD Title: A phenomenological study exploring the concerns and issues of impending surgery from patients’ and nursing staff perspectives


Recent health care literature has shown an increasing interest in spiritual care and the way in which it supports patients as they deal with illness, but, as the body of evidence grows in many areas, the spiritual aspects of day surgery have been under-researched. The aims of this interpretive phenomenological study were to identify the patients’ spiritual needs and concerns prior to surgery both from the patients’ and surgical health care staff’s perspectives, and to investigate whether there was congruence between the groups. Results show that spiritual care can be embedded in day surgery practice, and can be given even during fleeting care episodes, though awareness is needed of the way in which this can be achieved.

Dr Marie Gabe, Swansea University

PhD Title: Nurse-led medication monitoring and adverse events


Ensuring patient safety is an increasing priority and an important challenge in healthcare. Concurrent medication monitoring ought to minimise the unnecessary harm from prescribed medication, however, its use in current healthcare practice is limited. Marie’s research was aimed at building upon previous work, promoting medication safety through nurse-led medication monitoring by developing and testing the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction Profile for Respiratory Medicine.

Her work aspires to enhance the recognition, detection and actioning of adverse drug reactions by nurses, working in collaboration with doctors and pharmacists, to protect patients’ health and wellbeing.


Marie expressed her thanks to the RCBC Wales community and stated "it really has been a pleasure to develop my PhD and research career under your auspices"!

Dr Lucie Warren, Swansea University

PhD Title: Managing weight gain in pregnancy: women’s experience and clinical practice


Lucie’s research focused on eating and physical activity behaviours during pregnancy and how midwives’ can facilitate women to maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours. The research aimed to obtain an overview of the current service provision in Wales and the advice being given regarding gestational weight gain and to explore women’s experience of weight gain during pregnancy. It also sought to develop and evaluate an appropriate intervention to promote and improve pregnant women’s dietary and physical activity behaviours.


"I would like to take the time to thank RCBC for their support over the first 3 years of my PhD, I feel very honoured to have been an RCBC scholar and have greatly valued all the investment in both training, master classes and of course the financial support that I received. I benefitted so much from the Community of Scholars meetings. I look back on the shared experiences of the community with great fondness. I wish the growing RCBC community all the very best, and if at any point it is thought to be appropriate for an ex-scholar to come and share her experience or present her research I would be delighted to do so".

Dr Gwen Fernandes, Cardiff Metropolitan University

PhD Title: Foot Posture and Knee Alignment in Medial Knee Osteoarthritis: A Clinical Study


My research has focused on the kinetics, kinematics and patient centred outcome scores in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis. The goal was establish normative values of foot posture and knee alignment in a healthy population and OA demographic. The secondary goal was to devise a conservative treatment intervention (laterally wedged orthoses) and evaluate their efficacy in a randomised control longitudinal study over a 3 month period.


Beyond my RCBC PhD fellowship, I intend to pursue a career in clinical research investigating different conservative treatment modalities for knee osteoarthritis such as
footwear, orthoses and knee braces.

Dr Lynne Williams, Bangor University

PhD Title: Improving infection control: the role of the intermediary in evidence-based practice


My research study focused on improving infection control in healthcare and is an evaluation of intermediaries and their potential to influence or change practice in a healthcare setting. The term ‘intermediary’ refers to a function which influences (positively and/or negatively) the uptake and use of evidence. In infection control, little evidence exists that demonstrates how intermediaries can be most effective to inform future efficient investment in interventions aimed at improving practice.

I would like to continue my research activities by further developing the findings of the study, to enable better understanding of the potential impact of intermediaries to inform evidence-based care.


"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Mead, Dr Mark
Llewellyn, Dr Rachel Iredale, and all involved with facilitating the studentship. In addition to the highly valued supervision process (with Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone & Dr Chris Burton), the RCBC studentship/Community of Scholars has provided an excellent learning experience to assist with my development as a researcher in healthcare practice.  I sincerely hope I can remain involved with the Community in
the future".

Dr Jessica Baillie, Cardiff University

PhD Title: Perspectives on peritoneal dialysis: implications for the management of a chronic condition


The RCBC study aimed to explore how individuals and their families live with peritoneal dialysis (a home-based treatment for renal failure), from the perspective of patients, relatives and healthcare professionals. The study adopted an ethnographic approach, which included interviewing patients using peritoneal dialysis, their relatives and specialist healthcare professionals in Wales. Additionally, patients and relatives were observed performing peritoneal dialysis in their homes. The findings demonstrated the impact of the treatment on every area of the individual’s and their family’s life, and the ways in which people integrate the treatment through creativity. Recommendations for healthcare practice and future research have been developed.

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