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      Research Interests

      Chronic kidney disease, palliative care, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, end of life care.

      Research Statement

      I have made a substantial contribution to improving the care offered to patients with end-stage kidney disease approaching the end of life as evidenced by my publications in leading international journals and my leadership of several research studies including a successful multi-institutional study funded by NIHR. I have a consistent record of publishing three to four* peer reviewed publications in the top quartile of impact factored journals in my field. I was successfully returned at REF 2014 and on target to be returned in 2020, as assessed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery REF 2020 review Group. I have a sustained record of leading, and managing to successful completion, a coherent programme of research including successful research bids. Over the past four years, I have exceeded my School’s targets for research funding, bringing into QUB over £560,000 in research income.

      As evidence of my significant contribution to QUB’s international profile in research, I am Scientific Programme Committee member of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nursing Association annual conference (previous Chair) and Assistant Editor of Evidence Based Nursing. I was previously Journal Editor and English Co-Editor of the Journal of Renal Care. I regularly receive funded invitations to speak at international Conferences, most recently in Sydney Australia at the Renal Society of Australasia in 2017 as International Keynote Speaker. I have received several awards for my work including ‘Eminent Scientist of the year 2009’, an International Award in the field of Nephrology, by the World Scientists Forum and I received the City University Staff Research Prize, 2009 and the Student Representative Award, City University London, 2010.I was recently awarded the 2016 Renal Association Walls Bursary, made by the professional body for nephrologists and renal scientists in the UK, “acknowledging Dr Noble’s significant contribution to the field of academic Nephrology”. I am a Fellow of the Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Research Programme at the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at QUB.

      I have published widely in research and clinical journals including seminal papers identifying the need for a supportive and palliative care approach for people with end-stage kidney disease. My ‘Concept Analysis’ published in 2007 determined Renal Supportive Care as a dynamic and emerging concept with relevance for the renal community, and I recommended its integration into everyday nephrology practice. One of my papers was the top downloaded article in EBN 2015, with over 26,000 downloads. 'Issues of validity & reliability' and is part of the Research Made Simple series.

      Achievements and Distinctions

      Leadership Roles

      • Associate Editor: Evidence Based Nursing 2012-

      Editorial Board

      • End of Life Journal 2008-
      • Journal of Renal Care 2004-


      • Faculty post doctoral group mentoring programme - 2017 - 

      • WAM working group: 2017 -

      • Northern Ireland Palliative Care Research Forum Committee Member 2012-
      • Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association Committee Member 2012-

      • Scientific Progamme Committee Member - European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association (EDTNA) 2011-

      • International Scientific Advisory Panel member, RCN annual international nursing research conference 2009-

      • Committee Member of User and Carer Renal Group with South Bank University 2014-

      • Member of Renal Research Nurse Leaders Meeting 2015-

      • Module lead for 3 post graduate renal modules 2013-

      • Quality Gender Initiative Mentor (Feb 2015- ) Member

      • SWAN: Research Internship Scheme – Co Lead 2012-

      • Committee Member – School Research Ethics Committee 2015-

      • Committee Member - Teaching Excellence Student Support Group 2015-

      • Grant Reviewer for The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), based at the University of Southampton which manages evaluation research programmes and activities for the NIHR.


      Recently Completed Research

      • McIlfatrick, S (PI)., Hasson, F., McLaughlin, D., Johnston, G., Rutherford, L., Noble, H (co-investigator) and Kelly, S (2012-2013). Exploring public awareness of palliative and end-of-life care and attitudes to death and dying in Northern Ireland: a pilot study HSC R&D Division
      • Noble H (2012-2013). Preparing for ‘PACKS’. Florence Nightingale Association
      • Noble, H (Chief Investigator) Fogarty, D, Shields, J. Crowe, L and Brown, J (2012-2013). Exploring renal deaths in Northern Ireland and the views of carers. GAIN funding.
      • Thomas, N. Jones, J. Noble, H. Chamney, M (2011-2102) Establishing a Patient and Carer Advisory Group for the Kidney Research and Education Initiative. British Kidney Patient Association.
      • Fogarty, D (PI), Shields, J. Noble, H. and Savage G (2011-2012). Healthcare planning in advanced Chronic Kidney Disease. Centre for Health Improvement – Queens University Belfast


      Currently Funded Research Projects


      Current Graduate Supervision

      • Carmela Arteaga Jorda – (Category B Supervisor since Jan 2010): The concept of Self management and the Expert Patient Programme– Expected to finish 2013 – City University London.
      • Norah Abdullah Madkhali - Breast health awareness in the Jizan region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a qualitative perspective (Sept 14 – 17). QUB
      • Priscilla Cunningham – Learning Technology (Sept 15-18). QUB


      Postregistration modules:

      Module Leader

      • DNP 9009 - Doctorate in Nursing Practice - Independant Module.
      • HSN3073 - Nephrology Introductory Module
      • HSN3074 - Renal Nursing
      • HSN3075 - Renal Replacement Therapies (RRT)


      External Examiner

      • University of Hertfordshire & Lincoln University College (Malaysia)
      • BSc (Hons) International Nursing programme (Malaysia)
      • BSc Contemporary Nursing
      • MSc Contemporary Nursing

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      Frequent Journals

      • British Journal of Nursing

        ISSNs: 0966-0461

        MA Healthcare Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.285 SNIP 0.527


      • Evidence-Based Nursing

        ISSNs: 1367-6539

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-9618

        BMJ Publishing Group

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.111 SNIP 0.102


      • Journal of Renal Care

        ISSNs: 1755-6678

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1755-6686


        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.572 SNIP 0.719


      • Palliative Medicine

        ISSNs: 0269-2163

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

        SAGE Publications Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.771 SNIP 1.923


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