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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation
- Health-related quality of life measurement
- Psychological and social interventions in cardiovascular disease

1978 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile



I am recognised as an international leading authority in cardiovascular nursing, care and rehabilitation and have made significant contributions in: synthesising and evaluating the evidence for cardiac rehabilitation; designing and evaluating novel early brief psychosocial interventions for cardiac patients/partners; and developing and validating disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures for cardiac patients. I have been a full professor since 1994 in universities in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and served as a Dean, Deputy Dean and Head of departments, schools and faculties of nursing, health sciences and medicine, and Director of two research centres, and held the only chair in cardiovascular nursing in the UK. I hold seven international honorary/visiting professorships and have developed research collaborations, including supervision, with nursing and medical colleagues there. I have given around 90 major invited plenary lectures and chaired various international meeting sessions. I am a founding, now consultant, editor of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and an editorial board member of four other journals. As of January 2024, my Google Scholar h-index is 89 (Web of Science 62; Scopus 68), high for a nurse researcher with significant administrative, teaching and supervisory loads, and one of the highest among professors of nursing in the world. I have over 800 publications, including >360 original research papers (4 cited >1000 and 1>3000, with >37000 citations on Google Scholar; >16000 on Web of Science (average 24 cites per item); >20000 on Scopus (average 30 cites per item). I feature in Stanford University’s database of the world’s top 2% of scientists - Data for "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" - Elsevier BV ( and in the AD Scientific Index 2022, I rank 2/172 in the UK, 3/802 in Europe and 12/3650 in the world in nursing and midwifery David R Thompson - AD Scientific Index 2022

Some of my key achievements are:

  • Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2021)
  • Elected Member of the Academia Europaea (2019)


Scientific and literary biographies; SE Asia travel; contemporary Chinese art

Research Interests

I have extensive experience in research, clinical practice, education and management in the health service and universities in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. My work has been concerned primarily with developing research and clinical practice, particularly in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and chronic cardiovascular disease management, and using it to inform education and policy. Much of my research is clinical in nature, as I believe practice to be the raison d'etre of nursing. This work, focused on preventing diseases and disability, and enhancing quality of life, has yielded over 800 publications, including more than 360 orginal research reports, in the nursing, medical and psychological press, including leading journals such as The Lancet and BMJ. In addition, I have: written 16 books and over 55 book chapters in edited books; held editorial appointments for prestigious nursing and medical journals; acted as external examiner and served on validation and appointment panels for university departments; and served on various local, regional and national policy and research committees, including the REF2021 and past RAEs

I have mentored and supervised many of the leading cardiovascular nurse scientists in the UK and Hong Kong and some in Europe, Canada and Australia, pioneered cardiovascular nursing research in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, initiated a European-wide cardiovascular nursing research collaboration and advised a national Canadian cardiovascular nurse scientist programme. I have provided high level policy advice on nursing research to the UK government (holding the first part-time position as Professor of Nursing Research)

I have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and development, particularly in the fields of health service delivery models and health outcomes. I have initiated and directed collaboration with a variety of health professionals and academics and have experience in using a range of research methods. I completed my degrees, including a PhD (entitled: Efficacy of Counselling Coronary Patients and their Partners) in less than three years, on a part-time basis whilst working full-time in a clinical or academic capacity. I feel I offer creativity, enthusiasm and drive which, together with a great capacity for work, I would regard as my chief assets


I have been involved in teaching, curriculum design and programme delivery (at undergraduate and postgraduate level) using a variety of modes, methods and skills underpinned by a sound eclectic understanding of different levels of teaching and learning. My teaching and learning philosophy is based around creativity and interaction and focuses on facilitating learners’ continuing development and independence in the belief that students have the potential to be self-directed, are highly motivated and interested in integrating their experience into their learning. I hope to promote the growth of mature people with inquiring, analytical and critical minds.  I aim to develop learners’ cognitive, affective and psychomotor knowledge and skills in order that students can provide safe, competent and holistic nursing care. I see teaching and learning as a dynamic, life-long process that will produce practitioners with well developed critical and analytical abilities to accept greater responsibility and accountability in the delivery of high quality care. To me, education should be motivating, challenging and self-developing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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