Helen Kerr

Dr

  • Room 06.314 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Kerr is open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Interventions and evaluations to improve the transition from children’s to adult services -Oncology and palliative care nursing - Innovative educational interventions

20072021

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Personal profile

Research Interests

I am a registered Specialist Nurse in oncology with the Nursing and Midwifery Council with previous clinical experience in oncology and palliative care.   My health services research involves interventions to improve services for young adults with life-limiting conditions.  Previous realistic evaluation research identified the factors associated with a successful transition from childrens to adult services.  I was awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Researcher of the Year award in 2017 and runner up in the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year in 2016. My educational research focuses on developing innovative pedagogical approaches such as the introduction of mobile spaced learning into the undergraduate nursing curriculum. 

Research Focus

Current research

  • Principal Investigator: ‘Registered nurses’ perspectives of the impact of completing the Specialist Practice in Oncology qualification on patient care and clinical practice: a qualitative study.'  Funder: Burdett Trust for Nursing.
  • Co-Investigator: 'A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Year One Evidence-Based Nursing Module.'
  • Co-Investigator: 'A grounded theory on first year undergraduate nursing students' experience and application of asynchronous learning activities.'

Completed research

  • ‘Feasibility study to explore the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform when teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing student.  SPLENdidS study.’ Funder: Martha McMenamin Scholarship Fund.
  • ‘Factors associated with an effective transition from children’s to adult services by young adults with life-limiting conditions in Ireland.’ Funder: Public Health Agency and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • ‘The usefulness and acceptability of a personal-health record to children and young people living with a complex health condition.’ Funder: Marie Curie Hospice.
  •  ‘An exploration of the impact on registered nurses of working in ward-based oncology care.’ 
  • ‘An evaluation of the development of audio-visual aids when teaching communication skills to undergraduate nursing students.’ Funder: Centre for Educational Development, QUB.
  • ‘Students journey through a BSc(Hons) Psychological Trauma Studies programme in the context of a post conflict society in Northern Ireland.’

Teaching

  • Pathway Lead for the BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology programme.
  • Module coordinator for five modules.
  • Teach 'Uni Simulation' and 'Interprofessional education' (IPE) simulation with medical colleagues.

Achievements

  • STAR Recognition Award: 2020
  • Senior Fellow: Higher Education Academy: 2020
  • Winner: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 'Researcher of the Year' award: 2017.
  • Runner up: Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year: 2016
  • Researcher Plus award at the PhD graduation ceremony at Queen's University Belfast: 2016.

 

Other

Leadership

  • Internal Coach on QUB Register
  • Lead: Specialist Practice in Oncology pathway
  • Chair: Staff Development Committee
  • Assessor: Queen's Merit Award Higher Education Fellowship Scheme
  • School representative: Faculty Research Ethics Committee
  • Module coordinator: Five undergraduate and postgraduate modules
  • Member: School Research Committee
  • Member: School Education Committee
  • Mentor: School Mentoring Scheme
  • Mentor: Staff on probation
  • Personal Development Reviewer

Particulars

Grants/funding secured

2020: Public Health Agency Conference Fund 

2019: Burdett Trust for Nursing 

2018: Martha McMenamin Scholarship (Team Application led by Dr Clare McVeigh)

2016: Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship

2014: Marcia Mackie Award

2013: Palliative Care Congress Bursary Award 

2013: Public Health Agency and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

 

Other

Membership of external organisations

Executive member (NI representative): International Family Nursing Association-UK-Ireland chapter

Secretary: Palliative Care Research Forum Northern Ireland 

Member: All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network  

Member: Northern Ireland Cancer Network (NICaN) Systematic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT)

Member: Department of Health Northern Ireland Cancer Strategy

External Examiner: University College Cork

Member: Expert Steering Group-Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance Transition Study

Expertise related to UN SDGs

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

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