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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Noble is open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Improving systems of care for patients with end-stage kidney disease - Mindfulness - Interventions to improve quality of life including mindfulness and arts based interventions.

20002020

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Personal profile

Research Interests

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

Research Statement

As a Reader 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 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 £1 million 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 Chair of the Renal Research Group. In addition, I was previous Associate Editor of Evidence Based Nursing (2010-19), Associate Editor BMC Nephrology (2017-19) and was previous 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 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; the City University Staff Research Prize, 2009 and the Student Representative Award, City University London, 2010. In 2016 I received the 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' http://ebn.bmj.com/content/18/2/34.full and is part of the Research Made Simple series.

In addition I am a trained mindfulness teacher having completed 'Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Practice’ (2020)  and the 'Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher training with Mindfulness UK (2020). I lead an innovative programme of Mindfulness Compassion for PhD students and plan to make this more widely available.

Teaching

Postregistration modules:

Module Leader

  • DNP 9009 - Doctorate in Nursing Practice - Independant Module.
  • HSN3076 - Nephrology Introductory Module
  • HSN3074 - Renal Nursing
  • HSN3075 - Renal Replacement Therapies (RRT)

 

External Examiner

  • City University, London (2019-)
  • University of Hertfordshire & Lincoln University College (Malaysia) (2015-19)
  •    BSc (Hons) International Nursing programme (Malaysia)
  •    BSc Contemporary Nursing
  •    MSc Contemporary Nursing

Other

Graduate Supervision outside QUB

  • Carmela Arteaga Jorda – (Category B Supervisor): The concept of Self management and the Expert Patient Programme– 2010-2018 – City University London.

 

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Research Output

Public awareness and attitudes toward palliative care in Northern Ireland

McIlfatrick, S., Hasson, F., McLaughlin, D., Johnston, G., Roulston, A., Rutherford, L., Noble, H., Kelly, S., Craig, A. & Kernohan, W. G., 17 Sep 2013, In : BMC palliative care. 12, 1, 7 p., BMC Palliative Care. IF 1.78 Q1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 40 Citations (Scopus)
    574 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring public awareness and perceptions of palliative care: a qualitative study

    McIlfatrick, S., Noble, H., McCorry, N. K., Roulston, A., Hasson, F., McLaughlin, D., Johnston, G., Rutherford, L., Payne, C., Kernohan, G., Kelly, S. & Craig, A., Mar 2014, In : Palliative Medicine. 28, 3, p. 273-280 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • 35 Citations (Scopus)
    7820 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    £1500 Funding from Research and Enterprise, QUB

    Noble, Helen (Recipient), 11 Oct 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • £2500 from HSC R&D Division

    Noble, Helen (Recipient), 24 Jan 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    £2500 funding from NI Kidney Research Fund

    Noble, Helen (Recipient), 15 Jan 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    £2500 funding from the Renal Unit Fund

    Noble, Helen (Recipient), 15 Jan 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    Making the right choices, palliative care and quality of life in ESKD

    Helen Noble (Invited speaker)

    Apr 2021

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Health Care in Kidney Healthcare

    Helen Noble (Keynote speaker)

    Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Healthcare (Journal)

    Helen Noble (Guest editor), & Ian Walsh (Guest editor)

    13 Jan 202013 Jan 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    The Renal Arts Group

    Helen Noble (Invited speaker)

    14 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Healthcare (Journal)

    Helen Noble (Guest editor), & Ian Walsh (Guest editor)

    29 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Promoting the Art of Health and Wellbeing

    Helen Noble, Claire Carswell & Anna Wilson

    01/11/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Impact

    British Kidney Patient Association Patient and Carer Leaflets

    Helen Noble (Participant)

    Impact: Societial Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Public Service Impact

    The Conversation story

    Helen Noble (Participant)

    Impact: Public Service Impact

    Thesis

    An exploration of symptom burden and its management in Saudi Arabian patients receiving haemodialysis, and their caregivers: A mixed methods study

    Author: Alshammari, B., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: O'Halloran, P. (Supervisor), Noble, H. (Supervisor) & McAneney, H. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Development and feasibility of an arts-based intervention for patients with end-stage kidney disease whilst receiving haemodialysis

    Author: Carswell, C., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Noble, H. (Supervisor), Reid, J. (Supervisor) & Walsh, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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