Helen Kerr

    Dr Helen Kerr

    Lecturer (Education)

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5810

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    Research Interests

    Helen Kerr is a registered nurse with previous clinical experience in oncology and palliative care.  Helen is also a registered specialist nurse in oncology with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    Research interests lie in the broad area of oncology and palliative care.  Previous research completed focused on the impact on registered nurses of working in ward based oncology care.  Research completed in 2016 as part of a Doctoral Fellowship identified the factors that were considered to contribute to an effective transition from children’s to adult services for young adults with life-limiting conditions on the island of Ireland. In 2017 Helen was awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Researcher of the Year award and was also runner up in the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year for this research.  Helen secured the national Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship award in 2016 to continue expanding this research interest.  

    Current research is focused on the use of a Healthcare Passport for young people with life-limiting conditions.  In 2017 Helen successfully secured a team application for a Martha McMenamin Scholarship, led by Dr Clare McVeigh, which is exploring the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform for teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing students.  

    Helen is a member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Early Career Researcher Forum and the Palliative Care Research Forum Northern Ireland (PCRFNI) executive committee.

    Teaching

    Helen is the Pathway Lead for the BSc(Hons) and Posgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology programme and also module coordinator in four modules in this programme.  This involves a full teaching workload in the following modules;

    • 'The Basis of Therapeutic Practice in Cancer Nursing'
    • 'Biomedical Aspects of Oncology Nursing' 
    • 'Dimensions of Care in Cancer Nursing'  
    • 'Assessment and Advanced Communication'

     

    Helen is also module coordinator and teaches in the 'Evidence Based Nursing 1' module in the undegraduate BSc(Hons) Nursing.

    In addition to these modules, Helen also teaches in 'Uni Simulation' and 'Interprofessional education' (IPE) simulation in year three of the BSc(Hons) Nursing

     

    Achievements and Distinctions

    • Winner of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing 'Researcher of the Year' award in March 2017.
    • Awarded Researcher Plus award at the PhD graduation ceremony at Queen's University Belfast in December 2016.
    • Awarded competitive national Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship in October 2016.
    • Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year, runner up in May 2016.
    • Awarded competitive Marcia Mackie award at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB, in 2014/15. 
    • Successful bursary application from the Palliative Care Congress to present at the Congress in Harrogate, England in 2014.
    • Along with Dr Peter O'Halloran, Dr Honor Nicholl and Professor Jayne Price, awarded a competitve Doctoral Fellowship from the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Health and Social Care, Public Health Agency, Research Division from 2013-2016.

     

    Research Statement

    Research interests lie in the broad area of oncology and palliative care which includes the development of innovative educational strategies in this subject area.

    Previous research has focused on the experiences of ward based registered oncology nurses of providing care to patients in a ward based setting.  Research completed in 2016 identified the factors that were considered to contribute to an effective transition from children’s to adult services for young adults with life-limiting conditions on the island of Ireland. 

    Current research is focused on the use of a Healthcare Passport for young people with life-limiting conditions.  In 2017 Helen successfully secured a team application for a Martha McMenamin Scholarship which is exploring the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform for teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing students.  

     

     

    Leadership roles

     

    Pathway Lead for BSc(Hons) and Posgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology Nursing programme.

     

    Module coordinator for four post registration modules;

    • Assessment and Advanced Communication 
    • Dimensions of Practice in Oncology nursing 
    • Biomedical Aspects of Oncology nursing
    • The Basis of Therapeutic Practice in Cancer nursing

     

    Module coordinator for undergraduate module;

    • Evidence Based Nursing 1

     

    Co-chair of the Staff Development Committee. 

     

    External examiner for 'MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care' and "MSc in Older Person' at the University of Southampton.

     

    Teaching roles 

    Helen has a full teaching workload in each of the following undergraduate and posgraduate modules:

     

    • Evidence Based Nursing 1:  BSc(Hons) Nursing
    • Uni-simulation: BSc(Hons) Nursing
    • Interprofessional education simulation: BSc(Hons) Nursing
    • Assessment and Advanced Communication: BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology
    • Dimensions of Practice in Oncology nursing: BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology
    • Biomedical Aspects of Oncology nursing; BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology
    • The Basis of Therapeutic Practice in Cancer nursing; BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology

     

    Current research projects

     

    Princiipal investigator on 'Registered nurses perspective of the impact of completing the Specialist Practice in Oncology qualification on their patient care and clinical practice: A qualitiative study.'

     

    Co-investigator on research study 'Acceptability and usefulness of 'My Healthcare Passport' to young people with life-limiting conditions.'

     

    Co-investigator on 'Pilot study to explore the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform when teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing students: SPLENdid study.'

     

    Completed research projects (previous surname of Sinclair)

    Kerr, H., O;Halloran, P., Nicholl, H. and Price, J. (2013-2016) Transition to adult services for young people wit life-limiting conditions.  All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and HSC PHA R&D Doctoral Fellowship.

     

    Sinclair, H. A. H. and Price, J. (2013) Students journey though an educational psychological trauma degree in the context of Northern Ireland.

     

    Sinclair, H. A. H. and Hamill, C. (2007) Experiences of registered nurses working in ward based oncology care.

     

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    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

    - Educational interventions for teaching oncology and palliative care nursing

    Frequent Journals

    • Palliative Medicine

      ISSNs: 0269-2163

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.7 SJR 2.29 SNIP 2.135

      Journal

    • International Journal of Nursing Studies

      ISSNs: 0020-7489

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.5 SJR 1.646 SNIP 2.129

      Journal

    • Nurse Researcher

      ISSNs: 1351-5578

      RCN Publishing Company

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.76 SJR 0.527 SNIP 0.736

      Journal

    • Child: Care, Health and Development

      ISSNs: 0305-1862

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2214

      Wiley-Blackwell

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.88 SJR 0.83 SNIP 1.131

      Journal

    • European Journal of Oncology Nursing

      ISSNs: 1462-3889

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1532-2122

      Churchill Livingstone

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.94 SNIP 1.043

      Journal

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