The CPCR Team

The diverse backgrounds of the CPCR team add a wealth of experience to patient centred research from both a clinical and non-clinical perspective.

 

Professor Janelle Yorke

Professor Yorke joined the University of Manchester through Project Diamond in 2012 and was appointed Professor of Cancer Nursing, joint Chair between the University and Christie Hospital, May 2015. Following her nurse training and graduate studies in Australia, Janelle relocated to the UK in 2004 and was awarded a PhD in Nursing in 2009. Janelle is the current Chair of the British Thoracic Society Nurse Advisory Group and Chair-elect of the American Thoracic Society Nursing Assembly. She is Editor of Respiratory Nursing Today and is an Editorial Board member for Community Nursing and the world leading journal Thorax. Professor Yorke’s research focuses on symptom experience with a particular emphasis on the development and validation of outcome measures, as well as the development and evaluation of complex interventions for symptom control. Current work focuses on the non-pharmacological management of the symptom cluster breathlessness-cough-fatigue in lung cancer (funded by the NIHR) and palliative and supportive care needs of people living with long term conditions, including pulmonary hypertension lung fibrosis. Her work is published in high impact journals and she is frequently invited to present her work at national and international conferences.

Dr Carole Farrell

Carole is a CPCR research fellow and Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester. She is also Consultant Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice. Carole works closely with clinical colleagues to develop projects that will have a direct impact on patient care and clinical services. This includes work to improve care for people with dementia and cancer. Carole has extensive clinical experience as an oncology nurse for almost 30 years. Previous roles include a clinical nurse specialist and nurse clinician where she set up and managed several nurse-led clinics, which improved continuity of care and patient-focused clinical services. Carole is currently leading the development of the cancer and older people CPCR research theme here at The Christie.

Dr Lorna McWilliams

Lorna has a varied research background in psychology and public health having completed her undergraduate and Master’s (Research Methods in Psychology) degrees at the University of Strathclyde before completing her PhD in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham. With a particular interest in behaviour change and health behaviour research, Lorna has collaborated with City University of New York and Bangor University before joining CPCR in December 2015. Lorna is currently leading the development of the prevention and early detection CPCR research theme here at The Christie.

Dr Sally Taylor

Sally began her research career in 2003 at the University of Salford whilst working as a research assistant and completing her masters. She developed her interests in oncology research whilst working at Leeds University in the Patient Reported Outcomes Group and within the Academic Unit of Palliative Care. Sally completed her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2013. Sally’s particular research interests are in the development and use of patient reported outcomes in oncology. Sally is currently leading the development of the living with and beyond cancer CPCR research theme here at The Christie.

Sarah Bellhouse

Sarah has a background in Psychology having completed her undergraduate and Master’s (Forensic and Criminological Psychology) degrees at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include promoting the psychosocial wellbeing of cancer patients, supporting carers & family members and cancer prevention. Sarah is currently focusing on a project assessing the acceptability and feasibility of a lay health led cancer prevention scheme whilst supporting the wider CPCR team with literature searches, participant recruitment and data analysis.

Project Researchers

Liz Baker
Liz has broad range of clinical nursing experience gained over 25 years in both hospital and community settings. She completed her undergraduate nursing studies at the University of Manchester and went on to gain a Master’s degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Liz has had a keen interest in the use of evidence based practice throughout her nursing career and fulfilled her ambition to move into research practice in 2013. She is currently working on the Respiratory Distress Symptom Intervention study, which aims to investigate whether a new intervention is effective in reducing the symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue and cough in lung cancer patients.

Kathryn Harper
Kathryn completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working in Research & Development at The Christie. Kathryn is conducting patient follow ups for the Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) project assessing patients’ quality of life and functional status after completing chemotherapy.

Grant Punnett
Grant has a Masters in Health Psychology and has worked with various academic and NHS organisations on research projects and service evaluations. These have included looking at the impact of bouts of moderate intensity exercise on mood and self-esteem in mental health patients and long term quality of life in pseudomyxoma patients post Cytoreduction & HIPEC surgery. Grant’s current research interests are psychological impact and morbidity associated with major surgery, prehabilitation before treatment and shared decision making. He currently works on a Vanguard funded project exploring how goals of care are set in the context of progressing cancer.

To contact the team, please email cpcr@christie.nhs.uk 

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