UK Respiratory Nurse Research Consortium

The Respiratory Research Consortium (RNRC) is a sub-committee of ARNS. Launched in May 2017. The RNRC aims to mobilise and aggregate the collective experience, knowledge, and capacity for respiratory care research nationally, through co-ordination, mentorship, and collaboration. The RNRC committee has representatives with a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds, including paediatrics, representing a wide geographical reach within the United Kingdom and has patient representation.


Carol Kelly

Chair of the UK Respiratory Nurse Research Consortium

Dr Carol Kelly, Chair, Respiratory Nurse Research Consortium (RNRC)

Carol qualified as a registered nurse in 1983; she worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and held senior clinical roles for several years. Based in higher education since 2003, Carol is currently Head of Applied Health & Social Care in the Faculty of Health & Social Care at Edge Hill University (EHU), Lancashire. Carol was awarded a PhD in 2014 for her work exploring perceptions of oxygen therapy from both patients’ and healthcare professionals’ perspectives. Her research interests concern respiratory care, in particular the needs and care provided to respiratory patients, and the impact that training, education and knowledge have on the provision and quality of that care. Carol’s current research projects include: the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and diagnoses in a UK prison; models of self-management for bronchiectasis patients; developing and testing an integrated care pathway for bronchiectasis; and identification of national research priorities for respiratory nursing. Carol is currently undertaking two Cochrane reviews concerning antibiotic use and self-management in bronchiectasis, and was member of the BTS (British Thoracic Society) Emergency Oxygen Guidelines Group, collaborating on the forthcoming update of the BTS Emergency Oxygen Guidelines. She has published widely on respiratory topics and co-edited the book, Preston W and Kelly C (2016) Respiratory Nursing at a Glance. Chichester: Wiley. Carol is keen to champion and facilitate Respiratory Nurses and their role as researchers and was co-founder of the RNRC.

Carol Kelly

Dr Matthew Hodson MBE

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Matthew Hodson

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