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.
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 ChairMatthew Hodson
Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Joe Annandale, Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Joe qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 and started working within the respiratory speciality in 1996. Joe currently leads a small team at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli and runs the home ventilation service across south west Wales. His time is split 60% clinical and 40% research having been awarded a 3 year Clinical Research Time grant from Health and Care Research Wales. This has led to him starting a PhD and becoming the Principal investigator for 3 national research studies (COPD & MND).
Joe has been involved with ARNS for about 20 years and has sat on its committee. This opened up many doors including representing ARNS on the UK Respiratory Research Consortium, BTS Home Oxygen Guideline Development Group, BTS Standards of Care Committee, NRAD and currently the BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Review Group.
Joe has published numerous articles, written chapters in a book and e-learning modules. He enjoys teaching and supporting staff development but still maintains his motivation through improving patient outcomes, be it face to face, improving the service or on a national level.
Joe wants to try and promote nursing research, particularly respiratory and wants to continue supporting ARNS in implementing its research strategy.Joe Annandale
NPRANG & Scotland Representative
Anne McMurray, NPRANG & Scotland Representative
Ann qualified initially as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 in Belfast before moving to Edinburgh to undertake her conversion course to become a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse finishing in 1995. Ann currently works as a Paediatric Asthma Nurse Specialist. As an autonomous practitioner she runs nurse led clinics and supports consultant led clinics. She is a non-medical prescriber. She has several publications in nursing journals around management of asthma in schools and adherence in adolescents. She is a member of the teaching faculties for both SARA (Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy) and the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health Allergy modules. Ann is currently on secondment undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh/ Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. Her study is entitled ‘Parent and patient perspectives of fatal and near fatal asthma, a qualitative study.’ As current vice chair of the National Paediatric Respiratory and Asthma Nurses Group (NPRANG) she is keen to raise the profile of respiratory nursing research and with support of the other members of RNRC act as a resource for potential researchers.Anne McMurray
Dr Karen Heslop-Marshall
Dr Karen Heslop-Marshall, Media
Karen has worked in respiratory medicine since 1988. Karen’s clinical role is varied and she see’s patients a number of respiratory conditions including asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, lung fibrosis, tuberculosis, lung cancer and bronchiectasis. Karen mainly works in secondary care but also undertakes home visits.
Karen has represented nurses on a number of committees including the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee, BTS Specialist Advisory Group for COPD. She has been involved in representing nurses on national guideline groups for nebulisers, asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Quality Standards for Bronchiectasis and the NICE COPD Quality Standards Group and Commissioning Framework Group and is BTS Quality Improvement Committee.
Karen’s interest in conducting her own research developed when she completed a post graduate diploma in CBT in 2003. Karen developed a CBT treatment specifically for patients with respiratory problems who face psychological difficulties. Karen completed a National Institute of Health Research PhD Clinical Academic Training Research Fellowship from 2011 to 2016. Her PhD research was the largest RCT into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for COPD patients who experience anxiety and depression. Karen is developing an interactive online CBT treatment programme for COPD, similar to Karen’s face to face treatment. Karen also provides a foundation course in CBT for the physical health setting for staff wanting to learn CBT skills in the physical health setting.
Karen is a co-applicant for research in the use of CBT for respiratory patients before pulmonary rehabilitation and supervisor for two PhD students.Dr Karen Heslop-Marshall
Kate Lippiett trained as a nurse at Kings College London in 2006 and has since specialised in acute medicine and respiratory nursing. Kate has a particular interest in working with patients with COPD in both primary and secondary care. Prior to qualifying as a nurse, Kate worked as an NHS manager, completing the NHS management training scheme in 2003. Kate completed an MSc in Health Management at the University of Birmingham in 2005.
Kate was awarded a Health Foundation scholarship in 2016 to undertake a full time PhD looking at patients’ experiences of burden of treatment in COPD and lung cancer. She intends to pursue a clinical-academic career in respiratory nursing after completion.Kate Lippiet