Dr Fiona Kennedy

Research Fellow

Phone: 0113 2068939
email: f.r.kennedy@leeds.ac.uk

 

Fiona joined the Patient Reported Outcomes Group in January 2014.  Her background is in psychology, specifically health psychology.  Fiona completed a PhD in 2009 at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), funded by the charity Breast Cancer Campaign, exploring the psychosocial impact and perception of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is a very early stage of breast cancer increasingly detected by routine mammogram screening.   Prior to joining the group she worked as a research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University where she was involved in a number of health and social care projects, including two projects focusing on new and innovative nursing roles.

Since joining the group, Fiona has led the REPORT-UK (Real-time Electronic Patient Outcome ReporTing of adverse events in UK cancer trials) project, funded by Cancer Research UK, which involved in developing, introducing and evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a web based and telephone system for patients to self-report adverse events and other patient reported outcome measures in cancer trials.  Since February 2016 Fiona has been leading the ePRIME (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences) study, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is exploring an innovative approach for remote monitoring/support of patients, using electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) and re-designed care pathways.

 

Research interests

Fiona’s research interests centre on applied, patient-led research, including patient experiences and perceptions of health conditions, the detection and management of emotional distress in clinical practice, doctor patient communication, and researchers’ experiences of undertaking research in sensitive areas.

 

Teaching

Fiona is a tutor on the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module of the year 1 MBChB course.

 

Professional activities

Fiona is a member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) and currently sits on their executive committee as their website and social media representative.  In June 2016 she also joined the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology & Survivorship Clinical Studies Group in their trainee scheme.
Presentations and Publications

  • Gerrish K, Laker S, Taylor C, Kennedy F, McDonnell A (In press). Enhancing the quality of oral nutrition support for hospitalised patients: a mixed-methods knowledge translation study (The EQONS study).  Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Kennedy F, Clayton B, Absolom K, Francischetto EO, Flintoff L, Gordon K, Crocombe W, R C, Hiley V, Bamforth L, Blazeby J, Brown J, Velikova G. (March 2016) Real-time Electronic Patient Outcome ReporTing of adverse events – is it feasible in UK cancer trials? Findings from a proof-of-principle study. In The British Psychosocial Oncology Society’s (BPOS) Annual Conference. Vol. 25. pp 1-22. Cambridge: Psycho-Oncology
  • Tod A.M, Kennedy F, Stocks A.J, McDonnell A, Ramaswamy B, Wood B & Whitfield M (2016). Good quality social care for people with Parkinson’s disease: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6: e006813. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006813
  • Kennedy F., Hulbert-Williams N. (2015) Psychosocial research in cancer care. In Cancer and Cancer Care, Wyatt D, Hulbert-Williams N (eds) pp 500-516. London: SAGE
  • McDonnell A, Goodwin E, Kennedy F, Hawley K, Gerrish K, Smith C (2015) An evaluation of the implementation of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) roles in an acute hospital setting. J Adv Nurs 71(4): 789-99
  • Horne B, Kennedy F, Absolom K, Pini S, Brown J, Velikova G (2015) Exploring sexual function assessment through cognitive interviews with cancer patients in REPORT-UK (Real-time Electronic Patient Outcome ReporTing of adverse events in UK cancer trials). Psycho-Oncology 24: 4-4
  • McDonnell A, Kennedy F, Wood B, Ramaswamy B, Whitfield M & Tod A.M. (2014). Putting people with Parkinson’s in control: exploring the impact of quality social care. Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Kennedy F, Hicks B, Yarker J (2014) Work stress and cancer researchers: an exploration of the challenges, experiences and training needs of UK cancer researchers. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 23(4): 462-71
  • Gerrish K, McDonnell A, Kennedy F (2013) The development of a framework for evaluating the impact of nurse consultant roles in the UK. J Adv Nurs 69(10): 2295-308
  • McDonnell A, Gerrish K, Kennedy F (2013) Because you’re worth it. Nurs Stand 27(38): 61
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2012) The shifting nature of women’s experiences and perceptions of ductal carcinoma in situ. J Adv Nurs 68(4): 856-67
  • Kennedy F, McDonnell A, Gerrish K, Howarth A, Pollard C, Redman J (2012) Evaluation of the impact of nurse consultant roles in the United Kingdom: a mixed method systematic literature review. J Adv Nurs 68(4): 721-42
  • Kennedy F, Hicks B, Yarker J. (2012) Challenges and work experiences of oncology researchers. In The British Psychosocial Oncology Society’s (BPOS) Annual Conference Leeds: Psycho-Oncology, 21, p14
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N, White P (2010) The psychosocial impact of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): a longitudinal prospective study. Breast 19(5): 382-7
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2009) Perceptions of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) among UK health professionals. Breast 18(2): 89-93
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2008) The challenge of being diagnosed and treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Eur J Oncol Nurs 12(2): 103-11
  • Conner M, Sutherland E, Kennedy F, Grearly C, Berry C (2008) Impact of alcohol on sexual decision making: Intentions to have unprotected sex. Psychol Health 23(8): 909-34
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2008) Discrepancies & challenge of ductal carcinoma in situ for health professionals. In Breast Cancer Campaign Conference London Breast Cancer Research 10(S2): P84
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2008) A longitudinal study of the psychosocial impact of a diagnosis of DCIS. In The British Psychosocial Oncology Society’s (BPOS) Annual Conference Vol. Leeds: Psycho-Oncology,18, p 309
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2008) Risk perceptions and communication of DCIS among UK health professionals. In Breast Cancer Campaign Conference, DHP Annual Conference Bath: Psychology & Health, 23: 158-159
  • Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N (2007) “DCIS isn’t cancer or is it?”: An exploration of women’s experiences of ductal carcinoma in situ. In IPOS World Congress London: Psycho-Oncology,16, S189
  • Kennedy F, Haslam C, Munir F, Pryce J (2007) Returning to work following cancer: a qualitative exploratory study into the experience of returning to work following cancer. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 16(1): 17-25