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Carol is a registered nurse who has worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and held senior clinical roles in the NHS and overseas for several years. Based in higher education since 2003, and with both clinical and academic expertise in the subject area, she contributes to the delivery of curriculum relevant to respiratory care. Carol is currently Head of Applied Health & Social Care in the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine, with responsibility for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and academic staff. As a member of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) Executive Committee, she collaborates on several national projects and is a keen advocate for respiratory nursing and developing clinical, academic career pathways. She is Chair of the RNRC (Respiratory Nurse Research Consortium), a collaborative venture between ARNS & the Health Research Institute at EHU.

Research interests

Carol’s research interests focus on 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. She was awarded a PhD for her work exploring perceptions of oxygen therapy. Her current research projects include: models of self-management for bronchiectasis patients and identification of national research priorities for respiratory nursing. Carol has published two Cochrane reviews featuring antibiotic use and self-management in bronchiectasis, she was member of the BTS (British Thoracic Society) Emergency Oxygen Guidelines Group, collaborating on the latest BTS Emergency Oxygen Guidelines.

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Education , MA, Lancaster University

Education , PGCert, Lancaster University

Specialist Nursing Practice (Respiratory) , BSc, University of Hertfordshire


  • RT Nursing
  • Respiratory
  • Specialist Practice

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Oxygen Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Bronchiectasis Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Nurses Medicine & Life Sciences
Nursing Medicine & Life Sciences
Self Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2019

Asthma COPD overlap: a case study

Ray, E. & Kelly, C., 6 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Prescribing Practice. 1, 2, p. 72-78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Macrolide antibiotics for bronchiectasis

Kelly, C., Chalmers, J. D., Crossingham, I., Relph, N., Felix, L., Evans, D. J., Milan, S. J. & Spencer, S., 15 Mar 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 3, p. 1-79

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Confidence Intervals
Odds Ratio

Piecing together the jigsaw: healthcare professionals' perceptions of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD.

Swift, E., O'Brien, M., Peter, S. & Kelly, C., 1 Dec 2018, p. A7-A8.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceSpeechResearchpeer-review

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Referral and Consultation
Delivery of Health Care

Research for Respiratory Nurses: The Establishment of a research consortium.

Kelly, C., Heslop-Marshall, K. & Hodson, M., 2 Apr 2018, In : Nursing times. 114, 4, p. 57-59

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nursing Research
Financial Management

Research priorities for respiratory nursing: A UK-wide Delphi study

Kelly, C., Kirkcaldy, A., Pilkington, M., Matthew, H., Welch, L., Yorke, J. & Knighting, K., 20 Apr 2018, In : European Respiratory Journal Open Research. 4, 2, p. 1-10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Delphi Technique
Nurses' Practice Patterns