Dr Carol Kelly

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    PhD projects

    Respiratory focused, including patient focused projects including disease areas COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis.


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    Personal profile


    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 she has both clinical and academic expertise in the subject area. Carol is a Reader in Respiratory Care, 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. She is Co-Director of the Respiratory Research Centre at Edge Hill University. As an active member of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS), she collaborates on several national projects and is a keen advocate for respiratory nursing and developing clinical academic career pathways. She was the founder Chair of the RNREC (Respiratory Nurse Research & Education Consortium), a collaborative venture between ARNS & the Health Research Institute at EHU. She is a member of the British Thoracic Society Quality Improvement Committee, NHS England & NHS Improvement Long Term Plan, Respiratory Delivery Board: Flexible Learning Working Group and is an Advisory Group Member for the Cochrane Airways Priority Setting Project.  

    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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Health , PhD

    Nov 2010Dec 2014

    Award Date: 16 Mar 2015

    Professional Education , MA, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 May 2008

    Education , PGCert, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

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

    Award Date: 1 Apr 2001


    • RT Nursing
    • Respiratory
    • Specialist Practice
    • bronchiectasis

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Respiratory Research Centre


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