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

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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 Reader in Respiratory Care and 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 RNREC (Respiratory Nurse Research & Education Consortium), a collaborative venture between ARNS & the Health Research Institute at EHU. She currently serves on 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.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Health , PhD

    Nov 2010Mar 2015

    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

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    Research Output

  • What respiratory teaching is currently being delivered to pre-registration nurses in the United Kingdom?

    Roberts, N., Lippiett, K. & Kelly, C. A., 7 Sep 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Adult bronchiectasis patients’ perceptions of exercise: A qualitative study’

    Evans, H. & Kelly, C. A., 15 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Asthma COPD overlap: a case study

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

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    A systematic review of self-management support interventions for adult bronchiectasis patients: a realist synthesis.

    TSANG, ANTHONY., LYNES, DAVID., SPENCER, SALLY. & Kelly, C. A., 15 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster




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    • 1 Oral presentation

    An exploratory qualitative study of patients' and healthcare professionals' views on self-management in bronchiectasis.

    CAROL KELLY (Speaker), DAVID LYNES (Speaker), ANTHONY TSANG (Speaker) & SALLY SPENCER (Speaker)

    9 Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Oxygen: Just a load of gas? A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

    CAROL KELLY (Speaker)

    2 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Patients' and Healthcare Professionals' Perceptions of Oxygen Therapy: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

    Author: Kelly, C. A., 29 Apr 2015

    Supervisor: O'BRIEN, M. (Director of Studies) & LYNES, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis