Dr Catherine L Henshall

MN, RGN, MA, PhD

Reader in Nursing Research

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Catherine L Henshall

Role

Dr Catherine Henshall is a clinical academic nurse.

Catherine is a Reader in Nursing and the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) Research Lead at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and is the Deputy Lead for Research for the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (OSNM). She is also co-director of the NIHR Oxford Health Clinical Research Facility and the NIHR Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition, Catherine is Chair of the Research Interest Group at Lung Cancer Nursing UK.

Catherine’s clinical background is in oncology nursing and her research interests focus on NMAHP workforce development, cancer survivorship, mental health and self-management of long-term conditions.

Teaching and supervision

Catherine is Module Leader on the Advanced Research Design module for the MSc in Professional Practice at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Supervision

Catherine currently supervises PhD and/or Professional Doctorate students. She welcomes enquiries from doctoral candidates. 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Emma Blakey How are unplanned readmissions experienced and perceived by older adults and their families in an English NHS context? Active

Research

Catherine's research interests include NMAHP workforce development, cancer survivorship, mental health and self-management of long-term conditions.

Research grants and awards

  • Health Education England PhD Studentship Award: Oxford Brookes University, £70,799, Sept 2022-25 (principal investigator)
  • OxINMAHR PhD Studentship Award: Oxford Brookes University, £100,000, June 2022-25 (co-investigator)
  • Macmillan: Evaluation of the Generic Clinical Nurse Specialist Role £20,000 Sept 2021-Aug 2022 (co-investigator)
  • Health Education England Thames Valley: Evaluation of Nurse Cadet Scheme £12,834.43 Nov 2021-July 2022 (principal investigator)
  • NHS England: LiSHORE - ‘Listen, Share, Hold, Respond’; £123,000. Mar 2020-21 (principal investigator).
  • Macmillan: Development and Evaluation of an Exercise Focused Self-Management App for Lung Cancer Survivors; £15,000, Jan 2020 (principal investigator)
  • The Burdett Trust for Nursing (Burdett COVID-19 Nursing Resilience 2020): Enhancing Resilience, Psychological Health and Wellbeing for Nurses Through the Development of an Online Training Package; £45,667 Mar 21-Mar 22 (principal investigator)
  • UKRI: Investigating How Nurse Education Prior To And During Covid Prepares Nurses for the Pandemic: An Analysis of What Works; £494,660, October 2020 (co-investigator)
  • OxINMAHR PhD Studentship Award: Oxford Brookes University, £100,000, Sept 2020 (principal investigator)
  • NIHR Applied Research Collaboration: James Lind Alliance community nursing priority setting partnership; £50,000. Mar 20-22. (principal investigator)
  • NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader Award: £115,000 June 2019-22
  • Bloodwise: Emotional and psychological support for people diagnosed with blood cancer; £50,000; Jan 20-Oct 20 (co-investigator)
  • Mesothelioma UK: 'Exploring clinical decision making in mesothelioma treatment pathways across three NHS Trusts: a mixed methods study'; £25,000 Sept 2019-May 2021 (principal investigator)
  • Mesothelioma UK: A study to explore the care pathways of mesothelioma patients at three NHS Trusts in the Thames Valley 2018-19: £25,000 Sept 2018-19 (principal investigator)

Research projects

  • Macmillan: Upgrading and Evaluating an existing Exercise Focused Self-Management App for Lung Cancer Survivors
  • The Burdett Trust for Nursing: Enhancing Resilience, Psychological Health and Wellbeing for Nurses Through the Development of an Online Training Package
  • UKRI: Investigating How Nurse Education Prior To And During Covid Prepares Nurses for the Pandemic: An Analysis of What Works
  • OxINMAHR PhD Studentship: Developing a Research Readiness Tool for nurses working in the clinical setting
  • NIHR Applied Research Collaboration: James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership to identify the top ten unanswered research priorities in community nursing
  • Blood Cancer UK: Exploring the emotional and psychological support for people diagnosed with blood cancer

Research impact

  • NHS England: LiSHORE - ‘Listen, Share, Hold, Respond’: A national consultation exercise to identify the unmet spiritual care needs of BAME NHS workers during Covid-19. It is intended that the findings from the consultation exercise are used to inform upgrades to existing spiritual care tools and provide recommendations for a spirituality toolit which will be made available across NHS settings in England.
  • NIHR Applied Research Collaboration: James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership to identify the top ten unanswered research priorities in community nursing. Project findings will be used to underpin and inform the research pillar of NHS England's National Community Nursing Plan from 2021.

Groups

Projects

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Evaluation of Nurse Cadet Scheme (18/11/2021 - 17/07/2022), funded by: Health Education England, funding amount received by Brookes: £12,834
  • Enhancing resilience in the nursing workforce in the Covid-19 environment: transitioning from face-to face to online learning (01/05/2021 - 30/04/2022), funded by: Burdett Trust For Nursing, funding amount received by Brookes: £23,162

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Evaluation of Macmillan Generic CNS role at Great Western Hospital(01/06/2021 - 31/01/2023), funded by: Macmillan Cancer Support, funding amount received by Brookes: £19,986, funded by: Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Investigating how nurse education prior to and during Covid prepares nurses for the pandemic : an analysis of what works(16/11/2020 - 31/10/2022), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £411,821, funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Professional Body and Organisational Memberships:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Honorary contract, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary contract, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Committees and Board Memberships:

  • Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee Research Grants selection panel member
  • Chair of Research Interested Group, Lung Cancer Nurses UK
  • R&D Senior Management Team member (Oxford Health NHS)

Editorial Boards and Expert Panels

  • Editorial Board: BMC Health Services Research
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Peer reviewer for: Healthcare; Psycho-Oncology; BMC Health Services Research; The European Journal of Cancer Care; Journal of Clinical Nursing; Health Informatics Journal; Cancer Medicine; Early Intervention in Psychiatry; Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Clinical Research Award category judge at the 2021-22 Nursing Times Awards
  • Clinical Research Award category judge at the 2022 Student Nursing Times Awards

National and Regional Advisory Groups

  • NIHR Credentials Programme Board
  • NIHR Nursing and Midwifery Incubator Advisory Group

Conferences

  • ‘My pathway to a career in research’; Postgraduate Symposium Opening Lecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2020
  • ‘NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader Programme’ Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery Away Day, Oxford, UK, 2020
  • ‘Mesothelioma patients’ experiences of follow-up care across three NHS trusts’; International Mesothelioma Interest Group, Brisbane, Australia, March 2020 (postponed to May 21 due to Covid-19).
  • ‘Mesothelioma patients’ experiences of follow-up care across three NHS trusts’; British Thoracic Oncology Group, Dublin, 2020.
  • Mesothelioma patient pathways: changing policy and practice; BPOS, Edinburgh, 2020.
  • ‘Mesothelioma patients’ experiences of follow-up care across three NHS trusts’; National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, London, 2019
  • ‘What is the best practice for patient follow up care?’; Mesothelioma UK Patient and Carer conference, Blackpool, 2019
  • ‘The role of the assistant practitioner in the clinical setting: a focus group study’; STTI European conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 2018.
  • ‘Restructuring relationships in cancer survivorship: changes in social support and engagement with self-management practices’; Royal College of Nursing Research conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2018.

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