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Prof. Kinta Beaver

Professor of Cancer Care

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB440

+44 (0) 1772 89 3715

kbeaver@uclan.ac.uk

Kinta has a history of work focused on the information needs and decision making preferences of people with cancer, which paved the way to a programme of research designed to meet the psychosocial, information and support needs of people diagnosed and living with cancer. She is a member of the Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group.

Full Profile

Kinta Beaver is Professor of Cancer Care in the School of Health. She qualified as a nurse in 1988 and has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Advanced Research Methods and a PhD in Nursing. She has been in a research post for the last 22 years with a history of work in applied health care research, focused on meeting the psychosocial, information and support needs of people who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer. A key feature of this work has been on fully utilising and developing the skills of clinical nurse specialists so that they can provide patients with the information and support they need at key points in the disease trajectory and within the confines of clinical reality. Research studies on patient views and preferences have led to the implementation and evaluation of nurse-led interventions.

A particular focus of current work is on cancer survivorship and how we address the needs of people who have completed their treatment and are looking to live well, beyond their diagnosis of cancer. This works sits comfortably with the vision of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI). For example, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) compared traditional hospital based follow-up for women with breast cancer to telephone follow-up by specialist nurses. This approach led to high levels of patient satisfaction with service with no physical or psychological detriment. Kinta has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods and has used a wide range of research methods to address particular research questions, including RCT’s, surveys, qualitative interviews, observation and focus groups.

Kinta is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Psychosocial Oncology Clinical Studies Group (CSG) and a member of the NCRI Living with Cancer subgroup. Kinta leads the Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care research group in the School of Health and is a founding member of the UCLan Cancer Studies group, a University wide initiative to bring together academics and clinicians to promote excellence in cancer teaching and research. Kinta is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing

Qualifications:

PhD Nursing. University of Liverpool, 1996
MRes Advanced Research Methods. University of Manchester, 2002
DPSN. University of Central Lancashire, 1991.
Registered General Nurse. 1988.
BA (Hons) Psychology. University of Central Lancashire, 1982

Publications

Beaver K, Campbell M, Williamson S, Procter D, Sheridan J, Heath J, Susnerwala S (2012). An exploratory trial comparing telephone and hospital follow-up after treatment for colorectal cancer. Colorectal Disease. 14(10); 1201-1209

Beaver K, Wilson C, Procter D, Sheridan J, Towers G, Heath J, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2011). Colorectal cancer follow-up: patient satisfaction and amenability to telephone after care. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 15(1); 23-30

Beaver K, Hollingworth W, McDonald R, Dunn G, Tysver-Robinson D, Thomson L, Hindley A, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2009). Economic evaluation of hospital versus telephone follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: evidence from a randomized trial. British Journal of Surgery. 96(12); 1406-1415

Beaver K, Tysver-Robinson D, Campbell M, Twomey M, Williamson S, Hindley A, Susnerwala S, Dunn G, Luker K (2009). Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: a randomised equivalence trial. British Medical Journal. 338; a3147.

More publications

Projects

Current Projects

Comparing telephone and hospital follow-up for women treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT trial). (2011-2014).

The development of an intervention for cost effective and beneficial lung cancer follow-up.

PhD Students Project – Current/Completed

An exploration of information needs of mammography screening among Chinese women in the UK. (Chenyu Shang, University of Manchester).

An investigation into the factors that facilitate early help seeking behaviour for coronary heart disease (CHD) related conditions among Chinese elders in the North West of England. (Zhenmi Liu, University of Manchester).

Cancer pain in Lebanese children: prevalence, quality of life and coping. (Dina Madi, University of Manchester).

Patient experiences of encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis. (Helen Hurst, University of Manchester).

Completed Projects

Comparing telephone and hospital follow-up for women with breast cancer.

Investigating the follow-up care needs of people with colorectal cancer and piloting a telephone intervention.

Investigating the impact of advanced nurse practitioners on patients' physiological deterioration in an acute medical setting.

Colorectal cancer: an examination of decision making preferences, barriers to involvement and proffered choice.

Information needs of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer in Singapore.

Relative weighting of behavioural risk factors for acute asthma attacks - a case control study in patients with well and poorly controlled asthma.

A descriptive study of treatment decision-making role preference and priority information needs in adult asthma patients.

Palliative care research project: views of users and carers.

Improving access to information across the primary/secondary interface for women with breast cancer.

Information needs and decision making preferences of women with breast cancer.

External Activities

Associate Editor, European Journal of Oncology Nursing (2013-)

British Psycho-social Oncology Society committee (2012 - )

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Psycho-social Oncology Clinical Studies Group (2011 - )

NCRI Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS) subgroup of the Psycho-social Oncology CSG (2013 - )

NCRI Service Development, Delivery & Evaluation subgroup of the Psycho-social Oncology CSG (2010 - )

Breast Cancer Care Research Committee (2006 – 2013)

Memberships

Recent Invited Presentations - plenary/key note addresses

16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Atlanta, Georgia U.S. (March 2010). Plenary session on Knowledge Transfer.

11th Australasian Breast Care Nurses conference. Melbourne, Australia 2009.
Two key note addresses: Meeting the information needs of women with breast cancer, Follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: alternative strategies.

14th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Toronto, Canada 2006. Plenary session. Knowledge transfer: from research into practice.

Research Committees/Editorial Boards

Breast Cancer Care Research Committee (2006)

Editorial Board Member for Cancer Nursing (2009)

Editorial Board Member for European Journal of Oncology Nursing (2004)

NCRI Living with Cancer subgroup of the Psycho-social Oncology CSG (2010)

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Psycho-social Oncology Clinical Studies Group (2011)

Conferences

European Cancer Conference (ECCO) 17/ESMO 36. Amsterdam 2013. Exploring patient experiences of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Beaver K, Williamson S, Briggs J.

The British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool. Sep 2012. Cancer survivorship: evaluating alternative strategies for follow-up care.

16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Atlanta, Georgia U.S. (March 2010). Plenary session on Knowledge Transfer

11th Australasian Breast Care Nurses conference. Melbourne, Australia 2009.
Invited international key note speaker. Two key note addresses: Meeting the information needs of women with breast cancer, Follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: alternative strategies

European Cancer Conference (ECCO) 15/ESMO 34. Berlin 2009. Is telephone follow-up by specialist nurses a cost effective approach? Beaver K, Hollingworth W, McDonald R, Dunn G, Tysver-Robinson D, Thomson L, Hindley AC, Susnerwala S, Luker K.

15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Singapore 2008. Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for patients with breast cancer: a randomised controlled trial.

14th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Toronto, Canada 2006. Plenary session. Knowledge transfer: from research into practice.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Actively engaged in postgraduate research student supervision

NU4062 Understanding and Living with Cancer

MSc Delivering Quality Cancer Services