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Rob Monks

Dr. Rob Monks

Senior Lecturer/Research Degree Tutor

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB449

+44 (0) 1772 89 5113

rmonks@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Nursing, Health

Rob joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2005. His teaching portfolio mainly involves teaching research methods to postgraduate research students and he is the School of Health’s Research Degree Tutor. He is also the Deputy Course Leader for MSc Clinical Research. Rob’s research interests are located within the evaluation of how the NHS might improve delivery of services within the acute and critical care sectors. He has a particular interest in using Experienced Based co-Design (EBcD).

Rob is a member of the Health Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) group and is research active in Critical Care Research and Postgraduate student research.

Full Profile

Rob Monks is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing, with a focus on teaching research methods, particularly qualitative methodology and Experienced Based co-Design. Rob qualified as a nurse in 1990 and has a BSc degree in Nursing, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, a PhD in Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Student Supervision (PhD). Rob has been in Higher Education for the last 20 years and has taught a spectrum of students including Pre-Registration, Post-Registration students from level 5-to-PhD. He has supervised numerous student dissertations/thesis to successful timely completions. Rob’s research interest lie in evaluating how patients, relatives and carers experience NHS services within the acute and critical care sectors. He has a particular interest in using Experience Based co-Design (EBcD) to capture, understand and improve the experience of patients, relatives and carers who access acute and critical care services. Rob has expertise in a range of qualitative research methods and some experience of quantitative methods. He has used a wide range of research methods to address particular research questions, including; qualitative interviews, focus groups, observation and surveys. Rob is an Expert Member and Vice Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (Local Research Ethics Committee North West-Preston).


Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in PhD Supervision University of Central Lancashire 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Bradford 2007
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods University of Bradford 2001
  • Registered Nurse Tutor (Registered with NMC) 2001
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education P.G.C.E. University of College Suffolk 1996
  • BSc. (Hons) Nursing Studies Manchester Metropolitan University 1994
  • Registered Nurse Blackburn School of Nursing 1990

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Teaching Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011
  • NHS Research Ethics Committee (NRES Committee North West-Preston) 2009 (Present)

Research Activities

  • Monks, R. (2010) Livesey Award Sabbatical. University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
  • Monks, R. (2009) Arnoux P/T PhD Bursary. Care and treatment trajectory of illicit drug users within acute hospital services University of Central Lancashire, Preston. £15900
  • Monks, R. and Carter, B. (2009) Teaching, Learning and Assessment Fund, University of Central Lancashire. To deliver three day writing workshop for academic staff within Faculty of Health. £500

    Monks, R, and Robertson, S. (2007) Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Health & Well-being Programme. Central Lancashire PCT. £10,000.
  • Monks, R. (2007) Bid for £10,000 to Stroke Evaluation. Harris Award, University of Central Lancashire. Bid Unsuccessful.
  • Monks, R. and Bowles, N. (1999) Critical Window Project: Evaluating a Custody Intervention Scheme for Alcohol and Illicit Drug Users. Winner of Award from the Queen’s National Institute, London. £5000.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Course Leader: MSc in Clinical Practice (Research and Development)

  • Lead Research Degree Tutor
Module Leader:
  • Improving Delivery of Services through Implementation Science
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research Methods
Teaching input on:
  • Evidence for Practice
  • MSc (R&D) Dissertation Module
  • Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Teaching Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011
  • NHS Research Ethics Committee (NRES Committee North West-Preston) 2009 (Present)

Conferences

  • Monks, R. (2015) A study exploring the experiences of family and friends of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit to promote family-centred quality care improvement: using EBCD methodology. Experienced Based Co-Design Mental Health Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. (Invited Speaker)

  • Monks, R. and Billington, J. (2015) Putting service user experience under the microscope to Re-Design services: Using Experience Based Co-Design. School of Health Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

  • Crook, K., Monks, R., Sanders, C., O’Connor, M., Carter, B. (2015) Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurses’ Experiences of using the Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient Held Record in Clinical Practice. British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Conference.

  • Monks, R. (2009) Dissonant Care Delivery to Illicit Drug Users in Acute Care Settings. A Grounded Theory Study. 1st International Congress on Nurse Education, Research and Practice. Thessaloniki, Greece. (Oral Presentation)

  • Monks, R and Robertson, S. (2009) Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Health & Well-being Programme. 1st International Congress on Nurse Education Research and Practice. Thessaloniki, Greece. (Poster Presentation).

  • Monks, R and Robertson, S. (2008) Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Health & Well-being Programme, poster presentation. 8th Department of Nursing Research Conference. University of Central Lancashire.

  • Monks, R and Robertson, S. (2008) Presentation of Finding of an Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Health & Well-being Programme. Preston Town Hall, Preston.

  • Monks, R. (2007) A Grounded Theory Study Exploring the Experiences of Illicit Drug Users and Nurse Caring for them on Medical Wards. International Research Conference, RCN, Dundee.

  • Monks, R. (2007) The Dissonant Care Management of Illicit Drug Users. 7th Department of Nursing Research Conference. University of Central Lancashire.

  • Monks, R. (2005) The Process of Caring for Drug Misusers. 5th Department of Nursing Research Conference. University of Central Lancashire.

Publications

Monks, R (2015) Commentary on: Slatyer S, Williams AM, Michael R. Seeking empowerment to comfort patients in severe pain: a grounded theory study of the nurse’s perspective. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2015; 52:229–39. Evidence Based Nursing, published online June 8, 2015

Monks, Rob, Topping, Annie and Newell, Rob (2013) The dissonant care management of illicit drug users in medical wards, the views of nurses and patients: a grounded theory study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 (4). pp. 935-946. ISSN 03092402

Burton, Christopher R., Duxbury, Joy, French, Beverley, Monks, Rob and Carter, Bernie (2009) Re-visioning the doctoral research degree in nursing in the United Kingdom. Nurse Education Today, 29 (4). pp. 423-431. ISSN 02606917

Monks, Rob, Robertson, Steve and Singh, Gulab (2009) Evaluation of a neighbourhood health and wellbeing programme. Primary Health Care, 19 (3). pp. 34-38. ISSN 0264-5033

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