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staff profile for Kinta Beaver

Professor Kinta Beaver

Emeritus Professor in Cancer Care
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Kinta has a history of work that focuses 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. She has conducted a number of clinical trials that evaluate alternatives to hospital-based follow-up. She developed a specialist nurse-led telephone intervention and evaluated this intervention for patients with breast, colorectal and endometrial cancer.

Kinta retired from work in 2020 but holds Emeritus status at UCLan.

Kinta was Professor of Cancer Care in the School of Sport and Health Sciences until 2020. 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 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.

Kinta developed a specialist nurse led telephone intervention that she evaluated for clinical and cost effectiveness in randomised controlled trials for patients with different types of cancer. She led the first trial in the world to report on endometrial cancer follow-up, comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for women diagnosed and treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT trial). Findings from the ENDCAT trial have been used nationally as high-level evidence (Grade A) to guide clinicians in follow-up service provision for patients diagnosed and treated for endometrial cancer. The British Gynaecology Cancer Society (BGCS) published national clinical guidelines in 2018 stating: “Alternative modes of follow-up such as telephone follow-up do not appear to be inferior to hospital-based follow-up, in terms of quality of life for stage I endometrial cancer”.

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. She has over 100 publications and has given numerous keynote addresses at international conferences and events. Kinta led the Cancer Care Research Group and was Senior Associate Editor of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing until her retirement in 2020.

  • PhD Nursing, University of Liverpool, 1996
  • MRes Advanced Research Methods, University of Manchester, 2002
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing (DPSN), Lancashire Polytechnic, 1991.
  • Registered General Nurse, Nursing & Midwifery Council, 1988.
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, Preston Polytechnic, 1982
  • Finalist RCNi Awards (Cancer Nursing category), 2016
  • British Psycho-social Oncology Society award for Best Presentation (The Walker Cup), 2014
  • Brian Booth Oncology Research prize, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, 2008
  • Cancer Nursing journal annual award for best original research paper, 2005
  • Student Nurse of the Year' Gold Medal, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, 1988
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Nurse-led interventions
  • Follow-up service provision
  • Rosemere Research Sub-Committee. Rosemere Cancer Foundation (2019-2020)
  • Senior Associate Editor, European Journal of Oncology Nursing (2013 - 2020)
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Studies Group (2016 - 2019)
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Endometrial Cancer Subgroup (2018 - 2019)
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Survivorship & Psycho-social Oncology Clinical Studies Group (2011 - 2016)
  • NCRI Interventions to Improve Outcomes in People Affected by Cancer subgroup of the Survivorship & Psycho-social Oncology CSG (2010 - 2015)
  • British Psycho-social Oncology Society committee (2012 - 2014)
  • Breast Cancer Care Research Committee (2006 – 2013)