Professor Kinta Beaver

Prof. Kinta Beaver

Professor of Cancer Care

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB440

+44 (0) 1772 89 3715

kbeaver@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Kinta has a history of work that aims to meet the information and support needs of people diagnosed and treated for 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 leads the Cancer Care Research Group.

Kinta is actively engaged in postgraduate research student supervision.

Full Profile

Kinta Beaver is Professor of Cancer Care in the School of Sport and Health Sciences. 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.

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) and the Living With and Beyond Cancer programme in the UK. 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 carried out 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. Kinta leads the Cancer Care Research Group and is Senior 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. Preston Polytechnic, 1982

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Rosemere Research Sub-Committee. Rosemere Cancer Foundation (2019- )
  • Senior Associate Editor, European Journal of Oncology Nursing (2013 - )
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Studies Group (2016 - 2019) 
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Endometrial Cancer Subgroup (2018 - 2019) 

Publications

Beaver K, Williamson S, Sutton C, Hollingworth W, Gardner A, Allton B, Abdel-Aty M, Blackwood K, Burns S, Curwen D, Ghani R, Keating P, Murray S, Tomlinson A, Walker B, Willett M, Wood N, Martin-Hirsch P (2017). Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for patients treated for Stage I endometrial cancer (ENDCAT Trial): a randomised, multicentre, non-inferiority trial. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 124(1), 150-160

Dixon P, Beaver K, Williamson S, Sutton C, Martin-Hirsch P, Hollingworth W (2018).  Cost consequence analysis alongside a randomised controlled trial of hospital versus telephone follow-up after treatment for endometrial cancer. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 16, 415–427. doi.org/10.1007/s40258-018-0378-6

Williamson S, Beaver K, Gardner A, Martin-Hirsch P (2018). Telephone follow-up after treatment for endometrial cancer: a qualitative study of patients’ and clinical nurse specialists’ experiences in the ENDCAT Trial. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 34; 61-67 (IF 1.826)

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

Completed Projects

Supported self-management in the follow-up care of women treated for Stage I endometrial and ovarian cancer: a feasibility study.  Imperial College Healthcare Charity. Kyrgiou M, Beaver K, Martin-Hirsch P. (2016-2017).

The Holistic Needs Assessment in Cancer Care: Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation. Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Williamson S, Tomlinson A, Murray S, Loftus D, Robinson P, Whitfield T, Beaver K (2016-2017).

A systematic review on social, cultural and individual influences on the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of South Asian women regarding asymptomatic screening for female cancers. Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). Brown S, Saini P, Chandrashekar M, Jain A, Beaver K, Kotas E, Tahir N (2015-2016).

Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for women treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT: Endometrial Cancer Telephone follow-up trial). National Institute for Health Research. Research for Patient Benefit award scheme. Beaver K, Martin Hirsch P, Tomlinson A, Keating P, Sutton C, Hollingworth W, Williamson S. (2011-2014).

Exploring patient experiences of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer to determine psycho-social, information and support needs. Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Beaver K, Briggs J, Thomas A, Tysver-Robinson D, Bracegirdle L, Jones L, Guilfoyle S, Ronson M, Kiriparan, Rajan, Spickett H, Susnerwala S, Hindley A, Williamson S. (2012-2013)

Conferences

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Studies Group Trials Meeting. Presentation: ENDCAT. Cavendish Conference Centre, London. 2017

Teva UK Ltd. “Dialogues in Cancer Care” – a symposium for healthcare professionals involved in the management of cancer patients. Workshop session: ‘beyond face to face interaction – what really works?’ Bloomsbury Hotel, London. 2017

University of Manitoba and Cancer Care Manitoba, Canada. Nurse-led telephone service proves effective in cancer follow-up. 2017

National Forum Gynaecology Oncology Nursing (NFGON) Annual Conference. Birmingham City Hospital. Implementing Evidence in Practice. 2016

British Psycho-social Oncology Society Annual Conference: Integrated Care/User Experience. Cambridge. Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for women treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT Trial). 2016

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

External Activities

Rosemere Research Sub-Committee. Rosemere Cancer Foundation (2019- )

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

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)