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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care 



Dr Kerr's research interests are in the broad field of oncology and palliative care. The main focus of recently completed research is the transition from children's to adult services for young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Current research is focused on the acceptability and usefulness of a Healthcare Passport to young people with life-limiting conditions. Further research relates to exploring the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital platform in teaching symptom management in the undergraduate nursing programme.

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Dr Kerr is open to PhD applications in the fields of:

  • Interventions and evaluations to improve the transition from children’s to adult services 

  • Educational interventions for teaching symptom management in undergraduate nursing programmes

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Helen Kerr - Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Helen Kerr is a Lecturer (Education) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery






  • 2019: Secured Burdett Trust for Nursing small grant award

  • 2018: Successful team application for the Martha McMenamin Scholarship

  • 2017: Winner of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing 'Researcher of the Year' award.

  • 2016-2017: Awarded competitive national Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship.

  • 2016-2017: Led in the organisation and delivery of an all-Ireland ‘Transition Workshop’ for service users and service providers in 2016. 

  • 2016: Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year, runner up.

  • 2015: International collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto and

    clinicians at the SickKids Children’s Hospital, Toronto on the transition from children’s to adult services.



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness and Palliative Care






Research students

MSc Title: Is there a discordance between actual prognosis and prognostic awareness in patients with advanced cancer?

Name: Sara Mone
Years of Study: 2017-2018
Country: Northern Ireland


Alumni: where are they now?

Paula Maguire

MSc Title: To explore the perspective of patients with a diagnosis of serious and enduring mental illness in relation to their physical health

Years of Study: Completed Masters in Nursing in 2015
Country: Northern Ireland

Ruth Neville

MSc Title: Nurses responses to terminal restlessness in the last 48 hours of a palliative care patients life

Years of Study: Completed Masters in Nursing in 2012
Country: Northern Ireland

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