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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care



Dr Helen Noble’ research is focused on improving care for people end-stage kidney disease (and their carers)  particularly in helping them improve their quality of life, make effective treatment decisions and achieve optimal end of life care. For example Dr Noble has been involved in, the development of supportive and palliative care services; the use of advance care planning; the identification of cachexia as patients deteriorate and interventions to improve quality of life including reflexology, mindfulness and art. Integral to her programme of research is patient and public involvement.

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

  • Improving systems of patient care with end-stage kidney disease

  • The development of supportive and palliative care services

  • The use of advance care planning

  • The identification of cachexia as patients deteriorate

  • Interventions to improve quality of life including reflexology and arts based interventions.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Dr Noble is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery






  • Member of the Scientific Programme Committee of the European, Dialysis and Transplant Nurses
    Association, leading and co-ordinating the scientific programme of their annual conference.
  • Previous Editor of the Journal of Renal Care
  • Associate Editor of Evidence Based Nursing and BMC Nephrology.
  • Invited Guest Editor of a special issue in Healthcare titled: Supportive and Palliative Care in Renal Disease
  • Key Note Speaker at the Renal Society of Australasia in 2017
  • World Scientists Forum ‘Eminent Scientist of the year 2009’, an International Award in the field of Nephrology.
  • Awarded the 2016 Walls Bursary from the Renal Association.



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness And Palliative Care Research Initiative





Research students

PhD Title: Fatigue in end-stage kidney disease

Name: Zakariya Al Naamani
Years of Study: 2017-2021
Country: Oman

PhD Title: An exploration of symptom burden and its management in Saudi Arabian patients receiving haemodialysis, and their carers: A mixed methods study

Name: Bushra Alshammari
Years of Study: 2016-2020
Country: Saudi Arabia

PhD Title: Developing an arts-based intervention for patients who have end-stage kidney disease whilst receiving haemodialysis

Name: Claire Carswell
Years of Study: 2017-2021
Country: UK

PhD Title: The Use of High Fidelity Simulation for Teaching End-of-Life Care in Undergraduate Interprofessional Education

Name: Priscilla Cunningham
Years of Study: 2015-2019
Country: UK

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Gary Mitchell

PhD Title: An ethnography of communication processes involving the management of oral chemotherapeutic agents by patients with a primary diagnosis of colorectal cancer

Years of Study: 2012-2016
Country: UK
Current position: Lecturer (Education), Queen's University Belfast

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