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Matt, Nursing Research MPhil/PhD
(King's College London Access to the Professions Scholarship)

Matt Alders

I am a nurse by background. I qualified in 2014 with a BSc in Adult Nursing from King’s. Soon after qualifying I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to return to King’s- I started my PhD in January 2015. I jumped at the opportunity to come back to King’s. I had seen first-hand the world class research done in the Faculty and now I have the opportunity to contribute to it.

My thesis is concerned with defining and measuring organisational resilience in healthcare. Organisational resilience is the ability to adapt safely to pressures. I hope this perspective can offer insight into improving the safety and quality of healthcare delivery. The Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare is based at King’s and this made it an ideal destination to study my topic. The Centre has an effective combination of leading academics and clinicians which ensures research is grounded in clinical practice.

I continue to work part-time as a nurse alongside my academic work and King’s have been supportive of this. I hope to continue along a clinical academic career pathway once I have completed my PhD.

Supervisors: Dr Janet Anderson, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty

Wendy, Midwifery Research PhD
(Health Foundation Research Fellowship)

Wendy CarterOver the last 20 years I have cared for patients in the UK and overseas with complex health and social needs, as a nurse and a midwife. I have witnessed the many different factors that can affect access to care and the difficulties many patients’ experience negotiating health services. As a clinician I am also aware of the barriers that may prevent a timely and appropriate health care response being given.

After completing my Masters in Public Health research at King’s, I had the confidence and developing research skills to apply for competitive PhD fellowship funding from the Health Foundation. This led to my PhD study, which aims to understand the factors that influence women seeking help with early warning signs of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, health care professionals’ response to these concerns, and relationships between them.

Studying at Kings has given me fantastic opportunities to develop as a researcher, through excellent supervision, training and opportunities for networking. After completing my PhD I hope to develop my research skills further, with the aim of improving maternal and newborn health outcomes, and reducing health inequalities.

Supervisors: Professor Jane Sandall, Professor Debra Bick, Dr Nici Mackintosh

Mette, Nursing Research PhD
(FEND Doctoral Research Fellowship)

Rita Forde, Mette Due-ChristensenAfter working clinically as a diabetes specialist nurse for several years I undertook my MSc at the University of Copenhagen in 2006. I then worked as a research assistant while also working clinically. In 2013 I was granted a full scholarship by the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) to undertake my PhD at King’s.  FEND supports the Chair in Clinical Diabetes Nursing at King’s in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. This paved the way for doing my study which is about adapting to life with diabetes in adults who have just been diagnosed with the condition. As the Faculty has a very skilled group of researchers in the field of diabetes, this is a great opportunity for me to learn from the best. I have enjoyed the many different training opportunities across King’s. I have received excellent supervision and support from my supervisor and the diabetes team. Also the academic and social support among the PhD students in the Faculty have made studying at King’s a rewarding experience. After completing my PhD this year I aim to continue to develop my research skills in a post doctoral position. This will allow me to test the psychoeducational intervention developed during my PhD.

Supervisors: Professor Angus Forbes, Dr David Hopkins

Rita, Nursing Research PhD
(FEND Doctoral Research Fellowship)

Rita Forde, Mette Due-ChristensenI worked as an advanced nurse practitioner in diabetes care in Ireland. For me a significant incentive for choosing King’s was the chance to work with a supervisor who is a professor in diabetes nursing. He has research expertise and clinical links to areas relevant to my study topic, which is pre-pregnancy care for women living with type 2 diabetes.

In 2013 I was awarded a fellowship by the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) to undertake a PhD with Professor Forbes. In the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery there are several options to engage with other students through the formal modules of the programme. There is also a research in action group (RIAG), a PhD student led initiative, which provides a forum to meet and discuss research. Members of the Faculty are invited to contribute on specific areas and, most importantly, RIAG provides a peer support structure for PhD students. There are many other opportunities to engage with a range of other courses for PhD students across the University e.g. via the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC). Undertaking a PhD at King’s is a positive experience, it has ignited new opportunities to combine my research and clinical nursing career. 

Supervisors: Professor Angus Forbes, Dr Evridiki Patelarou, Dr Jacquie Collin

Angharad, Joint PhD King’s College London and Hong Kong University
(HKU PhD Studentship)

Angharad FletcherMy PhD at King’s is slightly unusual. It was created in partnership with Hong Kong University (HKU), meaning that I spend equal time at both institutions. The situation is perfect for my current project, a comparative study of the institutional development of nursing in London, Hong Kong and Cape Town during the third plague pandemic. I’m particularly interested in how tensions between race, gender and class in nursing are manifested on the ‘edge of empire’. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for collaborative work, and of course my supervisors couldn’t be more supportive. I think most people would be familiar with the long and distinguished tradition of healthcare research at King’s. However, I think fewer people are aware of the incredible archival collections that King’s holds, particularly in terms of medicine. It’s the kind of place you visit in search of a specific item but leave with a dozen ideas for future projects based around fantastic spontaneous findings. My current work is supported by a HKU studentship. Prior to my PhD studies, I gained a BA (Hons) and MA from UCL, and a MPhil from HKU. Aspects of this work have been published in Medical History, Media History and MUP’s Colonial Caring (2015).

Supervisors: Professor Anne Marie Rafferty (KCL) Professor Robert Peckham (HKU)

Louise, Health Studies Research PhD
(King’s College London Access to the Professions Scholarship)
Louise Gillies

King's has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. I experienced this first-hand as an undergraduate twenty years ago and am thrilled to have returned as a full-time PhD student.

I am funded via a King’s Access to the Professions Scholarship.  This scholarship has allowed me to take a break from work to pursue my PhD full-time and to aim for a career combining research and clinical work. I am on the blended programme which allows me to primarily work from my home in Wales, travelling to King’s for supervision meetings each month. I have an excellent relationship with both my supervisors. Their support has helped to challenge me and to push myself further. I think working alone is commonplace for all PhD students, but I have made great friends with the students in my cohort and maintain peer support through email, social media, and ensuring we meet up during my monthly visits. My areas of interest are genetic counselling, ethics and family communication.

My PhD research connects the seemingly disparate areas of genetic counselling and genealogy through the use of the family tree: a core tool used in both areas. I am interviewing genealogists and family members to learn how information about hereditary conditions is found, managed and communicated throughout the family, and comparing the data with that from genetic counselling families

Supervisors: Professor Alison Metcalfe, Dr Christine Patch

Asmah, Nursing Research PhD

Asmah Haji HusainiI am in the fourth year of my PhD programme at King’s in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. The title of my thesis is: ‘The exploration of palliative care for advanced cancer patients in Brunei Darussalam- an embedded ethnographic case study’.I recently returned to my home country of Brunei and am a nurse lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam. I am completing my PhD as a part-time student.

My aspiration is to be a nurse researcher in the care of chronic and terminally ill patients. I decided to pursue a PhD at King’s mainly because of its world class prestige and reputation. My personal experience of the academic and supervisory support from the Faculty and University as a whole has made my PhD journey away from home and family bearable. I was inspired by the learning and research culture of the Faculty and University, particularly through its research seminars and modules offered to post graduate students across the different faculties.

Choosing King’s was also an opportunity for me to experience living in one of the world’s most famous cities known for its unique culture. Overall I have had a truly enriching learning experience. Being back in Brunei, I am excited to be able to draw upon my teaching, learning and research experiences for my nurse lecturer position. 

Supervisors: Dr Jo Armes, Dr Karen Gillett 

Jennifer, Nursing Research MPhil/PhD
(KCL PhD Studentship)

Jennifer JacksonI came to King’s after practicing as a critical care nurse in Canada. I study resilience in nursing, as part of the Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare. It has been an amazing experience to work with people who have similar research interests, and I am fortunate to collaborate with experts on resilience. My research is well supported, and grounded in a team atmosphere.

I was attracted to King’s because of its reputation and legacy in nursing education. King’s also provides an opportunity for students to learn in the heart of London, which is the gateway to the world. Coming to King’s has given me an opportunity to study on an international stage. I hope to work as a nurse leader in a formal capacity, advancing the nursing profession worldwide. While I am still exploring my options, I know that I will be well prepared for any role after my studies at King’s. The University provides an opportunity to connect with a variety of professionals from around the world, and learn about many different aspects of health care. This preparation is invaluable, and I look forward to contributing to the nursing profession as a graduate of King’s.  

Supervisors: Dr Janet Anderson, Professor Jill Maben

Eunice, Health Studies Research PhD
(NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship)

Eunice JeffsI am an expert lymphoedema practitioner. I have played a key role in the development of lymphoedema treatment in the UK, developing lymphoedema services in London and national education programmes for lymphoedema practitioners.

Over the past five years I have begun developing research knowledge and skills in order to contribute to strengthening the lymphoedema evidence base. In 2011 I completed a MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice at King’s. For my thesis I undertook a small randomised controlled trial of treatment effectiveness.

I was awarded a NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2013, and commenced PhD study in March 2014. My project title is ‘Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of early decongestive treatment (DLT) for newly presenting breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL) of the upper limb’. It has 3 phases: systematic review; exploratory work with patients, practitioners and lymphoedema stakeholders; RCT of the feasibility of early DLT versus usual care for women with BCRL.

I have benefitted from a wide range of learning opportunities at King’s. I have been supported and inspired by my supervisors and PhD colleagues and encouraged to excel. My doctoral studies will enable me to further clinical research in the UK and collaborations with international lymphoedema researchers.

Supervisors: Professor Debra Bick, Dr Cath Taylor

Mavis, Health Studies Research PhD
(King’s College London Access to the Professions Scholarship)

Mavis MachiroriI am a midwife with interests in the different experiences of health on individuals and their identities. I am also especially interested in health inequalities. Previous studies in medical anthropology and everyday questions in midwifery sparked my interest in the diversity of health-related knowledge and this inspired me to conduct my own research. My project looks at the different ways that people from various ethnic minority groups understand the concept of genetic disease and will use familial breast cancer syndromes to explore the topic.

King’s has a fantastic reputation for research. It has ever increasing opportunities to network with staff and students within and across Faculties. Studying here was not a difficult decision to make. The links between the University and its associated hospitals means that I have the right environment to identify research participants for my project. The lecturers and supervisors are a great source of knowledge in both their experience and their networks. My fellow PhD colleagues are always there to support and encourage me throughout the journey and they make the process a lot more enjoyable. Various seminars in the Faculty broaden my thinking about how to show the impact of my research to different health fields. The seminars have given me ideas about post-doctoral work – something I had not thought of when I commenced my studies a year and half ago.

Supervisors: Professor Alison Metcalfe, Dr Christine Patch

Katie, Nursing Research PhD, Part-time

Katie SuttonI completed an MSc in Nursing in 2008. I felt that I wanted to continue studying and decided to apply for the PhD in Nursing Research at King’s after receiving positive feedback from colleagues who were also on the programme.

The working title of my PhD research is ‘Perceptions and experiences of the wellbeing of people with a diagnosis of high grade glioma, and their impressions of how this is evaluated by healthcare professionals’. I hope that this research will offer new insights into the experiences of people with high grade glioma, and potentially allow the development of more meaningful ways to monitor their wellbeing.

I have worked as a cancer nurse for 14 years. In my current role as a project lead I am reviewing and redesigning follow-up for people with cancer to improve their experience of long term care. Although it is not easy to balance my studies with my professional responsibilities and family life, I feel that I am very well-supported by my academic supervisors and have supervision meetings on a regular basis. I am really enjoying studying at PhD level. It is more self-directed than my MSc, which allows me to focus on areas of study that I genuinely enjoy learning about!

Supervisors: Dr Jo Armes, Dr Jaqualyn Moore

Graduate programmes

Paulina, Clinical Nursing for International Students

Paulina--GhanaMy decision to study at King’s College, London was based on its global reputation and academic excellence. I discovered King’s College through QS University Rankings and by attending a British Council Educational Fair held in Ghana.

The Franklin Wilkins Library has been one of my personal favourite facilities here at King’s;  the support I have received from staff and faculty has been outstanding and the very challenging and stimulating coursework has enhanced my critical thinking skills and improved my learning strategies.

My study is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and King’s College, without which I could not afford to enroll on this program.  I will return to Ghana after my studies to help develop the next generation of nursing practice with my acquired expertise.

Studying in London has been a very exciting opportunity to explore and try new things. I highly recommend King’s to students who really want to experience academic excellence in a supportive and warm environment.

Lucy, Education for Healthcare Professionals MSc
Lucy_Healthcare ProfessionalsOne of the main reasons I chose to return to King’s College London to study at graduate level is that the university still has an excellent reputation for teaching and research that drew me to study here as an undergraduate.

The taught programme that I am studying for, not only allows me to work towards a Masters degree, but has also enabled me to complete a recognised teaching qualification. Both of which are invaluable in my job as a part time senior lecturer and part time practice educator. This is a view shared by employer who has funded my studies at King’s as part of my continuing professional and personal development.

The quality of teaching and support on all modules has been of a high standard, by lecturers with an extensive knowledge and passion for their subject. There are a vast range of resources here at King’s, both on campus and on-line, which further enhance the learning experience. I would strongly recommend studying at King’s College London, as it has much to offer in both the wide range of academic courses and resources available.

Anele, Health & Social Care MRes
I have enjoyed the resources that are available which are fantastic. It has been great to see the quality of the teachers, knowing that you have such a great experience in their speciality fields. It is also a joy to be able to study with such a quality group of students. Having the mixed master's and doctorate students makes discussions very interesting as people may be at different levels of education and knowledge and can learn from one another.

I would highly recommend attending King’s mainly due to the high quality of teaching available and the quality of the other resources available. King’s College London will look very good on your CV!

Wisdom, Clinical Nursing for International Students

Wisdom--Ghana-It has been a great experience so far being in London and studying at King’s College. I chose King’s because of the uniqueness of my programme design, the huge international reputation, its research focus and teaching excellence.

I have not been disappointed with my choice. State of the art facilities are available to help in acquiring cutting-edge knowledge. The ultramodern library at Franklin Wilkins and the Clinical Skills Centre in Shepherds House are wonderful. The online learning platform (KEATS) makes access to lecture information easy and encourages course discussions among students and lecturers online.

Moving to and settling in London and the university was easier than I thought. The lecturers and other staff were very supportive and friendly to ensure I settled quickly in my new environment for academic work. Transportation to campus for lectures is fantastic. I always take the underground train and it has been very reliable and fast way of transport for me so far. I use the buses when going sight-seeing though- London is a great city with lots of interesting places!

Financially, I was awarded the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. I could not have raised such an amount myself. I plan to go back to Ghana and help improve evidence-based nursing practice.

To all Ghanaian students considering coming to the UK for postgraduate studies, let King’s College London be your upmost priority. They will give you everything you need- academics, skills development and a critical mind for the job market.  



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