Janyne Afseth

Janyne Afseth

Dr Janyne Afseth



Janyne Afseth is a Lecturer and Programme leader at Edinburgh Napier University. She registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult Health Nurse in 1993 and Nurse Teacher in 2013 with responsibility for leading the BSc Nursing in Singapore and has also registered with the Singapore Nursing Board as registered nurse in 2018. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has a PG cert in Teaching in Higher Education and an Advanced Teaching Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA - Singapore).

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier in 2011, Janyne was the Cancer Research Network Manager and Lead Cancer Research UK Nurse. This was a new network and she was recognised as a leader in organisational change and development and was able to support and expand the research activity throughout four health boards. This also required the implementation of training and development for all staff within this network and Janyne led this locally but also was the Scottish Lead for the UK cancer research education group within the National Cancer Research Network. Prior to this Janyne worked as a registered nurse in Canada and Scotland in oncology, clinical research and critical care.

She has recently submitted her PhD which examined supportive care for brain tumour patients. Her expertise in supportive care for cancer patients after treatment has been shared internationally at conferences through sharing her research as well as transferring this knowledge into practice through instructional sessions. She was also part of the research group which evaluated the Scotland wide programme of ‘Transforming Care after Treatment (TCAT)’ – phase 1, funded by the Scottish Government and Macmillan to evaluate models of care after cancer patients have completed treatment.
This work has also linked with her role as a member of the RCN steering forum for Cancer and Breast Care. As part of this national advisory group, she led a working group to develop and disseminate standards for ‘Nurses working with patients with Breast Cancer’. This has been disseminated in the UK and internationally to cancer nurses and other health care professionals. In this role she has also sat on the Advisory Council for the European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS) Advisory Council. She also has membership of the UK oncology nurses network and the British Neuro-Oncology Society.

Janyne has been leading and developing programmes in areas of clinical research, healthcare management and nursing since she started at Edinburgh Napier University. During this time she has developed knowledge and expertise in cross cultural education as a programme leader for international programmes since 2012 to improve the student experience and engagement. This expertise allowed her take over the leadership of the Erasmus LLP project ‘Development of Culture and Quality of Care - Masters Degree Programmes Enhancing Social and Health Care Management Competencies’. Her role required her to lead the quality development, in line with the European Quality Framework and each universities quality standards to support the development of the modules on this programme delivered to masters students from five European countries. On the completion of this project she subsequently for a collaboration with three European Universities and was successful in obtaining funding for €260,675.00 through an Erasmus + Key Action 2 grant for the DOCMAN project ‘Development of competencies and Modules to Enhance Advanced Practice across Europe for Health and Social Care Management Masters Students’. As overall lead for this project, an educational needs analysis was completed, a competency framework published and three additional module were developed with educational resources openly available. The link to the project can be seen here https://blogs.napier.ac.uk/docman/



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS)- Advisory Council Member
  • Royal College of Nurses - Steering forum for Cancer and Breast Care
  • Asia Training Consortium (Clinical Research) - invited partner


Conference Organising Activity

  • Poster Presentation - International Conference on Cancer Nursing - 'A competency framework for nurses providing care to people with breast cancer'
  • Poster presentation - UK Oncology Nursing Society Conference - Developing a Competency Framework for Nurses Providing Care to People with Breast Cancer
  • Head Organiser, speaker and moderator - The Changing Landscape of Health and Social Care – competencies for tomorrow’,
  • British Neuro-Oncology Society Conference - Shortlisted for Best Poster Presentation 'Holistic Needs Assessment in Brain Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review of Available Tools'
  • Oral Presentation - International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2016 (ICCN 2016) - Holistic Needs Assessment in Brain Cancer: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Instructional Session -International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2016 (ICCN 2016) - Patient and Public Involvement in Cancer: Putting the Rhetoric into Action
  • Symposium Session - 2015 International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) - Using needs assessment instruments to guide care
  • Oral Presentation - Nurse Education Today Conference (2014) - What is the value of interprofessional competency assessment? A non-medical prescribing perspective


External Examining/Validations

  • University West of England External Examiner


Fellowships and Awards

  • RCNi Nurse Awards Judging Panel
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker - Cross-cultural management issues in contemporary Social and Healthcare Services, Charles University, Prague


Membership of Professional Body

  • Singapore Nursing Board - Registered Nurse
  • British Neuro-Oncology Society
  • UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS)
  • Royal College of Nurses
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - Adult Nurse and Nurse Teacher



  • Reviewer - Journal of Research in Nursing
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Reviewer - European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Nurse Education Today


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