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"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Westbury, T., & Peddie, N. (in press)
"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health. Health and Social Care in the Community, https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13017
Physical activity is beneficial for mental health, but people with mental health issues are less likely to be physically active than the general population. Socially prescribe...

Meeting Psychosocial Needs to Improve Health: A Prospective Cohort Study

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Young, J., & Savinc, J. (in press)
Meeting Psychosocial Needs to Improve Health: A Prospective Cohort Study. BMC Cancer,
Background Cancer impacts on patients and their families across a range of different domains. For that reason, optimal cancer care has moved away from a disease-centric focus ...

How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis

Journal Article
Kelly, L., & Snowden, A. (2020)
How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis. Nurse Researcher, 28(2), 32-27. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2020.e1710
Background All studies need to integrate their findings back in to the literature to explain how the new knowledge changes understanding. This process can be anxiety provoking...

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness

Journal Article
Hawthorne, A., Fagan, R., Leaver, E., Baxter, J., Logan, P., & Snowden, A. (2020)
Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness. Nursing Open, 7(4), 1118-1128. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.494
Aim To explore levels of stigma in students of all fields of nursing and midwifery at different years, and examine the impact of exposure to people with mental illness. Desig...

A J-curve of interprofessional change: co-locating non-health partners in an oncology unit

Journal Article
Young, J., & Snowden, A. (2020)
A J-curve of interprofessional change: co-locating non-health partners in an oncology unit. British Journal of Nursing, 29(3),
Background Internationally, clinicians face increased demand, pressure on resources and unmet patient needs. A community social support service was co-located within cancer cl...

The story of the Scottish patient reported outcome measure: an example of innovation, collaboration and education in chaplaincy research

Book Chapter
Snowden, A., & Telfer, I. (2019)
The story of the Scottish patient reported outcome measure: an example of innovation, collaboration and education in chaplaincy research. In E. Kelly, & J. Swinton (Eds.), Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care, (187-202). Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Peddie, N., & Westbury, T. (in press)
The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review. Advances in Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/18387357.2019.1684829
Objective: There is growing global evidence for stark inequalities in the physical health status and life-expectancy of people with a mental health diagnosis. In most cases, p...

Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients

Journal Article
Kelly, L. J., Snowden, A., Paterson, R., & Campbell, K. (2019)
Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients. British Journal of Nursing, 28(14), https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.14.S4
Background The literature on patient experience of living with a central venous access device (CVAD) is growing, but remains sparse. It suggests that patients accept CVADs as...

A qualitative study on the perceived impact of using an integrated community-based supportive cancer service

Journal Article
Young, J., & Snowden, A. (2019)
A qualitative study on the perceived impact of using an integrated community-based supportive cancer service. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(3), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13001
Objective ‘Improving the Cancer Journey’ (ICJ) is an original, community based, multidisciplinary service offering holistic support to people diagnosed with cancer in Scotland...

What Is the Impact of Chaplaincy in Primary Care? The GP Perspective

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Gibbon, A., & Grant, R. (2019)
What Is the Impact of Chaplaincy in Primary Care? The GP Perspective. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 6(2), 200-214. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.34709
People often attend primary care with sub-clinical or non-medical issues such as bereavement, distress, or loneliness. Often what is needed is someone to listen, but GP appoin...
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Understanding and Maximising the Roles and Contributions of NHS Chaplains across UK

2019 - 2019
The NHS in the UK employs an estimated 1,500+ chaplains. Chaplains deliver specialist spiritual care to patients and staff across the NHS, offering comfort to those of all faith and none. Despite the ...
Funder: Chief Scientists Office | Value: £29,626

Assessing the impact of a diagnosis of mental illness on young people: feasibility study

2017 - 2018
This study concerns the impact of a diagnosis of mental illness on young people and their families. One in ten adolescents suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and there is increasing awareness t...
Funder: Chief Scientists Office | Value: £12,931

Emotional Intelligience_Quantitative aspects

2017 - 2020
To understand the relationship between EI, demographic factors, previous caring at entry to nurse education, and progression through pre-registration education on the performance and retention of newl...
Funder: NHS Education Scotland | Value: £2,500

Behavioural Change Approach to Physical Activity Engagement and Sustainment

2016 - 2019
PhD studentship
Funder: The Scottish Association for Mental Health | Value: £60,000

Holistic Needs Assessment in Cancer Care

2016 - 2020
People living with and beyond cancer are vulnerable to a number of physical, functional and psychological issues. Undertaking a holistic needs assessment (HNA) is one way to support a structured discu...
Funder: MacMillan Cancer Support | Value: £130,839

Evaluation of Glasgow's Improving Cancer Journeys programme

2015 - 2020
The evaluation proposed here is necessarily flexible to support the programme’s evolution. The overall aim is to provide the programme with the most valid and robust practical evidence in a timely and...
Funder: MacMillan Cancer Support | Value: £169,530
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A qualitative study exploring healthcare professionals' perceptions to the barriers and facilitators of electronic prescribing systems

2019 - date
Alison Mcnulty | Director of Studies: Ruth Paterson | Second Supervisor: Prof Austyn Snowden

Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of ALBA: An intervention designed to increase physical activity levels of people with mental and/or physical health conditions, leading to improved mental and physical health

2016 - date
Introduction: Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for improving both physical and mental health. However, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be inactive. In order to encourage adherence to PA, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) developed the Active Living Becomes Achievable (ALBA) intervention, which aimed to help people with poor physical and/or mental health to increase and maintain their PA levels. The main aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of the ALBA intervention at increasing PA levels, improving mental wellbeing, self-efficacy for exercise, self-esteem and patient activation. Method: A mixed method approach was adopted for evaluating the ALBA intervention, which formed the basis of four studies: Study 1: a formative investigation, in the form of a systematic review was conducted to assess the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to PA in mental health populations. Study 2: a qualitative process evaluation, using focus groups with participants. Barriers and facilitators to adhering to the intervention were identified using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Study 3: a qualitative process evaluation using focus groups with the Behaviour Change Practitioners (BCP) who delivered the ALBA intervention. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes, which were then mapped onto the TDF, to identify the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the intervention. Study 4: A quantitative outcome evaluation, with a before and after design was carried out to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Participants completed 5 outcome measures and wore an activity tracker for 16 weeks. Participants who opted into the long-term study were monitored for up to 12-months. Results: The outcome evaluation revealed that 53% of the participants adhered to the intervention, however, the intervention did not appear to increase adherence to PA guidelines. The ALBA intervention had a significant positive impact on mental wellbeing, patient activation and self-efficacy, but not self-esteem. The qualitative evaluation suggested the intervention helped participants overcome the barriers they faced which prevented them from becoming active. There was a particular focus on role the BCP’s played in encouraging engagement in PA. The barriers to the delivery faced by the BCP’s mainly related to organisational and contextual factors. Conclusions: The ALBA intervention was effective at improving mental wellbeing but did not have a significant effect on PA levels. This suggests that the additional support offered through the ALBA intervention was key to improving wellbeing and encouraging PA in mental health population should be considered in a wider context of recovery.
Nicola Peddie | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Prof Austyn Snowden

Exploring nursing students' perspectives on preserving dignity in care: A mixed methods Q-methodology study

2016 - 2019
A complex and contested concept, dignity is recognised as a significant factor in a person’s ...
Rosemary Mullen | Director of Studies: Prof Austyn Snowden | Second Supervisor: Dr Angela Kydd

'Pinholes in my arms': An interpretive phenomenological analysis exploring the lived experience of vascular access

2016 - date
Linda Kelly | Director of Studies: Prof Austyn Snowden | Second Supervisor: Ruth Paterson

Exploring male indentity in non-professional carers of someone with cancer

2015 - date
Jenny Young | Director of Studies: Prof Austyn Snowden | Second Supervisor: Prof Graeme Smith

Cross-sectional analysis of health inequalities in the UK nursing population: Do Scottish nurses have worse health and can this be explained by deprivation alone?

2015 - date
The PhD project will explore the relat...
Mr William Ball | Director of Studies: Dr Iain Atherton | Second Supervisor: Dr Richard Kyle

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