Best of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Practice Award

Nursing Interventions for Improving Nutritional Status and Outcomes of Stroke Patients: Descriptive Reviews of Processes and Outcomes

Lin Perry, Sharon Hamilton, Jane Williams, and Susan Jones

The main focus of Lin Perry's work has been broadly around research capacity development, service and practice development and evaluation, with major clinical topics of nutrition support and chronic disease management, particularly stroke and diabetes. She has been extensively involved with nutritional support across all areas, from tube feeding regimes for ventilated patients to requirements of patients and carers using Home Enteral Feeding, effects of stroke on taste and smell function, dietary intake of stroke patients and its effects on quality of life in residential aged care. Stroke work has spanned intensive monitoring in acute stroke through to carers’ long-term needs. Dr. Perry is currently involved with development and evaluation of new service models to support young people with type 1 diabetes, particularly in rural areas. She examined knowledge translation and change management across acute and community settings at all levels of organizations.
Sharon Hamilton is the Director of the Teesside Centre for Evidence-Based Practice: An Affiliate Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute.  She trained as a registered nurse in London and after specializing in neurosciences nursing for a number of years, she moved into a research career.  During this time she completed a master’s degree in social policy and a PhD focusing on the implementation of evidence-based practice in acute stroke care.  Immediately prior to joining the staff at Teesside University Sharon held an appointment as Head of Nursing Research in a London hospital.    Sharon aims to combine her clinical knowledge with her research expertise to make a positive contribution to health policy and clinical practice.  An overarching theme running through many of Sharon’s research studies is a focus on the evaluation of health interventions.  Another major theme of her work is the synthesis of research evidence to inform clinical practice and policy.   

Jane Williams’ current role is Clinical Programme Director for Integrated Rehabilitation with Southern Health Foundation NHS Trust. This current role is focused on redesigning rehabilitation pathways within the community and links closely with UK initiatives to integrate primary, community health and social care within localities. The current main focus is modelling services for frail older people. Jane continues to work clinically and directs rehabilitation programmes of care within community hospitals. Previously Jane spent twenty years working in various roles within the field of stroke care within Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area. Culminating in a role as Consultant Nurse in Stroke Care which encompassed delivering clinical care, education and training, leadership, and delivery of an evidence based stroke service. Jane has always been involved in many regional and national working parties and completed a Ph.D. in 2003 on decision making processes in the ethically sensitive area of nutrition after stroke.  

Susan Jones entered into a research career in 2006 on completion of a BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Wellbeing. Since then she has completed a Master’s degree and is now studying for a PhD. Susan nursed patients with cancer for several years before raising a family, she then returned to university to study and develop her career in research. Her focus has been on carrying out a number of systematic reviews and running commissioned, qualitative, research and evaluation projects. The research projects mostly related to nursing and/or public health topics. She has worked with health staff, patients and relatives in various health specialties e.g. stroke, frozen shoulder, neurological conditions, palliative care, smoking in hospital, smoking in pregnancy. The topic of her PhD is the exploration of Normalisation Process Theory as an explanatory tool during implementation of a complex intervention with maternity and stop smoking staff. 

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