Professor Mary Wells

Honorary Professor

NMAHP University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Mary Wells

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About me

About me

Mary is a cancer nurse with a clinical academic background in health services research within oncology. Her research is mainly focussed on the supportive care of people with cancer and in particular the needs, experiences and outcomes of people who have completed treatment. Mary works closely with a number of cancer charities with a major interest in improving experiences, outcomes and cancer care practice. She was a member of the Executive Board of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) www.cancernurse.eu from 2009 - 2015(and Secretary from 2011-2015) and she is currentlyco-chair of theEONS Research Working Group.Since 2009 she has been a Specialist Advisor to the leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support and the Consequences of Cancer Treatment Collaborative http://www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/whatwedo/ouresearchandevaluation/ourresearchpartners/ccat.aspx and she is on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Throat Cancer Foundation www.throatcancerfoundation.orgIn 2016 Mary was appointed as a Trustee of HealthTalk (previously DiPeX) www.healthtalk.org She has been a member of the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group (CSG) since 2013 http://csg.ncri.org.uk/groups/clinical-studies-groups/psychosocial-oncology and has led the Interventions sub-group since 2015. She is also a member of the survivorship sub-group of the Head & Neck CSG. Follow @elenamarywells

Research (6)

Mary is particularly interested in health and wellbeing in cancer survivors and in developing ways of managing the psychosocial and physical consequences of cancer and its treatment. Much of her current work focusses on survivors of head and neck cancer. Mary’s methodological expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research methods, and she has experience in a range of qualitative approaches including case study and qualitative meta-synthesis, as well as surveys and randomised controlled trials. Her PhD investigated the role of context in randomized trials of complex interventions, and she is particularly interested in the development and evaluation of complex interventions led by NMAHPs.

Projects

Improving quality of life and swallowing function in patients with head and neck cancer: Development and feasibility of a Swallowing Intervention Pack (SIP)
PI: Professor Mary Wells
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey Publication
PI: Professor Mary Wells
Funded by: Macmillan Cancer Support

2015 Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey - Qualitative Analysys
PI: Professor Mary Wells
Funded by: Scottish Government

TreatWELL – a feasibility study to assess the delivery of a lifestyle intervention for colorectal cancer patients undergoing potentially curative treatment
PI: Ms Martine Stead
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Unmet needs in head and neck cancer survivors
PI: Professor Mary Wells
Funded by: Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer Diagnosis as an opportunity for increasing uptake of smoking cessation services among families
PI:
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Outputs (75)

Outputs

Article

Macleod M, Steele RJC, O'Carroll RE, Wells M, Campbell A, Sugden JA, Rodger J, Stead M, McKell J & Anderson AS (2018) Feasibility study to assess the delivery of a lifestyle intervention (TreatWELL) for patients with colorectal cancer undergoing potentially curative treatment. BMJ Open, 8 (6), Art. No.: e021117. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021117

Article

Campbell P, Torrens C, Kelly D, Charalambous A, Domenech-Climent N, Nohavova I, Östlund U, Patiraki E, Salisbury D, Sharp L, Wiseman T, Oldenmenger W & Wells M (2017) Recognizing European cancer nursing: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (12), pp. 3144-3153. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13392

Article

Coles E, Wells M, Maxwell M, Harris FM, Anderson J, Gray NM, Milner G & MacGillivray S (2017) The influence of contextual factors on healthcare quality improvement initiatives: what works, for whom and in what setting? Protocol for a realist review. Systematic Reviews, 6 (1), Art. No.: 168. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0566-8

Meeting Abstract

Loudon K, Wells M & King E (2017) Impact case study: using PRECIS-2 to discuss the design of a pilot and feasibility study - summary of swallowing intervention package (SIP). 4th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) and the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials, Liverpool, UK, 07/05/2017 - 10/05/2017. Trials, 18 (Supplement 1), p. P383. https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/supplements/volume-18-supplement-1

Meeting Abstract

Wells M, Aitchison P, Harris F, Ozakinci G, Bauld L, Entwistle V, Munro A, Haw S, Williams B & Radley A (2016) Barriers and Facilitators to smoking cessation: A qualitative study of patients', family members' and professionals' views in a cancer context. 2016 World Congress of Psycho-oncology, Dublin. Psycho-Oncology, 25 (S3), pp. 169-169. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10991611/2016/25/S3

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Harris F, Aitchison P, Bauld L, Culbard B, Entwistle V, Haw S, Munro A, Ozakinci G, Radley A, Williams B & Wells M (2016) Who’s Talking About Smoking Cessation? Cancer, Health Literacy And Communication. 14th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Heidelberg, 07.09.2016-10.09.2016.

Article

Taylor A, Wells M, Hubbard G & Worth A (2016) From an illusion of certainty into a reality of uncertainty: A longitudinal qualitative study of how people affected by laryngeal cancer use information over time. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 23, pp. 15-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2016.03.006

Article

Wells M, King E, Toft K, MacAulay F, Patterson J, Dougall N, Hulbert-Williams N, Boa S, Slaven E, Cowie J, McGarva J, Niblock PG, Philp J & Roe J (2016) Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2 (1), Art. No.: 40. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-016-0079-6

Other

France E, Farquharson B, Hoskins G, Wells M & Duncan E (2016) Symposium: Developing effective complex interventions. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) international nursing research conference, 08.04.2016-08.04.2016.

Meeting Abstract

Harrow A, Wengstrom Y, Moller T, Notter J, Shewbridge A & Wells M (2014) Living With and Beyond Breast Cancer - European Perspectives (Workshop). EBCC 9: 9th European Breast Cancer Conference - European Oncology Nursing Society workshop, Glasgow, 19/03/2014 - 21/03/2014. European Journal of Cancer, 50 (Supplement 2), pp. S10-S11. http://www.ejcancer.com/article/S0959-8049(14)70057-7/abstract; https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049%2814%2970057-7

Article

Cousins N, MacAulay F, Lang H, MacGillivray S & Wells M (2013) A systematic review of interventions for eating and drinking problems following treatment for head and neck cancer suggests a need to look beyond swallowing and trismus. Oral Oncology, 49 (5), pp. 387-400. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oraloncology.2012.12.002

Article

Wells M, Williams B, Treweek S, Coyle J & Taylor J (2012) Intervention description is not enough: evidence from an in-depth multiple case study on the untold role and impact of context in randomised controlled trials of seven complex interventions. Trials, 13, Art. No.: 95. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-13-95

Article

Sandeman G & Wells M (2012) The meaning and significance of routine follow-up in lung cancer: A qualitative study of patient's experiences and the development and evaluation of a new model of follow-up care. Lung Cancer, 75 (Supplement 1), pp. S33-S33. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5002%2812%2970101-0

Meeting Abstract

Fenlon D, Faithfull S, Greenfield D, Knowles G, Robb K, Roberts K, Taylor G, Wells M, White I & Wiseman T (2011) Ten Top Tips for Cancer Survivorship: a Prompt for Cancer Patients at the End of Their Primary Treatment. 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress, Stockholm, 24/10/2011 - 27/10/2011. European Journal of Cancer, 47 (Supplement 1), pp. S238-S238. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095980491171125X?via%3Dihub; https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049%2811%2971125-X

Meeting Abstract

Fenlon D, Armes J, Doyle N, Faithfull S, Greenfield D, Knowles G, Robb K, Roberts K, Taylor C & Wells M (2011) CCAT: a UK Initiative to Address the Consequences of Cancer Treatment Through Research, Influence and Practice Development. European Journal of Cancer, 47 (Supplement 1), pp. S224-S225. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049%2811%2971081-4

Meeting Abstract

Wells M, Anderson AS, Caswell S, Craig K, Connaghan J, MacAskill S & Steele R (2009) Using the Patient Generated Index (PGI) to elicit quality of life priorities in patients following curative treatment for colorectal cancer: experience from two lifestyle intervention development studies. EJC Supplements, 7 (2), pp. 232-232. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1359-6349%2809%2970794-3

Article

Wells M & Kelly D (2008) The loneliness of cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12 (5), pp. 410-411. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2008.11.003

Article

Harrow A, Wells M, Humphris G, Taylor C & Williams B (2008) "Seeing is believing, and believing is seeing": An exploration of the meaning and impact of women's mental images of their breast cancer and their potential origins. Patient Education and Counseling, 73 (2), pp. 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.07.014

Commentary

Williams B, Entwistle V, Haddow G & Wells M (2008) Placing evidence in context: A response to Fry's commentary. Commentary on: C. Fry, 'A comprehensive evidence-based approach is needed for promoting participation in health research: A commentary on Williams', Social Science & Medicine, 66 (2008), pp. 1457–1460. Social Science and Medicine, 66 (7), pp. 1461-1462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.12.026

Meeting Abstract

Miller M, Taylor A, Wells M, Roe L & Hagen S (2005) Patient involvement in oral care during a course of chemotherapy. Thirteenth European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) Conference, Paris, 31/10/2005 - 31/10/2005. EJC Supplements, 3 (2), pp. 465-465. http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1359-6349/PIIS1359634905818932.pdf

Meeting Abstract

Wells M, Sharp L, MacBride SK, Hornsby C & Finnila K (2005) Results of an open non-randomised case study to evaluate a new soft silicone dressing Mepilex Lite in the management of radiation skin reactions. Thirteenth European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) Conference, Paris, 31/10/2005 - 31/10/2005. EJC Supplements, 3 (2), pp. 445-446. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135963490581821X?via%3Dihub; https://doi.org/10.1016/S1359-6349%2805%2981821-X

Meeting Abstract

Wells M, Philip E, Davie J, Kilby S, Mitchell M & Degabriele A (2005) Improving standards of nutritional care through the development of a nutritional care assistant role on a cancer ward: the first year's experience. EJC Supplements, 3 (2), pp. 473-473. http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1359-6349/PIIS135963490581924X.pdf

Meeting Abstract

Krishnasamy M, Wilkie E, Wells M, Rankin E & Corner J (2005) Patient needs: The patient's point of view. Lung Cancer, 49 (Supplement 2), pp. S56-S56. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5002%2805%2980298-3

Article

Wells M, Dryden H, Guild P, Levack P, Farrer K & Mowat P (2001) The knowledge and attitudes of surgical staff towards the use of opioids in cancer pain management: can the Hospital Palliative Care Team make a difference?. European Journal of Cancer Care, 10 (3), pp. 201-211. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2354.2001.00259.x

Meeting Abstract

Wells M, Dryden H, Guild P, Farrer K, Levack P & Mackie G (1999) Staff knowledge and attitudes towards cancer pain management on general surgical wards: Identifying educational needs. The European Cancer Conference 1999, Vienna, 12/09/1999 - 16/09/1999. European Journal of Cancer, 35 (Supplement 4), pp. S23-S23. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959804999805127?via%3Dihub; https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049%2899%2980512-7