Joanna Smith

Professor Joanna Smith RGN, RSCN, MSc (Hons), BSC (Hons), PhD

Professor of Nursing in Child Health


Summary

I am a registered adult and children’s nurse with extensive leadership experience both in NHS settings (primarily supporting children with complex surgical needs) and academia. My joint appointment between Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust enables me to use my experiences to support nurses to develop the confidence and capabilities to embed research into practice and education.

I co-lead the Child, Young Person and Family Group within the Centre for Applied Health & Social Care Research in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. My specific research interests relate to developing interventions to support children, young people and families in the context of childhood long-term / life-limiting conditions.

ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0974-3591

About

I was appointed as Professor of Nursing in Child Health as joint appointment between Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in October 2023, with a specific remit to shape the nursing research agenda and build on existing collaborations between both organisations. Before joining SHU, I worked for over 15 years in the NHS leading and developing services for children with long-term conditions and complex surgical needs in acute care settings.  With a natural progression to academia, I have worked in several Universities over two decades, drawing on my clinical experience to inform both teaching and research. I am passionate about ensuring nurses use the best available evidence to underpin practice, and developing the next generation of nurse researchers.

I co-lead the Child, Young Person and Family Group; group members undertake national/international Applied Health Research to inform policy and clinical practice in children and young people's long-term condition management. We use age/developmentally appropriate qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods to undertake research that improve clinical outcomes for children with long-term conditions, specifically in the co-design, co-production and evaluation of digital self-management interventions. My research focuses on developing interventions in relation to two areas:

1) Involving children, young people with a long-term condition and families in care decisions;
2) Interventions, in particular digital applications, to support children and young people with life limiting / threatening conditions that meet their psychological and existential needs.

My academic outputs include over 90 publications including peer review journal articles (H-index 23 / i10 index 35), authored book and book chapters, and over 50 conference presentations. I am particularly keen to support nurses to share research findings/ service improvements and good practice through presenting and publishing.

Teaching

Department of Nursing and Midwifery

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

 

 

 

 

I am an experienced lecturer, particularly known for explaining qualitative research methods in a meaningful way to both under and postgraduate students. I embed my own research into teaching for example contributing to resources / delivering sessions on the MSc Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care.

Department of Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/allied-health-professionals
College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Research

Murray C., Wang R., Smith, J., Tompson, A., Barrett E, Kuczer W, Howlett E. Improving asthma diagnosis using a home based testing strategy - a feasibility study. Research for Patient), National Institute Health Research funding, £237 113, 2022- ongoing.

Rodriguez, A.; Smith, J.; McSherry, W.; Tatterton, M.; Jimenez-Aranda, A.; Watts. L.; Kellehear, A. The qualitative DIGNITAL study: Amending and Developing Dignity Therapy for Young Adults with Life Limiting Conditions. Research for Patient Benefits, National Institute Health Research funding,  £149 998, 2020- 2023.

Rodriguez, A.; Smith, J., Tatterton, M. The DIGNITAL study: Developing DIGNITAL to support Young Adults with neurodegenerative Life-Limiting Conditions and their family carers. Research for Patient Benefits (top up funds), National Institute Health Research funding, £22,450.00 (2021-22)

Top publications
Rodriguez, A. M., Kellehear, A., Lanfranchi, V., McSherry, W., Tatterton, M., Watts MBE, L., Yaziji, N., Smith, J. (2023). The Qualitative DIGNISPACE Study: The Co-Design of a Life Review, Meaning-Making and Legacy Leaving Digital Intervention for Young People with Life-Limiting Conditions. Illness, Crisis & Loss, Epub.  https://doi.org/10.1177/10541373231202842

Watts, L., Rodriguez. A., Tatterton, M., Mc Sherry, W., Smith, J. (2020) Stakeholder perceptions of Dignity Therapy for children and young people with life-limiting conditions study. Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care, Epub. https://www.lidsen.com/journals/icm/icm-05-01-012

Rodriguez, A., Smith, J. & McDermid, K. (2018) Dignity therapy interventions for young people in palliative care: a rapid structured evidence review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 24, 112-121. https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/epub/10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.7.339

UK research collaborations with colleagues at the Universities of Leeds, Staffordshire, Manchester and Northumbria. International research collaborations with colleagues in New Zealand based at Auckland University, and colleagues in Copenhagen Denmark at Aarhus University / Roskilde University and Hvidovre and Amager Hvidovre Hospital.

Publications

Key Publications

Rodriguez, A.M., Kellehear, A., Lanfranchi, V., McSherry, W., Tatterton, M., Watts MBE, L., ... Smith, J. (2023). The qualitative DIGNISPACE study: The co-design of a life review, meaning-making and legacy leaving digital intervention for young people with life-limiting conditions. Illness, crisis & loss. http://doi.org/10.1177/10541373231202842

Watts, L., Smith, J., McSherry, W., Tatterton, M., & Rodriguez, A. (2020). Stakeholder perceptions of dignity therapy for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the UK. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 5 (1). http://doi.org/10.21926/obm.icm.2001012

Rodriguez, A., Smith, J., & McDermid, K. (2018). Dignity therapy interventions for young people in palliative care: a rapid structured evidence review. International journal of palliative nursing, 24 (7), 339-349. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.7.339

Smith, J., Cheater, F., & Bekker, H. (2015). Parents' experiences of living with a child with hydrocephalus: a cross-sectional interview-based study. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 18 (5), 1709-1720. http://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12164

Smith, J., Cheater, F., Bekker, H., & Chatwin, J. (2015). Are parents and professionals making shared decisions about a child's care on presentation of a suspected shunt malfunction: a mixed method study? Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 18 (5), 1299-1315. http://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12106

Smith, J., Cheater, F., & Bekker, H. (2015). Parents' experiences of living with a child with a long-term condition: a rapid structured review of the literature. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 18 (4), 452-474. http://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12040

Journal articles

Peat, G., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2023). ‘It is easier to not allow them to see your disability straight away, to see you as a person’: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of video gaming from the perspectives of men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Palliative Medicine, 37 (7), 1016-1024. http://doi.org/10.1177/02692163231172246

Pinto, A., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2022). Researching sensitive topics in healthcare. Evidence-based nursing, 25 (2), 41-43. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2021-103501

Barrett, D., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2021). Producing a successful PhD thesis. Evidence-based nursing, 24 (1), 1-2. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2020-103376

Noble, H.R., & Smith, J. (2021). A review of common evidence review designs published in JAN; a 10-year review. Journal of advanced nursing, 77 (9), e21-e23. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14838

Smith, J., Ali, P., Birks, Y., Curtis, P., Fairbrother, H., Kirk, S., ... Swallow, V. (2020). 'Umbrella' review of family-focused care interventions supporting families where a family member has a long-term condition. Journal of Advanced Nursing. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14367

Rodriguez, A., Smith, J., & Barrett, D. (2020). Research made simple: developing complex interventions. Evidence-based nursing, 23 (2), 35-37. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2020-103261

Peat, G., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2019). Interpretive phenomenological analysis applied to healthcare research. Evidence-based nursing, 22 (1), 7-9. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2018-103017

Peat, G., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2019). Social media use in adolescents and young adults with serious illnesses: an integrative review. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 9 (3), 235-244. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001646

Smith, J., & Dransfield, A. (2019). Patient and carer involvement in healthcare education, service delivery and research: avoiding tokenism. Evidence-based nursing, 22 (3), 65-66. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103105

Vasey, J., Smith, J., Kirshbaum, M.N., & Chirema, K. (2019). Tokenism or true partnership: Parental involvement in a child's acute pain care. Journal of clinical nursing, 28 (9-10), 1491-1505. http://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14747

Watts, L., Rodriguez, A., Tatterton, M., McSherry, W., & Smith, J. (2019). Meaning making And Generativity In Children and Young people with Life limiting conditions (MAGICYL). Evidence-based nursing, 22 (2), 33-35. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103075

Smith, J., & Kendal, S. (2018). Parents' and Health Professionals' Views of Collaboration in the Management of Childhood Long-term Conditions. Journal of pediatric nursing, 43, 36-44. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2018.08.011

Foster, M., Smith, J., & Neill, S. (2018). Letter to Editor. Journal of pediatric nursing, 43, A9. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2018.10.019

Rodriguez, A., & Smith, J. (2018). Phenomenology as a healthcare research method. Evidence-based nursing, 21 (4), 96-98. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2018-102990

Coad, J., Smith, J., Pontin, D., & Gibson, F. (2018). Consult, Negotiate, and Involve: Evaluation of an Advanced Communication Skills Program for Health Care Professionals. Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, 35 (4), 296-307. http://doi.org/10.1177/1043454218765136

Peat, G., Smith, J., & Rodriguez, A. (2018). Mobilising identity through social media: psychosocial support for young people with life-limiting conditions. Evidence-based nursing, 21 (3), 60-62. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2018-102938

Noble, H., & Smith, J. (2018). Reviewing the literature: choosing a review design. Evidence-based nursing, 21 (2), 39-41. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2018-102895

Stones, S.R., & Smith, J. (2018). Social media supremacy: a force of change paving the way for the next generation of healthcare and research. Evidence-based nursing, 21 (1), 2-3. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102846

Waite-Jones, J.M., Majeed-Ariss, R., Smith, J., Stones, S.R., Van Rooyen, V., & Swallow, V. (2018). Young people's, parents', and professionals' views on required components of mobile apps to support self-management of juvenile arthritis: Qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20 (1), e25. http://doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.9179

Jones, J., & Smith, J. (2017). Ethnography: challenges and opportunities. Evidence-based nursing, 20 (4), 98-100. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102786

Waite-Jones, J., Swallow, V., Smith, J., Stones, S., Majeed-Ariss, R., & van Rooyen, V. (2017). 017. Developing a mobile-app to aid young people’s self-management of chronic rheumatic disease: a qualitative study. Rheumatology, 56 (suppl_6). http://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/kex356.001

Smith, J., Shields, L., Neill, S., & Darbyshire, P. (2017). Losing the child's voice and 'the captive mother': an inevitable legacy of family-centred care? Evidence-based nursing, 20 (3), 67-69. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102700

Shorten, A., & Smith, J. (2017). Mixed methods research: expanding the evidence base. Evidence-based nursing, 20 (3), 74-75. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102699

Twycross, A., & Smith, J. (2017). Undertaking research with children and young people. Evidence-based nursing, 20 (2), 40-41. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102619

Twycross, A., & Smith, J. (2017). Have you seen the Evidence-Based Nursing blog? Evidence-Based Nursing blogs: highlighting contemporary issues in nursing. Evidence-based nursing, 20 (1), 29-32. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2016-102563

Smith, J., & Milnes, L. (2016). Responding to, and learning from, peer review feedback. Nursing children and young people, 28 (9), 18. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.28.9.18.s20

Twycross, A., & Smith, J. (2016). Perspectives on current child health issues. Evidence-based nursing, 19 (4), 107-109. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2016-102462

Huby, K., & Smith, J. (2016). Relevance of social media to nurses and healthcare: 'to tweet or not to tweet'. Evidence-based nursing, 19 (4), 105-106. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2016-102476

Smith, J., & Milnes, L.J. (2016). Social media: the relevance for research. Evidence-based nursing, 19 (4), 99-100. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2016-102475

Pentin, J., Green, M., & Smith, J. (2016). Undertaking safe medicine administration with children part 2: essential numeracy. Nursing children and young people, 28 (7), 37-43. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.2016.e743

Pentin, J., Green, M., & Smith, J. (2016). Undertaking safe medicine administration with children: part 1. Nursing children and young people, 28 (6), 35-42. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.2016.e744

Smith, J., & Granger, K. (2016). Effective communicating starts with #hellomynameis. Evidence-based nursing, 19 (3), 68-69. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2016-102382

Garnett, V., Smith, J., & Ormandy, P. (2016). Child-parent shared decision making about asthma management. Nursing children and young people, 28 (4), 16-22. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.28.4.16.s20

Milnes, L., & Smith, J. (2016). Your path to research. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 30 (34), 63. http://doi.org/10.7748/ns.30.34.63.s49

Smith, J., & Chudleigh, J. (2016). Research essentials. Nursing children and young people, 28 (2), 12. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.28.2.12.s14

Smith, J. (2016). How parents relate to adolescents living with a chronic disease. Nursing children and young people, 28 (1), 15. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.28.1.15.s21

Chudleigh, J., & Smith, J. (2016). Funding sources and grant applications. Nursing children and young people, 28 (1), 14. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.28.1.14.s20

Jones, J., Topping, A., Wattis, J., & Smith, J. (2016). A Concept Analysis of Spirituality in Occupational Therapy Practice. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 6 (1), 38-57. http://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2016.1158455

Smith, J., & Noble, H. (2016). Reviewing the literature. Evidence-based nursing, 19 (1), 2-3. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2015-102252

Twycross, A., & Smith, J. (2015). Shape of caring review: impact for children's nursing education. Evidence-based nursing, 18 (4), 105-106. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2015-102205

Noble, H., & Smith, J. (2015). Issues of validity and reliability in qualitative research. Evidence-based nursing, 18 (2), 34-35. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2015-102054

Chudleigh, J., & Smith, J. (2015). Research essentials. Nursing children and young people, 27 (3), 12. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.27.3.12.s13

Smith, J., & Chudleigh, J. (2015). Research essentials. Nursing children and young people, 27 (2), 14. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.27.2.14.s15

Smith, J. (2015). Parent-professional collaboration when a child presents with potential shunt malfunction. Nursing children and young people, 27 (1), 22-27. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.27.1.22.e519

Smith, J. (2015). Nurses should be open with parents about range of resources available. Nursing children and young people, 27 (1), 13. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.27.1.13.s16

Smith, J., Swallow, V., & Coyne, I. (2015). Involving parents in managing their child's long-term condition-a concept synthesis of family-centered care and partnership-in-care. Journal of pediatric nursing, 30 (1), 143-159. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.014

Smith, J. (2014). Efficacy of web resources in meeting parental need for information. Nursing children and young people, 26 (9), 13. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.26.9.13.s16

McNamee, M., & Smith, J. (2014). Research essentials: Implementing findings from clinical projects to influence practice. Nursing children and young people, 26 (9), 12. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.26.9.12.s14

Smith, J., & Noble, H. (2014). Bias in research. Evidence-based nursing, 17 (4), 100-101. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2014-101946

Owens, D., Smith, J., & Jonas, D. (2014). Evaluating students' knowledge of child pain and its management after attending a bespoke course. Nursing children and young people, 26 (2), 34-40. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp2014.03.26.2.34.e334

Smith, J., & Cappleman, J. (2014). Research essentials. Nursing children and young people, 26 (1), 12. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp2014.02.26.1.12.s15

Noble, H., & Smith, J. (2014). Qualitative data analysis: a practical example. Evidence-based nursing, 17 (1), 2-3. http://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2013-101603

Smith, J., & Firth, J. (2011). Qualitative data analysis: the framework approach. Nurse researcher, 18 (2), 52-62. http://doi.org/10.7748/nr2011.01.18.2.52.c8284

Smith, J., Bekker, H., & Cheater, F. (2011). Theoretical versus pragmatic design in qualitative research. Nurse researcher, 18 (2), 39-51. http://doi.org/10.7748/nr2011.01.18.2.39.c8283

Smith, J., Cheater, F., Chatwin, J., & Bekker, H. (2009). Parent's involvement in decisions when their child is admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction: study protocol. Journal of advanced nursing, 65 (10), 2198-2207. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05099.x

Fallon, S., Smith, J., Morgan, S., Stoner, M., & Austin, C. (2008). 'Pizza, patients and points of view': Involving young people in the design of a post registration module entitled the adolescent with cancer. Nurse education in practice, 8 (2), 140-147. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2007.07.005

Smith, J. (2007). Review: Phenomenological exploration of the patient learning experiences of 16—19 year-old women accessing a young peoples rheumatology service in the UK. Journal of Research in Nursing, 12 (5), 535-537. http://doi.org/10.1177/1744987107079580

McSherry, W., & Smith, J. (2007). How do children express their spiritual needs? Paediatric nursing, 19 (3), 17-20. http://doi.org/10.7748/paed.19.3.17.s20

Smith, J., & Dearmun, A. (2006). Improving care for children requiring surgery and their families. Paediatric nursing, 18 (9), 30-33. http://doi.org/10.7748/paed.18.9.30.s21

Smith, J., & Truscott, J. (2006). Commentary on Khorshid L, Eşer I, Zaybak A and Yapucu U (2005). Comparing mercury-in-glass, tympanic and disposable thermometers in measuring body temperature in healthy young people. Journal of Clinical Nursing 14, 496-500. Journal of clinical nursing, 15 (10), 1343-1345. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01269.x

Robshaw, M., & Smith, J. (2004). Keeping afloat: student nurses' experiences following assignment referral. Nurse education today, 24 (7), 511-520. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2004.06.004

Robshaw, M., & Smith, J. (2004). Concerned about confidentiality? The child protection jigsaw. Paediatric nursing, 16 (5), 36-38. http://doi.org/10.7748/paed2004.06.16.5.36.c926

Smith, J., & McSherry, W. (2004). Spirituality and child development: a concept analysis. Journal of advanced nursing, 45 (3), 307-315. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02891.x

Smith, J., & Long, T. (2002). Confusing rhetoric with reality: achieving a balanced skill mix of nurses working with children. Journal of advanced nursing, 40 (3), 258-266. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02367.x

Book chapters

Jones, J., Smith, J., & McSherry, W. (2017). Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care: What Is It and What Does It Look Like? In Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care. (pp. 35-52). CRC Press: http://doi.org/10.1201/9781315188638-3

Jones, J., Smith, J., & McSherry, W. (2017). Spirituality in Acute Health Care Settings. In Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care. (pp. 99-114). CRC Press: http://doi.org/10.1201/9781315188638-7

Other publications

Rodriguez, A., Smith, J., & Barrett, D. (2020). What are the foundations of a good PhD? http://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2020-103353

Other activities

I have extensive journal editorial experiences including previous roles as associate editor for Evidence-Based Nursing (led the journals social media strategy) and editorial board member for Nursing Children and Young People. In addition to being invited to reviews articles, in recognition of expertise in relation to long-term conditions in children, in a range of health related journals, I have been a reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing since 1997.

Nurse representative for several National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) inquiries including, children with neurodisability (2018) and outcomes and deaths in children during the peri-operative care period (2011).

Review grants for several organisations such as British Kidney Patient Association, PSI foundation, The General Nursing Council Trust and UK hospital charitable funding.

I was the co-founder of the International Forum for Child and Family-Centred Care, set up in 2016 (currently 53 members across 14 countries). This forum has already culminated in a range of outputs with international colleagues including presentations and publications and supporting PhD students undertaking research in child / family-centred care.

Other international recognition has included: Invited to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Best Brain Exchange workshop to explore the underpinning evidence of models of care for children with complex needs; Invited to undertake a range of lectures and workshops relating to research with families at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, funded by a successful ERASMUS application; review abstracts for the prestigious International Family Nursing Association and International Shared-Decision Making Conference, and chair of the local organising committee for the 2nd Pediatric Nurses Association of Europe Congress.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise postgraduate student dissertations from a range of health professional backgrounds undertaking Masters / MRes programmes of study.

I currently supervise three PhD students and have supervised six students to completion. Proposals from children’s nurses are most welcome.
 
I have been the external examiner for 10 PhDs students.

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