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Dr Julie Skilbeck RN, RNT, BEd (Hons), MMedSci in Nursing Studies

Senior Lecturer in Nursing


Summary

Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery.  She has worked in Higher Education since 1994 at both the University of Sheffield and since 2006 at Sheffield Hallam University.

About

Julie trained as a Nurse in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, qualifying in 1985.  Julie has professional registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher.  Julie worked clinically as a registered nurse in a variety of adult care environments.

She completed a Master of Medical Science in Clinical Nursing at the University of Sheffield in 1998.  In 2014 Julie was awarded her PhD by the University of Nottingham for the thesis: 'Am I still here': A longitudinal ethnographic study of living with frailty.

Julie has published widely (peer reviewed articles, book chapters, editorials) in both national and international journals.  She has also presented oral and poster presentations at local, national and international conferences.

Julie's research and professional interests include: palliative care for service users, and their families, with limiting illness other than cancer; the experience and impact of frailty in later life.

Teaching

Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Health And Wellbeing

Adult Nursing

Research

Julie is currently working on a number of research projects aligned to her areas of interest: palliative and end of life care; the experiences and impact of fraiolty in later life.  She is the Lead for the Cancer and Life Limiting Illness Theme within the Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Faculty.  Work within this theme includes: Cancer management; Dementia; Palliative and End of Life Care.

2018 - Treatment decision making for frail older people with Lung Cancer.  PI.  Funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity (Sheffield)

2018 - Evaluation of a community hospice telephone triage service.  PI.  Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support

2018 - Exploring acuity and dependency in palliative care patients.  PI.  Funded by St Luke's Hospice (Sheffield).

2018 - Developing a framework to support management of dysphagia in older people in care homes.  Co-I.  Funded by Abbeyfield Foundation.

Selected Research Reports:

State on the Nations Report: Terminal Illness Care in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Report to Marie Curie (2016).

Publications

Journal articles

Mawson, S., Keen, C., Skilbeck, J., Ross, H., Smith, L., Dixey, J., ... Snowden, J.A. (2021). Feasibility and benefits of a structured prehabilitation programme prior to autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in patients with myeloma; a prospective feasibility study. Physiotherapy, 113, 88-99. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2021.08.001

Pownall, S., Barnett, E., Skilbeck, J., Jimenez-Aranda, A., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). The Development of a Digital Dysphagia Guide with Care Homes: Co-Production and Evaluation of a Nutrition Support Tool. Geriatrics, 4 (3), e48. http://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics4030048

Keen, C., Skilbeck, J., Ross, H., Smith, L., Collins, K., Dixey, J., ... Mawson, S. (2018). Is it feasible to conduct a randomised controlled trial of pretransplant exercise (prehabilitation) for patients with multiple myeloma awaiting autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation? Protocol for the PREeMPT study. BMJ Open, 8 (3). http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021333

Skilbeck, J., Arthur, A., & Seymour, J. (2017). Making sense of frailty: An ethnographic study of the experience of older people living with complex health problems. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 13 (1). http://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12172

Skilbeck, J. (2016). Outcome measures can enhance palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22 (12), 575. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.12.575

Skilbeck, J. (2015). Death cafés: a place where students can talk too. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21 (7), 315. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2015.21.7.315

Costello, J., & Skilbeck, J. (2014). Annual macmillan and IJPN conference. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 20 (8), 409. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.8.409

Skilbeck, J. (2013). Caring for frail older people: are we ready for the challenge? Int J Palliat Nurs, 19 (12), 575. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.12.575

Skilbeck, J. (2013). Editorial: Caring for frail older people: Are we ready for the challenge? International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19 (12), 575. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.12.575

Skilbeck, J., Payne, S.A., Ingleton, M.C., Nolan, M., Carey, I., & Hanson, A. (2005). An exploration of family carers’ experience of respite services in one specialist palliative care unit. Palliative medicine, 19 (8), 610-618. http://doi.org/10.1191/0269216305pm1087oa

Seymour, J., Payne, S., Reid, D., Sargeant, A., Skilbeck, J., & Smith, P. (2005). Ethical and methodological issues in palliative care studies: The experiences of a research group. Journal of Research in Nursing, 10 (2), 169-188. http://doi.org/10.1177/174498710501000206

Skilbeck, J., & Payne, S. (2004). End of life care: a discursive analysis of specialist palliative care nursing. Journal of advanced nursing, 51 (4), 325-334. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2005.03503.x

Skilbeck, J., & Payne, S. (2003). Emotional support and the role of the clinical nurse specialists in palliative care. Journal of advanced nursing, 43 (5), 521-530. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02749.x

Corner, J., Halliday, D., Haviland, J., Douglas, H.R., Bath, P., Clark, D., ... Webb, T. (2003). Exploring nursing outcomes for patients with advanced cancer following intervention by Macmillan specialist palliative care nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41 (6), 561-574. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02568.x

Douglas, H.R., Halliday, D., Normand, C., Corner, J., Bath, P., Beech, N., ... Webb, T. (2003). Economic evaluation of specialist cancer and palliative nursing: a literature review. International journal of palliative nursing, 9 (10), 424-428. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2003.9.10.11900

Douglas, H.R., Halliday, D., Normand, C., Corner, J., Bath, P., Beech, N., ... Webb, T. (2003). Economic evaluation of specialist cancer and palliative nursing: Macmillan evaluation study findings. International journal of palliative nursing, 9 (10), 429-438. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2003.9.10.19788

Seymour, J., & Skilbeck, J. (2002). Ethical considerations in researching user views. European Journal of Cancer Care, 11 (3), 215-219. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2354.2002.00342.x

Skilbeck, J., Corner, J., Bath, P., Beech, N., Clark, D., Hughes, P., ... Webb, T. (2002). Clinical Nurse Specialists in palliative care. Part 1: a description of the Macmillan Nurse caseload. Palliative medicine, 16 (4), 285-296. http://doi.org/10.1191/0269216302pm567oa

Clark, D., Seymour, J., Douglas, H.R., Bath, P., Beech, N., Corner, J., ... Webb, T. (2002). Clinical nurse specialists in palliative care. Part 2. Explaining diversity in the organization and costs of Macmillan nursing services. Palliative Medicine, 16 (5), 375-385. http://doi.org/10.1191/0269216302pm585oa

Seymour, J., Clark, D., Hughes, P., Bath, P., Beech, N., Corner, J., ... Webb, T. (2002). Clinical nurse specialists in palliative care. Part 3. Issues for the Macmillan Nurse role. Palliative Medicine, 16 (5), 386-394. http://doi.org/10.1191/0269216302pm586oa

Skilbeck, J., & Seymour, J. (2002). Meeting complex needs: an analysis of Macmillan nurses' work with patients. International journal of palliative nursing, 8 (12), 574-582. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2002.8.12.10974

Ingleton, C., Skilbeck, J., & Clark, D. (2001). Needs assessment for palliative care: Three projects compared. Palliative Medicine, 15 (5), 398-404. http://doi.org/10.1191/026921601680419447

Skilbeck, J., Mott, L., Page, H., Smith, D., Hjelmeland-Ahmedzai, S., & Clark, D. (1998). Palliative care in chronic obstructive airways disease: A needs assessment. Palliative Medicine, 12 (4), 245-254. http://doi.org/10.1191/026921698677124622

Skilbeck, J., Mott, L., Smith, D., Page, H., & Clark, D. (1997). Nursing care for people dying from chronic obstructive airways disease. Int J Palliat Nurs, 3 (2), 100-106. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.1997.3.2.100

Conference papers

Tod, A., Skilbeck, J., Warnock, C., & Ulman, J. (2019). Frailty and treatment decision making in older people with lung cancer (abstract only). In IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer, Barcelona, 7 September 2019 - 10 September 2019. Royal College of Nursing: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/international-research-conference-030919#Programme

Tod, A., Skilbeck, J., Warnock, C., & Ulman, J. (2019). Frailty and treatment decision making in older people with lung cancer (abstract only). In IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer, Barcelona, 7 September 2019 - 10 September 2019. Royal College of Nursing: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/international-research-conference-030919#Programme

Pownall, S., Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Jimanez-Aranda, A., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). A consensus based approach to the development of a digital dysphagia management guide for care homes (abstract only). In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019.

Pownall, S., Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Jimanez-Aranda, A., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). A consensus based approach to the development of a digital dysphagia management guide for care homes (abstract only). In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019.

Skilbeck, J., Warnock, C., Ulman, J., & Tod, A. (2019). The influence of perceptions of frailty on treatment decision making in older people with lung cancer: a qualitative study (Abstract only). Pubished Abstracts, 1-148. https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/research-and-innovation/research-events/rcn-2019-research-conference

Snowden, J., Keen, C., Smith, L., Skilbeck, J., Ross, H., Collins, K., ... Mawson, S. (2018). Is it feasible to conduct a randomised controlled trial of pre-habilitation in multiple myeloma (MM) patientsawaiting autologous haematopoietic stem-celltransplantation (AHSCT)? The PREeMPT study. Bone Marrow Transplantation. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41409-018-0354-7.pdf

Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Gee, M., Fowler-Davis, S., & Pownall, S. (2018). Facilitators to providing nutritional support to older people in care homes: a qualitative study. In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, 16 April 2018 - 18 April 2018.

Skilbeck, J., Pownall, S., Fowler-Davis, S., Barnett, E., Gee, M., & Jones, D. (2018). Development of a Dysphagia Management Protocol for Older Residents in a Care Home Setting. (abstract only). Journal of Oral Health and Dentistry, 1 (S2).

Skilbeck, J., Mott, L., Smith, D., Page, H., Clark, D., & Mallett, K. (1997). The quality of life of individuals dying from chronic obstructive airways disease. QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH, 6 (7-8), 360.

Book chapters

Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Gee, M., Fowler-Davis, S., & Pownall, S. (2018). Facilitators to providing nutritional support to older people in care homes: a qualitative study - Abstract. In RCN international nursing research conference and exhibition 2018: Conference abstracts. UK: RCN publishing: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/research-2018

Breeze, J., Cooper, C., Kydd, A., Monks, S., Turner, J., Skilbeck, J., & Wilson, E. (2018). Palliative and end-of-life care in mental health. In Wright, K., & McKeown, M. (Eds.) Essentials of Mental Health Nursing. Sage: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/essentials-of-mental-health-nursing/book244418#contents

Posters

Beard, B., Skilbeck, J., Wilson, J., Anderton, L., & Monks, S. (2017). Increasing societal awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Presented at: Inclusivity in Palliative Care Education: Discerning or Discriminating?, Oulton Hall, Leeds, 2017

Other activities

Member of Editorial Board International Journal of Palliative Nursing

External reviewer for BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care; Age and Ageing; IJPN

Postgraduate supervision

Julie currently supervises a range of Masters level projects and one PhD, focusing on the experience of family caregiving within palliative and end of life care.

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