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Professor Veronica Swallow RGN, RSCN, PhD, MMedSci, BSc (Hons)

Professor of Child and Family Nursing and Healthcare


Summary

A registered adult and sick children’s nurse with 30 years NHS experience of caring for children and families and of developing/leading paediatric services, I moved to academia mid-career. I lead a programme of mixed-methods research in paediatric long-term conditions and have an accrued grant income of around £6 million as both lead and co-applicant, and 60+publications in peer-reviewed journals. I supervise seven PhD students and am an experienced undergraduate and postgraduate teacher. Actively involved in promoting research capacity building in HE/the NHS, I am currently President Elect of the International Family Nursing Association https://internationalfamilynursing.org/ and Co-Chair of the UK and Ireland IFNA Chapter https://ifnaukandireland.org/

About

Veronica is Professor in Child and Family Nursing and Healthcare in the Department of Nursing & Midwifery. She is a registered Adult and Sick Children’s Nurse and Teacher with extensive experience in NHS clinical and leadership roles, and teaching and research in HE. 
Veronica’s research and under/post-graduate teaching focuses particularly on:

• The ways children, young people, families/carers and health professionals share management of long-term conditions
• Development/evaluation of complex, user-led interventions (e.g. web and smartphone apps) to promote optimum health-care experiences for families, and optimum outcomes for patients, and
• User involvement and ethics in health-care research

Veronica supports active involvement of children, young people and parents as co-researchers and advisers on research projects; she is a member of INVOLVE, the National Institute of Health Research Advisory Group, and for many years worked with the National Research Ethics Service.

Veronica’s multidisciplinary, international research includes mixed-methods, qualitative and participatory approaches, framework analysis, feasibility/full RCTs, surveys and systematic reviews; her outputs have led to invitations to present international keynote/plenary lectures; she is Editorial Board member of the Journal of Family Nursing and the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, reviewer for NIHR and leading healthcare charities, and an active member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) including as elected member of the IFNA Board of Directors and President Elect of IFNA. She is a member of the UK Paediatric Clinical Studies Group.

Veronica has received national and international recognition and awards for her student education activity and is committed to teaching professionals about the application of research evidence into practice to promote optimum clinical outcomes for patients. She currently supervises 6 PhD students and welcomes enquiries about PhD and Masters supervision in her areas of expertise.

Teaching

Health And Wellbeing

Research

Dec. 2020 – June 2023: Dimitri P, Swallow V et.al. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHATBOT TO SUPPORT SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO ADULT CARE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS. £810,000. NIHR Invention for Innovation, Product Development Award   

Sept. 2019 – 2024: Eleftheriou D, Brogan P, Swallow V et.al. Kawasaki Disease Coronary Artery Aneurysm Prevention trial. Funder: C4C - https://conect4children.org/EU  Role: Nurse Lead/Co-applicant) €3 million ; NIHR i4i Challenge Award, £2,2 million, Using Digital Health to transform the management of long-term conditions in the NHS, Co-Applicant and Workstream Lead


Publications

Journal articles

Skelton, B., Knafl, K., Van Riper, M., Fleming, L., & Swallow, V. (2021). Care Coordination Needs of Families of Children with Down Syndrome: A Scoping Review to Inform Development of mHealth Applications for Families. Children, 8 (7), 558. http://doi.org/10.3390/children8070558

Greenfield, D., & Swallow, V. (2021). All nurses should understand the principles of planetary health. Nursing Times. https://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/all-nurses-should-understand-the-principles-of-planetary-health-08-02-2021/

Dahlawi, N., Milnes, L.J., & Swallow, V. (2020). Behaviour and emotions of children and young people with congenital heart disease: A literature review. Journal of Child Health Care, 24 (2), 317-332. http://doi.org/10.1177/1367493519878550

Blower, S., Swallow, V., Maturana, C., Stones, S., Phillips, B., Dimitri, P., ... Martin-Kerry, J. (2020). Children and young people’s concerns and needs relating to their use of health technology to self-manage long-term conditions: a scoping review. Archives of Disease in Childhood. http://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-319103

Rawdon, C., Gallagher, P., Glacken, M., Swallow, V., & Lambert, V. (2020). Parent and adolescent communication with healthcare professionals about Type 1 diabetes management at adolescents’ outpatient clinic appointments. Diabetic Medicine, 37 (5), 785-796. http://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14075

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

Waite-Jones, J.M., Swallow, V., & Madill, A. (2020). From 'neurotic' to 'managing' mother: The 'medical career' experienced by mothers of a child diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. British Journal of Health Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12409

Hollis, R., Ersser, S.J., Iles-Smith, H., Milnes, L.J., Munyombwe, T., Sanders, C., & Swallow, V. (2019). A feasibility study of administering the electronic research and development culture index to the multidisciplinary workforce in a UK teaching hospital. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 12, 935-945. http://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S218630

Tuohy, E., Rawdon, C., Gallagher, P., Glacken, M., Murphy, N., Swallow, V., & Lambert, V. (2019). Children and young people’s experiences and perceptions of self-management of type 1 diabetes: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Health Psychology Open, 6 (2), 205510291987710. http://doi.org/10.1177/2055102919877105

Nightingale, R., McHugh, G., Kirk, S., & Swallow, V. (2019). Supporting children and young people to assume responsibility from their parents for the self-management of their long-term condition: An integrative review. Child: Care, Health and Development, 45 (2), 175-188. http://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12645

Waite-Jones, J.M., & Swallow, V. (2018). Peer-based Social Support for Young-People with Juvenile Arthritis: Views of Young People, Parents/Carers and Healthcare Professionals within the UK. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 43, e85-e91. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2018.07.012

Young, L., Egdell, A., & Swallow, V. (2018). Qualitative accounts of young-people, parents and staff involved with a purpose-designed, pilot short-break service for 18–24 year olds with life-limiting conditions. Children and Youth Services Review, 86, 142-150. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.01.016

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

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

Stones, S., Swallow, V., Milnes, L., & McGowan, L. (2017). 049. Identifying the self-management needs of children with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and their families: an exploratory sequential mixed methods study proposal. Rheumatology, 56 (suppl_6). http://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/kex356.033

Nightingale, R., Hall, A., Gelder, C., Friedl, S., Brennan, E., & Swallow, V. (2017). Desirable components for a customized, home-based, digital care-management app for children and young people with long-term, chronic conditions: A qualitative exploration. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19 (7), e235. http://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.7760

Swallow, V. (2017). Parents managing childhood long-term conditions: longitudinal research is needed on online forums as sources of peer-to-peer information. British Journal of Dermatology, 176 (6), 1430-1431. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.15563

Swallow, V., Puzantian, H., Krischock, L., & Bronas, U.G. (2017). Insights into Living with Kidney Disease. BioMed Research International, 2017, 2805684. http://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2805684

Armitage, S., Swallow, V., & Kolehmainen, N. (2017). Ingredients and change processes in occupational therapy for children: a grounded theory study. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 24 (3), 208-213. http://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2016.1201141

Nightingale, R., Wirz, L., Cook, W., & Swallow, V. (2017). Collaborating With Parents of Children With Chronic Conditions and Professionals to Design, Develop and Pre-pilot PLAnT (the Parent Learning Needs and Preferences Assessment Tool). Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 35, 90-97. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2017.03.008

Smith, T., Swallow, V., & Stephenson, M. (2017). Collaborating to develop an online resource for parents. Nursing children and young people, 29 (2), 18. http://doi.org/10.7748/ncyp.29.2.18.s21

Huby, K., Swallow, V., Smith, T., & Carolan, I. (2017). Children and young people's views on access to a web-based application to support personal management of long-term conditions: a qualitative study. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43 (1), 126-132. http://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12394

Ball, K., & Swallow, V. (2016). Patient experiences of cardiac surgery and nursing care: a narrative review. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 11 (7), 348-358. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2016.11.7.348

Lyons, E.A., Jones, D.E., Swallow, V.M., & Chandler, C. (2016). An Exploration of Comfort and Discomfort Amongst Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Depend on Postural Management Equipment. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (4), 727-742. http://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12267

Smith, J., Swallow, V., & Coyne, I. (2016). OC06 - Involving parents in their child's care - where next? .

Majeed-Ariss, R., Baildam, E., Campbell, M., Chieng, A., Fallon, D., Hall, A., ... Swallow, V. (2015). Apps and adolescents: A systematic review of adolescents' use of mobile phone and tablet apps that support personal management of their chronic or long-term physical conditions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17 (12). http://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.5043

Nightingale, R., Friedl, S., & Swallow, V. (2015). Parents' learning needs and preferences when sharing management of their child's long-term/chronic condition: A systematic review. Patient Education and Counseling, 98 (11), 1329-1338. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.05.002

Stones, S.R., Swallow, V., Majeed-Aris, R., & Hall, A. (2015). OP0243-PARE Involvement of Children and Young People with Long-Term Conditions in the Development of Mobile APP Technology to Promote Disease Self-Management. .

Swallow, V., Smith, T., & Carolan, I. (2015). PP15.14 – 2763: Promoting personal and family management of long-term conditions: Children and young people's views on desirable components for an interactive health communication application (IHCA). European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 19, S93. http://doi.org/10.1016/s1090-3798(15)30311-1

Majeed-Ariss, R., Hall, A.G., McDonagh, J., Fallon, D., & Swallow, V. (2015). Mobile phone and tablet apps to support young people's management of their physical long-term conditions: A systematic review protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (2). http://doi.org/10.2196/resprot.4159

Swallow, V.M., Mightingale, R., & Sinha, M. (2015). G41 Working with parents and health-care professionals to design, develop and pre-pilot the parent learning needs and preferences assessment tool: the plant study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 (Suppl 3), A17.2-A18. http://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2015-308599.41

Swallow, V.M., Carolan, I., Hall, A., Smith, T., Webb, N.J.A., Campbell, M., ... Harper-Jones, M. (2015). O-219 Developing And Evaluating An On Line Parent Information And Support Application To Facilitate Home-based Care By Parents Of Long-term Conditions: A Feasibility Rct. .

Swallow, V. (2015). Special issue on children, young people, and families living with long-term conditions. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30 (1), 1-3. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.015

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

Swallow, V.M., Knafl, K., Santacroce, S., Campbell, M., Hall, A.G., Smith, T., & Carolan, I. (2014). An interactive health communication application for supporting parents managing childhood long-term conditions: Outcomes of a randomized controlled feasibility trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 3 (4). http://doi.org/10.2196/resprot.3716

Nightingale, R., Sinha, M.D., & Swallow, V. (2014). Using focused ethnography in paediatric settings to explore professionals' and parents' attitudes towards expertise in managing chronic kidney disease stage 3-5. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 403. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-403

Swallow, V., Carolan, I., Smith, T., Webb, N.J.A., Knafl, K., Santacroce, S., ... Hall, A. (2014). A novel interactive health communication application (IHCA) for parents of children with long-term conditions: Development, implementation and feasibility assessment. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 41 (1), 20-46. http://doi.org/10.3109/17538157.2014.948174

Carolan, I., Smith, T., Hall, A., & Swallow, V. (2014). Emerging communities of child-healthcare practice in the management of long-term conditions such as chronic kidney disease: Qualitative study of parents' accounts. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 292. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-292

Swallow, V., Smith, T., Webb, N.J.A., Wirz, L., Qizalbash, L., Brennan, E., ... Williams, J. (2014). Distributed expertise: Qualitative study of a British network of multidisciplinary teams supporting parents of children with chronic kidney disease. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41 (1), 67-75. http://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12141

Swallow, V., Hall, A.G., Carolan, I., Santacroce, S., Webb, N.J., Smith, T., & Hanif, N. (2014). Designing a web-application to support home-based care of childhood CKD stages 3-5: Qualitative study of family and professional preferences. BMC Nephrology, 15 (1), 34. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-15-34

Hunt, J.A., & Swallow, V. (2014). A peer-driven community-based doctoral supervisory model: Development from an evaluation of an ethics workshop for health care professionals undertaking research with children. Health Science Journal, 8 (2), 154-165.

Ward, D.J., Furber, C., Tierney, S., & Swallow, V. (2013). Using Framework Analysis in nursing research: A worked example. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 (11), 2423-2431. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12127

Swallow, V., Nightingale, R., Williams, J., Lambert, H., Webb, N.J., Smith, T., ... Allen, D. (2013). Multidisciplinary teams, and parents, negotiating common ground in shared-care of children with long-term conditions: A mixed methods study. BMC Health Services Research, 13 (1), 264. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-264

Swallow, V., Knafl, K., Sanatacroce, S., Hall, A., Smith, T., Campbell, M., & Webb, N.J.A. (2012). The online parent information and support project, meeting parents' information and support needs for home-based management of childhood chronic kidney disease: Research protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (9), 2095-2102. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05908.x

Swallow, V., Macfadyen, A., Santacroce, S.J., & Lambert, H. (2012). Fathers' contributions to the management of their child's long-term medical condition: A narrative review of the literature. Health Expectations, 15 (2), 157-175. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00674.x

Swallow, V., Allen, D., Williams, J., Smith, T., Crosier, J., Lambert, H., ... Webb, N.J.A. (2012). Pan-Britain, mixed-methods study of multidisciplinary teams teaching parents to manage children's long-term kidney conditions at home: Study protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 12 (1), 33. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-33

Swallow, V., Forrester, T., & MacFadyen, A. (2012). Teenagers' and parents' views on a short-break service for children with life-limiting conditions: A qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 26 (3), 257-267. http://doi.org/10.1177/0269216311401947

Swallow, V., Hughes, J., Roberts, D., & Webb, N.J.A. (2012). Assessing children's and parents' opinions on salivary sampling for therapeutic drug monitoring. Nurse Researcher, 19 (3), 32-37. http://doi.org/10.7748/nr2012.04.19.3.32.c9057

Macfadyen, A., Swallow, V., Santacroce, S., & Lambert, H. (2011). Involving fathers in research. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16 (3), 216-219. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00287.x

Swallow, V., Lambert, H., Santacroce, S., & Macfadyen, A. (2011). Fathers and mothers developing skills in managing children's long-term medical conditions: How do their qualitative accounts compare? Child: Care, Health and Development, 37 (4), 512-523. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01219.x

Swallow, V., Clarke, C., Campbell, S., & Lambert, H. (2009). Nurses as family learning brokers: Shared management in childhood chronic kidney disease. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 1 (1), 49-59. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.01009.x

Swallow, V. (2008). An exploration of mothers' and fathers' views of their identities in chronic-kidney-disease management: Parents as students? Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17 (23), 3177-3186. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02642.x

Swallow, V., Lambert, H., Clarke, C., Campbell, S., & Jacoby, A. (2008). Childhood chronic-kidney-disease: A longitudinal-qualitative study of families learning to share management early in the trajectory. Patient Education and Counseling, 73 (2), 354-362. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.07.052

Swallow, V.M., Smith, A., Shiel, G., Steele, K., Farrier, S., Herring, M., & Hickman, M. (2007). Opening up pre-registration education for nurses (the OPEN Project): A partnership approach. Nurse Education in Practice, 7 (3), 141-149. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2006.04.012

Swallow, V., Clarke, C., Iles, S., & Harden, J. (2006). Work based, lifelong learning through professional portfolios: Challenge or reward? Pharmacy Education, 6 (2), 77-89. http://doi.org/10.1080/15602210600682228

Swallow, V. (2006). Learning in practice: But who learns from who? Nurse Education in Practice, 6 (1), 1-2. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2005.11.001

Watson, B., Clarke, C., Swallow, V., & Forster, S. (2005). Exploratory factor analysis of the research and development culture index among qualified nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14 (9), 1042-1047. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01214.x

Swallow, V., & Macfadyen, A. (2004). Nurses' communication skills: are they effective research tools? Paediatric nursing, 16 (5), 20-23.

Clarke, C.L., Reed, J., Wainwright, D., Mcclelland, S., Swallow, V., Harden, J., ... Walsh, A. (2004). The discipline of improvement: Something old, something new? Journal of Nursing Management, 12 (2), 85-96. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2004.00463.x

Swallow, V., & Coates, M. (2004). Flexible education for new nursing roles: Reflections on two approaches. Nurse Education in Practice, 4 (1), 53-59. http://doi.org/10.1016/S1471-5953(03)00018-0

Swallow, V., Newton, J., & Van Lottum, C. (2003). How to manage and display qualitative data using 'Framework' and Microsoft® Excel. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 12 (4), 610-612. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2702.2003.00728.x

Marr, S., Steele, K., Swallow, V., Craggs, S., Procter, S., Newton, J., ... McNabb, A. (2003). Mapping the range and scope of emergency nurse practitioner services in the Northern and Yorkshire Region: A telephone survey. Emergency Medicine Journal, 20 (5), 414-417. http://doi.org/10.1136/emj.20.5.414

Swallow, V.M., & Jacoby, A. (2001). Mothers' evolving relationships with doctors and nurses during the chronic childhood illness trajectory. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36 (6), 755-764. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.02041.x

Swallow, V.M. (2001). Accredited work-based learning (AWBL) for new nursing roles: Nurses' experiences of two pilot schemes. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10 (6), 820-821. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2001.00547.x

Chalmers, H., Swallow, V.M., & Miller, J. (2001). Accredited work-based learning: An approach for collaboration between higher education and practice. Nurse Education Today, 21 (8), 597-606. http://doi.org/10.1054/nedt.2001.0666

Swallow, V.M., & Jacoby, A. (2001). Mothers' coping in chronic childhood illness: The effect of presymptomatic diagnosis of vesicoureteric reflux. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33 (1), 69-78. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01639.x

Swallow, V., Chalmers, H., & Miller, J. (2000). Learning on the job accredited work based learning. Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association, 8 (6), 35-39. http://doi.org/10.7748/en2000.10.8.6.35.c1337

Swallow, V., Chalmers, H., Miller, J., & Gibb, C.E. (2000). Evaluating the development of an accredited work based learning (AWBL) scheme for A&E nurses. Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association, 8 (7), 33-39. http://doi.org/10.7748/en2000.11.8.7.34.c1341

Scott, J.E.S., Swallow, V., Coulthard, M.G., Lambert, H.J., & Lee, R.E.J. (1997). Screening of newborn babies for familial ureteric reflux. Lancet, 350 (9075), 396-400. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(97)01515-8

Blumenthal, I., Matthews, T., Scott, J.E.S., Swallow, V., Coulthard, M.G., Lambert, H.J., & Lee, R.E.J. (1997). Screening babies for vesicoureteric reflux (multiple letters) [10]. Lancet, 350 (9083), 1030-1031. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(05)64078-0

Swallow, V. (1996). Travel the world of networking. Paediatric nursing, 8 (1), 8-10. http://doi.org/10.7748/paed.8.1.8.s11

Presentations

Stones, S.R., Ainsworth, S., challinor, R., Gamble, C., McGowan, L., Milnes, L.J., ... Swallow, V. (2017). Self-management of chronic disease in childhood: the iSMART study. Presented at: 3rd iCAN Research and Advocacy summit

Smith, J.E., Swallow, V., Fenton, G., & Coyne, I. (2015). Implementing and evaluating models of family centred care or children with long term conditions - where next? Presented at: RCPCH/ Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Children and Young People International Conference, Birmingham

Stones, S.R., Majeed-Ariss, R., Hall, A., Thomson, W., Foster, H., Baildam, E., ... Swallow, V. (2014). Developing mobile applications for and with young people with long-term conditions learning to share their healthcare with professionals: a young person and family-led approach. Presented at: INVOLVE Conference, Birmingham, UK

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President Elect of the International Family Nursing Association; 

Co-Chair of the UK and Ireland IFNA Chapter

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