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June 2017 Doctor of Philosophy: Critical care diaries: an exploration of patient perceptions using Glaserian Grounded Theory
2005 Lecturer/ Practice Educator
2005 PGCE (University of Glamorgan)
2003 MSc Nursing (University of Wales College of Medicine) Modules: Education, nursing theory, research and innovations in critical care. Dissertation on Practice Development in Critical Care.
1994 Diploma in Critical Care (ENB 100, 998 & research module,Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in affiliation with Wolverhampton University).
1992 Research ENB 870
1990 RGN (Worcester)


I work at the University of South Wales as a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing/ Critical Care. My main area of interest is critical care nursing and neurocare and management and the psychological impact of critical illness on patients. My PhD is about critical care diaries: an exploration of patient perceptions using Glaserian Grounded Theory.This project has been funded by the Welsh Government, through Health and Care Research Wales as part of the Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC)Wales programme.


My clinical career has been spent in critical care. I have worked in a variety of hospitals in England and Wales gaining experience in neuro nursing, general and specialised intensive care with liver and cardiac transplants, max fax, major injuries and burns including resuscitation room and ongoing critical care. I have always held an interest in teaching.

My academic career still links closely with my critical care background. In conjunction with GHNHST at the time now ABUHB I developed an accredited competency based module; The Essentials for Nursing in Critical Care in 2001 and also did the same for medicine, surgery, anaesthetics and recovery. I also developed and ran a management & Leadership module to develop staff. So I already had strong links to the university whilst in clinical practice.

In my current role previously I was Year Tutor for Year 1 Adult branch BN (Hons) Adult nursing for 4 years. In 2016 I became Course Leader for BSc/PGCert Acute & Critical Care which fits well with my passion for all things critical care related.

2004-5 secondment to H grade Practice Development Facilitator for Critical Care Directorate and Division of Surgery, Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust
2003 6 month secondment as lecturer at University of Glamorgan
2001-2005 Nurse Teacher/Practitioner Critical Care (G)
1997-2001 Senior Staff Nurse (F) General ITU, UHW Cardiff
1994-1997 Staff Nurse (E) Adult ITU, John Radcliffe 2 Oxford
1992-1994 Staff Nurse Rotation (E), Critical Care, South Birmingham General ITU, QEH, Cardiac ITU, QEH, Major Injuries Unit, Birmingham General. Including Critical care course with placements at Heartlands and Birmingham Childrens ICUs
1990-1992 Staff Nurse (D-E) Neuro ITU, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford with secondment for 6 months ward management experience Nuffield 1 neurosurgery.


Course Leader (2016- current) BSc/PGCert Acute & Critical Care and team member
Module management:
Psychological Consequences of acute and critical illness (BSc/PGCert Acute & Critical Illness)
Research Methods & Critical Appraisal (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Oct 2015)
Practice Based Dissertation (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Oct 2015)
The Essentials for Nursing in Critical Care (since 2001-current) in partnership with Critical Care ABUHB competency based module with 10 study days to support development of staff new to critical care. Due to run ABMU POW April 2018 after successful re-approval of partnership.

Rapidly changing situations in maternal health new module 2017 based on an ABCDE approach to urgent assessment of deterioration and escalation of care.

Pre-registration module member:
Legal and professional issues
Acute and continuing care needs of adult clients and their families
Leadership and management- dissertation module

Personal Tutor: Student support and supervision for Pre and Post Registration modules

Revalidation/validation panel member

Curriculum development and planning.


Wood C. & Phillips C. (2016) Cyanoacrylate microbial sealants for skin preparation prior to surgery. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD008062. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008062.pub4.

Phillips C. (2011) Patient diaries in critical care: an exploration of the literature. Nursing Standard.26(11) 35-43
Dowie I. & Phillips C. (2011) Supporting the lecturer to deliver simulation of clinical practice. Nursing Standard. 25(49) 35-40

Lipp A., Phillips C., Harris P. & Dowie I. (2011) Cyanoacrylate as a microbial sealant: examining the evidence. Journal of Perioperative Practice 21(3) 88-92

Lipp A., Phillips C., Harris P. & Dowie I. Systematic Review No: 078 Cyanoacrylate microbial sealants for skin preparation prior to surgery. Published in the Cochrane Library, (Issue 10, 2010, publication date 6 October 2010). Review updated: The Cochrane Library, (Issue 8, 2013, publication date 21 August 2013).

Higginson R., Jones B. & Phillips C. (2009) CELT project: The use of clinical simulation and human patient mannequins in pre-registration nurse education.

Neurosciences Conference (2017) 14th June, Optic Centre St.Asaph: Oral presentation on diary use and dementia.
BACCN 31st Annual Conference (2016) 18-21st September, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow: Research Symposium oral presentation: Critical care diaries: “Being out of it” and seeking life story coherence. as well as National Board role as part of Conference.
BACCN 5th International Conference (2015) 6-8th September, Park Plaza, London. In capacity as Regional Advisor and National Board member.
Policy Forum for Wales (2014) Next steps for unscheduled care in Wales: reform of ambulance, emergency and critical care services. Panel member and oral presentation on my research Tuesday 14th October. Radisson Blu, Cardiff.
ABUHB (2014) R&D Conference, Oral presentation: An innovative & collaborative research study exploring critical care patient experiences of critical illness & perceptions of having had a diary written on their behalf: what is the point? 24th June 2014
BACCN (2013) Annual Conference, Southport. Oral Presentation: Critical Care Survivors: emotional consequence of admission 16/09/13
Chief Nursing Officer for Wales (2012) Showcase Conference: Poster presentation entitled Establishing patient views of diaries: altering the boundaries of critical care and was awarded 2nd Prize for Best Poster at Conference. Cheryl Phillips, RCBC Wales PhD student fellowship (University of Glamorgan) and Amanda Hale, Tracey Rich, Louise Parfitt who developed the Royal Gwent Hospital Critical Care Diary Team (ABHB) SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 15th March 2012.
Dowie I & Phillips C (2011) Supporting the lecturer to deliver simulation of clinical practice – Poster Presentation; Churchill College; University of Cambridge (5th September 2011) NET Conference.
Poster presentation REACT course Inaugural Nursing and Midwifery Conference Aneurin Bevan Health Board (2010). Teeing Off: Driving Forward Staying on the Fairway. (Thursday 8th July 2010)
NLIAH Oral presentation (2007) Welsh Critical Care Improvement Programme End of Year Event: Delivering Better Care to Patients in Critical Care: Evaluation of the collaborative method used in delivering the WCCIP.
Dowie I & Phillips C (2007) Joint paper presented at a Senior Nurse Conference at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, South Wales, entitled Privacy & Dignity (21st June, 2007).
BACCN conference Poster presentation (2007) on the use of OSCEs during the BSc (Hons) Critical Care, Brighton. Research paper/ poster into students experiences of OSCEs in BSc Critical Care. Bridie Jones, Ray Higginson & Cheryl Phillips.
BACCN conference Oral presentation (2006) Innovations in critical care education. Enhancing the Basics- a partnership approach to module development, delivery & skills in clinical practice. Weston Super Mare.
BACCN Conference Oral presentation (2004) Development of a Management & Leadership module for clinical practice. Newport.

Twitter Chat:
BACCN Twitter Chat #baccndiary 3rd January 2017 as host

Book reviews:
Book proposal new author June (2017) review conducted for SAGE.
Tait, D. & White, S. (2016) Critical care nursing: Case studies in Clinical Decision making: Using a humanized and person centred approach. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Howatson-Jones, L., Stanley, M. & Roberts, S. (2015) Patient Assessment and Care Planning in Nursing (2ndEd) Learning matters. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Proposal for a new book on critical care and decision making entitled Critical Care Decision Making using a humanized case-study approach. edited by Dr Desiree Tait and Dr Sara White. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Wiley- Blackwell Textbook Review (September 2013) Mallett, J., Albarran, J.W. & Richardson, A. (2013) Critical Care Manual of Clinical Procedures and Competencies.
Wiley- Blackwell Textbook Review (July 2013) Jevon, P. with Pooni, J.S.Treating the Critically Ill Patient
Assessment made incredibly easy (2009) (First UK Edition) Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) previously was National Board member: Regional Advisor role for 3 years. I remain on the BACCN Wales Regional Committee.


September 2018-Currently external examiner for several Postgraduate Certificate courses related to acute and critical care for Oxford Brookes University.

Previously, for 3 years until September 2017, I was British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) National Board member: Regional Advisor (RA) role and also Regional Committee Member BACCN Wales. As RA I was one of a team of 4 and I supported BACCN committees in Wales, North West & Anglia. National Board role required a lot of commitment, but this was supported by the university and facilitated my awareness and involvement in critical care developments nationally and internationally.

BACCN Wales Committee member- we meet regularly face to face or via webEx to discuss current issues in critical care and to organize study events for the Wales regional members of BACCN and non-members including allied healthcare workers. The committee members come from various areas within Wales critical care environment and provides a vital arena through BACCN to promote ICU related healthcare issues and evidence based practice.

External Examiner for 4 years for articulated programme between Birmingham City University and Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent: Patient assessment, recognition and management of acute illness.


Phillips C. & Longley M. (2007) National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) report: Evaluation of the collaborative method used in the delivery of the Welsh Critical Care Improvement Programme (WCCIP).


I gained an RCBC Wales Doctoral Fellowship research grant to undertake my PhD looking at Critical care diaries: an exploration of patient perceptions using Glaserian Grounded Theory. It is a qualitative longitudinal study using semi-structured interviews These are diaries written by nurses on behalf of patients while they are ventilated and sedated in critical care. This research was conducted in partnership with the Diary Team, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport (ABUHB) without whom this research would not be possible.This project has been funded by the Welsh Government, through Health and Care Research Wales as part of the Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC)Wales programme.

Areas of Expertise

Critical care particularly the psychological implications of critical illness for patients, family and healthcare professionals. Patient diaries were the focus of the research for my PhD and I am particularly interested in how these evolve and would like to do further research in to their uses, benefits and potential harmful effects.



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