Professor Tony Ryan
PhD, MA, PG Cert, BSc(Hons)
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Professor in Nursing
Professor of Older People, Care and the Family
+44 114 222 2062
Full contact details
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
My work in the field of older people and family care spans 20 years having worked on a number of large scale research studies and service development projects in the field of dementia, stroke and palliative and supportive care. My PhD in the field of stroke rehabilitation was undertaken in ScHARR before a move to the School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2004 as a Lecturer in Rehabilitation and Family Care. I led the Stroke theme of the CLAHRC South Yorkshire between 2009 and 2013. I continue to undertake research and teaching activities in the field of long-term conditions and ageing, with current grants focusing upon dementia and advance care planning and older people & sexuality and intimacy.
I am Director of Research in the School of Nursing & Midwifery with responsibility for leading the Department’s strategy, capacity development and research innovation and impact.
- Research interests
- Intimage: Older people’s sexuality and intimacy (EU)
- Dementia and advance care planning (NIHR)
- Long term stroke and weight gain (NIHR)
- Collaborations in Leadership for Applied Health Care and Research for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC-SY)
- Stroke Theme Lead (PI) (NIHR)
- Transitions to palliative care for older people in acute hospital settings (Co-app.) (SDO/NIHR)
- What are the perceptions of intensive care staff about their sedation practices when caring for a mechanically ventilated patient?: A systematic mixed-methods review. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances, 4.
- A local stakeholder perspective on nursing associate training. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 16(3), 126-133.
- Consequences of understaffing on type of missed community care- a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances, 4, 100075-100075.
- Facilitators of person and relationship‐centred care in nursing. Nursing Open.
- Understanding the factors that affect retention within the mental health nursing workforce: a systematic review and thematic synthesis. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. View this article in WRRO
- The impact of COVID-19 on work, training and well-being experiences of nursing associates in England: A cross-sectional survey.. Nurs Open.
- How nurses in a developing country perceive and experience leadership: A qualitative study.. Contemporary nurse, 1-22.
- Determinants of nurse job dissatisfaction - findings from a cross-sectional survey analysis in the UK. BMC Nursing, 19(1).
- Factors that optimise the impact of continuing professional development in nursing: A rapid evidence review. Nurse Education Today. View this article in WRRO
- Motivations, experiences and aspirations of trainee nursing associates in England: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1). View this article in WRRO
- The association between care left undone and temporary Nursing staff ratios in acute settings: a cross- sectional survey of registered nurses. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1). View this article in WRRO
- Evidence of engagement with advance care planning for people affected by dementia in the United States. International Psychogeriatrics, 32(5), 547-549.
- Advanced practice nurses' experiences and well-being: baseline demographics from a cohort study. Journal of Nursing Management, 28(4), 959-967. View this article in WRRO
- Nursing care left undone in community settings: Results from a UK cross‐sectional survey. Journal of Nursing Management. View this article in WRRO
- Energy poverty and social relations : a capabilities approach. Energy Research & Social Science, 55, 227-235. View this article in WRRO
- Barriers to Nurse Leadership in an Indonesian Hospital Setting.. Journal of Nursing Management. View this article in WRRO
- Couples affected by dementia and their experiences of advance care planning: A grounded theory study. Ageing & Society. View this article in WRRO
- What is the cost of palliative care in the UK? A systematic review. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 8, 250-257. View this article in WRRO
- Elder mistreatment in South Asian communities: a review of the literature. The Journal of Adult Protection, 20(5/6), 193-206.
- The advance care planning experiences of people with dementia, family caregivers and professionals: a synthesis of the qualitative literature. Annals of Palliative Medicine, 6(4), 380-389.
- What do we know about different models of providing palliative care? Findings from a systematic review of reviews. Palliative Medicine, 31(9), 781-797. View this article in WRRO
- Challenges in building interpersonal care in organized hospital stroke units: The perspectives of stroke survivors, family caregivers and the multidisciplinary team. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(10), 2351-2360. View this article in WRRO
- What cost components are relevant for economic evaluations of palliative care, and what approaches are used to measure these costs? A systematic review.. Palliative Medicine, 31(4), 323-337. View this article in WRRO
- Psychological and emotional needs, assessment, and support post-stroke: a multi-perspective qualitative study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 24(2), 119-125. View this article in WRRO
- Advance care planning in dementia: ‘living well’ with an uncertain future. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 6(3).
- Exploring the transition from curative care to palliative care: a systematic review of the literature. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 5(4), 335-342. View this article in WRRO
- Secondary analysis and literature review of community rehabilitation and intermediate care: an information resource. Health Services and Delivery Research, 3(1).
- 185: The SPECIAL trial: exploring the place of early specialist palliative care in UK lung cancer management. Lung Cancer, 87, S69-S69.
- 'You have to be mindful of whose story it is': the challenges of undertaking life story work with people with dementia and their family carers.. Dementia (London), 14(2), 238-256. View this article in WRRO
- Transient ischaemic attack: a qualitative study of the long term consequences for patients. BMC Family Practice, 1(15). View this article in WRRO
- Health promotion interventions for increasing stroke awareness in ethnic minorities: a systematic review of the literature.. BMC Public Health, 14, 409. View this article in WRRO
- Patients' and carers' experiences of gaining access to acute stroke care: A qualitative study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 30(12), 1033-1037. View this article in WRRO
- PP58 Prevention of Stroke following a TIA – who Receives Care? A descriptive study of Patients Referred to TIA Clinics between 2007-2010 in a NHS Foundation Trust. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67(Suppl 1), A71.3-A72.
- Prevalence and predictors of transition to a palliative care approach among hospital inpatients in England. Journal of Palliative Care, 29(3), 147-153.
- Provision of palliative and end-of-life care in stroke units: a qualitative study.. Palliat Med, 27(9), 855-860.
- A narrative literature review of older people's cancer pain experience.. J Clin Nurs, 22(15-16), 2100-2113.
- Symptom burden, palliative care need and predictors of physical and psychological discomfort in two UK hospitals.. BMC Palliat Care, 12, 11. View this article in WRRO
- Abstract WP364: Key Stakeholders Recognize the Need for a Structured Approach to Psychological Support with Input from a Clinical Psychologist. Stroke, 44(suppl_1).
- A critical review and synthesis of qualitative research on patient experiences of critical illness.. Intensive Crit Care Nurs, 29(3), 147-157.
- Extent of palliative care need in the acute hospital setting: a survey of two acute hospitals in the UK.. Palliat Med, 27(1), 76-83. View this article in WRRO
- Effectiveness of FAST campaign 2009 in South Yorkshire. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 7, 64-64.
- Stroke Prevention: Delivering Personalised Care. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 11(5), 773-774.
- Barriers and facilitators to the receipt of palliative care for people with dementia: the views of medical and nursing staff.. Palliat Med, 26(7), 879-886.
- Most hospices and palliative care programmes in the USA serve people with dementia; lack of awareness, need for respite care and reimbursement policies are the main barriers to providing this care. Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(2), 40.
- An exploration of spiritual needs of Taiwanese patients with advanced cancer during the therapeutic processes. J CLIN NURS, 20(7-8), 950-959.
- Most hospices and palliative care programmes in the USA serve people with dementia; lack of awareness, need for respite care and reimbursement policies are the main barriers to providing this care.. Evid Based Nurs.
- Exploring the transition from curative to palliative care: A systematic review of the literature.. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 1, 56-63.
- Stroke awareness among British ethnic minorities.. Br J Community Nurs, 15(8), 381-384.
- The use of life story work with people with dementia to enhance person-centred care.. Int J Older People Nurs, 5(2), 148-158.
- Commentary on Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers ME & Froelicher ES (2009). Frequency of nurses' smoking cessation interventions: report from a national survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18, 2066-2077.. J Clin Nurs, 19(1-2), 294-296.
- How to improve end of life care in acute hospitals.. Nurs Older People, 21(7), 26-29.
- Supporting people who have dementia to die with dignity.. Nurs Older People, 21(5), 18-23.
- End-of-life care for people with dementia: A thematic review of familial involvement, practices and beliefs. INT J DISABIL HUM DE, 8(1), 15-20.
- Commentary on Birch D and Draper J (2008) A critical literature review exploring the challenges of delivering effective palliative care to older people with dementia. Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, 1144-1163.. J Clin Nurs, 18(1), 150-152.
- Using the Senses Framework to achieve relationship-centred dementia care services: A case-study. Dementia, 7(1), 71-93.
- Out and about: A valued community respite service. Journal of Dementia Care, 16(2), 34-35.
- Relationship-centred care and the 'Senses' framework. Journal of Dementia Care, 16(1), 26-28.
- Supporting Change: Implementing New Ways of Working in East Lancashire. Mental Health Review Journal, 12(3), 10-14.
- A randomized controlled trial to evaluate intensity of community-based rehabilitation provision following stroke or hip fracture in old age.. Clin Rehabil, 20(2), 123-131.
- The experiences of older adults in pain: A literature review. Journal of Community Nursing, 20(11).
- Assessment of pain in older people. Where are we now and what needs to be done. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 5(1), 3-8.
- A randomized controlled trial to evaluate intensity of community-based rehabilitation provision following stroke or hip fracture in old age: Results at 12-month followup. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 5(1), 83-90.
- A follow up-study of probation service-approved premises residents in contact with mental health services. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 16(4), 699-713.
- Assessment of pain in adults with cognitive impairment: A review of the tools. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 4(2).
- Assessment of pain in adults with cognitive impairment: A review of the tools. Journal of Endocrine Genetics, 4(2), 59-66.
- Mental health training needs amongst staff of Probation Approved Premises: A comparison with mental health hostel staff in the voluntary sector. Probation Journal, 52(2), 137-152.
- Risk management and system failure analysis in mental health investigations. Health, Risk & Society, 6(4), 303-305.
- Long term care for serious mental illness outside the NHS: A study of out of area placements. Journal of Mental Health, 13(4), 425-429.
- 'Part of the family': sources of job satisfaction amongst a group of community-based dementia care workers.. Health Soc Care Community, 12(2), 111-118.
- Towards a More Inclusive Vision of Dementia Care Practice and Research. Dementia, 1(2), 193-211.
- What does it mean to listen to people with dementia?. DISABIL SOC, 16(3), 377-392.
- Breaking the mould: Developing a new service for people with dementia and their carers. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 2(1), 3-11.
- Exploring the risk management strategies of mental health service users. Health, Risk & Society, 2(3), 267-282.
- Nurse prescribing and in-patient alcohol detoxification. Journal of Substance Use, 4(4), 133-141.
- Applying aspects of the community reinforcement approach to alcohol and drug services. Journal of Substance Use, 4(2), 70-75.
- Perceived risks associated with mental illness: Beyond homicide and suicide. Social Science & Medicine, 46(2), 287-297.
- The Smithfield Project: a comprehensive service for dependent drinkers. Journal of Substance Misuse, 2(2), 109-113.
- Residential alcohol detoxification: new role for mental health nurses. British Journal of Nursing, 6(5), 280-284.
- Older people with learning difficulties leaving institutional care - A case of double jeopardy. AGEING SOC, 16, 125-150.
- A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - PEOPLE WITH LEARNING-DIFFICULTIES MOVING INTO THE COMMUNITY. HEALTH SOC CARE COMM, 3(4), 249-259.
- Nurses’ contribution during pandemic conditions: A synthesis of qualitative literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
- Missed care in community and primary care. Primary Health Care.
- Transitions to palliative care for older people in acute hospitals: a mixed-methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 1(11), 1-138. View this article in WRRO
- UK advanced practice nurses’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods cross sectional study. BMJ Open.
- Sources of satisfaction, dissatisfaction and well‐being for UK advanced practice nurses: A qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Management.
- Addressing current challenges in adult nursing: Describing a virtual consensus development project methodology. Nursing Open.
- View this article in WRRO Support and career aspirations among trainee nursing associates: a longitudinal cohort study. Nursing Times.
- Development of the nursing associate role in community and primary care settings across England. Primary Health Care.
- Intelligent effort: Involving citizens in planning for quality in nursing. Nursing Open.
- Access to Palliative Care, Textbook of Palliative Care (pp. 517-525). Springer International Publishing
- Access to Palliative Care, Textbook of Palliative Care (pp. 1-9). Springer International Publishing
- Care pathways for older people in need of palliative care, Palliative care for older people (pp. 257-264). Oxford University Press
- Psychology of Aging. AGEING SOC, 30, 1094-1095.
Conference proceedings papers
- Improving services for weight management after stroke: a co-production approach. International Journal of Stroke, Vol. 12(Suppl_5) (pp 26-26). Liverpool, UK, 28 November 2017 - 30 November 2017. View this article in WRRO
- Evidence-based implementation: evaluating a knowledge exchange framework in UK stroke services. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, Vol. 8 (pp 32-33)
- Key Stakeholders Recognize the Need for a Structured Approach to Psychological Support with Input from a Clinical Psychologist. STROKE, Vol. 44(2)
- Patients’ experience of follow up after TIA: A qualitative study. International Journal of Stroke(2) (pp 18-18)
- Transitions to palliative care for older people in acute hospitals in the UK. AUSTRALAS J AGEING, Vol. 28 (pp A58-A58)
- Teaching interests
Research methods, sociology of ageing, palliative & supportive care and dementia/stroke care practice.
- Professional activities
I have acted as Deputy Chair and Panel member for a number of Institutional Reviews at European Universities. Editorial board member of Annals of Palliative Medicine. Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals. Reviewer for a number of UK and European funding bodies. Provided University of Sheffield representation on a number of local NHS commissioning and service provider boards. Between 2009 and 2013 I was a member of the CLAHRC for South Yorkshire Executive Board. I have acted as the Co-producer of a short film to help communicate research findings.