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

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Professor Tony Ryan
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

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

Current/recent projects

  • 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)

Journal articles


Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

  • King R, Robertson S, Wood E & Ryan T (2020) An Exploratory Study of the Motivations, Experiences, and Career Aspirations of Trainee Nursing Associates in the North of England. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 19 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wood E, King R, Robertson S & Ryan T (2020) "It's Very Stressful But I love It": Advanced Nurse Practitioners' views of Advanced Nursing Practice. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 19 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Clifford J, Wostenholme D, Grindell C, Tod A, Ryan T & Homer C (2017) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harrison M, Ryan T, Gardiner C & Jones A (2013) Evidence-based implementation: evaluating a knowledge exchange framework in UK stroke services. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, Vol. 8 (pp 32-33) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harrison MA, Gardiner C, Ryan T & Jones A (2013) Key Stakeholders Recognize the Need for a Structured Approach to Psychological Support with Input from a Clinical Psychologist. STROKE, Vol. 44(2) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Read J, Croot L, Campbell F, Ryan T & Venables G (2012) Patients’ experience of follow up after TIA: A qualitative study. International Journal of Stroke(2) (pp 18-18) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gott M, Ingleton C, Gardiner C, Ryan T, Seymour J, Bennett M, Noble B & Cobb M (2009) Transitions to palliative care for older people in acute hospitals in the UK. AUSTRALAS J AGEING, Vol. 28 (pp A58-A58) RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching interests

Research methods, sociology of ageing, palliative & supportive care and dementia/stroke care practice.

Professional activities and memberships

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.