Dr Sheila Kennedy [PhD, PGDip, BA(Hons), MCSP] 

Sheila Kennedy

Research Fellow


School of Health and Related
Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office Room 1.06, First Floor, The Innovation Centre

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2879
Fax: +44 (0) 114 273 0547
Email: s.m.kennedy@sheffield.ac.uk


I worked as a NHS physiotherapist for 20 years before becoming a researcher and have been a foster carer since 2003. Having left ScHARR in 2002, I worked on a number of mainly qualitative and participatory research and development projects at Salford and Nottingham universities until I returned to Sheffield in September 2011. Since my return I have been focussing on research development work relating to improving the health and health care of older people. My post was originally funded by the Health Inequalities theme of NIHR CLAHRC SY and I have recently written a briefing paper about ageing populations and age–related health inequalities.

I am currently working on a 30 month NIHR HS&DR programme of multi-centre research about the acute hospital care of frail older people, using comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). I am leading the PPI work stream of the project.

Prior to being co-applicant and PPI work stream lead on the project above I contributed to the application and have worked on a EU FP7 project about the development and implementation of social innovations to promote healthy and active ageing, a local evaluation about Health Checks, and a participatory research project about what and when people want to know about genetic information.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in qualitative research and public and patient involvement in research especially relating to the health and social care of people with long term and or life limiting illnesses, development and evaluation of services, support for carers, especially older carers, and the care experiences and outcomes for ‘looked after children’. I am experienced in using qualitative data analysis software programmes.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy supporting and providing supervision to overseas post graduate students based within ScHARR. I am also interested in teaching medical and other health care students about the many and complex immediate and long term impacts of child neglect and abuse and growing up within the care system. I also enjoy teaching on the Community Attachment Scheme to first year medical students which focusses on the psycho-social aspects of living with a long term, life limiting illness.

Professional Activities

Co-opted PPI lead for the NIHR Ageing Speciality Group

Key Publications

Kennedy S, Bird L, Cox K and Seymour J. The perspectives of older adults on providing end of life care – a qualitative study of their experiences and priority support needs. Submitted to: BMC Palliative Care

Rimmer M, Parker S, Bissell P, Kennedy S, Cantrell A. Intergenerational interventions targeting obesity: a review. Submitted to: Obesity Reviews

Sheila Kennedy, Elizabeth Goyder, Annette Haywood and Stuart Parker, On behalf of the Reducing Health Inequalities Implementation Management Group. Briefing Paper 4. Ageing Populations and Age-related health Inequalities: Evidence, issues and implications for policy and practice. December 2013. Available at: http://www.clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk

Kennedy S, Research Partners, Bird L, Cox K. Older Carers and Involvement in Research. Why, what and when? University of Nottingham, 2011. Available at: http://www.endoflifecareforadults.nhs.uk/assets/downloads/carer_involvement_in_research.pdf

Kennedy S, Bird L, Cox K, Seymour J Improving Support for Older Carers of People with Advanced Cancer. University of Nottingham, 2011. Available at: http://www.endoflifecareforadults.nhs.uk/publications/improving-support-for-older-people-looking-after-someone-with-advanced-cancer

Kennedy S, Bird L, Seymour J, Cox K. Exploring and prioritising the support needs of older carers of people with advanced cancer: a partnership approach to research development. European Journal of Palliative Care. May 2011

Seymour J, Almack K, Kennedy S, Froggatt K. Peer education for advance care planning: volunteers' perspectives on a training programme and community engagement activities. Health Expectations 16(1): 43-55 Mar 2013
Seymour, J., Almack, K. and Kennedy, S. 2010 Implementing advance care planning: a qualitative study of community nurses' views and experiences. BMC Palliative Care 9:4 doi:10.1186/1472-684X-9-4.

Kennedy S, Seymour J, Almack K, Cox K. 2009. Key stakeholders' experiences and views of the NHS End of Life Care Programme: findings from a National Evaluation. Palliative Medicine 23(4), 283-294.

Kennedy S, Seymour J, Almack K. The views, experiences and needs of older people in relation to end of life care. European Journal of Palliative Care. May 2009

Kennedy S, Seymour J. Facilitating success - the contribution of facilitators to the effectiveness of programmes. A Commissioned Review of the Literature. University of Nottingham / End of Life Care Programme. 2008.

Kennedy S, Huntington A, Shardlow SM and McLaughlin H. 2006, 'Layers of Complexity: Evaluation and Research with Children First - Final Report', Children First / Salford University