Professor Tony Ryan PhD, MA, PG Cert, BSc(Hons)

Professor of Older People, Care and the Family

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2062

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Tony Ryan


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.

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.

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)

Key Publications

Journal articles