Dr Fiona Kennedy

Dr Fiona Kennedy

Research Fellow

Phone: 0113 2068939
email: f.r.kennedy@leeds.ac.uk

Fiona joined the Patient Reported Outcomes Group in January 2014.  Fiona completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), funded by the charity Breast Cancer Campaign, exploring the psychosocial impact and perception of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is a very early stage of breast cancer increasingly detected by routine mammogram screening.   Prior to joining the group she worked as a research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University where she was involved in a number of health and social care projects, including two projects focusing on new and innovative nursing roles.

Since joining the group, Fiona has led the REPORT-UK (Real-time Electronic Patient Outcome ReporTing of adverse events in UK cancer trials) project, funded by Cancer Research UK, which involved in developing, introducing and evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a web based and telephone system for patients to self-report adverse events and other patient reported outcome measures in cancer trials.  Since February 2016 Fiona has been leading the ePRIME (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences) study, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is exploring an innovative approach for remote monitoring/support of patients, using electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) and re-designed care pathways.

Research interests

Fiona’s research interests centre on applied, patient-led research, including patient experiences and perceptions of health conditions, routine collection of quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice, doctor patient communication, and researchers’ experiences of undertaking research in sensitive areas.


Fiona is a tutor on the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module of the year 1 MBChB course. She is also the lead supervisor for Kathleen Kane on the Breast Cancer Now funded LIBERATE PhD grant exploring symptom-reporting, self-management and signposting support for metastatic breast cancer.

Professional activities

Fiona is a member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) and has previously sat on their executive committee. From January 2018 she has been a member of the Breast Cancer Now research grant committee.


Peer review papers

Kennedy F, Shearsmith L, Ayres M, Lindner OC, Marston L, Pass A, Danson S, Velikova G. (2020).Online monitoring of patient self-reported adverse events in Early Phase Clinical Trials: views from patients, clinicians, and trial staff. Clinical Trials, online first. doi.org/10.1177/1740774520972125  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1740774520972125 

Shearsmith L, Kennedy F, Lindner O, Velikova G. (2020).  Delphi survey to inform patient-reported symptom monitoring after ovarian cancer treatment. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes, 4: 71. doi:10.1186/s41687-020-00237-2 https://jpro.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41687-020-00237-2

Taarnhøj G.A, Kennedy F, Absolom K.A, Bæksted C, Vogelius I.R, Johansen C, Velikova G, Pappot H.  (2018) Comparison of EORTC QLQ-C30 and PRO-CTCAE questionnaires on six symptom items, 56(3), 421-429. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management . doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.05.017 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29807157/

Gerrish K, Laker S, Taylor C, Kennedy F, McDonnell A (2016). Enhancing the quality of oral nutrition support for hospitalised patients: a mixed-methods knowledge translation study (The EQONS study).  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(12), 3182-3194. doi:10.1111/jan.13085 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jan.13085

Tod A.M, Kennedy F, Stocks A.J, McDonnell A, Ramaswamy B, Wood B & Whitfield M (2016). Good quality social care for people with Parkinson’s disease: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6: e006813. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006813 https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/2/e006813

McDonnell A, Goodwin E, Kennedy F, Hawley K, Gerrish K & Smith C. (2014). An evaluation of the implementation of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) roles in an acute hospital setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(4), 789-799.  doi:10.1111/jan.12558  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25339237/

Kennedy F, Hicks B. & Yarker J. (2013) Work stress and cancer researchers: An exploration of the challenges, experiences and training needs of UK cancer researchers. European Journal of Cancer Care, 23(4), 462-471. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12135  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24118414/

Gerrish K, McDonnell A & Kennedy F (2013). The development of a framework for evaluating the impact of nurse consultant roles in the United Kingdom. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(10), 2295-2308. doi:10.1111/jan.12116 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23461489/

McDonnell A, Gerrish K & Kennedy F. (2013) Because you’re worth it. Nursing Standard 27(38), 61. doi:10.7748/ns2013. https://journals.rcni.com/doi/abs/10.7748/ns2013.

Kennedy F, McDonnell A, Gerrish K, Howarth A, Pollard C. & Redman J (2012). Evaluation of the impact of nurse consultant roles in the United Kingdom: a mixed method systematic literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(4), 721-742. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05811.x https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21950655/

Kennedy F, Harcourt D & Rumsey N (2012). The shifting nature of women’s experiences and perceptions of ductal carcinoma in situ.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(4), 856-867. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05788.x https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21790736/

Kennedy F, Harcourt D, Rumsey N & White P (2010) The psychosocial impact of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): a longitudinal prospective study. The Breast, 19, 382-387. doi:10.1016/j.breast.2010.03.024 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20413310/

Kennedy F, Harcourt D & Rumsey N (2009) Perceptions of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) among UK health professionals.  The Breast, 18, 89-93. doi:10.1016/j.breast.2009.01.004 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19231188/

Kennedy F, Harcourt D & Rumsey N (2008) The challenge of being diagnosed and treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).  European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(2), 103-111. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2007.09.007 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18023255/

Conner M, Sutherland E, Kennedy F, Grearly C & Berry C. (2008). Impact of alcohol on sexual decision making: Intentions to have unprotected sex. Psychology & Health, 23(8): 909-934. doi:10.1080/08870440701596551  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25160920/

Kennedy F, Haslam C, Munir F, & Pryce J (2007). Returning to work following cancer: a qualitative exploratory study into the experience of returning to work following cancer.  European Journal of Cancer Care, 16(1), 17-25. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00729.x https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17227349/

Kennedy F, Harcourt D, & Rumsey N (2006) ‘You fall between normal and cancer’: the experience of being diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).  Health Psychology Update, 15(2), 20-24.

Published book chapter

Kennedy F & Hulbert-Williams N (2015) Psychosocial research in cancer care (pp.536-553).  In D.Wyatt & N.Hulbert-Williams (eds.) Cancer and Cancer Care. Sage Publications Ltd: London.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473920620.n33