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Professor Alison Richardson BN (Hons), MSc, PhD, PgDipEd, RNT

Clinical Professor in Cancer Nursing and End of Life Care

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Alison is Clinical Professor of Cancer Nursing and End of Life Care at the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She has a clinical academic appointment, which means she combines clinical practice and research. Her research focuses on understanding and responding to the needs of people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Alison is also an NIHR Senior Investigator.

In October 2019 she became Director of NIHR ARC Wessex. Learn more here.

Alison is also Director of the Southampton Academy of Research (SoAR). SoAR supports the career development of Southampton's health-related research workforce, and works across the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences and University Hospital Southampton.

In September 2020 Alison took up a secondment NHS England and NHS Improvement for 2 days a week  in the role of Head of Nursing Research (Academic Leadership & Strategy)

Find out more here.

Understanding the experiences of patients and their families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions is central to ensuring the care we deliver is fit for purpose.

Current role

Advisory group membership

2020- to date Invited member of Scientific Advisory Board, Karolinska Comprehensive Cancer Centre

2018 - to date Member of NHS England Cancer Quality of Life Metric Steering Group

2014 – 2015  Invited by Minister of Health to review Irish Cancer Strategy

2017 -  2019 Member of Specialist Nursing Clinical Practice Steering Group, sub group of Cancer Workforce Taskforce, Health Education England & NHS England

2011 – 2019- to date Member of the Council of Deans of Health Healthcare Professionals Clinical Academic Roles and Career Pathways Implementation Network (CARIN)

2016 – 2019 Specialist Advisor on Clinical Academic Careers in Nursing to Director of Nursing, Health Education England


Research interests

Understanding the experiences of people affected by cancer, life limiting illness and who are at the end of life; Nurse-led interventions for issues and problems confronted by patients with cancer and their families (in particular cancer-related fatigue); the contribution of nurses to achieving effective, patient-centred cancer, palliative and end of life care; mixed method evaluations of cancer and palliative care services; the emotional well-being of cancer, palliative and end of life care workforce; multi-disciplinary teamwork in cancer care.

Integrated/Combined research projects list

Applied Research Collaboration: Wessex. Funded by National Institute of Health Research UNDERWAY Find out more

Developing an outreach model from acute cancer nursing teams to support primary and community care services to address the need of cancer patients in Wessex and Thames Valley. Funded by Health Education England (Williams, F., Winter, J., Brodie, H., Richardson, A., Foster, C.) UNDERWAY

Supported self-management in people living with cancer that cannot be cured: understanding and characterising its value and role. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support (Calman, L., Foster, C., Richardson, A., Berman, R., Restorick-Banks, S., Wagland, R., Demain, S .) UNDERWAY

Accessing medicines at end-of-life: a multi-stakeholder, mixed method evaluation of service provision. Funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (Latter, S., Bennett, M., Richardson, A., Blenkinsopp, A., Campling, N., Ewings, S, Meads, D., Santer, M.) UNDERWAY

Cancer: Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary care (CLASP) Programme. National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research (Little, P., Yardley, P., Geraghty, A., Stuart, B., Foster, C., Leydon, G., Yao, L., Rathod, S., Richardson, A., Wilkinson, C., Boehning, D., Eccles, D., Watson, E, Lewith, G., White, P., Neal, R.) UNDERWAY

Methylphenidate versus placebo for fatigue in advanced cancer (MePFAC). Funded by National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme (Stone, P., Minton, O., Richardson, A., Hunter, R., Freemantle, M., King, M.) UNDERWAY

HORIZONS programme: Survivorship experiences’ and health outcomes in people with cancer. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support (Foster, C., Calman, L., Haviland, J., Corner, J, May, C., Rogers, A., Richardson, A., Smith, P.) UNDERWAY Read about it here

A multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a self-help cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention to reduce the impact of hot flush and night sweat (HFNS) symptoms in men with prostate cancer undergoing androgen deprivation therapy (ADT): MANaging symptoms during prostate CANcer treatment (MANCAN2). Funded by National Institute for Health Research Research for Patient Benefit Programme (Crabb S., Fenlon, D., Nuttall, J., Martin, J., Hunter, M., Richardson, A., Ewings, S., Miles, M., Rafferty, J.) UNDERWAY

: EXPERTS II - How are patient and caregiver participation in health and social care shaped by experienced burden of treatment and social inequalities? A qualitative synthesis. Funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Services & Delivery Research Programme  (May, C., Richardson, A., Chew-Graham, C., Gallacher, K., Mair, F., Nolte, E.) UNDERWAY

Nurse Assisted eHealth service from hospital to home: ameliorating burden of treatment among patients with non-communicable diseases. Funded by Norwegian Research Council (Husobo, A., Storm, M.., Svein, S., Mo, R., Richardson, A., Elwyn, G., May, C., Stromberg, A., Wagenaar, K., Hagen, L.) UNDERWAY

Development and testing of the national cancer quality of life metric. Funded by NHS England (Richardson, A., Keen, A.) COMPLETE

Access to nurse specialists and key workers. Funded by NHS England (Williams, F., Winter, J., Brodie, H., Richardson, A., Foster, C.) COMPLETE

Survey of healthcare professionals: enablers and barriers to pursuing a clinical research career. Funded by Health Education England & National Institute of Health Research (Richardson, A.) COMPLETE

HEE NIHR Cross funder NMAHP final full report April 2019

Cross Funder Survey Summary Document April 2019

Wessex CLAHRC. Theme 6 Minimally disruptive healthcare: complex pathways, patient experience and organisational behaviour National Institute for Health Research (May, C., Richardson A) Read more here COMPLETE

Community-based volunteer-led support for family caregivers caring for a relative or friend with palliative and/or end-life care needs at home (Co-Care). Funded by National Institute for Health Research Programme Development Grant (Corner, J Bailey, C., Richardson, A., Bowling, A., May, C., Hankins, M., Hulme, C., Richardson, H., Parker, A., Cronin, P., Duke, S., Geraghty, A Moore, M., McColl, E.) COMPLETE

Supporting carers providing end of life care during the transition from hospital to their family member’s preferred place of care. A participatory learning and action research study. Funded by National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (Duke, S., Richardson, A., May, C., Lunt, N., Firth, P., Lund, S.) COMPLETE

Development, implementation and evaluation of the True NTH Supported Self-Management and Follow-Up Care Programme. Funded by Movember in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK (Richardson, A.) COMPLETE Find out more

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent radiotherapy to understand the recovery of health and wellbeing following treatment. Funded by Roy Castle Lung Foundation (Foster, C., Calman, L., Richardson, A., Smith, P., Baird, J., Edwards, J., Faivre-Finn, C.) COMPLETE

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes. Funded by Roy Castle Lung Foundation (Foster, C., Calman, L., Smith, P., Beaver, K., Baird, J., Edwards, J., Richardson, A.) COMPLETE Read details here

Self-management of pain relief, nausea and constipation for patients approaching the end of life. Funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme (Bennett, M., Closs, J., Bekker, H., Meads, D., Blenkinsopp, A.,Flemming, K., Latter, S., Richardson, A., Coppock, S., Carder,P.,Farrin, A., Morley, S., Gallagher, J.,) COMPLETE Read final report here

PROACTIVE: Prostate cancer support intervention for managing active surveillance: multi-centre feasibility trial. Funded by Prostate Cancer UK (Lewith, G., Watts, S., Richardson, A., Leydon, G., Brindle, L., Arden-Close, E., Hughes, S., Moore, C., Carballo, L., Plant, H., Birch, B., Stuart, B., Yao, L, Bacon, R.) COMPLETE

An investigation about transferring patients in critical care home to die: experiences, attitudes, population characteristics and practice Marie Curie Cancer Care (Richardson, A., Coombs, M., Addington-Hall, J., Angus, C., Davis, C., Long-Sutehall,T., Threlfall, A., ) COMPLETE

A phase I-II feasibility trial of Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at end of life. Funded by Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care (Latter, S., Hopkinson, J., Richardson, A., Duke, S., Anstey, S., Bennett, M., Smith. P., May, C.) COMPLETE

An investigation into the use of the EORTC Core instrument and the possible need of a module for the assessment of Health Related Quality of Life in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer Funded by EORTC. (Darlington, A-S., Galalae, R., Johnson, C., Czimbalmos,A., Chie,W., Efficace, F., Bonnetain, F., Flechtner, H., Hall, G., Hooker, L., Richardson, A..) COMPLETE

The experience of patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary: Analysis from England’s national Cancer Patient Experience Survey programme. Cancer Australia and CUP Foundation (Schofield, P., Ratchford, D., Mileshkin,L., Bowtell, D., Gough, K., Richardson, A., Wagland, R., Wasan, H., Symons, J., Tatt, M.) COMPLETE

Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patients. Funded by Breast Cancer Campaign. (Eyles, C., Copson, E., Foster, C.,  Richardson, A., Hoffman, C., Lewith, G., Fenlon, D., Leydon, G.,  Geraghty, A., Watts, S., Davies, G., Turner, L.) COMPLETE

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research theme

Health Needs

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Book Chapters

  • Ramirez, A., Jamieson, L., Teasdale, E., & Richardson, A. (2009). The stress of professional caregivers. In G. Hanks, N. I. Cherney, N. A. Christakis, M. Fallon, S. Kaasa, & R. K. Portenoy (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 4th Edition Oxford University Press (Churchill Livingstone).
  • Richardson, A. (2004). A critical appraisal of the factors associated with fatigue. In J. Armes, M. Krishnasamy, & I. Higginson (Eds.), Fatigue in Cancer (pp. 29-50). Oxford University Press.
  • Richardson, A., Di Giulio, P., & Waddell, D. (2000). Nursing research in cancer care. In N. Kearney, A. Richardson, & P. Di Giulio (Eds.), Cancer Nursing Practice: A Textbook for the Specialist Nurse (pp. 107-134). Elsevier Harcourt Brace.
  • Richardson, A. (1997). Cancer pain and its management. In V. N. Thomas (Ed.), Pain: Its Nature and Management (pp. 194-219). Elsevier, Balliere Tindall.
  • Richardson, A. (1995). The pattern of fatigue in patients receiving chemotherapy. In A. Richardson, & J. Wilson-Barnett (Eds.), Nursing Research in Cancer Care (pp. 225-245). Scutari Press.




Working Paper

Nurse-led symptom care in cancer, palliative and end of life care
Organisation and management of cancer nursing services
Inform strategic development of cancer, palliative and end of life care education provision
Teaching and research supervision MRes, MSc and Doctoral training programmes

Professor Alison Richardson
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