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Ms Kay E Townsend MSc, BSC (Hons), RN, RNT

BSc Nursing Programme Lead

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I have spent much of my nursing career working in cancer care, and learnt to be a good generalist in palliative and end of life care whilst working in this field.

I’m inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela - Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – and nurse education is the weapon we can use to ensure high quality, compassionate patient care.

I have led programmes and modules related to cancer, palliative and end of life care, including the MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life care, pre and post registration modules. I was part of the team led by Dr Sue Duke who were awarded the Educator of the Year 2014 in the International Journal for Palliative Nursing Awards.


In 2014 an honorary contract with UHS means that I return to clinical practice in the malignant haematology nursing team. An insight into the practice and development in this area of nursing will inform not only the pre-registration education but also future post-qualifying nurse education.

Research interests

My research interests are related to people’s experiences of care. I have collaborated with researchers from the Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care research group, and other qualitative research studies.

Research project

My Life in Hospital: delivering dignity by engaging patients and nursing staff in creative reflections (contributor). This project is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and is 12 month collaboration between Health Sciences at the University of Southampton, Medicine for Older People and Palliative Medicine at University Hospitals Southampton and Winchester School of Art. It aims to promote compassion in hospital care for older people by supporting the establishment of a reflective culture, peer support and clinical supervision.

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

I have undertaken consultancy work for Macmillan, supporting Advanced Nurse Practitioners in action learning.

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Farrington, N & Townsend, K (2014) Enhancing nurse-patient communication: a critical reflection. British Journal of Nursing, 23 (14): pp771-775 DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2014.23.14.771

Book Section

Townsend, K. (2009) Insights from clinical experts: Cancer Care Nursing in Levett-Jones, T. & Bourgeois, S. The Clinical Placement 2nd Edition. London: Elsevier, pp136-138

Fenlon, D & Townsend, K. (2011) chapter 10: hormones as a treatment for cancer in Harmer, V. (editor) Breast Cancer Care and Management. Oxford: Blackwell

Townsend, K, Pogson, D, and Sepion E (2014) Communication in difficult situations in Reading, S and Webster, B (editors) Competencies for nursing practice: a handbook for student nurses. Maidenhead: Open University Press & McGraw-Hill Education

Conference or Workshop Item

Duke, S and Townsend, K (2013) Using stories for education - a practical workshop 30th British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, Southampton

Duke, S and Townsend, K (2013) Death and Dying Workshops Continuing professional development, South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust

Duke, S, Bennett, H, Cullen, C, Sepion, B, Townsend, K, Pickering, C, Smith, L, Larcher, V, Harrop, E, Franklin, H (2012) Residential Summit for eolc education leaders working with practitioners working with children, teenagers and young people South Central Strategic Health Authority

Duke, S, Bennett, H, Cullen, C, Sepion, B, Townsend, K, Franklin, H (2012) What Is The Potential For Using Blended Learning Strategies For End Of Life Care Communication Skills Training? European Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care, Rome

Duke, S, Lund, S, Townsend, K, Smith L (2012) Does it do what it says on the tin? Using a licensed communication skills training package to increase capability and capacity in end of life care International Psycho-oncology Conference 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Brisbane

Duke, S, Sepion, B, Townsend, K (2012) Having Difficult Conversations with families – an interactive workshop Together for Short Lives, A design for Life UK children’s palliative care practitioners’ conference, Birmingham


Programme Lead for BSc Nursing programmes, module lead, personal academic tutor, skills lead and facilitator.

Ms Kay E Townsend
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/3059

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