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Dr Naomi Farrington RN, MA, PhD, PgDip

Clinical Academic Fellow

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Dr Naomi Farrington is a staff nurse on a chemotherapy day unit at Southampton General Hospital, and a post-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include managing toileting in palliative care and at the end of life, and supporting older people who are having treatment for advanced cancer. She works closely with Professor Alison Richardson and Professor Mandy Fader at the University of Southampton, and with a team of experienced cancer care clinicians at Southampton General Hospital.

Having academics who work clinically means that research questions, and ultimately research outcomes, are more likely to be relevant to what actually goes on in clinical practice. It also means that we can act as a conduit for research findings to be swiftly integrated into clinical practice.

I am a post-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow, meaning that I divide my time between the University and Southampton General Hospital, where I work as a staff nurse on the chemotherapy day unit. I also have experience working in the Acute Oncology Service.

My academic background is in the field of archaeology and anthropology, and I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge on the development of archaeology in Israel. I chose to become a nurse after a positive experience volunteering on an elderly care ward, and have never regretted the career change.

My research interests are twofold; my work so far has focused on continence management in end of life care, a much neglected area that requires attention. In addition, I am interested in providing appropriate care and support for older people undergoing treatment for cancer.

I retain an interest in the methods used in my PhD thesis, including discourse analysis, narrative analysis and grounded theory.

Research interests

My research interests are twofold; my work so far has focused on continence management in end of life care, a much neglected area that requires attention. In addition, I am interested in providing appropriate care and support for older people undergoing treatment for cancer.

Previous projects include:

  • A literature review of the evidence available regarding continence management at the end of life;
  • An audit and service improvement project on indwelling urinary catheters in end of life care;
  • A qualitative study investigating the understanding and attitudes of nurses in relation to continence management at the end of life.

Current projects include:

  • An investigation into whether a female urinal would be safe and appropriate for use by palliative patients in hospital;
  • A pilot study to investigate how many older oncology patients at Southampton General Hospital would be eligible for a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment;
  • A quality improvement project looking into reducing the length of stay for patients admitted to oncology via the Acute Oncology Service.

I retain an interest in the methods used in my PhD thesis, including discourse analysis, narrative analysis and grounded theory.

I am also interested in the development of clinical academic career pathways.

Primary Research Cluster: Complex Healthcare Processes

Primary Research Group: Human Factors and Complex Processes

Affiliated Research Groups: Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care

Continence Management (Fundamental Care and Safety Cluster)

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Affiliate research group

Health Work and Systems

Research project(s)

Supporting women with toileting in palliative care: is the female urinal an acceptable, safe and effective product for bladder management

Women can find using a bed pan or female urinal very difficult. This study will look at the merits of a particular type of female urinal in a hospital based palliative care setting.

I am a member of various groups relating to the promotion and development of clinical academic careers. These include:

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Steering Group

NHS South of England Clinical Academic Forum

Teaching

I lecture on clinical audit on the ‘Research for Best Practice’ module (NPCG3017/NPMS3020).

I am an assessor professional conversations for second year adult branch nursing students undertaking the End of Life and Palliative Care module (NPAD2026).

I assist with the admission selection process for the B120 BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science) course.

Supervision

I supervise the following Masters’ students:

Sarah Oborne - Exploring staff views of clinical audit

I supervise the following PhD students:

Denise Hibbert - Quality of life in a Saudi population undergoing curative surgery and radiotherapy for rectal cancer in a tertiary referral centre: A mixed methods study

Dr Naomi Farrington
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Email: n.farrington@soton.ac.uk
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