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Dr Richard Wagland BSc, MA, PhD, RN, FHEA

Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Richard Wagland is a senior research fellow within the Health Sciences, University of Southampton, and teaches on the MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care (CPEOLC) programme. The main themes underpinning Richard’s research interests include: development and impact of patient-reported outcome and experience measures (PROMs/PREMs); help-seeking behaviour of patients with symptoms associated with cancer; and the quality of life and quality of care of patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP).

We want give voice to patients about their experiences regarding the quality of their care, and to use these data to drive service improvements that promote consistently excellent care for all.

Richard has a clinical background in nursing. He joined Health Sciences in 2009, after moving from the University of Herefordshire. His role includes teaching across disciplines within the School of Health Sciences (SoHS) and coordinating a portfolio of research projects.

Research interests

Research studies with which Richard is currently or has recently been involved transcend my interests and include:

  • Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for patients with colorectal and prostate cancer;
  • Developing technologies for analysing patients free-text responses to the national Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) and other studies using PROMS;
  • Development of outcome indicators designed to measure quality of care within cancer chemotherapy services;
  • Prevalence of symptoms indicative of lung cancer within the primary care population and their help-seeking behaviour;
  • Investigating the patient experience, quality of life and unmet needs of patients with cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

Dr Wagland is currently primary supervisor for two PhD students. Four of his students have thus far successfully completed their PhDs (two as primary supervisor).

  • Linda Agyemang: (completed) ‘Breast Cancer Treatment Decision making: an ethnographic exploration of how the cultural context of Ghana influences treatment decision making for women with breast cancer.’ (Funded by Schlumberger Foundation) (Other supervisors: Dr Chris McLean; Prof. Claire Foster)
  • Nicole Collaco: (completed) ‘The Experiences and Needs of Younger Couples Affected by Prostate Cancer; a Qualitative Study.’ (Other supervisors: Prof Eila Watson; Dr Obrey Alexis)
  • Seth Waife: (completed) ‘Impact of sociocultural factors on appraisal and help seeking behaviour among Ghanaian women with breast cancer symptoms’ (Other supervisors: Prof Judith Lathlean)
  • Chloe Holden: ‘Cancer information your way: getting what you need so that you can make decisions - a qualitative study of decision making by patients with lower health literacy receiving care for incurable cancer.’ (Funded by Robert White Legacy Fund) (Other supervisors: Dr Amelie Harle; Dr Sally Wheelwright)
  • Iona Wood: ‘Access to Speech and Language Therapy for preschool children with Autism’ (Other supervisors: Dr Sarah Worsfold; Prof Sarah Parsons)
  • Daniel Aze: ‘FollowIng a person-based approach To supporT people with advanced cancer to cOntinue exercisinG at homE following an iniTial Hospital-based Exercise pRogramme (FIT-TOGETHER) (Other supervisors: Prof Alison Richardson)
  • Rawnaq Almahadeen: ‘Experiences of End of Life care for children with life-limiting conditions reported by bereaved parents’ in two regions in Jordan.’ (Other supervisors: Prof. Alison Richardson; Dr Katherine Hunt)
  • Erika Lipscombe: ‘Preferred place of death for palliative care patients.’ (Other supervisors: Dr Natasha Campling; Dr Tracy Long-Sutehall)

External research project: ENABLE (Lynn Calman)

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research Theme

Health Needs

Research project(s)


Online survey aimed at urgently assessing needs of children and young people with a serious condition and their parents, during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Understanding the quality of life and psychosocial needs of patients with cancer of known and unknown primary: pre-testing and feasibility study

This study is an international collaboration with Australian colleagues at Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. This study is testing the feasibility of a prospective, longitudinal matched control study to compare outcomes for patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) and patients with metastatic cancer with known primary.

Health-related quality of life after colorectal cancer in England using a Patient-Reported Outcomes Measure (PROM)

This study analyses the responses of colorectal survivors to the Department of Health sponsored patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) 2013 survey. Participants were between 1 and 5 years following completion of their treatment.

Life after prostate cancer diagnosis

This is a three year study involving qualitative and quantitative work-streams centred round the collection of PROMs data and linkage with existing datasets. The aim is to further our understanding of outcomes that matter to men living with and beyond prostate cancer (PCa) and their partners/spouses, and support services to improve care delivery.

The experience of patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary: Analysis from England's national Cancer Patient Experience Survey programme

There are two objectives to this study. Firstly, the study is analysing free-text data from the national Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) to explore the reported quality of life of patients with cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Secondly, we will compare the reported outcome measures of patients with CUP with patients who have metastatic cancer of a known primary.

Analysis of free-text comments from the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) (Wales)

This study analysed the content of all the free-text responses of participants from the Cancer Patients Experience Survey (CPES) in Wales. A secondary aim was to explore the potential for text-mining techniques to identify themes in the data that could be used in future CPES surveys.

Symptom prevalence and help seeking in patients at risk of lung cancer: exploratory feasibility study in primary care (CI: Corner)

NAEDI funded study exploring the help-seeking behaviour of patients with symptoms that might indicate early stages of lung cancer, and the factors that might inhibit or promote such help seeking.

Analysis of free text responses from the Department of Health’s 2013 survey of colorectal cancer Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

Respondents to the Department of Health's PROMs survey were given the opportunity to add free text comments to an open-ended question at the end of the survey, to describe any issues concerning their experience they would like to expand upon. The project will analyse this qualitative data to identify emerging themes reflective of their concerns.

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Dr Wagland has teaching responsibilities across the School of Health Sciences (SoHS) at both undergraduate and postgraduate level:

  • Module Lead: HSGM2001: Research Methods (interdisciplinary second year undergraduate module across School of Health Sciences)
  • Module Lead: NQCG3116: Enhancing Practice through Critical Appraisal and Reflection (Dissertation module for the BSC Clinical Practice)
  • Contribution to modules across the School of Health Sciences teaching on the subjects of research design and methods, service evaluation, clinical audit and innovation
  • Research supervision for dissertation projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Dr Richard Wagland
Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton S017 1BJ
Room: 67/4005
Tel: 023 8059 27868

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