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Professor Theresa Wiseman BSc(Hons) Psych, PGDipEd, PhDNursing, RN, RCNT, RNT

Clinical Professor of Applied Health Research in Cancer Care

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My aim is that research is accessible and translated to practice to improve outcomes and experience for cancer patients and their families. My driving interest is to support the development of a dynamic and innovative workforce and make a difference to patient care.

Professor Theresa Wiseman is Clinical Professor of Applied Health Research in Cancer Care at the university of Southampton and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Theresa holds a clinical academic appointment, which means she combines clinical practice and research. Her research centres on the patient (and carer) experience of cancer and treatment, and developing services and interventions to enhance that experience.

Theresa is a Board Member (Secretary) of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and a member of the EONS Research Advisory Group. She is an international member of the Australian and New Zealand Urology Research Faculty (ANZUP). Nationally, Theresa is a member of DH/Macmillan Consequences of Cancer and Treatment Collaborative (CCAT) and an NIHR Academic training Advocate.

Research interests


  • Understanding the experience of cancer and its treatment and developing services and interventions to help people live well with cancer
  • Developing pathways to optimize cancer care for older people
  • Prehabilitation as a way of enhancing recovery and self management
  • Research in cancer care using mixed methods, ethnography and experience based co-design (for more information)


Research projects

  • The London Experience: Pan London analysis of National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) free text data.
  • Understanding the Experience of Living with Malignant Melanoma.  This is a qualitative study across 3 sites interviewing patients and carers about their experience of living with malignant melanoma.
  • The findings of this study will contribute to producing care guidelines.
  • COGSWORTH study Cognitive Impairment in people having Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Treatment (IMRT) for head and neck cancer
  • When a Parent has Cancer: Evaluating an Education/supervision programme for health professionals for family centred care
  • Fatigue Management at the End of Life: evaluation of a fatigue management intervention
  • Sing with Us: The effect of choir singing on psychological and immune responses of cancer patients, carers and staff
  • PRESENT: Patient Reported Experience Survey Engineering of Natural Text with Dr Carol Rivas (Lead) and team. NIHR HSDR study to develop a system of text engineering of free text data of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

  • Provide strategic leadership for Applied Health Research at the Royal Marsden
  • Develop and manage research programme in cancer, palliative and end of life care
  • Provide leadership to clinical academic staff
  • Deputy chair South London Cancer Research Network (CRN) Palliative Care Studies Group
  • Co-chair the London Cancer Alliance Survivorship Research Group
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Book Chapter



Working Paper

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Experience Based Co-Design
  • Communication and Empathy
  • Psycho-oncology


Cognitive Impairment for people on phase 1 trials -  Sarah Stapleton

After end of life experience of cancer patients in Greece - Despina Anagnostou


Professor Theresa Wiseman
University Address:
Room E4013, Building 67
Highfield Campus
NHS Trust Address:
2nd Floor Mulberry House
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Fulham Road
London SE3 6JJ
Direct line: 020 78118516
PA: 020 78118514

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