Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith

Job: Senior Research Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 201 3883

E: kathryn.hinsliff-smith@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

My areas of research are on older people, domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and healthcare education. I have conducted studies on older people living in care homes (the PEACH study), transitions from acute settings to home or community hospitals and the involvement of family carers for those with a cognitive impairment.

I have published widely on aspects of DVA including published literature reviews and empirical studies on older women who experience DVA and DVA survivor experiences of accessing emergency departments(ED). I have been commissioned to conduct service evaluations for the provision of DV services and have conducted two service evaluations in 2015 and 2016 and a national review of an intervention programme used in primary care (IRIS programme).

I am the Associate Journal Editor for Nurse Education in Practice (NEP) (impact factor 2016 1.314). I also conduct peer reviews for Nurse Education Today, Nurse Education in Practice and Joanna Briggs institute (JBI) systematic review international journal.

In 2014 I completed the Joanna Briggs Institute systematic review programme and became a qualified trainer in 2015.

My background in teaching working in post education settings including further and higher education in the UK.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Health and Health Policy  

Research interests/expertise

Older people, domestic violence and abuse, care home settings, healthcare inequalities

Areas of teaching

Extensive experience of qualitative data collection methods, in particular individual and focus group interviews and thematic data analysis, also use of diaries for data collection. Johnna Briggs Institute (JBI) reviewer for systematic reviews Journal peer reviewer for Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice.

Module convenor for the Qualitative Methodology and Analysis module offered as part of the Masters in Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health and the wider School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham. Facilitator for the Joanna Briggs Institute Systematic Review Programme.

I deliver sessions on qualitative approaches to research and research dissemination to ESRC doctoral candidates.

PhD supervision Agatha Adogho (2017 - ) current thesis title "The role of information on the perception of undergraduates towards practices of female genital mutilation".

PhD supervision Dr Gillian Jenkinson thesis (examined 2016) 'Freeing the Authentic Self: Phases of Recovery and Growth from an Abusive Cult Experience'.

Since 2012 I have supervised Masters in Nursing (MNSci) students with their research projects. This includes monthly supervision, supporting ethical approval documentation, reviewing chapters and submission of conference abstracts and journal article submissions.


PhD, Masters, PGCE, BA (HONS), HND

Courses taught

Masters in Research Methods

Honours and awards

PhD December 2013

Masters in Education Research Methods 2008

PGCE in FE/HE 1998

BA (Hons) Business and Tourism Management 1st Class 1995

HND Business and Finance Distinction 1994

Professional licences and certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Education


I am currently working on research proposals around the following key areas: domestic violence, elder abuse and gender based violence, older people and care homes and internationalising curriculum with a focus on healthcare programmes. I am engaged in collaborations with overseas partners in Brazil, South Africa and Malaysia.

I welcome invitations for collaboration from colleagues within the UK and globally from nursing, midwifery and education disciplines.

Until October 2018 I was involved on a Dunhill Medical funded grant called the PEACH study. PEACH is an acronym used to refer to a care home research project taking place in South Nottinghamshire. It stands for ' ProactivE heAlthcare for older people living in Care Homes' (PEACH). In this project we are aiming to understand how a quality improvement collaborative (QIC) can help organise healthcare services delivered to care homes to better reflect the principles of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA).

Lay person overview:

The ProactivE heAlthcare for older people living in Care Homes (PEACH) study aims to understand how best to implement and organise healthcare services so they align with a process called Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA). This process begins with assessing multiple aspects of an older person's health (physical, mental, functional, social and environmental). An individualised care plan is then produced, and this is delivered by a multidisciplinary team, supervised by a case manager. This is the gold-standard model of how older people who are frail should be managed.

The core of the PEACH study is service development and quality improvement, rather than research. Healthcare teams in four clinical commissioning areas in South Nottinghamshire will meet regularly over a 12 month period to consider how health care services delivered to care homes can better reflect this CGA model. Researchers will use observations, interviews and focus groups to describe how NHS, social care and care home staff work together to implement CGA and how care practices change as a result. Researchers will also collate data routinely gathered by the NHS to produce reliable summaries of care home residents' use of hospitals, GP and ambulance services. These will be used to inform healthcare teams about health service use and to consider whether the quality improvement is influencing this.

The research component of the project involves asking individual residents about quality of life, satisfaction and how people living in care homes use services. To ensure robust interpretation of these data we will randomise the order that the service improvement plans are delivered to care homes. All care home residents will continue to receive routine care throughout the study and all will receive improvements to care specified through the quality improvement programme. Only the order in which homes receiving newer models of care will be randomised. By comparing resident data between periods before and after changes to care, we aim to determine whether these influence individual resident quality of life and satisfaction.

Current research students

2nd supervisor for two PhDs currently held at The University Of Nottingham

Case studies

USMAN, A. LEWIS, S. JORDAN, J. GAGE, H. DEVI R. HOUSLEY G. HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. LONG, A. CHADBORN, 2018. Statistical Analysis Plan for the Proactive Healthcare of Older People in Care Homes (PEACH) study EMRAN series. (In Press.)

USMAN, A. LEWIS, S. HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. LONG, A. HOUSLEY, G. JORDAN, J. GAGE, H. DENING, T. GLADMAN, J. GORDON, A., 2018. Measuring health related quality of life of care home residents: comparison of self-report with staff proxy responses for EQ-5D-5L and HowRu: the Assessing Proxy Reliability In Care home Outcome Testing Age and Ageing. (In Press.)

LOVELL, K. BEE, P. BROOKS, H. CAHOON, P. CALLAGHAN, P. CARTER, L, A. CREE, L. DAVIES, L. DRAKE, R. FRASER, C. GIBBONS, C. GRUNDY, A. HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. MEADE, O. ROBERTS, C. ROGERS, A. RUSHTON, K. SANDERS, C. SHIELDS, G. WALKER, L. BOWER, P, 2018. Embedding shared decision-making in the care of patients with severe and enduring mental health problems: The EQUIP pragmatic cluster randomised trial

DEVI, R. BANERJEE, J. CHADBORN, N. HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. DENING, T. GOODMAN, C. GORDON, A., 2018. A Quality Improvement Collaborative Aiming for Proactive HEAlthcare of Older People in Care Homes (PEACH): a realist evaluation protocol BMJ Open.

USMAN, A. LEWIS, S. HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. LONG, A. HOUSLEY, G. JORDAN, J. GAGE, H. DENING, T. GLADMAN, J. GORDON, A., 2018. Measuring health related quality of life of care home residents, comparison of self-report with staff proxy responses for EQ-5D-5L and HowRu: Protocol for the APRICOT (Assessing Proxy Reliability In Care home Outcome Testing) Study BMJ Open.

HINSLIFF-SMITH K. and MCGARRY J., 2017. "Understanding management and support for Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) within Emergency Departments: A systematic literature review from 2000 to 2015" Journal of Clinical Nuring. (In Press.)

MCGARRY J., HINSLIFF-SMITH K., WATTS, K., MCCLOUSKEY P and EVANS C., 2017. Experiences and impact of mistreatment and obstetric violence on women during childbearing: a systematic review protocol. At: The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports,

HINSLIFF-SMITH K. and SPENCER R, 2016. Can solicited diaries provide a different insight into healthcare research: Researcher perspectives from a study of women's experiences of breastfeeding. Nurse Researcher. 23(3), 13-17

MCGARRY J. and HINSLIFF-SMITH K., 2015. Silent voices: exploring women's experiences of health care professionals responses to domestic violence and abuse In: RCN (Royal College of Nursing) international nursing research conference 2015. HINSLIFF-SMITH K., 2015. Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) programme. Service Evaluation Report

KATHRYN HINSLIFF-SMITH, FEAKES R., WHITWORTH G., SEYMOUR J., MOGHADDAM N., DENING T. and COX K., 2015. What do we know about the application of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) in healthcare practice regarding decision-making for frail and older people? A systematic literature review Health and Social Care in the Community. 25(2), 295-308

HINSLIFF-SMITH, K, SPENCER, R and WALSH, D, 2014. Realities, difficulties, and outcomes for mothers choosing to breastfeed: Primigravid mothers experiences in the early post-partum period (6-8 weeks) Midwifery. 30(1), e14-e19

MCGARRY J, SIMPSON C and HINSLIFF-SMITH K, 2014. An exploration of service responses to domestic abuse among older people: findings from one region of the UK Journal of Adult Protection. 16(4),

MCGARRY J, HINSLIFF-SMIITH K, KENCH S and MILLER P, 2014. Responses to disclosure of domestic violence in the ed. Emergency medicine journal : EMJ. 31(9), 787

MCGARRY J, SIMPSON C and HINSLIFF-SMITH K, 2013. Safeguarding and domestic abuse: an intersection for future policy and practice development Journal of Care Services Management. 6(4), 156-160

HINSLIFF-SMITH, K, SPENCER, R and WALSH, D, 2013. How breastfeeding can be an emotional rollercoaster: A qualitative study of primigravid women in Lincolnshire Maternal & Child Nutrition. 9(Special 2), 1 - 41

HINSLIFF-SMITH, K, GATES, P and LEDUCQ, M, 2012. Persistence, how do they do it?: A case study of Access to Higher Education learners on a Diploma/BSc Nursing Programme Nurse Education Today. 32(1), 27-31. 32(1), 27-31

LEDUCQ M, WALSH P, HINSLIFF-SMITH K and MCGARRY J, 2012. A key transition for student nurses: the first placement experience Nurse Education Today. 32(7), 729-834

MCGARRY J., SIMPSON C and HINSLIFF-SMITH K., 2012. Somerset County Council Service Response to Domestic Abuse Affecting Older People

MCGARRY, J., SIMPSON, C. and HINSLIFF-SMITH, K., 2011. The impact of domestic abuse on the health of older women: a review of the literature Health and Social Care in the Community. 19(1), 3-14

MCGARRY J, AUBEELUCK A, JAMES V, HINSLIFF-SMITH K, 2011. Maximising Graduate Status in Pre-registration Nursing Programmes: Utilising Problem Based Learning Nurse Education in Practice. 11(6), 341-416

HINSLIFF-SMITH, K. KEANE, J. WHITEOAK, D. HAWKER, I., 2009. “How to win friends and influence people: the value of the cohort in a doctoral research training programme”. Jubilee Press.

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