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Jane Hopkinson

Professor Jane Hopkinson

Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 88562
Eastgate House, Room 13.10, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


Hello. My name is Jane Hopkinson, Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care and Trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care.

I have an established research track record in cancer care and palliative care, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. My expertise is supportive care in cancer cachexia, with particular interest in eating-related distress, nutritional care and issues for families affected by the syndrome. I have also conducted mixed-methods and qualitative research with older people, people with cognitive impairment/dementia, and people approaching end of life. The focus of my research is understanding comorbidity and vulnerabilities that contribute to complex care needs. This knowledge is important for supportive care that can improve safety and equality in treatment outcomes and patient experience.

I am lead for the School of Healthcare Science Cancer Research Group, Cardiff University, lead of the All Wales Allied Health Professional and Nurse (WAHPN) Cancer Research Network, a representative for nurse and allied healthcare professionals on the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) Leadership Team and Trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care. I am currently a member of, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer and Nutrition Collaborative, the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD), Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),  and the Knowledge and Dissemination Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).




























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Current projects

Inclusive prehab (I-Prehab) to address inequity in cancer outcomes: mixed-methods evaluation research to enhance access, acceptance and adherence. HSDR project: NIHR 151668

Understanding and identifying ways to optimise cancer recognition, referral, and management for people with dementia in primary and community care: a qualitative interview study. NIHR RfPB

Velindre Cancer Centre nurse and therapies research capacity building project: the Velindre Healthcare Cancer Research Fellowship scheme funded by the Velindre Charity.

Be Treatment Ready - Colorectal Digital (BeTR-C Digital), a digital based healthcare tool for improved nutritional care of people with colorectal cancer receiving chemotherapy treatment. Translational Kickstart Fund: Catalyst funding. 

eat-CIT follow-on: oral intake and nutritional care of patients receiving non-surgical treatment for colorectal cancer: a systematic review and narrative synthesis.

What factors should be considered when making a shared decision with patient and carers to commence and discontinue artificial nutrition at end of life?’ A Pan London Research Fellowship held by Jennifer McCracken, Dietitian.


Recent research projects

Oral chemotherapy management in the home: an exploratory case study of treatment adherence in people with cancer living in the Valleys of South East Wales. Funded by: KESS2: Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships, European Social Fund.

An international field study for the reliability and validity of the EORTC cancer cachexia module (the EORTC QLQ-CAX24) and the EORTC QLQ-C30 for assessing quality of life in cancer patients with cachexia. Funded by: The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group.

Cancer Memory Mate: an evaluation of the Velindre launch and implementation of an innovation to support cancer treatment adherence and management of side effects in people with dementia or milder cognitive impairment. Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC IAA).

South East Wales lung cancer pathway evaluation. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support/Velindre University NHS Trust.

ENeRgy-Q: qualitative analysis of participant experience of the multimodal intervention offered in a randomized, phase II, trial of an Exercise and Nutrition-based Rehabilitation programme (ENeRgy) versus standard care in people with cancer. Funded by the Ken Fearon Endowment Fund.

Cancer Memory Kit: developing supportive care of people with cognitive impairment receiving cancer treatment in partnership with the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff. Welsh Government Dementia Action Plan Grant.

eat-CIT: an investigation to inform the content of a web based resource to help people with cancer to self-manage eating problems during chemotherapy treatment. Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant.

Patient perception of the effectiveness and use of salt as a first line treatment for overgranulation at their gastrostomy tube site. Tenovus/RCBC Wales First into Research Award held by Judy Wright, Nutrition Nurse Specialist.

REACT project: an investigation of the active components of a specialist home treatment intervention to prevent hospital admission of people with dementia in crisis in the community. Funded by: Healthcare Research Wales, Research for Patient and Public Benefit

Nurses' decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: A vignette based study of a prototype decision making algorithm. Funded by: Cwm Taf/Aneurin Bevan.

Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: an exploratory study to develop a decision support algorithm. Funded by:  General Nursing Council.

Feasibility study of a behavioural intervention to reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for curable breast cancer. Funded by:  Tenovus Innovation Grant.

Underserved and overlooked: Investigating the management of refusal of care in people with dementia admitted to hospital with an acute condition. Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Improving the experience of out-patient cancer treatment for people with comorbid dementia in Wales. Funded by: Tenovus Innovation Grant

Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at the end of life. Funded by: Marie Curie/Dimbleby Cancer Care



I teach undergraduates and postgraduates about the relevance of research for healthcare improvement and innovation.


Jane Hopkinson is a cancer, palliative and end of life care nurse and researcher. Jane trained as a nurse at The Middlesex Hospital London, qualifying in 1984, and then worked clinically in geriatric rehabilitation, cancer and hospice care prior to completing a PhD about end of life care at University of Manchester, 2001. She has worked with clinical and academic teams in locations across the UK, which include the Christie Hospital, Manchester; St Ann’s Hospice Manchester, Macmillan Research Unit, University of Southampton and the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff. She took up her current post as Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care in 2020. A role with focus on building research capacity in the NHS. Please see

Educational qualifications

2009: Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine         

2001: PhD in Nursing, The University of Manchester

1997: MSc in Nursing, The University of Manchester

1994: BSc Hons in Social Science, The Open University


Professional qualifications

1987: ENB 237 (Oncology nursing certificate) The Christie Hospital, Manchester.

1985: RGN and Diploma in Nursing (Geriatrics) The Middlesex Hospital, London.


Employment history                         

Aug 2020 – : Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care, Cardiff University

Sept 2011 – Jul 2020: Professor of Nursing, Cardiff University

Jul 2001 - Aug 2011: Post Doc Fellow, University of Southampton         

Nov1984 - Jul 2002: Clinical nursing in cancer care, palliative care and elderly care


Current appointments

Mar 2020 – current: Wales Cancer Research Centre Leadership Team member

Jul 2019 - current: Member of the Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

July 2018 – current: Lead for the All Wales Cancer Nurse and Allied Health Professionals Research Network. See

Sept 2017 – current: Member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer and Nutrition Living with Cancer and Beyond Subgroup, End of Life Care lead.

Sept 2022 - current: Trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care


I am interested in supervising students in the areas of:


  • Cancer care
  • End of life care


I currently supervise:

Tidziwe Malinki-Madeya (Community Nurse) End of life care for people with dementia in care homes

Ohoud Alnazawi (Nurse Educator) High Fidelity Simulation in the education of undergraduate nursing students in Saudi Arabia: a mixed methods study

Fathiyyah Alsomali (Cancer Nurse) Exploration of the Rate of Cord Blood Donation to the National Cord Blood Bank in Saudi Arabia: case study research


Past projects

Most recent successful completion: Abdiraheem Ali (Pharmacist)  Oral chemotherapy management in the home: mixed methods case study research. KESS2 studentship.


Higher degree students supervised to successful completion: 10 PhDs, 1 DClinP, and 20 empirical MSc projects. They include nurses, radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacist, and a health services researcher. 

Research themes


  • Applied clinical research
  • cancer
  • Care experience
  • qualitative research methods
  • Palliative care