Dr Veronica Swallow

Dr Veronica Swallow

Chair in Child and Family Health


Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


Veronica is Professor in Child and Family Health in the School of Healthcare; a Core member of the Maternal, Family and Child-Health Research group she leads the Children, Young People and Family Research Strand. She is a registered Adult and Sick Children’s Nurse and Teacher with extensive experience in NHS clinical and leadership roles, and teaching and research in HE. Veronica’s research and under/post-graduate teaching focusses particularly on:

· The ways children, young people, families/carers and health-professionals share management of long-term conditions

· Development/evaluation of complex, user-led interventions (e.g. web and smartphone apps) to promote optimum health-care experiences for families, and optimum outcomes for patients, and

· User involvement and ethics in health-care research

Veronica supports active involvement of children, young people and parents as co-researchers and advisers on research projects; she is a member of INVOLVE, the National Institute of Health Research Advisory Group and for many years worked with the National Research Ethics Service.

Veronica’s multidisciplinary, international research includes mixed-methods, qualitative and participatory approaches, framework analysis, feasibility/full RCTs, surveys and systematic reviews; her outputs have led to invitations to present international keynote/plenary lectures; she is Editorial Board member of several journals, reviewer for NIHR and charities, and an active member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) including as elected member of the IFNA Board of Directors. She is a member of the UK Kidney research consortia (UKKRC) Paediatric Clinical Studies Group, and the Education Workstream of the Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership (KQUIP).

Veronica has received national and international recognition and awards for her student education activity and is committed to teaching professionals about the application of research evidence into practice to promote optimum clinical outcomes for patients. She welcomes enquiries about PhD and Masters supervision in her areas of expertise.