Dr Cathy Henshall

Dr Cathy Henshall

Dr Cathy Henshall MN, RGN, MA, PhD is a Senior Nursing Research Fellow and holds a joint post between Oxford Brookes University and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Cathy’s clinical background is in oncology nursing, and she has worked in a number of different settings, including surgical and oncology wards, in chemotherapy day case clinics and as a cancer research nurse.

Cathy’s research interests focus around self-management and cancer survivorship and her mixed methods PhD explored the self-management strategies of cancer survivors over time, from pre-diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship. It involved a survey and interview study and explored the reasons why cancer survivors use different self-management practices (diet, exercise, psychological therapies, spirituality and religion, support groups, complementary and alternative medicine) at different points in their cancer pathway.

Prior to being appointed as Senior Nursing Research Fellow Cathy worked for the Maternity and Child Health Theme of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands, where she was involved in a number of maternity focused research studies. This included leading the ‘Place of Birth’ study, a study which explored ways of improving midwives discussions with women about their options for where to give birth.

As well as designing and undertaking healthcare research, Cathy’s role includes supervising PhD students, as well as teaching on the undergraduate nursing degree programme. She is also the Senior Nurse for the Clinical Research Facility at the Warneford Hospital and is responsible for the clinical supervision of staff. Additionally, Cathy is involved in promoting integration and collaboration between academics and clinicians within and across Oxford Brookes and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, to raise the profile of nursing research. Cathy has numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Membership of Professional Bodies: Nursing and Midwifery Council

Selected Publications:

Shneerson, C, Windle, R, Cox, K. Innovating information-delivery for potential clinical trials participants.  What do patients want from multi-media resources? Journal of Patient Education and Counselling 2013 Jan; 90 (1): 111-117.

Shneerson, C, Taskila, T, Gale, N, Greenfield, S, Chen, Y-F. The effect of complementary and alternative medicine on the quality of life of cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2013; 21: 417-429.

Shneerson, C, Bartlett, D, Lord, J, Gale, N. Supporting healthy ageing: Training multi-disciplinary healthcare students. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2013; 6: 104-111.

Shneerson, C, Taskila, T, Holder, R, Greenfield, S, Tolosa, I, Damery, S, Gale, N. Patterns of self-management practices undertaken by cancer survivors: variations in demographic factors. European Journal of Cancer Care (Engl) 2015; 24 (5): 683-94 doi: 10.1111/ecc.12252.

Shneerson, C, Taskila, T, Greenfield, S, Gale, N. A survey investigating the associations between self-management practices and quality of life in cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2015; 23(9): 2655-62 doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-2626-8.

Shneerson, C and Gale, N. Using mixed methods to identify and answer clinically-relevant research questions. Qual Health Res 2015; 25 (6): 845-856.

Brown, H, Hewison, A, Gale, A, Snelling, I Shneerson, C. ‘Every patient a research patient? Evaluating the current state of research in the NHS’. Cancer Research UK, May 2015.

Henshall, C, Greenfield, S, Gale, N. The role of self-management practices as mechanisms for re-establishing  normality in cancer survivors. Qual Health Res 2016; doi: 10.1177/1049732316651252.

Henshall, C, Taylor, B, Kenyon, S. A systematic review to examine the evidence regarding discussions by midwives, with women, around their options for where to give birth BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 March, 16 (53) doi 10.1186/s12884-016-0832-0


Henshall, C, Theme 1: Working with role-players to improve the dialogue between midwives and women when discussing women’s options for where to give birth. NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands News Blog, http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/about/centres/clahrc/news-events/newsletters/, November 2015.

Henshall, C, Gale, N. What clinicians need to know about cancer survivors’ approaches to self-management. ViewPoint@HSMCentre, Health Services Management Centre, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham,  http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/social-policy/... , July 2016.