Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Location: Peterborough (Guild House)
Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation
Julie is a nurse and health visitor with a special interest in diabetes-related issues, particularly in the field of psychosocial issues and women’s health.
Julie's nursing career began at St Mary’s Paddington and, after completing training, she worked in acute medical areas and coronary care. This was followed by obstetric and health visitor training, consolidated by a period of geographical community practice in Paddington.
Following a number of different roles in hospital and community settings, Julie became a specialist nurse in diabetes care, where her passion for influencing the care of people with diabetes began and was the focus of her doctoral study.
For the past 20 years, Julie has been involved in the education of healthcare professionals, including the development and implementation of CPD courses in diabetes care at all levels. Between 2006-2014, she was a principal lecturer with responsibility for postgraduate education and research, research degrees and courses in the primary care arena.
Currently, Julie is acting head of department in the newly formed Department of Health, Social Care and Education at our Peterborough campus.
Julie's research interests in terms of subject specialism relate to the care of people with long-term conditions, specifically psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes.
Her doctoral study was concerned with the lived experience of women in midlife who were living with diabetes, and their experience and effects of stress. The theme of ‘diabetes as a nuisance’ emerged from this study and was expressed by poetic representation. She continues to be interested in this area and is a member of the European Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes study group.
Methodologically, Julie is interested in the use of mixed methodology and its emergence as a potential third paradigm, particularly the sequential exploratory design. Creative methods of representing data area are also of interest as a means of reporting the results of research to both a lay and professional audience.
Julie would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:
Smith, J., Adams, J. and Pearson, L. (2014). Incorporating a service improvement project into an undergraduate nursing programme: A pilot study. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 20, pp.623-628.
Priharjo, R., McVicar, A., Smith, J. and Nixon, G. (2011). An investigation into patients' and nurses' experiences of diabetes consultation. Diabetic Medicine, 28 (Supplement s1), p.256.
Smith, J. (2014) Qualitative Research in Diabetes Care. Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group 19th Spring Scientific Meeting, Seerpoort, Netherlands.
Smith, J. (2011) NHSi Service Improvement Project. RCN Education Conference, Harrogate UK.
Smith, J. (2010) Poetic Representation of the Experience of Women with Diabetes. Annual IPA Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.