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Biography

Felicity joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2015 as Professor of Nursing and Applied Health Research. She started her career as a registered nurse and worked mainly in acute care settings. She completed her PhD (Health Psychology) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and has enjoyed various roles as a clinical nurse specialist, researcher and lecturer during her career. Her joint appointment, with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, provides opportunities for partnership working with NHS clinicians, patients and carers, and an opportunity to translate research into practice.

Felicity’s research focus has been upon improving healthcare for people with cardiovascular disease. She has also undertaken a variety of leadership roles within academic settings, professional organisations and charities. Felicity has a keen interest in student education. In particular she is keen to mentor health professionals who may be reluctant leaders who need encouragement to grow their confidence and realise their potential.

Research and Scholarship

Felicity’s research focus has been upon improving healthcare for people with cardiovascular disease. Recent projects have centred upon health literacy and the communication of health information between patients and health professionals. In particular she is interested in patients’ experiences of recovery and their preferences for health information provision, self management support and their views about the meaning of quality of life. Felicity, with colleagues, has successfully attracted several million pounds in funding for projects in both research and education. Felicity has a keen interest in health professional education and has experience in the development of curricula for UK and EU audiences.

Research grants and contracts

  • CLAHRC Greater Manchester. R Boaden et al. (2014-2019). National Institute for Health Research (£9.1 million). Astin F named academic contributing to Heart Failure work stream.
  • Informed consent for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: a mixed methods study to optimise clinical practice. (2013-2016). Astin F,(PI), Conway D, Holt J, Greenhalgh J, Morton A et al. National Institute for Health Research (RfPB) (£287,000).
  • Masters in Clinical Science (Critical Care Science). Commissioned by Higher Education England.(2014) Astin F et al.
  • Masters in Clinical Research Methods. Commissioned by National Institute for Health Research. (2013) (£1.4 million) Dowding D, Hirst J, Astin F et al.
  • The impact of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) on the health and quality of life of frail older people. (2011-2014). Closs SJ (PI), Astin F (Co-I), McLenachan et al. National Institute for Health Research (RfPB) (£249,000).
  • Ready, willing and able? Enabling patients and carers treated with elective coronary angioplasty to self-manage. (2007-2011). Astin F (PI), McLenachan J, Closs SJ et al. National Institute for Health Research (RfPB) (£208,000).

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Driscoll, A., Grant, M., Carroll, D., Dalton, S., Deaton, C., Jones, I., Lehwaldt, D., McKee, G., Munyombwe, T. and Astin, F. (2017) ‘The effect of nurse-to-patient ratios on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units: a systematic review and meta-analysisEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing . ISSN 1474-5151

Jennings, C. and Astin, F. (2017) ‘A multidisciplinary approach to preventionEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology , 24 (3_supp), pp. 77-87. ISSN 2047-4873

Probyn, J., Greenhalgh, J., Holt, J., Conway, D. and Astin, F. (2017) ‘Percutaneous coronary intervention patients’ and cardiologists’ experiences of the informed consent process in Northern England: a qualitative studyBMJ Open , 7. ISSN 2044-6055

Carruthers, H., Astin, F. and Munro, W. (2017) ‘Which alternative communication methods are effective for voiceless patients in Intensive Care Units? A systematic reviewIntensive and Critical Care Nursing . ISSN 0964-3397

2016

Astin, F., Burey, L., Cook, P., O'Donnell, C., Deaton, C., Lewthwaite, K., Terry, D., Lacey, S., Adams, J., Rothwell, K. and Humphreys, J. (2016) ‘A service improvement ‘tool kit’ for effective heart failure management in primary careBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 11 (12), pp. 588-596. ISSN 1749-6403

Carroll, D., Malecki-Ketchell, A. and Astin, F. (2016) ‘Non-pharmacological interventions to reduce psychological distress in patients undergoing diagnostic cardiac catheterization: a rapid reviewEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing . ISSN 1474-5151

Riley, J., Astin, F., Crespo-Leiro, M., Deaton, C., Kienhorst, J., Lambrinou, E., McDonagh, T., Rushton, C., Stromberg, A., Filippatos, G. and Anker, S. (2016) ‘Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology heart failure nurse curriculumEuropean Journal of Heart Failure , 18 (7), pp. 736-743. ISSN 1388-9842

Long, J., Briggs, M., Long, A. and Astin, F. (2016) ‘Starting where I am: a grounded theory exploration of mindfulness as a facilitator of transition in living with a long-term conditionJournal of Advanced Nursing . ISSN 0309-2402

Thompson, D., Ski, C., Garside, J. and Astin, F. (2016) ‘A review of health-related quality of life patient-reported outcome measures in cardiovascular nursingEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 15 (2), pp. 114-125. ISSN 1474-5151

Sowter, J., Astin, F., Dye, L., Marshall, P. and Knapp, P. (2016) ‘Assessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptomsMaturitas , 88, pp. 16-22. ISSN 0378-5122

2015

Kletsiou, E. and Astin, F. (2015) ‘Streamlining educational provision for cardiovascular nurses: A beginning not an endEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 14 (3), pp. 188-189. ISSN 1474-5151

Astin, F., Carroll, D., Ruppar, T., Uchmanowicz, I., Hinterbuchner, L., Kletsiou, E., Serafin, A. and Ketchell, A. (2015) ‘A core curriculum for the continuing professional development of nurses: Developed by the Education Committee on behalf of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions of the ESCEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 14 (3), pp. 190-197. ISSN 1474-5151

2014

Astin, F., Carroll, D., De Geest, S., Martensson, J., Jones, I., Hunterbuchner, L., Jennings, C., Kletsiou, E., Serafin, A. and Timmins, F. (2014) ‘Education for nurses working in cardiovascular care: A European surveyEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 13 (6), pp. 532-540. ISSN 1474-5151

Horrocks, J., Closs, J. and Astin, F. (2014) ‘Quality of life in older adults with aortic stenosis: a narrative reviewInternational Journal of Older People Nursing , 9 (3), pp. 227-246. ISSN 17483735

Astin, F., Horrocks, J. and Closs, S. (2014) ‘Managing lifestyle change to reduce coronary risk: a synthesis of qualitative research on peoples’ experiencesBMC Cardiovascular Disorders , 14 (1), p. 96. ISSN 1471-2261

Munyombwe, T., H�fer, S., Fitzsimons, D., Thompson, D., Lane, D., Smith, K. and Astin, F. (2014) ‘An evaluation of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire using Rasch analysisQuality of Life Research , 23 (6), pp. 1753-1765. ISSN 0962-9343

Astin, F., Closs, S., Yusuf, R. and Keenan, C. (2014) ‘Understanding angioplasty: An evaluation of a person-centred educational resourceBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 9 (7), pp. 345-350. ISSN 1749-6403

Astin, F., Closs, S., Yusuf, R. and Keenan, C. (2014) ‘Understanding angioplasty: An evaluation of a person-centred educational resourceBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 9 (7), pp. 345-350. ISSN 1749-6403

2013

Campbell Burton, C., Murray, J., Holmes, J., Astin, F., Greenwood, D. and Knapp, P. (2013) ‘Frequency of anxiety after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studiesInternational Journal of Stroke , 8 (7), pp. 545-559. ISSN 17474930

Astin, F (2013) ‘Supporting self-managementBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 8 (5), pp. 213-213. ISSN 1749-6403

2012

Steg, P., James, S., Atar, D., Badano, L., Lundqvist, C., Borger, M., Di Mario, C., Dickstein, K., Ducrocq, G., Fernandez-Aviles, F., Gershlick, A., Giannuzzi, P., Halvorsen, S., Huber, K., Juni, P., Kastrati, A., Knuuti, J., Lenzen, M., Mahaffey, K., Valgimigli, M., van't Hof, A., Widimsky, P., Zahger, D., Bax, J., Baumgartner, H., Ceconi, C., Dean, V., Deaton, C., Fagard, R., Funck-Brentano, C., Hasdai, D., Hoes, A., Kirchhof, P., Knuuti, J., Kolh, P., McDonagh, T., Moulin, C., Popescu, B., Reiner, Z., Sechtem, U., Sirnes, P., Tendera, M., Torbicki, A., Vahanian, A., Windecker, S., Hasdai, D., Astin, F., Astrom-Olsson, K., Budaj, A., Clemmensen, P., Collet, J., Fox, K., Fuat, A., Gustiene, O., Hamm, C., Kala, P., Lancellotti, P., Maggioni, A., Merkely, B., Neumann, F., Piepoli, M., Van de Werf, F., Verheugt, F. and Wallentin, L. (2012) ‘ESC Guidelines for the management of acute myocardial infarction in patients presenting with ST-segment elevation: The Task Force on the management of ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)European Heart Journal , 33 (20), pp. 2569-2619. ISSN 0195-668X

2011

Thompson, D., Chair, S., Chan, S., Astin, F., Davidson, P. and Ski, C. (2011) ‘Motivational interviewing: a useful approach to improving cardiovascular health?Journal of Clinical Nursing , 20 (9-10), pp. 1236-1244. ISSN 0962-1067

2010

Astin, F. and Atkin, K. (2010) Ethnicity and coronary heart disease: making sense of risk and improving care . Briefing series: Better Health Briefing Paper. London, UK: Race Equality Foundation.

2009

Astin, F (2009) ‘A beginner’s guide to appraising a qualitative research paperBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 4 (11), pp. 530-533. ISSN 1749-6403

Astin, F. and Long, A. (2009) ‘Qualitative research: An overviewBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing , 4 (8), pp. 390-393. ISSN 1749-6403

Timmins, F. and Astin, F. (2009) ‘Patient-centred care: reality or rhetoric?Nursing in Critical Care , 14 (5), pp. 219-221. ISSN 13621017

Astin, F., Closs, S., McLenachan, J., Hunter, S. and Priestley, C. (2009) ‘Primary angioplasty for heart attack: mismatch between expectations and reality?Journal of Advanced Nursing , 65 (1), pp. 72-83. ISSN 0309-2402

2008

Astin, F., Closs, S., McLenachan, J., Hunter, S. and Priestley, C. (2008) ‘The information needs of patients treated with primary angioplasty for heart attack: An exploratory studyPatient Education and Counseling , 73 (2), pp. 325-332. ISSN 07383991

Astin, F., Jos� Closs, S. and Hughes, N. (2008) ‘Macmillan nurses’ education and development needs: a documentary analysisJournal of Clinical Nursing , 17 (14), pp. 1949-1951. ISSN 0962-1067

Astin, F., Closs, S., Hunter, S., Priestley, C. and McLenachan, J. (2008) ‘The experience of primary PCI: A patients' perspectivesEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 7, p. S41-S42. ISSN 1474-5151

Astin, F (2008) ‘Family support and cardiac rehabilitation: A comparative study of the experiences of South Asian and White-European patients and their carer's living in the United KingdomEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 7 (1), pp. 43-51. ISSN 1474-5151

Darr, A., Astin, F. and Atkin, K. (2008) ‘Causal attributions, lifestyle change, and coronary heart disease: Illness beliefs of patients of South Asian and European origin living in the United KingdomHeart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care , 37 (2), pp. 91-104. ISSN 0147-9563

2007

Astin, F. and Jos� Closs, S. (2007) ‘Guest Editorial: Chronic disease management and self-care support for people living with long-term conditions: is the nursing workforce prepared?Journal of Clinical Nursing , 16 (7b), pp. 105-106. ISSN 0962-1067

Astin, F. and Jos� Closs, S. (2007) ‘Cardiac rehabilitation, secondary prevention or chronic disease management? Do we need a name change?European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 6 (1), pp. 6-8. ISSN 1474-5151

2006

Astin, F. and Jones, K. (2006) ‘Lifestyle change after elective percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: an Australian perspectiveJournal of Clinical Nursing , 15 (12), pp. 1583-1584. ISSN 0962-1067

Astin, F. and Jones, K. (2006) ‘Changes in patients’ illness representations before and after elective percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplastyHeart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care , 35 (5), pp. 293-300. ISSN 0147-9563

Astin, F., Closs, S. and Hughes, N. (2006) ‘The self-reported learning style preferences of female Macmillan clinical nurse specialistsNurse Education Today , 26 (6), pp. 475-483. ISSN 0260-6917

Astin, F (2006) ‘Editorial: A new direction for community services in the 21st centuryContemporary Nurse , 22 (1), pp. 3-6. ISSN 1037-6178

2005

Astin, F., Closs, S. and Lascelles, M. (2005) ‘A 21st century approach to chronic disease management in the United Kingdom: Implications for nurse educationContemporary Nurse , 20 (2), pp. 201-211. ISSN 1037-6178

Astin, F., Jones, K. and Thompson, D. (2005) ‘Prevalence and patterns of anxiety and depression in patients undergoing elective percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplastyHeart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care , 34 (6), pp. 393-401. ISSN 0147-9563

Esteem

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology
  • British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care (Ex Officio Council Member)
  • National Institute for Health Research (Research Mentor)
  • External Examiner (Imperial College London)
  • Honorary Associate Professor University of Leeds
  • Royal College of Nursing (Member)

Research Degree Supervision

Felicity’s research focus has been upon improving healthcare for people with cardiovascular disease. She has supervised several PhD students who have completed research studies using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Felicity welcomes prospective students who are keen to complete a comprehensive research training. A key priority in this journey is to develop a learning partnership, between the student and supervisor, that fosters independent learning to enrich professional and personal development. Felicity also enjoys mentoring post-doctoral researchers in the UK and abroad and has enjoyed the privilege of being a PhD examiner.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Felicity Astin

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

MSc by Research
PhD

Enterprise Activities

Felicity has an interest in film and has been involved in developing learning resources using this medium.

Administrative Responsibilities

Principal Investigator; National Institute of Health Research Project Grant (Research for Patient Benefit)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Felicity has contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate education teaching in the areas of acute care and research methods.