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School of Health and Society

Professor Paula Ormandy



Paula Ormandy is joint-lead of the Knowledge Health and Place Research Group, which promotes transdisciplinary research through multi-professional research collaboration. She holds a Chair in Long Term Conditions research is an experienced health service researcher. She is the British Renal Society Vice President for Research and chair of the Research Committee. She has for the last 2 years Chaired the UK Kidney Research Consortium made up 12 national research clinical study groups. She has many successful PhD completions and is invited to examine PhD Thesis nationally. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal or Renal Care, and alongside active patients is creating a Specialist Interest Group for Patient Involvement and Engagement, within Kidney Care. She is a member of the Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership (KQuIP) Board. Paula services as a Non-Executive Director for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Post graduate Research
  • PhD and Masters Supervision

Research Interests

Her research expertise focuses on information needs research and information provision to facilitate self-management in clinical practice for people managing a long-term condition. This includes: designing and implementing a patient-led information network (GMKIN), grounded on patient information needs, within a local chronic kidney disease service; using digital media to provide accessible information to boys and young men to increase engagement in their sexual health; increasing cervical screening uptake in Lesbian, Gay and bisexual women through a digital and social media campaign. Paula worked for five years on collaborative epidemiological research across Europe, examining renal clinical practice. She is currently examining digital skills training can re-engage people with chronic kidney disease back into employment and the labour market and the use of social media for patient and public involvement in research.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD Nursing
  • MSc Practitioner Research
  • BSc Nursing Studies (1st Class Hons)
  • Diploma Higher Education
  • Registered General Nurse


Wilson C, Ormandy P, Ali S & Vasilica C (2016) E-Health Diaries for People at End-of-Life: ‘A crutch to lean on.’ Conference Proceedings, Health Informatics and Medical Systems Conference Las Vegas.

Garnett V, Smith J, Ormandy P (2016) Child-parent shifting and shared decision-making for asthma management. Nursing Children and Young People. 28 (4): 16- 22. DOI: 10.7748/ncyp.28.4.16.s20.

Karet Frankl F, Coward R J, Gallagher H, Hilton R, Loud F, Modi K, Ormandy P & Woolf A S (2016) UK Renal Research Strategy, UK Kidney Research Consortium, First UK Research Strategy Report.

Ormandy P, Wells L, Cullen R, Fluck R, Thomas K, Bristow P & Lipkin G (2015) Kidney Quality Improvement Initiative. Journal of Renal Nursing. 7(5): 234-236.

Ormandy P, Tabor P (2015) Multi-professional funded research makes ‘real’ impact on patient care. Journal of Renal Nursing. 7(3): 94-95.

Ormandy P (2014) e-health, a tool for patients with chronic kidney disease. In Riemann A., Cruz Casal Garcia M. e-Health in Nephrology: A Guide to Clinical Practice, pp35-46 Sept: ISBN978-84-617-0565-8

Light B, Ormandy P (2013) Digital and Social Media: impact and potentials on cervical screening awareness. University of Salford, Report. Nov: ISBN 978-1-907842-49-8 Report for North West Cervical Screening Quality Assurance Reference Centre, NHS Cancer Screening Programmes.

Ormandy P, Hulme C (2013) Measuring patient preferences and priorities for information. Information Research, Sept: 18(3)

Postgraduate research

  • Information need and the use of digital and social media
  • Information as a therapy
  • Patient involvement and engagement in kidney care
  • Self-management strategies and use of technology
  • Employment strategies for people managing long term illness