College of Human and Health Sciences appoints two leading nursing Research Professors

The College of Human and Health Sciences are delighted with the appointment of Professor Deborah Fenlon and Professor Louise Condon, two Chairs in Nursing in collaboration with our local Health Boards, ABMU and Hywel Dda.


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Professor Deborah Fenlon (left), Professor Louise Condon (right) 

Professor Ceri Phillips (Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences and Professor of Health Economics) comments, We have aspired to have such appointments in place for some time, and it is exciting that we have been able to attract two such impressive academics in Nursing." 

Professor Deborah Fenlon, joined the university in March 2017 and is a leading researcher in the field of cancer survivorship. In particular looking at the needs of women who have been treated for breast cancer and in developing and testing interventions to help support them with these ongoing needs. She led the clinical nursing services for breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and Surrey before becoming a full time teacher and researcher.

Professor Fenlon comments, “I am delighted to be appointed to work here in Swansea. I feel passionately about developing nurses to be research active and to continually strive to improve the care that we give. I believe the best way to do this is by working across academic and clinical institutions to provide education and mentorship so that the clinical and learning environments overlap. This post will give me the opportunity to work in this way. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Professor Louise Condon joined the university in 2015 and became a Professor in January 2017.  Professor Condon’s background is in nursing, midwifery and health-visiting, both in research and practice.  Professor Condon holds a PhD and MSc (Child Welfare) from the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and has extensive experience as Practitioner and Public Health Manager with a research-focus in the fields of child health and health inequalities

Professor Condon comments on her appointment, “I love working at Swansea University- there is so much positivity about nursing research and its impact upon improving patient care both in hospital and the community.  

My main area of research is in public health and community nursing, particularly reducing the health inequalities experienced by marginalised groups. Recent research has focused on immunisation uptake among Gypsies and Travellers, and I am currently collaborating with ‘Gypsies and Travellers Wales’, a third sector organisation, to develop new ways of exploring the health needs of this group within Wales.”   

Professor Ceri Phillips states, "The current climate emphasises the need for academics to be closely aligned with their clinical colleagues in formulating and developing ideas and innovations that will enable the NHS to address the needs of an increasingly complex and needy population. The College looks forward to supporting them in the challenging agendas that will be crafted in conjunction with Health Board colleagues.”