Cathy Beresford

Cathy Beresford

  • Part-time lecturer in adult nursing
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building, BG410
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Cathy Beresford has been a registered adult nurse since 1998 and is a full-time PhD student undertaking qualitative research with people affected by advanced liver disease. Her PhD is a joint collaboration between Bournemouth University and Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. Cathy combines her research role with part-time lecturing in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

In her clinical role, Cathy has extensive experience of supporting people in a range of hospital and community settings, including general practice. In 2010, Cathy was awarded a distinction for her Masters, which involved qualitative research exploring perspectives of people with type 2 diabetes regarding the care they received from their practice nurse. This work was subsequently published in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing.

Prior to undertaking her PhD, Cathy worked as a Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse for fourteen years, which included a part-time research nurse secondment from 2018 to 2021. After being shortlisted for Research Nurse of the Year at the Thames Valley Health Research Awards 2020, Cathy successfully completed an HEE/NIHR integrated clinical academic internship at Oxford Brookes University in 2022...



I am conducting a qualitative research study with people affected by advanced liver disease. Using a constructivist Grounded Theory approach, the aim of the study is to generate a theory of care experiences in decompensated advanced liver disease. The objectives of the research are: 1. To explore the subjective experiences and perspectives of:

a) Individuals with decompensated advanced liver disease receiving care. b) Carers (such as partners or other family members) of people with decompensated advanced liver disease.

c) Professionals providing care to people with decompensated advanced liver disease.

2. To embed public involvement throughout the research project.

I have a Public Involvement group who are overseeing the study and involved at various stages of the research process.

My systematic literature review was published in Health Expectations, and I am currently co-writing a paper regarding public involvement with members of the PI group.

Journal Articles

  • Beresford, C.J., Gelling, L., Baron, S. and Thompson, L., 2024. The experiences of people with liver disease of palliative and end-of-life care in the United Kingdom—A systematic literature review and metasynthesis. Health Expectations, 27 (1).
  • Beresford, C. and Kozlowska, O., 2022. The barriers and facilitators to managing diabetes with insulin in adults with intellectual disabilities: A systemised review of the literature. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Beresford, C., 2022. Supporting people with learning disabilities to manage their diabetes with insulin. Journal of Diabetes Nursing.
  • Beresford, C., 2011. Patients’ perspectives of type 2 diabetes care by practice nurses: A qualitative study. Journal of Diabetes Nursing.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Presentation to LIVErNORTH


  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing in Prescribing (2011)
  • MSc in Primary Care (2010)
  • PGDip in Community Healthcare (Practice Nursing) (2004)
  • BNurs(Hons) in Nursing (adult) (1998)

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