Mary Wells is the Lead Nurse for Research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a Professor of Practice in Cancer Nursing at Imperial College.
Mary graduated from Guy's Hospital and South Bank with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 1988. She has a Masters in Cancer Care (with Distinction) from the Institute of Cancer Research (1995) and a PhD from the University of Dundee (2007).
She moved to Imperial in November 2017 from the University of Stirling, where she was a Professor of Cancer Nursing Research and Practice at the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP-RU). She was previously a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, and has a clinical background in radiotherapy and oncology, and head and neck cancer care.
Mary's main research interest is cancer rehabilitation and survivorship. She has a particular interest in the nursing contribution to cancer care and in improving patient-reported outcomes and experiences. She has methodological expertise in qualitative and complex interventions research, including RCTs and the study of context.
She is a member of the NCRI Survivorship and Epidemiology subgroup (Head and Neck cancer), the Macmillan Cancer Support Nursing Advisory group and Macmillan Research Advisory Panel. She is also on the Fellowships committee of the Imperial Health Charity. Mary is currently serving a two year term as the London member of the Royal College of Nursing's Professional Nursing Committee. Until 2019 she was co-chair of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Research Working Group, having been a board member from 2009-2016. She was also a subgroup lead in the NCRI's Psychosocial and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group (2013-2019.
As Lead Nurse for Research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Mary is leading the development of clinical academic careers and research in nursing and midwifery, and is part of the CATO team to mentor and support nurses and midwives who wish to pursue a clinical academic role.
Leon-Villapalos C, Wells M, Brett S, 2020, An exploratory study of staff perceptions of shift safety in the critical care unit and routinely available data on workforce, patient and organisational factors, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2020, Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the advanced nurse practitioner role in primary care settings: A scoping review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol:104, ISSN:0020-7489
et al., 2018, The existence and importance of patients' mental images of their head and neck cancer: A qualitative study, PLOS One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203
et al., 2018, A scoping review of trials of interventions led or delivered by cancer nurses, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol:86, ISSN:0020-7489, Pages:36-43
et al., 2018, Feasibility study to assess the delivery of a lifestyle intervention (TreatWELL) for patients with colorectal cancer undergoing potentially curative treatment, Bmj Open, Vol:8, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2018, Systematic Techniques to Enhance rEtention in Randomised controlled trials: the STEER study protocol, Trials, Vol:19, ISSN:1745-6215
et al., 2017, Recognizing European cancer nursing: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol:73, ISSN:0309-2402, Pages:3144-3153
Wells M, King E, 2017, Patient adherence to swallowing exercises in head and neck cancer, Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, Vol:25, ISSN:1068-9508, Pages:175-181
Cunningham M, Wells M, 2017, Qualitative analysis of 6961 free-text comments from the first National Cancer Patient Experience Survey in Scotland, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2017, Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation in a cancer context: A qualitative study of patient, family and professional views, Bmc Cancer, Vol:17
et al., 2017, The influence of contextual factors on healthcare quality improvement initiatives: what works, for whom and in what setting? Protocol for a realist review, Systematic Reviews, Vol:6
et al., 2016, Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer-the SiP study protocol, Pilot and Feasibility Studies, Vol:2, ISSN:2055-5784
et al., 2016, Predictors of quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors up to 5 years after end of treatment: a cross-sectional survey, Supportive Care in Cancer, Vol:24, ISSN:0941-4355, Pages:2463-2472
et al., 2016, Why, when and how to update a meta-ethnography qualitative synthesis, Systematic Reviews, Vol:5
et al., 2016, Optimisation of complex health interventions prior to a randomised controlled trial: a scoping review of strategies used., Pilot Feasibility Stud, Vol:2, ISSN:2055-5784
et al., 2014, Psychological, surgical, and sociodemographic predictors of pain outcomes after breast cancer surgery: A population-based cohort study, Pain, Vol:155, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:232-243
et al., 2013, The psychological experience of living with head and neck cancer: a systematic review and meta-synthesis, Psycho-Oncology, Vol:22, ISSN:1057-9249, Pages:2648-2663
et al., 2013, Supporting 'work-related goals' rather than 'return to work' after cancer? A systematic review and meta-synthesis of 25 qualitative studies, Psycho-Oncology, Vol:22, ISSN:1057-9249, Pages:1208-1219
et al., 2013, Work stress and well-being in oncology settings: a multidisciplinary study of health care professionals, Psycho-Oncology, Vol:22, ISSN:1057-9249, Pages:46-53
et al., 2012, Chronic preoperative pain and psychological robustness predict acute postoperative pain outcomes after surgery for breast cancer, British Journal of Cancer, Vol:107, ISSN:0007-0920, Pages:937-946
et al., 2012, Intervention description is not enough: evidence from an in-depth multiple case study on the untold role and impact of context in randomised controlled trials of seven complex interventions, Trials, Vol:13, ISSN:1745-6215, Pages:1-17
Wells M, Kelly D, 2008, The loneliness of cancer, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol:12, ISSN:1462-3889, Pages:410-411
et al., 2008, Promoting research participation: Why not advertise altruism?, Social Science & Medicine, Vol:66, ISSN:0277-9536, Pages:1451-1456
et al., 2007, Randomized comparison of dry dressings versus hydrogel in management of radiation-induced moist desquamation, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Vol:68, ISSN:0360-3016, Pages:864-872
Krishnasamy M, Wells M, Wilkie E, 2007, Patients and carer experiences of care provision after a diagnosis of lung cancer in Scotland, Supportive Care in Cancer, Vol:15, ISSN:0941-4355, Pages:327-332
et al., 2004, Does aqueous or sucralfate cream affect the severity of erythernatous radiation skin reactions? A randomised controlled trial, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Vol:73, ISSN:0167-8140, Pages:153-162
et al., 2004, Patient, carer and health service outcomes of nurse-led early discharge after breast cancer surgery: a randomised controlled trial, British Journal of Cancer, Vol:91, ISSN:0007-0920, Pages:651-658
et al., 2002, Nurse led follow up and conventional medical follow up in management of patients with lung cancer: randomised trial, British Medical Journal, Vol:325, ISSN:1756-1833, Pages:1145-1147
Wells M, 1998, The hidden experience of radiotherapy to the head and neck: a qualitative study of patients after completion of treatment, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol:28, ISSN:0309-2402, Pages:840-848