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Kate Byrnes

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Kate joined the University in January 2021, as a Senior Research Assistant, within the Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing department.

The SafeST study, ran by CI Dr Jason Scott, is aiming to develop a better understanding of incident reporting in care homes and specifically in transitions in care between hospital and care home organisations. 

Kate Byrnes

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kate has a diverse range of research interests covering the public health domain. Specifically, Kate research interests are in health inequalities, learning disabilities, avoidable and preventable deaths, health systems and service provision.    

Current projects:

  • Developing a co-designed systems-level response to safety issues for residents transitioning from hospital to care homes (SafeST study, - January 2021 to December 2022
  • Identifying the barriers and facilitators for people with severe mental illness and/or learning disabilities for PErson Centred Cancer Screening services (PECCS) - Starting March 2022

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Residents transitioning between hospital and care homes: protocol for codesigning a systems-level response to safety issues (SafeST study), Scott, J., Brittain, K., Byrnes, K., Dawson, P., Mulrine, S., Spencer, M., Waring, J., Young-Murphy, L. 6 Jan 2022, In: BMJ Open
  • A systematic review and qualitative synthesis of the experience of living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness, McGeechan, G., Byrnes, K., Campbell, M., Carthy, N., Eberhardt, J., Paton, W., Swainston, K., Giles, E. 26 Jan 2021, In: Psychology & Health
  • Improving psychosocial provision for patients in hospital utilising a therapeutic volunteer to career model which reduced bank spend: A ‘Plan-Do-Study-Act’ project, Byrnes, K., McKeown, D. 6 Apr 2021, In: British Journal of Health Care Management
  • 500-word thesis - Revealing the attitudes and opinions of women with a learning disability and their carers towards cervical and breast cancer screening, Byrnes, K. 2020
  • Attitudes and perceptions of people with a learning disability, family carers, and paid care workers towards cancer screening programmes in the United Kingdom: A qualitative systematic review and meta-aggregation, Byrnes, K., Hamilton, S., McGeechan, G., O'Malley, C., Mankelow, J., Giles, E. 1 Mar 2020, In: Psycho-Oncology
  • Socio-Ecological Influences on Adolescent (Aged 10–17) Alcohol Use and Unhealthy Eating Behaviours: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Studies, Scott, S., Elamin, W., Giles, E., Hillier-Brown, F., Byrnes, K., Connor, N., Newbury-Birch, D., Ells, L. 15 Aug 2019, In: Nutrients

Further Information

Kate has a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Psychology and recently completed her PhD in Public Health. Kate used the Socio-Ecological Model to understand why women with learning disabilities are less likely, than women without learning disabilities, to attend cervical and breast cancer screening. Kate has used Q methodology to engage with women with learning disability, family carer and paid carers to understand their attitudes, opinions and experiences.

Kate is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has extensive involvment in learning and teaching of research methods (including systematic reviews) and topics relating to primary healtchare of people with learning disabilities. Prior to starting her PhD, Kate worked in a local NHS Foundation Trust as a Research and Development Facilitator, where she had responsibility for collating ethical approval for research, setting up research studies and monitoring throughout the researchs team frame. 


  • Health Studies MSc October 04 2016
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) September 01 2015
  • Health PhD

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