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Laura Adley

Deputy Head of School
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing
Areas of Expertise:
Health and wellbeing
Research Supervision:

Laura is a registered children’s nurse with a clinical background in children’s oncology and teenage and young adult cancer.

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Laura started her nursing career in London and commenced a Paediatric Nursing Rotation Programme at a large foundation hospital trust. During this rotation she developed her skills in general children’s nursing, children’s oncology and then finally finding her place in a teenage cancer inpatient ward. Laura had a very enjoyable career working in teenage and young adult cancer and has developed many skills around chemotherapy, supportive care and stem cell and bone marrow transplant. Laura was fortunate to be part of the team to develop the only UK ambulatory cancer treatment service for teenagers and young adults. Managing this service was one of the highlights of Laura’s nursing career as it allowed teenagers and young adults to have their chemotherapy in a service that encouraged adolescent development and independence in a time of uncertainty.

During her nursing career, Laura was passionate about supporting the learning of student nurses and junior colleagues and therefore moved into clinical education roles. This then led Laura to complete a Masters in Nurse Education and finally move into higher education when she joined ARU in 2016.

Research interests
  • Student Nurses Mental Health in Clinical Practice, this is an area that Laura is currently exploring for her Education Doctorate.
  • Teenage and Young Adult cancer, before joining ARU Laura worked on two different publications, one exploring stakeholders views of ambulatory care and another looking at the introduction of self-monitoring for teenagers and young adults
Areas of research supervision

BSc (Hons) and MSc student supervision – Children’s Nursing and Advanced Practice

  • Pre-Registration Nursing Curriculum – all fields of nursing
  • Personal Tutor to a children’s nursing cohort
  • Link Lecturer
  • Diploma in Children’s Nursing, City University London
  • BSc (Hons) in Children’s Cancer Nursing, London South Bank University
  • Masters in Nursing Education, London South Bank University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • NMC
  • RCN
Selected recent publications

Brown L., Walker A., 2017. Exploring stakeholder’s perceptions of teenage and young adult cancer ambulatory care. Foundations of Nursing Studies: FONS Improvement Insights. 12.9 [Online]. Available at: https://www.fons.org/resources/documents/Dissemination%20Series/Improvement-Insights/IIVol12No9-TYA-cancer-ambulatory-care.pdf (accessed 07/09/17)

Knott C. Brown L. Hardy S. 2013. Introducing a self-monitoring process in a teenage and young adult cancer ward: Impact and implications for team culture and practice change. International Practice Development Journal. 3(2)(5) Pp1-12

Recent presentations and conferences
Walker A. Brown L. 2015. Stakeholder’s perceptions of teenage and young adult ambulatory care. Birmingham, 2015. United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Conference

Ryan J. Hough R. Brown L. 2015. Is ambulatory care in teenage and young adult patients safe? A review of 3 years of TYA ambulatory care at University College London Hospital. Sydney, 2015. Australian Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Conference.

Ingram B. Wall M. Brown L. Sohal R. 2013. Ambulatory care for the teenager and young adult transplant patient: Implications for practice. London, 2013. 39th Annual meeting for the European group for Blood and Marrow Transplant (EBMT) Conference.

Sohal R. Brown L. 2010. What impact does introducing an ambulatory cancer care model have on care giver burden within teenage and young adult services? London, 2010. Royal College of Nursing Research Conference.