Dr Anne F Williams (PhD, MSc, RN, DipNursEd, DipDN, ENB 237 Cancer Nursing, Vodder MLD therapist) is a Lecturer in the Nursing Division.

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I am a nurse educator and researcher with a clinical background in cancer, palliative care and community nursing. I have over 20 years’ experience as a lymphoedema specialist and was awarded a PhD in 2011 following my research into supported self-care in women with lymphoedema. My experience in supporting people with chronic conditions across acute, community, third sector and hospice settings, in London and Scotland, continues to inspire my work as an educator and researcher.  I currently work with a third sector organisation, The Haven Centres in Lanarkshire, where we run a programme of person-centred lymphoedema self-management support for clients, their families and carers. I also recently worked with the NHS Highland Lymphoedema Project, establishing integrated community care for people with lymphoedema in a remote and rural context.

I am a trustee for Talk Lipoedema, a peer support organisation, where we are actively developing a programme of research along with my colleagues at the university. I contribute nationally and internationally to lymphoedema and lipoedema developments, and to a variety of knowledge exchange and commercialization projects.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and working with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and have held a variety of teaching posts since completing my teaching qualification in 1989. I have experience in online teaching and learning, and am an external examiner for the MA in Health and Wellbeing at UHI.

I have additional interests and qualifications in massage, clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming, and am one of the few Vodder manual lymph drainage therapists in Scotland.

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I have undertaken a range of research projects including a randomized controlled trial of manual lymph drainage in women with lymphoedema, case ascertainment research, a grounded theory study of families caring for a dying relative at home, and product evaluations. My PhD research was underpinned by social constructionist perspectives and relational autonomy theory.  It was entitled ‘A qualitative study of supported self-care in women with lymphoedema associated with breast cancer’ and research drew on a variety of research methods including field observation, focus groups and interviews with practitioners and women with lymphoedema. I currently collaborate with colleagues in developing a programme of research relating to lipoedema. I also supervise a range of undergraduate and post-graduate students undertaking dissertations, MSc, Professional Doctorate, PhD studies.

Active Research Interests:

  • Lymphoedema, lipoedema, supported self-care, person-centred care, epidemiology, compression therapy, quality of life, development of outcome measures, manual lymph drainage, community-based education.

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative, participative action research, narrative research, focus groups, interviews, observation, evaluation, feminist-informed.

 Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

I work mainly with undergraduate nursing student and have a particular focus on applied science, care of people with long term conditions, end of life care, skills and research.