Mrs Janet Diffin

Honorary Research Associate

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I am currently an honorary research associate working with Prof Gunn Grande on The Carer Suppoert Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) research and implementation program. I am currently involved in the development of an online training and implementation toolkit for the CSNAT intervention.


I previously studied at Queen's University Belfast where I completed a BSc Psychology degree in 2008 and my PhD with the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2012. My thesis was entitled 'The emotional and social burdens of caring for a young child with complex health needs'. This was a mixed methods project which focused on the experiences of parents of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit for surgical correction of a congenital condition. This inlcuded examing the distress they experienced and an exploration of their support needs and coping mechanisms. After working as a research assistant within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at the University of Manchester for one year, I moved on to a research associate position within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work where I worked on a Dimbleby Cancer Care funded national project. This mixed methods project identified factors associated with the successful implementation of the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool intervention across a variety of palliative/ end-of-life care settings.


BSc Psychology (2005-2008; Queen's University Belfast)

PhD Nursing & Midwifery (2009-2012; Queen's University Belfast)

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