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Dr Anne Kennedy (PhD, BSc, SRN) - personal details

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Dr Anne Kennedy

Role: Senior Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7620


National Primary Care Research and Development Centre
The University of Manchester
Williamson Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL




I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Primary Care Research Group. My first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, from the University of Manchester in 1978. I then went to St Thomas’ Hospital in London where I qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1980. I came back to Manchester and studied for a PhD in the Department of Medicine and gained my doctorate in 1985. The topic of my PhD was Problems in the Nursing Management of Elderly Patients with Long-term Indwelling Catheters. Following my PhD, I became a continence advisor in South Manchester and went on to become a research nurse in the Department of Geriatric Medicine based at Withington Hospital in Manchester.

I lived abroad with my family in Singapore in the early 1990s where I worked as a nurse advisor to the Singapore Society for Continence. In 1995, I returned to the UK and took up employment with the University of Manchester firstly as a researcher in a joint appointment between the National Primary Care R&D Centre (NPCRDC) and the Department of Gastroenterology based at Hope Hospital in Salford, from 1998 as a Research Fellow and from 2009 as a Senior Research Fellow based in NPCRDC.  I have worked in the Self-Management research theme investigating self-care in long-term conditions and have been the project lead on several randomised controlled trials. I have co-authored a series of self help guides into ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, diabetes, chronic obstruction pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease.