Professor Paula Ormandy

Paula Ormandy is a Professor in Long Term Conditions Research at the University of Salford. Starting from the origins of a renal nurse she has built up a career in health service research spanning 30 years. Her research interests lie in patient experience, self-management, education and information to meet the psychosocial needs of people managing multiple long-term conditions, using digital and social media. Paula has worked closely with the British Renal Society, over the years as Vice President for Research and Chair of the Research committee, now serving as a Trustee.  

She along with her colleague Dr Vasilica and Mr Rob Finnigan are founding members of the Kidney Information Network ( which uses digital and social media to inform and connect kidney patients with their peers for support. In addition, she is co-chair for the Kidney Patient Involvement Network ( working with kidney patients to increase their involvement in quality improvement, research and service design. She is also a founding member and Treasurer for the UK Association of Nephrology Nurses (ANN UK) seeking to strengthen the national voice of kidney care nurses, and develop education and research capacity.    

Close industry partners include Kidney Care UK, Kidney Research UK and she was the first non-medical Chair of the UK Kidney Research Consortium (2014-2016). She is a Q Fellow with the Health Foundation and champion for improving the quality of care for people managing long term conditions. 

As Director for Post-Graduate Research programmes within the School of Health & Society, Paula is responsible for a range of PhD, DProf and Masters by Research programmes. As a role model she supervises a number of PhD students, is a PhD examiner and has over 20 PhD completions.  

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:  

  • Use of social media to meet the information and support needs of people  
  • Long term conditions self-management and patient experience 
  • Impact of patient involvement in research, quality improvement and service redesign  
  • Psychosocial care and welfare for people managing multiple longterm conditions 

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Long Term Conditions, self-management, information needs, psychosocial and integrated care, Digital health and social media