David Pontin

David Pontin
University of South Wales/numericGenerics

PhD, MSc Econ, BSc Hons, PGDE Nursing
Translational research in healthcare numeracy; family resilience in India

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Introduction
My current translational research focuses on healthcare numeracy, & family resilience in public health nursing contexts (see www.frait.wales). Current projects: Perceived competence; Family resilience in India. I am an experienced doctoral supervisor (30+ completions) and doctoral examiner. I am a UK registered nurse for adults, children & public health.
Additional affiliations
June 2021 - present
University of South Wales
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
June 2021 - present
numericGenerics
Position
  • Managing Director
September 2011 - May 2021
University of South Wales
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Education
October 1997 - June 1999
University of Plymouth
Field of study
  • Nurse Teaching
September 1996 - June 1997
University of the West of England, Bristol
Field of study
  • Community Health Care Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting)
October 1990 - February 1997
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Nursing

Publications

Publications (72)
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safeMedicate was developed as an English-language web-based system designed to support learning and competence development in solving medication dosage problems. Our purpose was to identify the adaptations necessary to implement safeMedicate for use in Brazil, with an explorative, qualitative design using an adapted Participatory and Iterative Proc...
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Background Patient engagement with Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) services is still below optimal levels (NACR 2019). CR programmes has been shown to be effective in reducing patient cardiac mortality (Anderson 2017). Aim What influences patients’ decision to engage with CR services. Methods A systematic search was conducted using search terms (e.g....
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Physical, mental and social components of wellbeing are known to be important to health. However, in health research and practice much of the focus has been on physical and mental wellbeing with less attention paid to social components, which we assert detrimentally affects the development of health policies and practices. A systematic measure of w...
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Schedule for ESRC Seminar Series: Social Experiences of Breastfeeding: Building bridges between research and policy, 2015–16
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Introduction UK higher education (HE) student numbers are increasing and students report higher levels of mental health and well-being issues. Social prescribing links individuals to community-based, non-medical support. It is widely implemented throughout the UK, and is supported by the Welsh Government. This protocol presents an evaluation of a n...
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This paper reports on an evaluation of health visitor trainers’ experience of a cascade training programme delivered in Wales, UK. Health visitors used Driscoll’s model (What, So What, Now What) to organise their feedback and an integrated competence model developed by Weeks et al. was used to analyse the feedback via category analysis of free text...
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Aims Social prescribing continues to grow and change across healthcare services in Wales; however, research of the day-to-day performance of social prescribers is limited. This study aimed to explore which roles are perceived to be the most important and frequently used by social prescribers in Wales and compare these results to reports in studies...
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Aims Social prescribing is being widely implemented in Wales, but there is no consensus on the necessary learning, training and education needs for people delivering social prescribing. The purpose of the study was to develop an education and training needs conceptual framework for social prescribers in Wales, which could be used by commissioners a...
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Background: Children whose assessed health needs cannot be met by statutory and universal services may require bespoke packages of continuing care. A project management group was set up to design a study that would explore the complexities for a children's community nurse (CCN) of managing such packages. Methodology: Group concept mapping (GCM),...
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UK public health nurse assessment of family resilience is a necessary component of monitoring family health and children's development and identifying areas for change. This research was part of an exploration of Welsh public health nurses' understanding of 'family resilience' as a concept underpinning their practice. From it, the Family Resilience...
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The aim of this review and discussion paper is to advance the debate on competence in nursing, simulation education, and literacy in simulation education pedagogy. Building on our previous patient-safety critical translational research work on drug dosage calculation-competence modelling, and safeMedicate ® virtual learning and diagnostic assessmen...
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INTRODUCTION: A health visitor's ability to assess and analyse aspects of family resilience in daily practice is essential to enable practitioners to support families and facilitate positive lifestyle choices, and improve child health and developmental outcomes. The purpose of this research was to undertake an in-depth exploration of the concept of...
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This concluding chapter discusses the interdisciplinary approach taken towards the subject of breastfeeding and how these can contribute to policy and academic study. It shares some of the dialogue and enthusiasm with people who could use it in their everyday life/work supporting women who breastfeed their babies. This chapter shows how each contri...
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Introduction This edited volume brings together work from the ‘core participant’ attendees at the UK ESRC-funded seminar series ‘Social experiences of breastfeeding: building bridges between research and policy’, which ran during 2015 and 2016. We wanted to share some of the dialogue and enthusiasm with people who could use it in their everyday lif...
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This book brings together international academics, policy makers, and practitioners to build bridges between the real world and scholarship on breastfeeding. It asks the question: How can the latest social science research into breastfeeding be used to improve support at both policy and practice level, in order to help women breastfeed and to breas...
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Effective communication is central to children, young people, and their families’ experiences of health care. Most patient complaints in developed health care systems result from ineffective communication, including inadequate information provision, not feeling listened to, failure to value patients concerns, and patients not feeling involved in ca...
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Background Health professional education has been criticized for not integrating patient expertise into professional curricula to develop professional skills in patient empowerment. Objective To develop and translate a new expert patient-centered model for teaching empowerment into professional education about routine chronic care management. Met...
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This randomized controlled trial, conducted in a UK University nursing department, compared student nurses' performance during a simulated cardiac arrest. Eighteen teams of four students were randomly assigned to one of three scenarios: 1) no family witness; 2) a “quiet” family witness; and 3) a family witness displaying overt anxiety and distress....
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Background: Preparing families and preterm infants for discharge is relatively unstructured in many UK neonatal units (NNUs). Family-centred neonatal care and discharge planning are recommended but variable. Design and participants: Qualitative interviews with 37 parents of infants in NNUs, and 18 nursing staff and 5 neonatal consultants explore...
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Aims To describe the impact of family members’ presence on student nurse performance in a witnessed resuscitation scenario. To explore student nurses’ attitudes to simulated family-witnessed resuscitation and their views about its place in clinical practice. Background Family-witnessed resuscitation remains controversial worldwide. Hospital impleme...
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Background. There is increasing debate about the advantages and disadvantages of family-witnessed resuscitation. Research about the views of healthcare providers depends upon reliable tools to measure their perceptions. Two tools have been developed for use with nurses (26-item cost-benefit tool, 17-item self-confidence tool). Objectives. Firstly,...
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Introduction The 2013-2014 the aim of the ESSI study was to enable students to develop skills for long –term service user empowerment and cultural sensitivity1,2. This was through using the chronic care model and empowerment photography3 (EP) in a multidisciplinary and progressive inquiry framework. Participants included teaching staff (9) and mult...
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Objective To implement parent-oriented discharge planning (Train-to-Home) for preterm infants in neonatal care. Design Before and after study, investigating the effects of the intervention during two 11-month periods before and after implementation. Setting Four local neonatal units (LNUs) in South West England. Participants Infants without major a...
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Improved survival and shorter length of stay (LOS) for preterm infants, together with poorly organised discharge planning in some neonatal units, leaves many parents ill prepared to take their babies home, with increased use of out-of-hours services. Despite the importance accorded to family-orientated neonatal care by the Department of Health and...
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The health impact of indoor air pollution is a growing area of interest for public health professionals. People typically spend up to 90 per cent of their time indoors, particularly women, young children and elders. Although the adverse health effects of second-hand tobacco smoke are well recognised, the impact of burning incense in the home has re...
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ESSI –Evaluating the Module Empowering Service Users through support & involvement in chronic care management (ESSI)-an international study.Objectives: • To report on the results of the evaluation of the ESSI study. • To describe how the use of realistic evaluation was used in this international study. The ESSI study as conducted in 2013-2014 as a...
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Breastmilk is widely considered as the optimum nutrition source for babies and an important factor in both improving public health and reducing health inequalities. Current international/national policy supports long-term breastfeeding. UK breastfeeding initiation rates are high but rapidly decline, and the numbers breastfeeding in the second year...
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UK survival rates for long-term mechanically ventilated children have increased and paid carers are trained to care for them at home, however there is limited literature on carers' training needs and experience of sharing care. Using a qualitative abductive design, we purposively sampled experienced carers to generate data via diaries, semi-structu...
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Accurately defining and modelling competence in medication dosage calculation problem-solving (MDC-PS) is a fundamental pre-requisite to measuring competence, diagnosing errors and determining the necessary design and content of professional education programmes. In this paper we advance an MDC-PS competence model that illustrates the relationship...
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When designing learning and assessment environments it is essential to articulate the underpinning education philosophy, theory, model and learning style support mechanisms that inform their structure and content. We elaborate on original PhD research that articulates the design rationale of authentic medication dosage calculation problem-solving (...
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This paper introduces this Nurse Education in Practice 'Safety in Numbers' series. We introduce the background and seven papers that explore the outcomes of a 20-year programme of healthcare education translation research and education action research that focuses on medication dosage calculation problem-solving (MDC-PS) education.
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Background: Patients with advanced life-limiting diseases have high information needs concerning prognosis yet discussions between patients and healthcare professionals are either avoided or inaccurate due to over-optimism. Available prognostic models are problematic. Literature indicates that hospital specialist palliative care professionals are...
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To explore the factors that influence community children's nurses' (CCNs') perceptions of their workload. To identify ways that CCNs develop and maintain continuity of care and carer. The notion of continuity of care/carer has been central to nursing development for the last 30 years. In the literature, community nursing is used to illustrate the c...
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Little is known about the working practices of community children's nurses and how they manage the complexities of working with children and young people with life-limiting, life-threatening and chronic ill-health conditions and their families. This action research project aimed to find ways of managing community children's nursing caseloads that w...
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IntroductionAction Research: Definitions and CategoriesAction Research in NursingEthical Issues: Informed Consent, Anonymity and ConfidentialitySecuring CollaborationPower and ControlEvaluating Action ResearchThe Midvale Demonstration Wards ProjectLiving and Dying with AIDS: Action Research in the CommunitySummaryReferences
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David Pontin andJohn Albarran share their advice for planning, formatting and presenting an effective conference poster
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PURPOSE; The number of children living with life-limiting, life-threatening, and chronic conditions nursed at home/in the community is increasing. There is limited literature on how community children's nurses (CCNs) manage their caseloads. A qualitative-action research study used in-depth interviews. The study generated a number of insights about...
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John Albarran and David Pontin offer advice on the steps to take from initial ideas through to drafting, revising and submitting a manuscript to increase the chances of acceptance and publication
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•This article reports on one aspect of a research project carried out to monitor and evaluate the introduction of primary nursing on four demonstration wards in one health authority.•Nursing staff working on the wards were interviewed to identify how the changes were affecting them and their work.•Stress questionnaires were also completed by a samp...
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•Part 1 of this article discussed the process of evaluating patient satisfaction by means of unstructured, in-depth interviews.•In this part, the content of interviews will be presented and the analytic domains derived from the research will be described.•These are ‘nursing’, ‘the hospital’ and ‘patients’ concerns', and the categories which make up...
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•The research reported in this article formed part of a project evaluating nursing developments in four demonstration wards in one health authority, and the article focuses on evaluation of patient satisfaction.•The evaluation of patient satisfaction is a topic surrounded by much methodological debate and therefore it was necessary to clarify the i...
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(1) To develop an insight into the opportunities and barriers to nurse prescribing for a case study of children's nurses. (2) To consider the implications of independent nurse prescribing for children's nurses and the potential for nurse prescribing to be developed in acute children's care settings. (3) To use research data to develop a training st...
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Although exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of infant life is recommended in the UK, there is little information on the extent of exclusive breastfeeding. This study has taken the 1996 and 2003 World Health Organization (WHO) definitions of breastfeeding and investigated breastfeeding rates in the first 6 months of life in infants born...
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In this paper we seek to explore the socialisation process experienced by novice nurse academics when they make the transition from the health sector into the education sector. We will do this by identifying the theoretical tensions between individual freedom in the context of organisational needs. The ramifications of these tensions will be highli...
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To identify the important issues which have an impact on the quality of life (QoL) of men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) and to generate a new ED-specific QoL questionnaire ready to undergo further psychometric testing. QoL issues relating to ED were generated through in-depth qualitative interviews of 29 patients, literature review and c...
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1. The aim of this project was to identify and explore the issues facing men who live with erectile dysfunction (ED), in particular men's' relationships with women partners and men's interactions with the wider world. 2. In order to gain an understanding of their everyday lives, a qualitative research design was used. This is an account of the inte...
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The impact of the NHS and Community Care Act (1990) has been wide and far-reaching for both clients and care workers. Yet little research has been carried out into the changes to the everyday working practices of community nurses and the effect this has had on other aspects of their work and role. This chapter is an attempt to redress this situatio...
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An examination of the literature surrounding primary nursing has shown that the term 'primary nursing' is used to mean different things by different authors. This results in a confusing situation where 'primary nursing' is considered by some to mean both a mode of organizing care delivery and a philosophy of nursing. In this paper I argue for a cle...
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A care plan audit was carried out as part of an action research project involving the introduction of primary nursing. The audit tool was based on the Roper, Logan and Tierney Activities of Living model and the nursing process. The audit showed that few changes in documentation had taken place as a result of the introduction of primary nursing. The...
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This article reports on one aspect of a research project carried out to monitor and evaluate the introduction of primary nursing on four demonstration wards in one health authority. Nursing staff working on the wards were interviewed to identify how the changes were affecting them and their work. Stress questionnaires were also completed by a sampl...
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Part 1 of this article discussed the process of evaluating patient satisfaction by means of unstructured, in-depth interviews. In this part, the content of interviews will be presented and the analytic domains derived from the research will be described. These are 'nursing', 'the hospital' and 'patients' concerns', and the categories which make up...
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The research reported in this article formed part of a project evaluating nursing developments in four demonstration wards in one health authority, and the article focuses on evaluation of patient satisfaction. The evaluation of patient satisfaction is a topic surrounded by much methodological debate and therefore it was necessary to clarify the is...
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A group of male and female general nurses was tested using the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI), with statistical modifications, to determine the degree of pshychologically 'androgynous' sex role characterization, so that comparisons might be drawn between the sexes regarding attributes commonly held to be desirable for nurses. Some indicators for fut...

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