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Professor Felicity Astin

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Professional biography

Felicity has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, researcher, lecturer, director and clinical academic during her career. In her current role, as Professor of Nursing at The Open University, she maintains close links with NHS partners, patients and carers with the shared goal of translating research into practice to improve NHS services. Her research focus has been upon improving care for people with cardiovascular disease. Recent projects have centred upon understanding how health professionals can best support people diagnosed with ischaemic heart disease. In particular she is interested in patients’ perspectives about key aspects of their recovery such as their preferences for health information provision, self-management support and their views about the meaning of quality of life. Felicity has also undertaken a variety of leadership roles within academic settings, professional organisations and charities. Felicity has a keen interest in the education of undergraduate and post graduate students. In particular she is keen to mentor health professionals who may be rather reluctant leaders who need encouragement to grow their confidence and realise their potential.

Research interests


The Core Curriculum for Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professionals (2023)
Neubeck, Lis; Ross, Catherine; Jones, Jennifer; Simpson, Maggie; Mindham, Richard; Jaarsma, Tiny; Uchmanowicz, Izabella; Hinterbuchner, Lynne and Astin, Felicity
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Article zvad035

Patient experience of informed consent for diagnostic coronary angiogram and follow-on treatments (2022)
Blanchard, Howard T; Carroll, Diane L and Astin, Felicity
British Journal of Healthcare Management, 28(11) (pp. 305-311)

Illness perceptions and health literacy are strongly associated with health-related quality of life, anxiety and depression in patients with coronary heart disease: results from the EUROASPIRE V cross-sectional survey (2022)
Jennings, Catriona; Astin, Felicity; Prescott, Eva; Hansen, Tina; Gale, Chris and De Bacquer, Dirk
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing ((Early Access))

Self-management support activities in primary care: A qualitative study to compare provision across common health problems (2020-12)
Harris, Emma; Barker, Caroline; Burton, Kim; Lucock, Mike and Astin, Felicity
Patient Education and Counseling, 103(12) (pp. 2532-2539)