Heather Skirton

Summary

Affiliation: University of Plymouth
Country: UK

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Parental experience of a pediatric genetic referral
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Somerset, UK
    MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs 31:178-84. 2006
  2. pmc Genetic education and the challenge of genomic medicine: development of core competences to support preparation of health professionals in Europe
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Taunton, Somerset, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 18:972-7. 2010
  3. doi request reprint A systematic review of variability and reliability of manual and automated blood pressure readings
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Taunton TA1 5YD, Somerset, UK
    J Clin Nurs 20:602-14. 2011
  4. ncbi request reprint Factors affecting the clinical use of non-invasive prenatal testing: a mixed methods systematic review
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Prenat Diagn 33:532-41. 2013
  5. pmc Quality in genetic counselling for presymptomatic testing--clinical guidelines for practice across the range of genetic conditions
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth, University, Taunton, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 21:256-60. 2013
  6. pmc A study of the practice of individual genetic counsellors and genetic nurses in Europe
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5YD, UK
    J Community Genet 4:69-75. 2013
  7. doi request reprint Nurses' competence in genetics: a mixed method systematic review
    Heather Skirton
    Applied Health Genetics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Taunton, Somerset, UK
    J Adv Nurs 68:2387-98. 2012
  8. doi request reprint Preparedness of newly qualified midwives to deliver clinical care: an evaluation of pre-registration midwifery education through an analysis of key events
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, University of Plymouth, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5YD, UK
    Midwifery 28:e660-6. 2012
  9. doi request reprint Direct to consumer genetic testing: a systematic review of position statements, policies and recommendations
    H Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Clin Genet 82:210-8. 2012
  10. pmc Suggested components of the curriculum for nurses and midwives to enable them to develop essential knowledge and skills in genetics
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5YD, UK
    J Community Genet 3:323-9. 2012

Detail Information

Publications56

  1. ncbi request reprint Parental experience of a pediatric genetic referral
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Somerset, UK
    MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs 31:178-84. 2006
    ..To describe the experience of parents whose child has been referred for possible genetic diagnosis...
  2. pmc Genetic education and the challenge of genomic medicine: development of core competences to support preparation of health professionals in Europe
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Taunton, Somerset, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 18:972-7. 2010
    ..This competence framework has the potential to improve the quality of genetic health care for patients globally...
  3. doi request reprint A systematic review of variability and reliability of manual and automated blood pressure readings
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Taunton TA1 5YD, Somerset, UK
    J Clin Nurs 20:602-14. 2011
    ..To compare the accuracy and appropriateness of auscultatory (manual) and oscillometric (automated) devices for measuring blood pressure in clinical settings...
  4. ncbi request reprint Factors affecting the clinical use of non-invasive prenatal testing: a mixed methods systematic review
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Prenat Diagn 33:532-41. 2013
    ..Recommendations for the appropriate use of non-invasive prenatal testing are made...
  5. pmc Quality in genetic counselling for presymptomatic testing--clinical guidelines for practice across the range of genetic conditions
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth, University, Taunton, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 21:256-60. 2013
    ..We recommend the adoption of these guidelines to provide an equitable structure for those seeking PST in any country...
  6. pmc A study of the practice of individual genetic counsellors and genetic nurses in Europe
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5YD, UK
    J Community Genet 4:69-75. 2013
    ..Further efforts to establish the profession at the European level through a registration process will enhance the confidence in this new group of allied health professionals...
  7. doi request reprint Nurses' competence in genetics: a mixed method systematic review
    Heather Skirton
    Applied Health Genetics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Taunton, Somerset, UK
    J Adv Nurs 68:2387-98. 2012
    ..To ascertain the extent to which nurses are achieving the core competences in genetics appropriate for nursing practice...
  8. doi request reprint Preparedness of newly qualified midwives to deliver clinical care: an evaluation of pre-registration midwifery education through an analysis of key events
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, University of Plymouth, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5YD, UK
    Midwifery 28:e660-6. 2012
    ..The aim of this phase was to determine whether the student midwives' educational programme had equipped them to practise competently after entry to the professional register...
  9. doi request reprint Direct to consumer genetic testing: a systematic review of position statements, policies and recommendations
    H Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Clin Genet 82:210-8. 2012
    ..Further research into the impact of direct to consumer testing on health services and consumers is required to inform policies...
  10. pmc Suggested components of the curriculum for nurses and midwives to enable them to develop essential knowledge and skills in genetics
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5YD, UK
    J Community Genet 3:323-9. 2012
    ..In this paper we present the essential topics for nurse and midwife pre-registration education and suggest ways in which genetics might be incorporated into the nursing and midwifery curriculum...
  11. pmc Using a community of practice to develop standards of practice and education for genetic counsellors in Europe
    Heather Skirton
    University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    J Community Genet 1:169-73. 2010
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  12. doi request reprint Antenatal screening and informed choice: a cross-sectional survey of parents and professionals
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Community Studies, University of Plymouth, Taunton TA1 5YD, UK
    Midwifery 26:596-602. 2010
    ..antenatal screening for fetal abnormalities is now offered to all pregnant women in many countries in Europe. Previous studies have shown that women and their partners may not make informed choices about screening...
  13. pmc Huntington disease: families' experiences of healthcare services
    Heather Skirton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Taunton, UK
    J Adv Nurs 66:500-10. 2010
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  14. doi request reprint Genetic competence of midwives in the UK and Japan
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 12:292-303. 2010
    ..Changes to midwifery curricula and further continuing education are required to ensure that midwives are able to provide effective care regarding genetics...
  15. ncbi request reprint A historical comparison of the development of specialist genetic nursing in the United Kingdom and Japan
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Taunton, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 8:231-6. 2006
    ..By comparison, in Japan, developments in genetic nursing have occurred over a shorter period of time, but minimum standards of competence already have been agreed upon...
  16. ncbi request reprint Assessing the need for certainty in users of a clinical genetic health service
    Heather Skirton
    Health Genetics, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Taunton, UK
    J Adv Nurs 55:151-8. 2006
    ..This paper presents a study investigating the need for closure in users of a genetic health service...
  17. ncbi request reprint A legacy for the children--attitudes of older adults in the United Kingdom to genetic testing
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Taunton, UK, and St Luke s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
    J Clin Nurs 15:565-73. 2006
    ..The aim of this study was to assess understanding of genetics and attitudes towards genetic testing for clinical and research purposes in a group of older adults in the UK...
  18. ncbi request reprint Obtaining and communicating information about genetics
    Heather Skirton
    University of Plymouth, Taunton
    Nurs Stand 20:50-3. 2005
    ..This article, the last in this series, focuses on the ways a nurse can acquire relevant genetic information for effective practice and how this information can be communicated successfully...
  19. ncbi request reprint A report of two linked studies of knowledge and attitudes to prenatal screening and testing in adults of reproductive age in Japan and the UK
    Heather Skirton
    University of Plymouth, Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5YD UK
    Midwifery 24:270-80. 2008
    ..The need for informed consent demands that the nature of screening is understood by prospective parents, but the opportunities for providing information early in pregnancy before decision-making may be limited...
  20. ncbi request reprint Use of educational games in the health professions: a mixed-methods study of educators' perspectives in the UK
    Gillian Blakely
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 12:27-32. 2010
    ..Similar constraints might restrict the use of active learning strategies, such as simulation, that are crucial for enabling health professionals to develop competence. These issues require consideration when planning educational methods...
  21. pmc A Delphi study to determine the European core curriculum for Master programmes in genetic counselling
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Somerset Centre, Plymouth University, Taunton, Somerset, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 21:1060-6. 2013
    ..The core Master programme curriculum will enable current courses to be assessed and inform the design of future educational programmes for European genetic counsellors. ..
  22. doi request reprint Palliative day care: a qualitative study of service users' experiences in the United Kingdom
    Val Hyde
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 13:178-83. 2011
    ..Service providers need to recognize that opportunities for the formation of relationships between the patients, staff, and carers are of utmost importance when designing palliative day care services...
  23. pmc Direct-to-consumer genomic testing: systematic review of the literature on user perspectives
    Lesley Goldsmith
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Somerset, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 20:811-6. 2012
    ..We also consider that there are educational implications for both consumers and health professionals...
  24. ncbi request reprint Addressing the issue of e-learning and online genetics for health professionals
    Karen Gresty
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 9:14-22. 2007
    ..The developmental process leading to the construction of clinical case studies in this resource (including theory, ethical, and practical issues) and the evaluation strategy are discussed...
  25. ncbi request reprint A systematic review of factors influencing uptake of invasive fetal genetic testing by pregnant women of advanced maternal age
    Lea Godino
    Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Chirurgiche, Universita di Bologna, Italy School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, United Kingdom Electronic address
    Midwifery 29:1235-43. 2013
    ..This type of research will help to equip midwives and other professionals caring for women during pregnancy to ensure that women are supported to make the choices that are appropriate for them and their families. ..
  26. doi request reprint Informed consent for blood tests in people with a learning disability
    Lesley Goldsmith
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Devon, UK
    J Adv Nurs 69:1966-76. 2013
    ..The aims of the study were to explore the information needs of people with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities with respect to consent for blood tests and to identify ways of facilitating informed consent...
  27. doi request reprint Genomic health care: is the future now?
    Maggie Kirk
    NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 10:85-92. 2008
    ..It is clear that genetics nurse specialists still have a considerable challenge in raising awareness about the relevance of genomics to mainstream nursing practice...
  28. doi request reprint Using meta-ethnography to understand the emotional impact of caring for people with increasing cognitive impairment
    Jane Grose
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Devon, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 15:113-23. 2013
    ..This knowledge can be used to discuss with patients and carers how best to prepare for decreasing cognition and still maintain a worthwhile quality of life...
  29. doi request reprint Informed consent to healthcare interventions in people with learning disabilities--an integrative review
    Lesley Goldsmith
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, School of Nursing and Community Studies, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    J Adv Nurs 64:549-63. 2008
    ..This paper is a report of an integrative review of informed consent to healthcare interventions in people with learning disabilities...
  30. pmc Costs and difficulties of recruiting patients to provide e-health support: pilot study in one primary care trust
    Ray B Jones
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
    BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 12:25. 2012
    ..This pilot study explored the feasibility and cost of recruiting patients for an e-health intervention in one primary care trust...
  31. ncbi request reprint Feasibility of combining e-health for patients with e-learning for students using synchronous technologies
    Ray Jones
    School of Nursing and Community Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    J Adv Nurs 56:99-109. 2006
    ..This paper is a report of a project to introduce and evaluate methods for using information and communication technologies to involve academic staff, students, and patients in a common synchronous e-learning environment...
  32. ncbi request reprint Psychological factors that impact on women's experiences of first-time motherhood: a qualitative study of the transition
    Ruth Darvill
    Mental Health Research Group, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter EX2 5AF, UK
    Midwifery 26:357-66. 2010
    ..childbearing is a significant transition, especially for first-time mothers. The objectives of this study were to explore the maternal transition from womens' perspectives and to identify any unmet needs for support...
  33. pmc Offering prenatal diagnostic tests: European guidelines for clinical practice [corrected]
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 22:580-6. 2014
    ..Ideally, an individualised approach to each family is required to ensure autonomous choice and informed consent regarding prenatal diagnostic testing within the local ethical and legal framework. ..
  34. doi request reprint Can I get a retweet please? Health research recruitment and the Twittersphere
    Anita O'Connor
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, UK
    J Adv Nurs 70:599-609. 2014
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  35. doi request reprint Advancing social research relationships in postnatal support settings
    Maria Tighe
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, School of Nursing, and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Public Health Nurs 30:266-76. 2013
    ..Thus, we contend that the application of participant observation enables the development of social research relationships, which advance the practice of PHN in postnatal support settings...
  36. pmc Direct-to-consumer genomic testing from the perspective of the health professional: a systematic review of the literature
    Lesley Goldsmith
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Room 300, Hepworth House, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK
    J Community Genet 4:169-80. 2013
    ..Finally, it is essential that health professionals receive sufficient education and guidelines to equip them to help patients presenting with the results of these tests...
  37. doi request reprint Incidental findings in genetic research and clinical diagnostic tests: a systematic review
    Leigh Jackson
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Am J Med Genet A 158:3159-67. 2012
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  38. ncbi request reprint Perceptions of young people about decision making in the acute healthcare environment
    Janet Kelsey
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth
    Paediatr Nurs 19:14-8. 2007
    ..This study explored young people's perceptions of their involvement in healthcare decisions affecting their management of care...
  39. doi request reprint Educational gaming in the health sciences: systematic review
    Gillian Blakely
    University of Plymouth, UK
    J Adv Nurs 65:259-69. 2009
    ..This paper is a report of a review to investigate the use of games to support classroom learning in the health sciences...
  40. doi request reprint End-of-life care discussions with nonmalignant respiratory disease patients: a systematic review
    Nicole Stephen
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
    J Palliat Med 16:555-65. 2013
    ..Patients with nonmalignant respiratory diseases have limited access to palliative care services and health professionals do not adequately address discussions about end-of-life care preferences...
  41. ncbi request reprint Guidance for patients considering direct-to-consumer genetic testing and health professionals involved in their care: development of a practical decision tool
    Leigh Jackson
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Fam Pract 31:341-8. 2014
    ..However, health professionals and bioethics organizations expressed concerns about potential harms resulting from these tests. Using this evidence, we constructed a list of topics to be included in proposed guidelines...
  42. doi request reprint A systematic review of the impact of foreign postings on accompanying spouses of military personnel
    Gillian Blakely
    Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
    Nurs Health Sci 14:121-32. 2012
    ..This would help to identify possible areas of health care provision and support necessary to maximize a military spouse's experience...
  43. ncbi request reprint More than just science: one family's story of a chromosome translocation diagnosis
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth
    Paediatr Nurs 16:18-21. 2004
  44. ncbi request reprint Huntington disease: a nursing perspective
    Heather Skirton
    Health Genetics, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Somerset, UK
    Medsurg Nurs 14:167-72, quiz 173. 2005
    ..Nurses play a vital role as health care providers and advocates for the patient with Huntington disease...
  45. doi request reprint A review assessing the current treatment strategies for postnatal psychological morbidity with a focus on post-traumatic stress disorder
    Susanne Peeler
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, United Kingdom
    Midwifery 29:377-88. 2013
    ..to conduct a systematic review of randomised controlled trials investigating the efficacy of treatments used to manage postnatal psychological morbidity...
  46. doi request reprint Utility and limitations of genetic/genomic information and testing
    Heather Skirton
    Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Plymouth
    Nurs Stand 28:45-9. 2013
    ..This is essential to ensure that nurses can confidently provide genetics and genomics health care. ..
  47. ncbi request reprint Development of an audit tool for genetic services
    Heather Skirton
    University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
    Am J Med Genet A 136:122-7. 2005
    ..Data from the next phase of the study will be analyzed to validate the tool for use in both clinical audit and research contexts...
  48. ncbi request reprint Genomics in nursing education
    Cynthia A Prows
    Genetics Children s Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH 45229 3039, USA
    J Nurs Scholarsh 37:196-202. 2005
    ..To review international efforts to incorporate genetics content into nursing education curricula...
  49. doi request reprint Exploring supportive care for individuals affected by Huntington disease and their family caregivers in a community setting
    Beverley Soltysiak
    Huntington s Service, Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust Plymouth, UK
    J Clin Nurs 17:226-34. 2008
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  50. ncbi request reprint Genetic counsellors: a registration system to assure competence in practice in the United kingdom
    Heather Skirton
    Community Genet 6:182-3. 2003
  51. ncbi request reprint International collaboration in genetic nursing
    Heather Skirton
    Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust and Lecturer, University of Wales College of Medicine
    Nurs Stand 17:38-40. 2002
    ....
  52. ncbi request reprint Discovering and addressing the client's lay construct of genetic disease: an important aspect of genetic healthcare?
    Heather Skirton
    University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
    Res Theory Nurs Pract 17:339-52. 2003
    ..The information provided during the genetic counseling process may not be novel to the client, and will be received against a background of the client's previous knowledge about the condition...
  53. ncbi request reprint Genetic testing and counselling in Europe: health professionals current educational provision, needs assessment and potential strategies for the future
    Domenico A Coviello
    Laboratory of Medical Genetics, Fondazione IRCCS, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Milan, Italy
    Eur J Hum Genet 15:1203-4. 2007
  54. ncbi request reprint Critical care outreach--a meaningful evaluation
    Janine Valentine
    Critical Care Outreach, East Somerset NHS Trust, Yeovil, UK
    Nurs Crit Care 11:288-96. 2006
    ..While the findings of this audit are an informative addition to routine activity data, further studies are required to assess the acceptability of the service to patients and the impact of the service on patient outcomes...
  55. ncbi request reprint An assessment of written patient information provided at the genetic clinic and relating to genetic testing in seven European countries
    Celine Lewis
    Genetic Interest Group, London, UK
    Eur J Hum Genet 15:1012-22. 2007
    ..Written information should include risks and limitations of testing as well as discussion of the psychological and social aspects of genetic testing...
  56. ncbi request reprint Ethics, policy, and educational issues in genetic testing
    Janet K Williams
    The University of Iowa, 338 Nursing Building, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
    J Nurs Scholarsh 38:119-25. 2006
    ..Analyze ethics, public policy, and education issues that arise in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) when genomic information acquired as a result of genetic testing is introduced into healthcare services...