PhD, RN, FAHA, FESC, FAAN
Christi Deaton began her career in nursing in 1977 in the US, and has extensive clinical practice experience in acute and cardiovascular patient care. She completed her PhD in 1994 in the US, and moved to Manchester, UK in 2003. From 2004 to 2013, Professor Deaton held a joint Chair in Nursing at the University of Manchester and an acute care Trust. She took up her current post at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Cambridge University Hospitals in November 2013 as head of the Clinical Nursing Research Group in the Primary Care Unit.
Professor Deaton’s research interests focus on management of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and other cardiovascular conditions, exercise and physical activity as therapy for patients with heart failure and other long term conditions, adherence to physical activity, cardiovascular prevention, and nurse- or therapist-led services.
Current research includes leading a programme of work to improve management of patients with HFpEF, Optimise HFpEF. https://www.optimisehfpef.phpc.cam.ac.uk/ and involvement in a randomised clinical trial of a facilitated home-based rehabilitation intervention for HFpEF
A briefing about the findings of the Optimise HFpEF programme can be found: Research Briefing: diagnosis and management problems for patients with hidden heart failure (adobe.com)
A short podcast about a recent paper can be found here: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/short/hfpef-heart-failure-type-underserved
Professor Deaton teaches on the BBS minor module on applied clinical research methods, and the MPhil in Primary Care. She is co-lead of the HEE funded Pre-doctoral Bridging Programme for nurses, midwives and AHPs intending to apply for doctoral fellowships, and co-teaches the 6 master-classes that are a component of the programme.
In her joint role Professor Deaton is working to facilitate evidence-based practice and the development of research capacity and capability among nurses, midwives and AHPs at CUHFT. She currently serves on the British Heart Foundation fellowship panel, and has 10 years experience on NIHR Advanced Fellowship panels. She has held numerous professional leadership roles nationally and internationally, and contributed to clinical practice guideline development as a member of the European Society of Cardiology. Professor Deaton collaborates with researchers across the UK, Europe and USA.
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