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Dr Wendy McInally

Profile summary

Professional biography

Combining knowledge, skills, insight and expertise developed over 30 years in clinical and educational delivery environments across the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally, I have built a comprehensive research, practice and education portfolio around children and young people. I am a widely recognised nurse specialist in the care of children and young people with cancer. I have played a leading role in developing many child health evidence-based practice initiatives both within my previous University and more widely across the UK. 

Research interests

I was awarded my PhD in June 2020. My PhD thesis, entitled ‘A Life Interrupted: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Young People and their Family / Significant Other Living with Malignant Melanoma’ was submitted in January 2020.  Viva was March 2020. 

Research interests are children and young people living with cancer. Nursing education and care delivery.  Palliative and end of life care. Leadership in nursing.  Pedagogy.  

Teaching interests

Developing as a Professional Nurse

Family-centred care/person-centred care

EBP and Research


Change Management

Mobility - learning from an international perspective


Impact and engagement


Impact and Engagement
Sharing the journey. Public Engagement March 2020. This built upon my PhD findings.
November 2017. I was instrumental in bringing a high-profile event, There is a Light: BRIGHTLIGHT', to Edinburgh raising public awareness of the specific cancer-related issues faced by teenagers and young people. I led the collaboration with the Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support and ENU. 
2017. National needs analysis and the development of a community eLearning resource (MOOC).  
2016. Research project around ePortfolio for undergraduate nursing students.  
2016. Nurse Advisor - National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD, 2018).  
2013. Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship. Transition for Young People with Cancer.


External collaborations

2019 Advisory Board Member European School of Oncology (ESO). 
2019 Awarded the Macmillan title.  
2018 European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Member (Education Working Group). 2017 Editorial Board Member for the new journal Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing. 
2015 Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy. 
2012 Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC).  
2006 CCLG/RCN. 


European Oncology Nursing Society

European School Oncology

Western Carolina University

Lahti University Finland


Life Interrupted: Experiences of adolescents, young adults and their family living with malignant melanoma (2021-09)
McInally, Wendy; Gray‐Brunton, Carol; Chouliara, Zoe and Kyle, Richard G.
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(9) (pp. 3867-3879)

Experiences of living with cancer of adolescents and young adults and their families: A narrative review and synthesis (2021-07)
McInally, Wendy; Gray-Brunton, Carol; Chouliara, Zoe and Kyle, Richard G.
Enfermería Clínica, 31(4) (pp. 234-246)

Research made simple: using multiperspective interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore healthcare phenomena (2021-07)
McInally, Wendy and Gray-Brunton, Carol
Evidence-Based Nursing, 24(3) (pp. 71-73)

The future of nurse education? Studying at the Open University in Scotland (2021-04-08)
Davidson, Michael C. J.; Malcolm, Lorraine; Sturley, Liz; Crowley, Margaret; Mackinnon, Fiona and McInally, Wendy
British Journal of Nursing, 30(7) (pp. 428-432)

Healthcare Professional and Service User Perspectives on Formal Educational Programmes for Children and Young People with Cancer in the UK (2020)
McInally, Wendy and Campbell, Karen
Journal of Cancer Education ((Early access))

Life Interrupted: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Young People and their Family/Significant Other Living With Malignant Melanoma [SIOP Abstract: 0515 / #681] (2020)
McInally, Wendy
Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 67, Article 0515 / #681 (pp. 233-233)

Widening Access; Developing an eLearning Resource for Health and Social Care Professionals Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer (2019-02)
McInally, Wendy; Pouso Lista, Maria J.; McLaren, Natalia and Willis, Diane S.
Journal of Cancer Education, 34(1) (pp. 180-185)

Malignant Melanoma: How Do We Meet the Needs of Young People and Their Families? (2018)
McInally, Wendy
Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 41(1) (pp. 5-8)

Impact of policy for Children and Young People with Cancer (2017)
McInally, Wendy and Willis, D. S.
Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 40(2) (pp. 68-70)

Enriching the Student Experience Through a Collaborative Cultural Learning Model (2015)
McInally, Wendy; Garner, Bonnie and Metcalfe, Sharon
Creative Nursing, 21(3) (pp. 161-166)

Lost in transition: child to adult cancer services for young people (2014-02-18)
McInally, Wendy
British Journal of Nursing, 22(22) (pp. 1314-1318)

Developing global citizenship online: An authentic alternative to overseas clinical placement (2013-10)
Strickland, Karen; Adamson, Elizabeth; McInally, Wendy; Tiittanen, Hannele and Metcalfe, Sharon
Nurse Education Today, 33(10) (pp. 1160-1165)

Transition from child to adult services for young people with cancer (2013-02)
McInally, Wendy and Cruickshank, Susanne
Nursing Children and Young People, 25(1) (pp. 14-18)

International collaboration: developing an international nursing module through the use of Wiki technology. (2012-12)
Metcalfe, Sharon; McInally, Wendy; Strickland, Karen; Adamson, Elizabeth and Tiittanen, Hannele
Educational developments, 13(3) (pp. 18-22)

The impact of paediatric oncology education on clinical practice – a phenomenological study (2012-01)
McInally, Wendy; Masters, Hugh and Key, Susan
European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(5) (pp. 498-504)

Whose line is it anyway? Management of central venous catheters in children (2005)
McInally, Wendy
Paediatric Nursing, 17(5) (pp. 14-18)

The child with cancer (2005)
McInally, Wendy
In: Glasper, E. A.; McEwing, G. and Richardson, J. eds. Oxford Handbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing (p 598)
Publisher : Oxford University Press

Life Interrupted: Young people and their family/significant other living with malignant melanoma: an interpretive phenomenological analysis (2020-10-14)
McInally, Wendy
In : SIOP 2020 (14-17 Oct 2020, Virtual)

Leadership in practice (2015)
McInally, Wendy
In : [Conference] (26 Feb 2015)

Using an e-portfolio tool. (2015)
McInally, Wendy
In : Teaching Fellows Conference (1 Jan 2015, Edinburgh) ((Unpublished))

Ambitious for our staff, ambitious for our students. (2014)
McInally, Wendy
In : LTA Staff Conference (1 Jun 2014, Edinburgh) ((Unpublished))

Supporting the student experience through the PDT role. (2014)
McInally, Wendy
In : [Conference] (1 May 2014) ((Unpublished))

Striving to provide high quality care: why, what and how? (2014)
McInally, Wendy
In : 3rd Stuart Andrew Lawtie Conference (1 May 2014, Glasgow) ((Unpublished))

Transition of care for patients with care. (2014)
McInally, Wendy
In : [Conference] (1 May 2014) ((Unpublished))

Emergence technologies promoting global citizenship and leadership through developing an international module through the use of technology. (2013)
McInally, Wendy
In : [Conference] (2-5 Oct 2013, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) ((Unpublished))

Lost in transition: exploring how young people with cancer transition from child to adult services. (2013)
McInally, Wendy
In : 2nd Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe (7-8 Jun 2013, Glasgow) ((Unpublished))

Strengthening the programme focus: strengthening the student learning experience (2013)
McInally, Wendy
In : Academic Professional Development Staff Conference (Jun 2013, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh)

Using wiki's to connect nursing students across the globe (2012)
McInally, Wendy
In : Sigma Theta Tau (STTI) (Jul 2012, Cardiff, UK)

Impact of paediatric oncology education on practitioners practice - does education make a difference? (2010)
McInally, Wendy
In : 42nd Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) (Oct 2010, Boston, USA)

Public Engagement Event BRIGHTLIGHT (2017-11)
McInally, Wendy
Wendy McInally

Lost in transition: Exploring how young people with cancer are transitioned from child to adult services acrossdifferent healthcare systems. (2011-11-30)
McInally, Wendy
Florence Nightingale Foundation/ Edinburgh Napier University