Staff Profile: Dr Llinos Haf Spencer

Name
Dr Llinos Haf Spencer
Position
Research Officer
Email
l.spencer@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 38 3171
Location
Fron Heulog

Academic Qualifications

  • Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, University of Wales
  • PhD Psychology, University of Liverpool
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool

Research Interests

Llinos is a Research Officer at CHEME and a Research Officer for LLAIS (Language Awareness Infrastructure Support) for NWORTH Clinical Trials Unit at Bangor University. She has a degree (1995) and PhD (2000) in Psychology from The University of Liverpool and has worked as a Teaching Fellow and Research Officer on various health related research projects at Bangor University since 1999. She has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people living in Wales.

Funded Research

Funded research studies include studies on: cancer follow-up (TOPCAT-G), type-1 diabetes in children (EPIC), keep-fit exercise for children and young people who use wheelchairs (Well mi study), end of life care (My Choices Project), Welsh language awareness in healthcare (report for the Welsh Government), and Welsh language transmission within the family (Twf and Onwards).

Keynote and Invited Addresses

  • Spencer, L.H. on behalf of the TOPCAT-G study team (PI Mr Simon Leeson, BCUHB): Trial of Optimal Personalised Care After Treatment – Gynaecological cancer (TOPCAT-G): a randomised feasibility trial. British Psychosocial Oncology Society annual conference, Oxford, March 2017.
  • Spencer, L.H., ap Gruffudd, G.S., and Payne, J.S. on behalf of the TAG project team (PI Mr Gwilym Siôn ap Gruffudd). Priorities of rural school managers on the educational achievement of pupils experiencing poverty, Bangor Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth (BICCY) Bangor University, June 2017.
  • Spencer, L. H. and O’Brien, T. D on behalf of the ‘Well mi study’ team. ‘Keep fit’ or physical exercise interventions to improve health and fitness of children and young people with mobility impairments who use wheelchairs: Systematic Review. Children and young people and their families research group seminar series. 5th December 2013. Brigantia Building, Bangor University.
  • Spencer, L.H. on behalf of the ‘EPIC’ project team. EPIC Project: Evidence into Practice. Evaluation a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management. NWORTH Showcase Conference, Hen Goleg, Bangor University, 10th May 2012.
  • Spencer, L. H on behalf of the EPIC Project and My Choices Project research teams. Paediatric Research Conference. NISCHR CRC Cymru.20th September 2010, Oriel House, St Asaph
  • Spencer, L. H on behalf of the EPIC Project and My Choices Project research teams. Children’s Research at the Centre for Health-Related Research, Bangor University. CRC Cymru Research Knowledge Transfer Day, 17th September 2009, Bodelwyddan Castle
  • Spencer, L. H., Noyes, J., Williams, A., Edwards, D., and Williams, G. Evidence into practice: evaluating a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management. Feeling Good: Health Information for Children Conference, Chester University, 23–24th June 2009
  • Spencer, L. H., Noyes, J., Williams, A., Edwards, D., and Williams, G. Developing a new type of information pack alongside and for children and young people with type 1 diabetes. 1st International Children’s Conference: Children in a Changing World, Queens Belfast University, 23–24th April 2009. 
  • Williams, A., Noyes, J., Hughes, A., Carter, C., Spencer, L.H., Edwards, D., Vogels, W., and Williams, G. Health Knowledge: information for children, Symposium, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Cardiff 24–27th March 2009.
  • Noyes, J., Williams, A., Spencer, L.H., Edwards, D., Williams, G., Russell, I., Rycroft Malone, J., Lowes, L., Gregory, J., Brocklehurst, P., Allen, D., Carter, C., Lewis, M., Sharpe, J., Jackson, J., Tudor Edwards, R., Whitaker, R., Samuels, M. (2008). EPIC Project: Evidence into practice: evaluating a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management. ‘It’s all in the mix’ second annual conference. Building Evidence for Health Care: Mixing Methods in Trials. 4th December 2008, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. 
  • Williams, A., Noyes, J., Spencer, L. H., & Edwards, D. (2008). EPIC Project: Evidence into practice: evaluating a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management. North Wales Clinical School Research Symposium and Open Day. September 12th 2008. Bangor University.
  • Spencer, L. H., Roberts, G. W., Irvine, F. E. &; Jones, P. R. Effective strategies for gaining rich qualitative data using telephone interviewing methodology. Communication and Ethics in Medicine Conference, Lugano, Switzerland, June-July 2007
  • Spencer, L. H., Jones, P. R., Irvine, F. E., &; Roberts, G. W. Measuring the effects of a multi-faceted research recruitment strategy – what works best? Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, York, March 2006
  • Roberts, G. W., Irvine, F. E. & Spencer, L. H. Report of a Study of Welsh Language Awareness in Healthcare Provision in Wales. The Welsh language in healthcare conference and awards, Cardiff, May, 2005
  • Spencer, L.H. Language awareness within the bilingual healthcare setting: comparisons between occupational groups, Communication and Ethics in Medicine Conference, Linköping, Sweden, June 2004
  • Spencer, L. H. & Irvine, F.E. Language Awareness in Healthcare: Survey of Language Awareness amongst Healthcare Practitioners in Wales, Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, Cambridge, March 2004

Publications

  • Morrison, V., Spencer, L.H., Totton, N., Pye, K., Yeo., S.T., Butterworth, C., Hall, L., Whitaker, Rh., Edwards R. T., Timmis, L., Hoare, Z., Neal, R. D., Wilkinson, C., and Leeson, S. Trial of Optimal Personalised Care After Treatment – Gynaecological cancer (TOPCAT-G): a randomised feasibility trial. Submitted to the International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer, August 2017.
  • Noyes J., Spencer L.H., Bray N., Kubis H.-P., Hastings R.P., Jackson M. & O'Brien T.D. (2017). Conceptualization of physical exercise and keeping fit by child wheelchair users and their parents. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(5), 1111–1123. doi:10.1111/jan.13209
  • O'Brien, T. D., Kubis, H.P., Jackson, M., Spencer, L. H., Whitaker, Rh., and Noyes, J. (2016). What is the best way of assessing obesity in children with physical disabilities and mobility impairments? (Abstract), Gait and Posture 49S, 195.
  • O'Brien, T. D., Noyes, J., Spencer, L. H., Kubis, H.P., Hastings, R. and Whitaker, Rh. (2016). A Systematic Review of physical activity and exercise interventions to improve health, fitness and wellbeing of children and young people who use wheelchairs. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2:e000109. Doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000109.
  • O’Brien, T. D., Noyes, J., Spencer, L. H., Kubis, H. P., Hastings, R., Edwards, R. T., Bray, N., and Whitaker, R. (2015). Wellbeing, health and fitness of children who use wheelchairs. Feasibility study protocol to develop child-centred ‘keep-fit’ exercise interventions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(2), 430-440. doi/10.1111/jan.12482.
  • Edwards, D. J., Noyes, J., Lowes, L.,Spencer, L. H., and Gregory, J. W. (2014). An on-going struggle: A mixed-method systematic review of interventions, barriers and facilitators to achieving optimal self-care by children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes in educational settings. BMC Pediatrics, 14, 228. doi:10.1186/1471–2431–14–228.
  • O’Brien, T. D., Noyes, J., Spencer, L. H., Kubis, H-P., Hastings, R. P., Edwards, R.T., Bray, N. and Whitaker, R. (2014). ‘Keep-fit’ exercise interventions to improve health, fitness and well-being of children and young people who use wheelchairs: mixed-method systematic review protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Article first published online 18 May 2014. doi 10.1111/jan.12428.
  • Noyes, J., Lowes, L., Whitaker, R., Allen, D., Carter, C., Tudor-Edwards, R., Rycroft-Malone, J., Sharp J., Edwards, D., Spencer, L.,Sylvestre, Y., Yeo, S., and Gregory J. (2014). Developing and evaluating a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management using mixed methods and a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(8).
  • Noyes, J., Edwards, R. T., Hastings, R. P., Hain, R., Totsika, V., Bennett, V., Hobson, L., Davies, G. R., Humphreys, C., Devins, M., Spencer, L. H., and Lewis, M. (2013). Evidence-based planning and costing palliative care services for children: Novel multi-method epidemiological and economic exemplar’. BMC Palliative Care 2013, 12:18. doi:10.1186/1472–684X-12–18. The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472–684X/12/18.
  • Noyes, J., Hastings, R., Lewis, M., Hain, R., Bennett, V., Hobson, L and Spencer, L. H. (2013). Planning ahead with children with life-limiting conditions and their families: development, implementation and evaluation of ‘My Choices’. BMC Palliative Care,12:5. doi:10.1186/1472–684X-12–5.
  • Noyes, J., Hastings, R., Tudor-Edwards, R., Hain, R., Thompson, A., Spencer, L.H., Bennett, V., Hobson, L., and Hounsome, N. (2011). My Choices Project Report. WORD ReF06/2/237.
  • Tranter, S., Irvine, F., Roberts, G., Spencer, L.H., and Jones, P. (2010). The role of midwives and health visitors in promoting intergenerational language maintenance in the bilingual setting: perceptions of parents and health professionals. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(1–2) 204–213.
  • Roberts, G., Irvine, F., Tranter, S., and Spencer, L.H. (2010). Identifying priorities for establishing bilingual provision in nurse education: A scoping study. Nurse Education Today, 30, 623–630.
  • Irvine, F. E., Roberts, G. W., Spencer, L. H., Jones, P. R., and Tranter, S. (2008). Twf and Onwards: Impact assessment and the way forward. Welsh Language Board, Cardiff, K.
  • Spencer, L. H., Roberts, G. W., Irvine, F. E., Jones, P. R., and Baker, C. R. (2007). Using cluster analysis to explore survey data. Nurse Researcher, 15(1): 37–54.
  • Roberts, G. W., Irvine, F. E., Jones, P. R., Spencer, L. H., Baker, C. R., & Williams, C. (2007). Language awareness in the bilingual healthcare seeting: a national survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44: 1177–1186
  • Irvine, F. E., Roberts, G. W., Jones, P. R., Spencer, L. H., Baker, C. R., and Williams, C. (2006). Communicative sensitivity in the bilingual healthcare setting: A qualitative study of language awareness. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(4), 1–13.
  • Roberts, G. W., Irvine, F. E., Jones, P. R., Spencer, L. H., Baker, C. R., and Williams, C. (2004). Report of a Study of Welsh Language Awareness in Healthcare Provision in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff.
  • Spencer, L. H., & Hanley, J.R. (2004). Learning a transparent orthography at five years old: reading development of children during their first year of formal reading instruction in Wales. Journal of Research in Reading, 27 (1), 1–14.
  • Spencer, L. H., and Hanley, J. R. (2003). The Effects of Orthographic Consistency on Reading Development and Phoneme Awareness; Evidence from Children Learning to Read in Wales. British Journal of Psychology, 94, 1–28.
  • Spencer, L. H., Edwards, M., Prys, D. & Thomas, E. M. (Eds.) (2004). Geiriadur Termau Seicoleg/Dictionary of Terms for Psychology. School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor. ISBN: 1 84220 0283.
  • Hanley, J. R., Masterson, J., Spencer, L. H., &; Evans, D. (2004). How long do the advantages of learning to read a transparent orthography last? An investigation of the reading skills and reading impairment of Welsh children at 10 years of age. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 8, 1393–1410.
  • Van Daal, V. H. P., Spencer, L. H., Cashman, S., & Hoxhallari, L. (2003). The Wales Dyslexia Screening Test/Prawf Sgrinio Dyslecsia Cymru (pilot project). Dyslexia Unit, University of Wales, Bangor.
  • Spencer, L. H., & Hanley, J. R. (2002). The Word Recognition Abilities of Welsh and English Reception Class Children. The Psychologist in Wales: Newsletter of the Welsh Branch of The British Psychological Society, Issue 13, pp 2–5.
  • Spencer, L. H. (2000). The Role of Phonological Awareness in the Beginning Reading of Welsh and English Speaking Children. Unpublished PhD Thesis. The University of Liverpool, UK.