Mr Gary WithamSenior Lecturer

Gary takes the lead for cancer, palliative and end of life care within the Nursing Department and is unit lead for Transition to Professional Practice on the BSc Nursing programme. Gary's clinical background was initially within upper GI surgery and predominately within oncology.

He has worked as clinical nurse specialist supporting patients with rare abdominal tumours and has been involved in clinical research examining information and decision making needs of patients with colorectal and breast cancer.

He has undertaken further clinical trials work and his current PhD work is examining the experiences of people living with cancer and dementia.

Research Interests

Cancer, vulnerability and dementia.

Research Outputs


Witham G. 2011. "Communicating with people with chronic and long term health needs" in: L. Webb (eds) Nursing: Communication Skills for Practice. Oxford University Press. pp.224-263
isbn: 978-0-199582-72-3

Journal Articles

Witham G, Haigh C & Foy S (2013) "Health Professionals perceptions of vulnerability in relation to patients undergoing chemotherapy: a focus group study", Submitted to Journal of Advanced Nursing (awaiting response after revisions)

Witham G, Beddow A C & Haigh C (2013) "Reflections on access: too vulnerable to research?" Submitted to Journal of Research in Nursing (awaiting response)

Webb, L. Witham, G. & Ford, T. (2011) "The provision of a mental health practitioner within a young people's substance misuse clinical team", Journal of Mental Health & Substance Use
doi: 10.1080/17523281.2011.631503

Farquharson A.L., Pranesh N., Witham G., Parkinson M.F., Taylor B., Swindell R., Wilson M.S., O'Dwyer S., Saunders M.P. 2008. "MCap chemotherapy: a phase II study evaluating the use of concurrent Mitomycin C and Capecitabine in the first line treatment of patients with inoperable or advanced pseudomyxoma peritonei" British Journal of Cancer, vol.99 no.4, pp.591-596
issn: 0007-0920 doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604522

Beaver K., Craven O., Witham G., Tomlinson M., Susnerwala S., Jones D., Luker K. 2007. "Patient participation in decision making: views of health professionals caring for people with colorectal cancer" Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol.16 no.4, pp.725-733
issn: 1365-2702 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01587.x

Beaver K., Witham G. 2007. "Information needs of the informal carers of women treated for breast cancer" European Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol.11 no.1, pp.16-25
issn: 1462-3889 doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2006.01.006

Witham G., Willard C., Ryan-Woolly B., O'Dwyer S.T. 2007. "A study to explore the patient¿s experience of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies: Pseudomyxoma Peritonei" European Journal of Oncology Nursing,
issn: 1462-3889 doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2007.10.003

Farquharson A.L., Renehan A., Witham G., Parkinson M.F., Fulford P., Wilson M., Saunders M., O'Dwyer S. 2007. "Impact of Service Provision and Training of NICE Guidance on Highly Specialised Conditions: The Example of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis and the Sugarbaker Procedure:34" Colorectal Disease, vol.9 no.1, pp.12-13
issn: 1462-8910

Beaver K., Tonwny M., Witham G., Foy S., Luker K. 2006. "Meeting the information needs of women with breast cancer: piloting a nurse-led intervention nurse-led intervention" European Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol.10 no.5, pp.378-390
issn: 1462-3889 doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2006.02.004

Beaver K., Craven O., Witham G., Tomlinson M., Susnerwala S., Jones D., Luker K. 2006. "Patient participation in decision-making: views of health professionals caring for people with colorectal cancer" Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol.16 no.4, pp.725-733
issn: 0962-1067

Beaver K., Jones D., Susnerwala S., Craven O., Tomlinson M., Witham G., Luker K. 2005. "Exploring the decision-making preferences of people with colorectal cancer" Health Expectations, vol.8 no.2, pp.103-113
issn: 1369-6513 doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2005.00320.x

Witham G. 2004. "Care for patients with advanced Pseudomyxoma Peritonei" European Journal of Palliative Care, vol.11 no.4, pp.139-141
issn: 1352-2779

Witham G., Costello J. 2004. "Tumour of the appendix: Pseudomyxoma Peritonei" Cancer Nursing Practice, vol.3 no.4, pp.23-28
issn: 1475-4266

Witham G. 2003. "Pseudomyxoma Peritonei" Nursing Times, vol.99 no.39, pp.30-32
issn: 0954-7762

Conference Presentations

Witham G., Parkinson M. 2008. "Social support: a content analysis of an Internet patient forum for patients with a rare cancer" at: 15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Singapore.

Witham G., Tomlinson M. 2002. "Stage I of Colorectal cancer: an examination of decision-making preferences and barriers to involvement" at: North West Annual R&D Conference. Manchester, UK.

Gary Witham

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology


Nursing Department
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2464