Dr Robyn Lotto

Nursing and Allied Health

Robyn has worked in healthcare for over thirty years; in a clinical capacity, as a nurse, specialising in cardiothoracic nursing, and subsequently in the research setting. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from Newcastle University, where she undertook a quantitative study examining variations in clinical practice within the Primary Care setting. Following a period working at the University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, she was awarded a joint grant by SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies) research groups to undertake a PhD exploring reasons for the observed variations in neonatal and infant mortality between socioeconomic groups. She was awarded a Florence Nightingale Fellowship in 2016/2017 to support her work into risk perception in congenital cardiac surgery. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Inspire Researcher at Liverpool's John Moores University.

Her broad research interests include:
Cardiovascular care
Health inequalities
Variations in clinical practice
Patient and Public Involvement

Degrees

2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2017, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, PGCert in Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Meta Analysis
2015, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, PhD
2006, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, MSc, Health Sciences
2003, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, BA hons, Nursing
1994, City University London, United Kingdom, Registered Nurse - Adult

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present

Journal article

Morrell-Scott NE, Lotto RR, Spencer E, Grant M, Penson P, Jones ID. 2022. Risk factors for post sternotomy wound complications across the patient journey: a systematised review of the literature Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 55 :89-101 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Jones ID, Lane DA, Lotto RR, Oxborough D, Neubeck L, Penson PE, Czanner G, Shaw A, Johnston-Smith E, Santos A, McGinn EE, Ajiboye A, Town N, Lip GYH. 2022. Supermarket/Hypermarket Opportunistic Screening for Atrial Fibrillation (SHOPS-AF): A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study Protocol Journal of Personalized Medicine, 12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ivany E, Lotto RR, Lip GYH, Lane D. 2022. Managing uncertainty: Physicians’ decision-making for stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation and intracerebral haemorrhage. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Seaton S, Griffiths L. 2022. Caring For Patients With Congenital Heart Disease – A Nationwide Survey Of Nurses' Educational Needs British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 17 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Jones ID, Newson LM. 2022. An Exploration of the Experiences of South Asian Patients as they Navigate the Cardiac Rehabilitation Journey. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto R. 2021. A Qualitative Study Exploring Risk Perception in Congenital Cardiac Surgery: The Perspective of UK Surgeons Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association and the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Sofia, Bulgaria,, 32 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lees C, Lotto R, Hutchison T, White A. 2020. How student paramedics navigate a changing UK healthcare landscape International Paramedic Practice, 10 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Paton A, Armstrong N, Smith L, Lotto R. 2020. Parents’ decision-making following diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly in pregnancy: practical, theoretical and ethical tensions Social Science and Medicine, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Grant M, Lotto RR, Jones ID. 2020. What we can learn from elite academic staff publication portfolios: a social network analysis Aslib Journal of Information Management, 72 :605-624 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Jones ID, Guerrero R, Dhannapuneni R, Lotto AA. 2019. Congenital cardiac surgery and parental perception of risk: a qualitative study Cardiology in the Young, 29 :1361-1367 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto R, Jones I, Seaton SE, Dhannapuneni R, Guerrero R, Lotto A. 2019. Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Parental Perception of Risk: A Quantitative Analysis World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, 10 :669-677 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hutchison T, Lees C, Lotto R, White A, Harris R. 2019. Clinical decision making in paramedic practice. A qualitative study exploring the challenges of responding to mental health needs. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 11 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Peace A, Pinna V, Timmen F, Speretta G, Jones H, Lotto RR, Jones IS, Thijssen DHJ. 2019. Role of blood pressure in mediating carotid artery dilation in response to sympathetic stimulation in healthy, middle-aged individuals American Journal of Hypertension, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Morley HP, Lotto RR. 2019. An exploration of student nurses’ views of oral health care in the hospitalised child: A qualitative study Nurse Education in Practice, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR. 2018. Post-graduate students' perception of research ethics training: a qualitative study Innovations in Practice, 12 :24-33 Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Smith LK, Armstrong NA. 2018. Diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly: a qualitative analysis of parental decision-making and the implications for healthcare encounters. Health Expectations, 21 :678-684 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Smith LK, Armstrong N. 2017. Clinicians’ perspectives of parental decision-making following diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 7 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto RR, Armstrong N, Smith LK. 2016. Care provision during termination of pregnancy following diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly – a qualitative study of what is important to parents. Midwifery, 43 :14-20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Budd JLS, Draper ES, Lotto RR, Berry LE, Smith LK. 2015. Socioeconomic inequalities in pregnancy outcome associated with Down syndrome: a population-based study Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 100 :F400-F404 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lotto R, Williams J. 2012. Cervical screening time for a review? Journal of Community Nursing, 26

Editorial/letter to the editor

Lotto R, Thomet C. 2022. Emerging adulthood - The ageing problem of congenital heart disease Nursing in Critical Care, 27 :145-147 DOI Author Url

Lotto RR. 2018. Nurses drive the evolution of non-medical prescribing British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 13 :266-277

Other

Lotto R. 2022. Adult congenital heart disease – education and preparation of nurses British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 17 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Ivany E, Lotto RR, Lip GY, Lane DA. 2022. Abstract WP83: The Challenges Of Stroke Prevention Following Intracerebral Haemorrhage; A Qualitative Study Exploring Physicians’ Decision Making. Stroke, 53 DOI

Conference publication

Griffiths L, Seaton S, Lotto R. 2021. Caring for patients with a congenital heart defect: a national survey of the educational needs of nurses EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 20 :94-94 DOI Author Url

Lotto R. 2019. Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association and the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 20 to 22, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1177/2150135119869003, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Publisher Url

Morrell-Scott N, Grant M, Jones I, Lotto R. 2019. Patient and Carer experiences of sternal wounds- post sternotomy. EuroHeartCare 2019

Lotto R, Smith K, Jones I, Griffiths L, Jenkins P, Lotto A. 2019. Patient perspectives of the impact of Adult Congenital Services reconfiguration in the UK: a qualitative study EuroheartCare

Rees J, Jones I, Lotto R, Watson P. 2018. Cardiomyopathy: exploring clinicians' and patients' experiences of diagnosis EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 17 :27-27 Author Url

Lotto RR, Jones ID, Lotto A. 2018. Parental perceptions of good care following congenital cardiac surgery, a qualitative study EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 17 :63-64 Author Url

Brown P, Marsh AM, Lotto R, Peers C, Grundy B, Jeilan M, Ng GA. 2012. A new algorithm to assess cardiac performance in heart failure patients: the Bodyguard device EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, Congress of the European-Society-of-Cardiology (ESC) 33 :167-167 Author Url

Morrell-Scott NE, Jones I, Lotto R, Kinsey L, Grant M, Papworth A, Muir A. Developing a sternal wound support device for those at risk of wound breakdown following cardiac surgery Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Research Conference

Lotto R, Smith L, Armstrong N. Balancing autonomy and involvement: The role of the father in decision-making following diagnosis of a severe fetal anomaly, a qualitative study World Congress of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology

Chapters

Lotto R, Nicholoson C, Hassan S, Kucia A. Structural Heart Disease Acute cardiac care: a practical guide for nurses Wiley and Sons

Lotto R, Nicholson C, Hassan S, Kucia A. Congenital Heart Disease Acute cardiac care: a practical guide for nurses Wiley and Son

Lotto R, Nicholson C, Hassan S. Heart Failure

Lotto R, Lotto A. Quality of Life in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients Darzi A. Patient Reported Outcomes and Quality of Life in Cardiovascular Interventions

Editorial boards:

European Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Editorial board. 2022

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Editorial Board. 2018

External committees:

BANCC, British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care, Council Officer. 2021

Other Professional Activity:

University Research Ethics Committee.

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