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Experiences of health and illness
Social organisation of healthcare and implementation
Communication and interaction in healthcare
Chronic illness
Qualitative methods

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I am a medical sociologist with interests in applied health research. My research has focused on the development, implementation and testing of healthcare interventions using a range of mixed design and qualitative methods. I joined Northumbria in September 2018 as Associate Professor of Applied Health Research. Prior to this I worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Public Health Section of ScHARR at the University of Sheffield and in the Translating Knowledge to Action theme (CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber). Prior to joining the University of Sheffield I was a Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative) at the ARUK Primary Care Centre, Keele University (2010-14) where I conducted studies investigating the implementation of new musculoskeletal care interventions, largely within large trials in primary care (STarT Back Tool). 

I am the Programme Lead for the BSc Health and Social Care and honorary senior research fellow at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.

Research interests

Medical Sociology

Understanding standardised tools and interventions and their adoption in healthcare

Normalisation Process Theory

Experiences of chronic illness (heart failure, type 1 diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, persistent and medically unexplained symptoms)

Healthcare communication in the consultation (heart failure, primary care, physiotherapy)

Development and testing of a Symptoms Clinic in Primary Care (MSS3 Trial - Funded by NIHR HS&DR)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Health and Social Research, PhD, Communication in bowel cancer consultations , University of Bath

1 Jul 19961 May 2000

Award Date: 1 May 2000

Sociology, MSc, Medical Sociology, Royal Holloway University of London

1 Sept 19921 Sept 1993

Award Date: 1 Sept 1993

Sociology, BA (Hons), Social Policy Research, University of East London

1 Sept 19881 Jul 1992

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

External positions

Research Design Service (Advisor)

31 Dec 2018 → …

University of Sheffield

1 Sept 2018 → …

Versus Arthritis

1 Apr 2018 → …


1 Jan 2017 → …


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