I am a medical sociologist and an experienced qualitative health researcher committed to delivering both high quality research and education. I provide a social science perspective and methodological expertise to clinical research questions, postgraduate research supervision and postgraduate and undergraduate teaching.
My research is concerned with examining people's - patients and carers - experiences of, and decisions about, health and health care. My work focuses primarily on those living with chronic illness, and spans a range of clinical areas including: palliative care, transplantation, old age psychiatry, primary care and oral health care.
I am the Institute of Health and Society's Deputy Director and its Head of Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
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1998 PhD (Sociology) Coventry University "Living with Cancer, Living with Dying"
1993 MA Health Services Studies, University of Leeds
1992 BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Salford
2009-2014 Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology, IHS, Newcastle University
2003-2009 Lecturer in Medical Sociology, IHS, Newcastle University
1999-2003 Lecturer, Dept Epidemiology and Public Health, Leicester University
1998 -1999 Lecturer, Dept Primary Care, Birmingham University
1997 - 1998 Research Associate, Dept Primary Care, Leicester University
My research is concerned with examining people's - patients and carers - experiences of, and decisions about, health and health care. My work focuses primarily on those living with chronic illness, and spans a range of clinical areas including: palliative care, transplantation, old age psychiatry, primary care medicine and oral health care.
Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues in the Institute of Transplantation and School of Dental Sciences on a number of research projects. With Prof Richard Thomson, I am leading an NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research funded qualitative study to examine the decision making related to implantation and deactivation of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. I am the qualitative lead and co-investigator on two NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research: the first, led by Professor Louise Robinson, SEED - Supporting Excellence in End of Life Care in Dementia; and the second, led by Professor Gary Ford., PEARS - Promoting Effective and Rapid Stroke care.
I am committed to supporting postgraduate research and I have an excellent record of success.
From 2009 -2012 I was IHS Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator, and until 2013 I led the North East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre's Social Science and Health Pathway.
I supervise postgraduate research students from both social science and clinical backgrounds.
Current Doctoral Supervision:
2013 - present Member of NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Health Research Sub-Panel
2013 - present Convenor British Sociological Association Applied Qualitative Health Research, Special Interest Group
2013 - Member of Irish Health Services Research Board Grant Awarding Panel
2013 – Invited panel member North East BSA Medical Sociology Group
2011 - Invited external speaker to SCHARR Seminar Series, Sheffield University
2009 - Invited key note speaker British Society Study of Prosthetic Dentistry conference, York
2009 - Invited external speaker to Leeds Dental Institute Seminar Series
2006-2010 - Member of MRC College of Experts
2003-2005 - Co-convenor British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research Promoting Effective and Rapid Stroke Care (PEARS) PI Prof Gary Ford Co-investigator Qualitative lead
NIHR North East Research Design Service PI Prof Luke Vale Co-investigator Qualitative lead
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research - Supporting Excellence in End of Life Care in Dementia PI Prof L Robinson Co-investigator and qualitative lead
NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Decision making about implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and subsequent deactivation during end of life care Co-lead with Prof R Thomson
NIHR Health Technology Assessment DEVELOP UK A study of donor ex-vivo lung perfusion in UK Lung Transplantation Co-investigator and lead of qualitative workpackage PI Prof A Fisher
NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Engaging women in shared decision making about breech presentation at term: development, usability testing and a pilot trial of decision support and a decision quality instrument. With Prof R Thomson & Prof S Robson Fellow: Dr Beccy Say
I have delivered and led social science teaching to undergraduate medical students in three UK Universities for over 10 years. I led the social science component of the MBBS at Newcastle from 2003 - 2009, and I remain a regular contributor to this course.
I am actively involved in the design, delivery and assessment of Master level teaching and learning.
I am the module leader for the Introduction to Qualitative Methods module and contribute to Health and Society and Further Qualitative Methods modules which are part of the MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research and MSc in Social Sciences and Health Research.
I supervise MSc dissertations and welcome enquiries from Masters students regarding possible projects.