Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Jennifer Deane

Postgraduate Research Student

Background

Jennifer is currently undertaking a PhD within the Institute of Health and Society, she obtained an MSc in Health Psychology from UCL and a BSc in Psychology from London Metropolitan University.


PhD Project

The Routes to and Experience of a Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancer. 

This will investigate the route taken by patients to a diagnosis of head and neck cancer and their experience of the route and the diagnosis.

Workstream 1: Analysis of cancer registry data, to investigate the routes taken to diagnosis by patients with head and neck cancer, updating the current research which previously covered the years 2006 to 2008, this analysis will cover the dates 2006 to 2015. There will be three further secondary research questions:To look at the clinical and socio-demographic characteristics of each group based on their route to diagnosis. To conduct an in-depth analysis of the “other outpatient” route to diagnosis to consider what pathways are included within this route, with a particular focus on the other healthcare professionals a patient may see. To consider if the route undertaken is related to the patients survival outcomes.

Workstream 2: Qualitative interviews with patients who have received a diagnosis of a head and neck cancer and healthcare professionals involved in this route (Dentists, GP's, ENT, Max/Fac Surgeons, Oral Surgeons). These interviews aim to explore the process to gaining a diagnosis and the experience of this diagnosis for the patients and the healthcare professionals involved. 


Previous work

  • Research assistant on an NIHR funded study investigating cancer survivorship (SURECAN) at Queen Mary University, London

  • Research assistant on three projects (DoH report on Tele-Health, Systematic Review on Cognitive dysfunction following chemotherapy, and data analysis on the long-term neurocognitive functioning in dialysis and kidney transplant patients)  

  • Communication Skills Tutor at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

 

Research Areas of Interest

Cancer diagnosis, Cancer survivorship, doctor-patient communication, behaviour change


Qualifications

NCSCT Stop Smoking Advisor (including Mental Health and Pregnancy Modules)

 

Memberships

British Psychological Society – Graduate Member (258306)

 

   

Research

PhD Project

The Routes to and Experience of a Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancer. 

This will investigate the route taken by patients to a diagnosis of head and neck cancer and their experience of the route and the diagnosis.

Workstream 1: Analysis of cancer registry data, to investigate the routes taken to diagnosis by patients with head and neck cancer, updating the current research which previously covered the years 2006 to 2008, this analysis will cover the dates 2006 to 2015. There will be three further secondary research questions:To look at the clinical and socio-demographic characteristics of each group based on their route to diagnosis. To conduct an in-depth analysis of the “other outpatient” route to diagnosis to consider what pathways are included within this route, with a particular focus on the other healthcare professionals a patient may see. To consider if the route undertaken is related to the patients survival outcomes.

Workstream 2: Qualitative interviews with patients who have received a diagnosis of a head and neck cancer and healthcare professionals involved in this route (Dentists, GP's, ENT, Max/Fac Surgeons, Oral Surgeons). These interviews aim to explore the process to gaining a diagnosis and the experience of this diagnosis for the patients and the healthcare professionals involved. 

Teaching

Demonstrator Work

Newcastle University

PSY3033 Eating Disorders (Year 3, Psychology Module)

Public Health Module Seminar for Medical Students


Internal Training Sessions

Newcastle University

Your Voice and How to use it (Institute PhD Students)


Communications Skills Tutor

Barts and The London School of Medicine

Modules on: Introduction to Clinical Methods (Yr 3), Motivational Interviewing/Giving Information (Yr 3), Difficult Conversations in Women's Health (Yr 4), Breaking Bad News (Yr 5). These sessions included role play and workshop style teaching sessions. Other duties included; marking the student selected component essays and reflective essays and running and giving feedback on practice OSCE sessions.


Publications