I completed my PhD in Primary Care and Health Science / Medical Sociology at Keele University in October 2018. For this I was fortunate enough to be awarded a stipend from Arthritis UK. My study used a unique combination of ethnographic observational methods and interviews to analyse GP consultations and the patient experience of these consultations with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions and sickness absence management / work-related support.
Whilst completing my studies, I worked as a complaints officer for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (now Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), managing community health and adult social care complaints, alongside local advocacy services and Staffordshire County Council, working with and training over 8000 colleagues.
I joined Manchester University in October 2018 working within the Personal Social Services Research Unit as an NIHR SSCR Fellow, researching changes to home care commissioning and provision over the last decade. I am currently based in the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE) unit within the Centre for Primary Care, researching the scale, scope and impact of skill mix change in primary care (NIHR HS&DR) https://tinyurl.com/skill-mix-in-PC
My interests and expertise span (but are not limited to); qualitative methodologies, critical psychology and sociology, patient-practitioner interactions, accessing work-related support services, sickness absence, adult social care, health care, social care and work policy, social class, inequality and austerity and how these areas interact with access to support services and home care commissioning and provision.
I have taught qualitative methodology and critical psychology and sociology at undergraduate and postgraduate level and received my qualitative methodology training from Oxford University.
I am happy to be contacted about potential supervision of PhD / MPhil projects.