Methodological knowledge

  • I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. I have experience in involving involve children and young people in research
  • Qualitative methodology: developmentally appropriate interviews with children; ethnography; methods of analysis including framework approach, grounded theory and discourse analysis
  • Quantitative methodology: observational and intervention studies designed within the MRC Framework for Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions.


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • BA (Hon's) English Literature
  • MSc Nursing
  • PhD

Research interests

I co-lead and chair the steering committee for the Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) Child Health Research Network

I lead the Children and Young People's Research Group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

My principal research interest is self care of long term conditions in childhood and young people. Self care presents practical, clinical and research issues in childhood and young people because of the roles of adults and developmental considerations. An underlying hypothesis of the research programme is that self care must be adapted to address these considerations in childhood and as young people take on adult responsibilities. Consequently my interests include: the health beliefs and goals of children and their adult carers; the distribution of responsibilities between children and adults in self care; communication between children, adult carers and health professionals. These questions are explored in a range of exemplars, including: oral health, asthma and endocrine conditions.  I have also researched the organisation and delivery of nursing and other health care services for children and young people.


  • Long term conditions in childhood
  • Patient information
  • Self care


  • I am course unit leader, with Gunn Grande, for the Post Graduate Research Design course

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