I research interventions designed to change health professional behaviour (principally education and training). I am currently collaborating with Advanced Life Support Group, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Tropical Health and Education Trust, Health Education England and many other organisations, to co-create knowledge about what changes professional practice.
I co-lead, with Dr Jo Hart, The Change Exchange, a collaborative of health psychologists who work and volunteer in low and middle income countries to translate behavioural science for use in education and training programmes. We have received funding from the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the Global Health Exhchange and from other organisations, on a consultancy basis, for this work.
I co-led, with Dr Jo Hart, a project which researched and developed ways of encouraging integrated working, role expansion and task shifting in the NHS. We explored the process of practice change in new models of care and published two papers, four policy documents, our Cards for Change and elearning modules.
I co-led the MOVE project (Measuring the Outcomes of Volunteering for Education) with Professor Louise Ackers of the University of Salford. My part of this Health Education England funded project, which ran for three years, was to develop a core outcome set of the personal and professional development outcomes that are both desired by the NHS and possible in international placements and to create a psychometric tool to measure these outcomes. A metasynthesis of literature and a Delphi approach developed a consensus on core outcomes. The outcome set was turned into a survey tool, which was piloted in over 400 healthcare professionals. The final tool is a 40-item questionnaire, self-completion, which volunteers can use to create a profile of their personal and professional development in 10 key domains. I am in discussion with the Global Health Exchange, the international arm of Health Education England, about how the tool should be used to explore benefits to the NHS of international working.
I co-led (with Dr Jane Mooney) the Manchester Medical School mtechnology research group who investigated the pedagogical implications of new technologies in medical students, as we introduced iPads to our students from 2011.