Dr Sharon Spooner MBChB, FRCGP, PhD

Clinical Lecturer

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Research interests

I am PI for a research project funded by the NIHR HS&DR programme, investigating the implementation and impact of skill mix in primary care settings. I am a co-investigator in the Organising Care theme of the Greater Manchester Applied Research Collaboration and in a study of primary care health workers' retention funded by The Health Foundation. I am also involved in the ongoing series of GP Work Life Studies (funded through PRUComm) which have been undertaken regularly since 1998.

Recently completed work has includes a study of GP Federations and NIHR SPCR funded studies of the transitions made by doctors moving fom GP specialty training programmes into GP work and background factors affecting junior doctors' career choices. These projects explore different dimensions of current recruitment and capacity difficulties in general practice and aim to inform strategies which will improve delivery of primary care.

My wider research interests lie in understanding the working lives of medical professionals in the contexts of evolving health systems and shifting attitudes in society and within the profession. Data gathered through doctors' stories allows deep exploration of the perspectives and constructs behind current working practices and makes key contributions to identifying how better outcomes could be achieved.