I joined the University of Manchester in 2004 after working in industry. I then completed a two-year project looking at patient priorities for aspects of prmary care. After this I was awarded an MRC stipend in order to complete my Masters research. Subsequently I was employed on a HS&DR funded project looking at the impact of new incentives across primary care. Along side this I conducted (and completed in April 2011) my PhD entitled "Contractual Change and UK General Practitioners: Still a Case of Street-Level Bureaucrats?" for which I was fortunate to be awarded a highly commended award in the 2012 Emerald/EFMD outstanding doctoral research awards.
My post-doctoral work focussed upon the phenomenon of multi-morbidity (MM) and how patients experience and manage their multiple conditions. This inspired work on a project looking at medicine-taking in MM patients, leading to my first grant as Principal Investigator.
My current role is as the Research Fellow for the General Practice theme of the National Institute for Health Resarch (NIHR) Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. The theme is composed of several projects, the details of which can be found at: http://www.population-health.manchester.ac.uk/primary-care-patient-safety/research-themes/general-practice/
I lead a body work around Diagnosis in General Practice, specially in terms of looking at error, contributory factors to those errors and possible solutions e.g. Diagnostic decision aids.
I am Deputy Lead for the School of Health Sciences Athena SWAN acivities
I have been a mentor on the University's 'Wise-Up' School mentoring scheme. The program is intended to prepare students for life beyond school and entering the world of work.
2007-2011: PhD Medicine, University of Manchester
2006-2007: MRes Primary Care (Distinction), University of Manchester
1998-2001: BSc Zoology (First Class), University of Manchester
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
- Member of the University's research ethics committee
- Deputy School Lead of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment team
- Member of the Evidence Synthesis Network Committee
- Member of Research Staff Association
- Member of the British Sociological Association
- Chair of the Insitute for Population Health Board