Dr Imelda Mcdermott PhD

Research Fellow

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I have worked as part of the Organisations theme within the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre and from January 2011 is part of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HiPPO) Research Group within the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research. In 2018, HiPPO became part of the bigger Health Policy Organisations and Economics (HOPE) group within the Centre and a member of the Institute for Health Policy and Organisation (IHPO).

The research I have done so far focuses on commissioning in the English NHS. I have been researching the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) since its inception in 2011.

I have a background in applied linguistics and psychology hence a particular interest in exploring the use of linguistic methods in policy analysis. I am actively introducing the use of applied linguistics methods for health services research. A paper using this method (Who do we think we are? Analysing the content and form of identity work in the English National Health Service), has been awarded a Highly Commended Paper of 2013 by the Journal of Health Organisation & Management as it was thought to be “one of the most impressive pieces of work the [Editorial] team has seen throughout 2013”. In this paper, I introduced a novel approach to analytical methods which had not been applied to health services research before.  


PhD Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health Policy & Politics Network

British Association for Applied Linguistics

Member of the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee (January 2013 - October 2015)


Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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