Dr Sarah Knowles


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Sarah is an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow working with the Greater Manchester CLAHRC and with the Connected Health Cities programme. Her fellowship explores patient and public involvement in Learning Health Systems. Through codesign and participatory methods, the project will identify how patients and service users can contribute directly to improvement in healthcare systems.

Sarah completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2008. She moved into health services research in Manchester in 2009, working across a variety of trials and systematic reviews of mental health interventions. She was based in the Centre for Primary Care, holding a Fellowship award with the National School for Primary Care Research, a collaboration of the nine leading academic primary care centres in England, before joining the Greater Manchester CLAHRC in 2015.

Sarah has worked on projects for the National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council, including leading multisite qualitative research studies as part of randomised controlled trials and implementation evaluations. 

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Sarah is a health services researcher with expertise in qualitative research, evaluation of complex interventions, evidence synthesis, and patient and public involvement and engagement. She is a member of the Greater Manchester CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) and works across multiple studies including the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, conducting an evaluation of a telephone intervention for people at risk of developing diabetes, and the evaluation of the GP Access Fund Wave 2.


  • Codesign methodologies , Implementation science, Qualitative research methods, Mental health, Digital health

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