I am a historian of medicine and healthcare and my core interest lies in analysing and understanding the relations between the knowledge, practice and performance of medicine and healthcare across periods, social contexts, cultures and geographies. My publications range from the introduction of anaesthesia in the nineteenth century, to the experiences of black, minority and ethnic clinicians in the NHS, and the global history of stroke since the 1950s. I am an affiliate of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisations (HiPPO) group within the Institute of Population Health and of the Health Services Research Centre at Alliance Business School.
I collaborate with clinicians, social scientists and policymakers in order to communicate the value and benefits of using history as an analytical resource to rethink current health issues and share research findings that can help shape policy and practice. I have worked with local and national health organisations including Guy’s and St Thomas’, the Health Protection Agency and Manchester Primary Care Trust; gave evidence to the Department of Health Enquiry into Jimmy Savile; and belong to the History & Policy national network.
My work on stroke led to the creation of an arts/science project in collaboration with the Stroke Association and a team of clinicians, scientists, artists and researchers. Stroke: Stories of the Self explores the loss of identity after stroke through interactive workshops with stroke survivors. We won a 2016 Making A Difference Award for Outstanding Public Engagement – see You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymx5kEGz6_0)
I contribute to radio and TV documentaries on the health and medicine including the BBC’s The One Show and Radio 4’s In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg.