My research interest centres around the experiences of people living multiple long term conditions and the role services, agencies and charities play in supporting them. In 2018 I completed a PhD looking at "The Impact of Day Care Services on Older People with Long Term Conditions" with NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast. I'm currently working on two studies exploring people's experiences in day care: "Day Care Provision and Service Utilisation for Older People with Long Term Conditions - A Comparison of Socio Economic Areas and Cost Analysis: A Pilot Feasibility" and "Physical Activities for Older People - Can Volunteers Support Increased Activity in Older People with Long Term Conditions attending Volunteer-led group social day care provision"?
I completed a BA (Hons) in Health at Liverpool John Moores University in 1997 and a MA in Research Methods (Sociology and Social Policy) in 2011. My MA dissertation explored the experiences of people diagnosed with industrial related terminal illness. I am particularly interested in employing participatory approaches and working collaboratively with organisations and communities to design research studies.
My previous experience includes fifteen years working in the NHS within primary care across a variety of projects including eight years in the NIHR Clinical Research Network. I have experience working with statutory services, the private sector, third sector, charities and voluntary groups.