Dr Jennifer Downing BA (hons), MA, PhD

Research Fellow Pharmacology & Therapeutics


Personal Statement

I am a research fellow in the NIHR ARC NWC. I support and contribute to the development of a programme of research focusing on prioritised areas of person-centred complex care (Digital Health, Multimorbidity, Integrated Models of Care). This collaborative work brings together members across academic and clinical health and social care to identify prioritised questions and co-develop appropriate research and implementation projects and external nationally competitive grant applications. I am responsible for cross-ARC liaison to ensure we contribute to the national priority programme and conduct joined up working across areas wherever possible. I manage multidisciplinary teams across multiple member organisations ensuring that our work is underpinned with the core values of public involvement and a focus on reducing health inequalities. One of the main areas of research currently focuses on healthcare utilisation, including via remote consultations. This work examines the impact of this change in practice on the reconfiguration of healthcare services and the health inequalities implications of this service change, particularly on those with complex needs. A variety of current project are examining changes to healthcare delivery since COVID-19. Associated with this we are using our Household Health Survey data to examine digital health inequalities.

I also supervise PhD students. Recent projects include, personalised renal function monitoring in patients with heart failure taking diuretics, the development of tools to improve the detection, reporting and self-management associated with adverse drug reactions, and health inequalities in personalised healthcare.