I am currently contributing to the following modules and programmes, with a focus on qualitative research methods and contemporary issues in palliative and end-of-life care in the home and community,… read more
I have a keen interest in the experience of people with long term conditions and palliative and end-of-life care needs, and the work done by families and friends to provide care at home and in the… read more
I am currently contributing to the following modules and programmes, with a focus on qualitative research methods and contemporary issues in palliative and end-of-life care in the home and community, including the experiences of family carers and the role of voluntary support:
- Critical Perspectives in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
- MNursSci (Dissertation)
- MSc Nursing (GEN) (Dissertation)
- ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (Foundations in Qualitative Methods)
I have a keen interest in the experience of people with long term conditions and palliative and end-of-life care needs, and the work done by families and friends to provide care at home and in the community. I have a clinical background in nursing, specialising in cancer care, although my first degree was in English Literature.
My primary research focus is currently on the role of volunteers in the support of family caregivers in palliative and end-of-life care. In the past I have participated in studies of non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness and other symptoms in lung cancer, and the treatment of older people with colorectal cancer, using a range of research methodologies, including in-depth interviews, structured assessments, systematic reviews and evaluations of complex interventions. I am currently exploring implementation research as an approach to working with stakeholders to improve support for family caregivers. I have a particular interest in interpretative theory and textual analysis.
My current projects include a study of community-based volunteer-led support for family caregivers in palliative and end-of-life care (Co-Care), funded by NIHR, and a study of biodegradable oesophageal stents for people with oesophageal cancer (the BioStent Study), funded by RfPB.
I welcome the opportunity to supervise doctoral research studies, particularly in the areas and methodologies highlighted above, and where there is a strong qualitative or interpretative component. I frequently work in joint supervisory teams with colleagues from across the health and medical professions (including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and podiatry), and from a range of academic disciplines (including sociology and engineering).
I am currently supervising a variety of doctoral projects, including a study of the feasibility and acceptability of a coping intervention for recurrent miscarriage (NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship), a study of coming home from hospital after stroke and the experience of Early Supported Discharge rehabilitation, and a study of the contribution of team climate to interprofessional collaborative practice in primary health care teams in Brazil.