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Melanie Narayanasamy

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Teaching Summary

Melanie has experience teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sociology, Social Policy, Healthcare and Research Methods modules. She has been tutor on the Social Sciences module… read more

Research Summary

Melanie is currently employed as a Research Fellow for both Professor Heather Wharrad, as part of the Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education (DICE) research group; and Professor Avril… read more

Melanie has experience teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sociology, Social Policy, Healthcare and Research Methods modules. She has been tutor on the Social Sciences module Policy and Social Justice (first year undergraduates). This module covered an array of topics including health, mental health, young carers, crime, housing, and the family. Sessions involved guiding students with critical thinking and generating discussions around key policy and social issues. Melanie was also tutor for the Research Design and Practice (qualitative and quantitative parts- second year undergraduates). Module content included development of practical methodological skills and for the quantitative part, this encompassed designing a project that would be supported by the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software (of which she has vast experience in using). Melanie's teaching for this module was commended by the Head of School following high evaluation marks from the Postgraduate Teaching Evaluation assessment.

In addition, Melanie was module tutor for the former Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS module, which was part of the postgraduate ESRC accredited Masters in Research Methods (MARM) degree programme. This module involved guiding students to develop a project to be supporting using SPSS. Students were of mixed backgrounds and abilities.

Melanie has done a lecture presentation on "Black people's Experience of Mental Health Care" for the Diversity and Mental Health workshop for second year BSc Mental Health Nursing Students. She also facilitated the group activity later on in the workshop. Furthermore, she co-facilitated the education game for spirituality education at the HEA Religious and Philosophy Subject Centre's Conference.

Current Research

Melanie is currently employed as a Research Fellow for both Professor Heather Wharrad, as part of the Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education (DICE) research group; and Professor Avril Drummond and Dr Carolyn Coole, as part of the Rehabilitation research group.

Within DICE, Melanie is assisting on an EU-funded (EU Erasmus Plus -Co-operation and Innovation for Good Practices) evaluation project called DIMEANE (Development and Implementation of interactive Mobile E-learning Apps for European Nursing education. The project focuses on the repurposing and evaluation of digital learning tools originally developed by the e-learning department at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Within the Rehabilitation research group, Melanie is working on the NIHR-funded (Health Technology Assessment) project called OPAL (Occupational advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb). This project is seeking to develop an occupational advice manual to support early recovery to usual activities, including work, which is tailored to the requirements of patients undergoing hip and knee replacements.

Past Research

Melanie has trained as a sociologist and has expertise and interests in the Sociology of Health and Illness and the Sociology of Mental Health. She was awarded her PhD in 2014 from the School of Sociology and Social Policy and her research focused on the decision-making activities of mental health professionals in multidisciplinary Single Point of Access meetings. Such meetings encompass discussions of case referrals from GPs, leading to decisions regarding which services and interventions should be allocated to clients. Using a Glaserian Grounded Theory methodology, she investigated the meetings using observations and interviews. Her conceptual product emerged as the Basic Social Process (BSP) of "Handling Role Boundaries", which explains how mental health professionals work together to reach a decision about clients being discussed in the meeting. The BSP draws attention to the fact that attendees of the meeting behave not just in their professional capacities, but are also influenced by their personality traits. This diversity of roles and associated boundaries need to be managed in the meeting to ensure that all clients have a decision made about them within the meeting environment. The Grounded Theory of Handling Role Boundaries explains why behaviours such as making expectations, prioritising, negotiating and volunteering take place in this milieux. Melanie's thesis is available to read here: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/14083/ and a summary of the findings can be accessed here: http://journals.rcni.com/doi/abs/10.7748/mhp.19.6.32.s21

Between August 2014 and May 2016, Melanie was employed as a Research Fellow for Professor Bridget Johnston, within the School of Health Sciences' formerly named Sue Ryder Centre for Palliative, Supportive and End of Life care (now named NCARE - Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care). Her role involved working on various research activities of which Professor Johnston was involved in, and tasks included helping to write grant proposals, ethical applications, conducting scoping reviews and integrative reviews, data analyses, report writing, and writing for peer-reviewed journals in the areas of palliative care, end of life care, dignity, and psychosocial interventions in dementia. Melanie helped write up the research grant proposal, which secured NIHR development funding for the project Further development of the Dignity Care Intervention (DCI) for use by community nurses with older patients nearing end of life". She also helped within an evaluation project focusing on a commissioned pilot service catering for people with end of life needs. Melanie's work with the Centre has helped her to pursue and fulfil a research interest in improving the strategies of professionals to encourage, and enhance, person-centred care. This aligns with the Grounded Theory work of her PhD study, which can potentially help improve the decision-making behaviours of mental health professionals to the benefit of clients whom are affected by such decisions.

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