After completing my sociology degree at Edinburgh I commenced a postgraduate masters in social research methods at Nottingham University. I then work for a time on numerous project based at Nottingham University including, Health techologies, arts and Welbeing; Palliative care research. In 2008 I started my PhD at SCHaRR, Sheffield University. The focus of the PHD was Nurses' understanding of rtechnology in ICUs. I was interested in understanding how Actor Network Theory might explain health professional, sometimes ambiviolent, interaction with medical devices in relation to their technologically infused care practices. After finishing my PHD I returned to Nottingham University to work on project focused on stroke care and multidisciplinary practice. Currently I am invovled with a CLAHRC project looking at in-hospital evidence based practice for stroke rehabilitation.
My knowledge and intersts lie in interpretive quaitative methods, along with an interest in current social theory e.g. Actor-network theory, relational sociology; science, knowledge and society. I have recently become interested in new materialism in relation to the afore mentioned theories. In particular the crutcial aspect of breaking down historic human/object dualities in relation to the invidividuals, ideas and materials.
Emiprically my interest lie in understanding how multidisciplinary health team operate in Stroke rehabilitation. And how strategies can be implemented to improve team effectiveness. This current work with care teams has also brought my interests towards understanding the complexities involved in implemetation and the transitional/translational work of bringing research into practice.
Currently I have been working, with colleagues- to develop an evidence-based programme of workshops with Community Stroke Rehabilitation teams in Nottinghamshire. The workshops are devised to explore… read more
Currently I have been working, with colleagues- to develop an evidence-based programme of workshops with Community Stroke Rehabilitation teams in Nottinghamshire. The workshops are devised to explore team effectiveness in service delivery. The purpose of the programme is to increase community stroke teams communication across the local care pathway, leading to agreement on benchmark measures of service quality.
I have been involved with a number of projects across the health research spectrum. these include work on health technology; the health benefits of art in the community; dance for health. I also have experience as a research evaluator for the SURE START programme; initiating research on the impact of community health programmes for families and children.