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Diane Trusson

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

After gaining a PhD from the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham with her thesis, titled Living with a new normal: Women's experiences following treatment for early stage breast cancer or DCIS, Diane successfully applied for a Mildred Blaxter Fellowship from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. This enabled her to do further research exploring women's experiences of DCIS (a very early form of breast cancer) as well as disseminating her PhD research. Publications include articles focussing on hair loss resulting from breast cancer treatment which have generated media interest including being interviewed on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058k2q7 .

Since January 2018, Diane has been based in the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands (previously CLAHRC) doing research with clinical academics. Findings from the first part of the study with nurses, midwives and allied health professionals was published by the BMJ Open in October 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030595. The article was commended by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

A study of medical clinical academics in the East Midlands has been conducted, the results of which will be published shortly. In addition, a paper comparing clinical academic experiences of medical trainees and nurses, midwives and allied health professionals is currently under review.

Diane recently completed a study of clinical academics' experiences during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. A manuscript will be submitted shortly.

Diane's current research is a STEMM-CHANGE funded project focussing on female clinical academics' experiences of combining clinical academic careers with family life.

Teaching Summary

Narrative analysis workshop convenor: Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Foundations in Qualitative Methods: Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Module convenor: Research Skills for Social Work

Research Design and Practice

Understanding Contemporary Society

Investigating Social Worlds

Research Summary

I am currently employed on the Return to Work after Stroke (RETAKE) project. Working collaboratively to produce the process evaluation and preparing the Health Technology Assessment Report. Also… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

I am currently employed on the Return to Work after Stroke (RETAKE) project. Working collaboratively to produce the process evaluation and preparing the Health Technology Assessment Report. Also preparing manuscripts and other dissemination activities.

Since joining the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands, my research has focussed on clinical academics. My most recent research is a STEMM-CHANGE funded project: Identifying, and challenging, barriers to progress for female clinical academics with family responsibilities. The resulting publication can be found here:https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/3/e056364

I have recently completed a project exploring clinical academics' experiences of working at the clinical frontline during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. A manuscript has been submitted to a journal for thier consideration.

Past Research

My PhD focussed on womens' experiences during and after treatment for early breast cancer. I then successfully applied for a Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowship. This enabled me to conduct further research which focussed on women's experiences after treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

More recent research has explored career paths, developments and impacts of clinical academics in the East Midlands. Phase 1 of the study which focused on the experiences of clinical academics who are nurses, midwives or allied health professionals has been completed and published in BMJ Open:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030595

Phase 2 focussed on medical clinical academics. It was published by the Journal of Healthcare Management: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-021-02849-8

An article comparing medical clinical academics' experiences with nurses, midwives and allied health professionals experiences of pursuing the clinical academic pathway was published in BMJ Open: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/11/4/e043270.full.pdf

Other research that I have been involved in includes:

Future Research

Future research will explore employers' experiences of supporting stroke survivors to return to work. Findings from these studies will be used to develop guidelines with the aim of improving the likelihood of people returning to work following stroke with the associated economic and personal benefits.

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