I am currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Maternal Health and Wellbeing group in the School of Health Sciences.
Before joining the department I was a Research Fellow in the Caring for Older People and Stroke Survivors (COPSS) theme of CLAHRC East Midlands based at the University of Nottingham Medical School. My other roles have included: Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia working on clinical trials and cohort studies related to rehabilitation and ageing; and Research Associate at the Age Research Centre and Health Design and Technology Institute at Coventry University working in relation to the WHO Age Friendly City initiative and on various EU projects.
My PhD was based in the Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Unit (HEPSU) of Loughborough University Design School, and was entitled 'Environmental factors associated with falls in hospitalised older people'.
Ageing; Ergonomics / Human Factors; Patient Safety; Falls; Clinical Trials; Built Environment; Age Friendly Communities; Midwifery and maternal health care.
I am currently working on potential interventions to provide better care to women in the early stages of labour.
My background is in healthcare human factors / ergonomics. I also have interests in general health services and ageing research, particularly in the design of healthcare environments and systems, and patient safety.
CRAIG C, CHADBORN N, SANDS G, TUOMAINEN H and GLADMAN J, 2015. Systematic review of EASY-care needs assessment for community-dwelling older people. Age and ageing. 44(4), 559-565 SACKLEY, CATHERINE M., SMITH, CHRISTINA H., RICK, CAROLINE, BRADY, MARIAN C., IVES, NATALIE, PATEL, RAMILLA, ROBERTS, HELEN, DOWLING, FRANCIS, JOWETT, SUE, WHEATLEY, KEITH, PATEL, SMITAA, KELLY, DEBBIE, SANDS, GINA and CLARKE, CARL, 2014. Lee Silverman voice treatment versus standard NHS speech and language therapy versus control in Parkinson's disease (PD COMM pilot): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial TRIALS. 15,
HIGNETT, SUE, SANDS, GINA, FRAY, MIKE, XANTHOPOULOU, PENNY, HEALEY, FRANCES and GRIFFITHS, PAULA, 2013. Which bed designs and patient characteristics increase bed rail use? AGE AND AGEING. 42(4), 531-535