I am a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in qualitative methods and an interdisciplinary background in applied health research. My work seeks to understand more about people's health beliefs and behaviours in order to prevent health problems, change health behaviours or develop, evaluate and deliver health interventions. I have a particular interest in research with vulnerable groups who may have complex needs such as young people with substance misuse, people with mental health conditions and varying severities of autism and learning disability.
I am currently working on a pilot randomised controlled trial for Autism Adapted Suicide Safety Plans to address self harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviours in autistic adults . The overarching aim… read more
I am currently working on a pilot randomised controlled trial for Autism Adapted Suicide Safety Plans to address self harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviours in autistic adults . The overarching aim of the study is to find out how feasible and acceptable adapted safety plans are for autistic adults. The study title is:
Adapted suicide safety plans to address self harm, suicidal ideation and suicide behaviours in autistic adults: an interventional single arm feasibility trial and external pilot randomised controlled trial.
Most recently I was the lead researcher and co applicant on a project aiming to develop draft guidance and framework for practitioners who support people in developing personalized suicide safety plans. A central aspect of the work was co production and working with experts by experience as co researchers, and promoting the project to a wide network of service providers across the northeast and Cumbria.
The study title was:
Co-production of an evidence-based framework and related guidance for practitioners on personalised risk management and safety planning for adults experiencing suicidality.
Previously I have led and contributed to many aspects of applied health research from its development to dissemination. I have expertise in qualitative methods and an interdisciplinary research portfolio spanning the fields of public health and health service evaluation. I work across a variety of health, education and community settings with professional, stakeholder and lay participant groups, with co production and the narratives of people with lived experiences at the heart of project outputs. Completed research studies include:
- Developing and Piloting Mental Health Campaigns in Trailblazer Schools (North East & North Cumbria NIHR ARC)
- Evaluation of Youth Alcohol Screening and Early Intervention Programme in Sunderland (Alcohol Change UK)
- Out of Hospital Care Education for Carers (Newcastle Gateshead CCG)
- Improving Access for People with Learning Disabilities to Diagnostic Screening within Primary Care (Public Health England)
- Evaluation of Newcastle Gateshead Enhanced Health and Care in Care Homes Vanguard- Contracting Workstream Engagement (Newcastle Gateshead CCG)
- Health Pathways Implementation in South Tyneside (North of England Commissioning Support and Streamliners)
- Supporting parents through stillbirth: a qualitative, exploratory study involving a range of health care professionals and support staff (Health Sciences and Well-being Research Beacon, University of Sunderland and British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society).