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Research interests

Lecturer at University of Manchester. Deputy lead of Healthy Ageing Research Group and member of NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit; member of Digital Health and Social Care Research Group. Research interests relate to social gerontology, dementia, social care and palliative care, particularly regarding organisation and delivery of care, health technologies, and socio-legal topics in later life (e.g. advance care planning, later life finances). Qualitative, mixed methods and evidence synthesis expertise. Former editorial board member for Health and Social Care in the Community and former University Research Ethics Committee deputy chair.

Methodological knowledge

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Implementation 
  • Realist Evaluation
  • Normalization Process Theory


  • PhD (University of Manchester, 2016)
  • MSc Social Science & Health Research (Newcastle University, 2012)
  • Graduate Diploma Psychology (Newcastle University, 2008)
  • BA(Hons) English Language (Newcastle University, 2004)


Current role

Previous roles

  • 2020 - 2022: Associate Editor, Health & Social Care in the Community
  • 2018 - 2022: Member of University Research Ethics Committee
  • 2017 - 2019: Member of the Greater Manchester CLAHRC end-of-life programme team
  • 2016 - 2017: Research Associate in the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HiPPO) research group (now HOPE), exploring commissioning of health and social care services in England following the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
  • 2012 - 2016: PhD exploring the implementation of monitoring technologies in care homes for people with dementia.
  • 2012 - 2015: Contributed to FARSEEING, a European Commission-funded project involving 10 partners in 5 EU countries to promote better prediction and prevention of falls and to support older adults with a focus on ICT devices
  • 2009 - 2012: Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Newcastle University, on a project implementing and evaluating a video-based intervention within an autism service
  • 2008 - 2009: Research Assistant, Newcastle University, on a Department of Health Policy Research Programme investigating NHS mental health workforce changes.


  • 2023 - present: Lecturer, Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
  • 2020 - present: MRes dissertation supervisor
  • 2019 - 2023: Tutor, MPH programme
  • 2018 - 2022: Tutor, MRes Health and Social Care
  • 2018 - 2022: Personal Excellence Path tutor, MBChB Programme   
  • 2014 - 2016: Tutor, Manchester Leadership Programme
  • 2014 - 2015: Dissertation supervisor, BNurs Programme

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • heath policy
  • health services research
  • health technology
  • ageing
  • palliative care
  • dementia
  • social care
  • gerontology
  • HM Sociology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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