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Overview

I am a culturally Deaf researcher and a British Sign Language user based in SORD (Social Research with Deaf People) research group at the University of Manchester. My main research interests are (1) health research relating to Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users, for example, audiology and mental health; (2) improving access and patient experiences for Deaf BSL users and (3) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in health research.

 

Current research: Social Prescribing for Culturally Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) Users funded by the NIHR Three Schools Mental Health programme. 

 

 

Biography

Current research: 

NIHR Three Schools Mental Health Research Associate - Social Prescribing for Culturally Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) Users

Social prescribing (SP) supports health and wellbeing in a non-medical way. It allows primary and social care professionals to refer people to non-clinical activities, social groups, learning opportunities and services provided in the community.


Research has shown that people from ethnic/cultural minority groups do not always benefit from SP because of barriers to accessing opportunities that meet their cultural/language needs. Activities and social opportunities within cultural-linguistic communities are not well linked to social prescribing. Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users are one such group. There is no evidence that SP is used with Deaf signers despite the high rates of poor mental health amongst Deaf people. The social, health and learning benefits of the Deaf community activities are not integrated with SP frameworks meaning Deaf people miss out.

 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Improving Patient Experience, Service Access and Outcomes in NHS Hearing Aid Services for Deaf Adults who use British Sign Language

9 Aug 20175 Dec 2022

Award Date: 5 Dec 2022

Master in Science, A Phenomenological Study into British Sign Language Users' Experiences of Psychological Therapies, University of Central Lancashire

4 Jan 201518 Jul 2016

Award Date: 31 Oct 2016

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner , Datrix Training

Jun 2014

Award Date: 13 Jun 2014

Diploma in Management Studies , Lancaster University

… → 14 Jul 2014

Award Date: 14 Jul 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Deaf Studies with Education Studies , University of Central Lancashire

18 Sept 199515 Jun 1996

Award Date: 31 Jul 1996

External positions

NMSW PPIE Co-Lead , University of Manchester (UOM)

22 Apr 2022 → …

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