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I am a General Practitioner, in Bradford, and a Clinical Lecturer in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Service Research. I am currently funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

My research focuses on how stakeholders (people, communities, and clinical and non clinical staff) can work in partnership to improve health services, particularly primary care, and address health inequalities. I use participatory research approaches which emphasise doing research with people who are affected by a problem. I am also interested in using creative methods in research. I have recently led a project to co-produce an applied theatre workshop for patients and staff to reflect on how they work together to make organisational decisions in general practice. 

My current projects include: 

  • GPs reaching out work (GROW) a participatory action research project exploring the barriers, enablers, and impact, from the perspective of Deep End GPs, of working with community groups outside their general practice.
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention At Home a participatory action research study working with patients, carers, and personal assistants to develop resources to prevent pressure ulcers developing in the community.

My PhD explored using participatory research methods to strengthen the role of patient and public involvement in general practice service improvement. The project involved working with stakeholders (patients and the public, doctors, nurses, practice managers and other practice staff) involved in Patient Participation Groups, as a co-research group, to develop an intervention to strengthen the role that patients and the public have in shaping decisions in local general practices.

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, Participatory research to strengthen the role of patient and public involvement in general practice service improvement, University of Leeds

Oct 2015Apr 2021

Master of Research, Primary Care Research, The University of Manchester

Sept 2009Sept 2013

MRCGP, Royal College of General Practitioners

Aug 2009Aug 2013

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Manchester

Sept 2001Jul 2007

Bachelor of Health Science, Intercalated degree in International Health , University of Leeds

Sept 2005Aug 2006

External positions

SAPC Ambassadors Co-Lead, Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

Mar 2022 → …

Honorary Research Fellow , University of Leeds

Oct 2021 → …


  • Primary Care
  • Participatory Research
  • Health Inequalities
  • General Practice


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