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Overview

My primary focus is digital health and I am Co-Investigator / digital health lead on digital health projects across a range of health domains. I am committed to co-design approaches and to using digital technologies to support under-served communities.

I co-direct the GM.Digital Research Unit at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust with Professor Kathryn Abel to develop, evaluate and implement evidence-based digital mental health platforms.  We run a weekly Digital Young People's Research Advisory Group to guide our work with children and young people.

I co-lead the Digital Health Software team with Matt Machin, a multidisciplinary team of software engineers, project managers, UI/UX designers and software support engineers building platforms for health rseearch.  

I have a particular interest in digital Cystic Fibrosis research, and I led the digital team which developed the CFHealthHub platform for the largest ever Randomised Control Trial in Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.  The digital platform is now in use in >60% of adult CF centres in the UK. I am Vice-Chair of the CFDigiCare collaborative, a 140+ member group of clinicians, people with CF, digital health researchers, and others committed to improving care for people with CF through digital approaches.

I co-lead the Connected Health academic theme at the Centre for Health Informatics with Dr Sabine van der Veer.

I am particularly interested in using digital health solutions to reach under-served (variously defined) and I am currently working on the CaFI:Digital project to support a Culturally-adapted family intervention for African and Caribbean people diagnosed with psychosis, and their families.  

I coordinate the Digital Health Reading and Research Group - weekly research group meeting, all welcome.

Qualifications

BA Mod (Hons) Computer Science

MSc Psychology

PhD Higher Education Policy

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 4 - Quality Education

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute

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