School of Health Sciences and Social Work
- Role Title: Senior Lecturer
- Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
- Telephone: 023 92 844439
- Email: email@example.com
- Department: SHSSW
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
After studying biological sciences and training as a post-graduate teacher at Oxford University, I worked for Voluntary Service Overseas in Nigeria as a science teacher. Whilst there, I gained an interest in infectious diseases, and returned to the UK to do an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 1998.
This then enabled me to work as an epidemiologist /research centre co-ordinator with Epicentre/Médècins sans Frontières in Kenya, Uganda and the Sudan, carrying out clinical research on diseases such as sleeping sickness, malaria, HIV/AIDS and meningitis in collaboration with various universities and the World Health Organisation. I returned to the UK in 2006 to work in a pharmacovigilance unit, co-ordinating prescription/cohort-event monitoring studies in the UK and Ghana on a range of primary care medicines including those for asthma, diabetes, incontinence and malaria as a research fellow and data analyst.
My current role is as a Senior Lecturer in Health Research Methods, seconded to the Research and Innovation department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. I work with NHS and academic professionals to design clinical research studies, (including clinical trials, epidemiological studies, mixed methods and implementation science designs) and to secure grant funding via the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), charitable organisations or commercial funders. I then support study implementation as a co-investigator or steering committee member. I oversee Patient Public Involvement (PPI) activities relating to research within PHT, including a vibrant group of Patient Research Ambassadors, to ensure that PPI is embedded throughout the research process.
Contribution to evidence-based practice, research methodology and patient public involvement teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates within the Faculty of Science.
Critical appraisal and research methodology teaching for Foundation Year doctors in NHS trusts.
Distance learning tutor for LSHTM MSc Clinical Trials and MSc Public Health.
I work on a wide portfolio of interventional and observational studies across clinical disciplines, including respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, surgery, radiology, microbiology, paediatrics, fundamental care of older people in hospital, and pre-hospital care.
Current research areas include:
• use of different commercial devices to detect variations in components of respiratory output which can be used to detect or monitor respiratory conditions;
• use of different gastrointestinal endoscopic methods and devices to enhance detection of pre-cancerous states or to remove cancers;
• use of surgical devices and methods in the upper and lower GI tract for improving patient outcomes;
• methods of encouraging urine production in small children to rule out urinary tract infection in paediatric A+E;
• exploration of adherence to night-time observations in hospital;
• effectiveness of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for patients with Clostridium difficile;
• recording of dementia in pre-hospital care, and the impact of presence of dementia on transfers to hospital (in collaboration with the South Central Ambulance Service);
• hospital outcomes for older people with dementia and cognitive impairment: exploring potentially modifiable risk factors using routinely collected data;
• the impact of ageing and changing care structures on activities of daily living and care requirements in Indonesia.