I am a clinical academic with a background in neurological physiotherapy, a mixed methods researcher, with a particular interest in implementation science, co-production, and stakeholder engagement.
As part of my doctoral research, I am conducting a hybrid evaluation of a new self-management support programme for people with neuromuscular diseases, with a simultaneous focus on both clinical and implementation feasibility. This body of research has evolved to explore new ways of using implementation theories and frameworks to address the challenges of implementing a complex intervention within a complex clinical setting. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, the evaluation considers implementation determinants at an early (or “feasibility”) stage in the research pipeline, with an aim to increase the speed and effectiveness of knowledge mobilisation.
Public engagement with research
I am a firm advocate of the importance of public engagement in research, and recently led a series of public engagement initiatives supported by funding from UCL Engagement. The central focus of this has been a series of co-design activities, involving people with lived experience of neuromuscular disease. These activities have been developed in collaboration with an east London based artist.
I have a track record of collaboration with the creative arts and believe strongly in the benefit of developing innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to health research engagement. A recent example of this was my involvement in the CUREate project, which aimed to encourage creative graduates into London’s postgraduate health courses, as these graduates already have many of the core skills needed to deliver high-quality care and shape health at a time of transformation.