I currently work on the NIHR funded EQUIP programme grant working led by Professor Karina Lovell. EQUIP aims to enhance the quality of user involved care planning in mental health services by developing a user/carer-led training intervention for mental health professionals. I lead on the implementation work stream examining the processes through which user/carer focused care planning is translated into everyday practice.
I have been a health services researcher for 15 years. During this time, I have achieved a high level of understanding of research methods in health services research and in mental health research with a particular interest in using implementation science theory as a method of data collection and in the design of coding and analytical frameworks. As a result, I have developed and sustained a strong publication record in the field of chronic illness including the role of social networks and the implementation of programmes designed to improve health experiences. This led to me completing a PhD exploring the perceptions and expectations of recovery and prognosis for patients with chronic physical conditions in 2013.