Frances Griffiths trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and King's College Hospital, London, and went on to become a general practitioner in Stockton-on-Tees. While working as a GP she undertook her PhD at the University of Durham, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, and was a founder member of the Northern Primary Care Research Network. Frances joined the University of Warwick in 1998 and became founding Director of the Warwick West-Midlands Primary Care Research Network and developed her research interest in the impact of technology on perceptions of health. In 2003 she was awarded a Department of Health National Career Scientist Award to develop a programme of research on Complexity and Health. She continues to work acorss the social science-health science interface.
Frances uses research methods from social science and has developed the use of mixed methods research methods for health. This includes work with complexity scientists from disciplines including mathematics, statistics and economics. Her current and recent work includes research on use of digital communication for health, primary care in Africa and, clinical decision making and ethics. Frances teaches research methods to students and health professionals and has written a book for this audience 'Research methods for health care to practice'. Frances was Director of Research Degrees for Warwick Medical School from 2009 to 2013, head of the Social Science and Systems in Health Research Unit from 2012-2016 and from 2016 is Head of the Division of Health Sciences in Warwick Medical School.