As a senior primary care researcher and Deputy Director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (ExeCTU), I have developed a portfolio of research across a range of topics of strategic importance to the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) Primary Care Research Group and wider Institute of Health Research. Working as part of multi-disciplinary team, I have considerable track-record of securing external research grant income from the UK National Institute Of Health Research (NIHR), the UK GMC, and charities (20 awards totalling £4,438,000), including seven awards as chief investigator. I have also worked as a named collaborator (seven projects; two as academic lead for major work streams) on awards funded by sources including the NIHR Programmes in Applied Research Grants and the Economic and Social Research Council.
In addition to my methodological support role within UEMS (i.e. working alongside clinical colleagues to advise/design the methodological components of their work), in recent years I have developed my longstanding interests in two areas:
• ‘Ageing Well’: evaluating the quality and effectiveness of health and social care interventions for older people, and the provision of innovative services to improve health and well-being in later life (e.g. intermediate and rehabilitation services; mentoring and social interventions);
• Assessing user experiences and quality of care: developing and measuring patient views relating to the quality of health care services (e.g. user experiences of out-of-hours services; patient satisfaction with intermediate care; quality indicators for older people’s care) and the monitoring of receipt of access to quality-indicated care.
From a methodological perspective, I specialist in quantitative methods that support the design and evaluation of complex interventions in applied health care settings (clinical trials and observational methods), the development and testing of participant reported outcome measures, and the evidence synthesis (systematic reviews).