Dr Sheila Kennedy

Research Fellow

School of Health and Related Research

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research Expertise:

  • Qualitative research and public and patient involvement in research relating to the health and social care of people with long term and or life limiting illnesses
  • Development and evaluation of services
  • care experiences and outcomes for ‘looked after children’


Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 2879
Email: s.m.kennedy@sheffield.ac.uk
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I worked as a NHS physiotherapist for 20 years before becoming a researcher and have been a foster carer since 2003. Having left ScHARR in 2002, I worked on a number of mainly qualitative and participatory research and development projects at Salford and Nottingham universities until I returned to Sheffield in September 2011. Since my return I have been focussing on research development work relating to improving the health and health care of older people. My post was originally funded by the Health Inequalities theme of NIHR CLAHRC SY and I have recently written a briefing paper about ageing populations and age–related health inequalities.

I am currently working on a 30 month NIHR HS&DR programme of multi-centre research about the acute hospital care of frail older people, using comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). I am leading the PPI work stream of the project.

Prior to being co-applicant and PPI work stream lead on the project above I contributed to the application and have worked on a EU FP7 project about the development and implementation of social innovations to promote healthy and active ageing, a local evaluation about Health Checks, and a participatory research project about what and when people want to know about genetic information.