Deputy Impact Lead
School of Health and Related Research
Medicine, Dentistry and Health
- Impact evaluation and optimising pathways to impact
- Research use (implementation, translation, mobilisation, co-production)
- Realist evaluation
I am a researcher specialising in optimising and evaluating research impact, evaluating health and social care, and addressing the needs of an ageing population.
Currently, I am the Deputy Impact Lead for the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). This role focuses upon strengthening the use of health research for wider benefit. Throughout my career I have sought to undertake roles that enable a positive contribution to be made to society. It is within this context that I find the area of health research impact fascinating, multi-faceted, dynamic and evolving. ScHARR provides a diverse environment to steer the development of health related impact with opportunities to bring together both policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally.
My background spans research and development within health and social care and education. This includes: undertaking commissioned evaluation research for community based projects, curriculum design and delivery including online and distance learning, development of online information for NHS services, working with industry and a range of volunteer roles. I initially trained as a teacher and enjoyed working in Sheffield secondary schools and as Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University where I led a programme of Work Based Learning initiatives.
Current Research Projects:
Improving how the impact of health research can be demonstrated – a Doctoral research programme in conjunction with the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility.
What’s the contribution of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care to the impact of research: an analysis of case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Improving detection and support for older people with sight loss.