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My clinical background encompasses over 15 years of acute nursing and musculoskeletal care including extended roles. The most recent clinical post involved pioneering a nurse-led annual review clinic for patients with stable rheumatoid arthritis (RA), aiming at assessing disease impact on patients, addressing cardiovascular risk factors and promoting self-management amongst other things.
My PhD looked into the effectiveness of nurse-led care in people with RA. Being the first multicentre RCT in the UK to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of nurse-led care in rheumatology, outputs from this work continues to inform the evidence on the contribution of the rheumatology nurse specialists in the care of patients with RA.
As a senior lecturer in rheumatology nursing at UWE Bristol, my post has a combination of research and student education roles. Drawing from my experience in psychometrics and research on patient educational needs, my research role contributes to the department's self-management and health outcomes themes. On my student education roles, I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate research modules and supervising research students.
Outside UWE Bristol, I have leadership roles within British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Council as a Deputy Research and Conference Officer, and within European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), I lead EULAR Study Group on Patient Education and contribute to the EULAR Online Course for Health Professionals.
My area of expertise is around evaluating the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions using observational studies, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. In addition, I have expertise in developing and evaluating outcome measures using both traditional and modern psychometric approaches.
I am a Senior Research Associate based in the Mental Health Sciences Unit at the University of the West of England (UWE). My key role is working on a £2million NIHR Portfolio study, namely CORE '(CRT Optimisation and RElapse prevention). Along with Professor Richard Gray here at UWE, the study is being run with colleagues at UCL including Professor Sonia Johnson.
Alongside this role I am undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and work clinically within Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust (AWP) in Bristol.
I am a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. My main topic of interest is language evolution. How did human language get to be how it is? I am particularly interested in the emergence of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology and syntax) and how modality (speech or sign), iconicity and social factors influence linguistic structure.
Dr Vikas Kumar is Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE), UK. In past he has worked for the Dublin City University Business School in Ireland, Exeter Business School, UK and University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He holds a PhD degree in Management Studies from Exeter Business School, UK and a Bachelor of Technology (first class distinction) degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi, India. He has published more than 150 articles in leading peer reviewed international journals and conferences including the International Journal of Production Research, Expert System with Applications, Industrial Management & Data Systems, Computers & Industrial Engineering, and Production Planning & Control. He serves on the editorial board of six international journals including Int. J. of Services, Economics and Management, Int. J. of Manufacturing Systems, and Int. J. of Lean Enterprise Research, and. He is a co-founder and co-editor for the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operational Resilience (IJSCOR). He also serves as a scietific/technical committee member for a number national and international conferences and is a reviewer of more than 10 international peer reviewed high rank journals. Dr Kumar has secured research funding of around £1 million from various research agencies including EPSRC, Innovate UK, Britosh Academy, British Council and Newton Fund. He is an active member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and European Operations Management Association (EurOMA). His current research interests include green and sustainable supply chain management, short food supply chains, process modelling, lean and agile systems, and service operations management.