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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 worked in the NHS for 25 years as a Clinical Psychologist, and had a particular interest in thinking about ways of helping people affected by dementia to make sense of their diagnosis, and to help them to adjust to the emotional threat inherent in this awful illness. Since moving to the University of the West of England three years ago, I have worked on a number of research projects that have looked in more detail at this process of sense making. This includes the Living Well with Dementia group psychotherapy project (in which I collaborated with Ann Marshall, Peter Coleman and John Spreadbury amongst others) and the Alzheimer's Society funded project on the influence of mnemic neglect on people affected by dementia, which is on-going.