I have been Head of the Department of Public Health, Policy, and Social Sciences since 2011. The Department is home to a multi-disciplinary team of staff whose work contributes to increasing the health and social care workforce as competent and effective practitioners, and fostering academic expertise to enhance knowledge, policy and practice through teaching and research and critical thinking. It brings together experts in health and social care, social work, social policy, psychology, public health, management, and change, whose work reflects shared principles of promoting social justice, equality, diversity as a basis for improving human well-being.
The Department has over 40 PhD students currently. The department also runs eight MAs/MSc programmes, several qualifying programmes in public health nursing and social work, and two undergraduate programmes in social policy and health and social care. Many of our students come from overseas. The department also has strong links with the University of Houston, Texas and with Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Prior to being Head of Department, I led the MSc Health Care Management at Swansea which recruits students from the UK and internationally. I taught in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. I have supervised many MSc students, and several PhD students through to completion.
My own PhD was from the University of Kent. My thesis looked at power within health care, and the emergence of management within health care delivery. As a post-doc, I worked at Manchester School of Management, UMIST, on a project investigating the early creation activity-based costing systems and their use in reconstructing organizations and relationships. My interest in power has more recently led me to research the relative lack of power that service users have in the organization and management of services.
I have been involved in promoting and enabling good practice in patient involvement in clinical research. I am currently involved in a review of the integration of health and social care, with a focus on identifiable health benefits.
I am an experienced qualitative researcher familiar with a variety of empirical methods: interviews, focus groups, non-participant observation, and documentary analysis.