I am Professor of Health Services Research based at the Institute of Life Sciences 2.  I am also the Deputy Director of Swansea Trials Unit and Director of the South West Wales Research Design and Conduct Service, both of which are funded by Health and Care Research Wales.  I am part of the Patient and Population Health and Informatics Theme of the Medical School.  My first degree was gained from the University of South Wales, Cardiff in 1990 in Biomedical Science (First class honours).  I then completed my PhD at Cardiff University where I was based at the Common Cold and Nasal Research Centre on a studentship from Procter and Gamble pharmaceuticals.  After various research roles I was appointed as a Lecturer at Swansea University in 2005, and was promoted to a personal Chair in March 2016. 

I have more than 20 years post-doctoral research experience (including major project management roles), specialising in the analysis of quantitative data, particularly in relation to trials.  My research interests include patient reported outcomes measures, paediatric research, chronic conditions research and the use of routine data within clinical trials and other rigorous studies.  In addition to my research I am also the module coordinator for the Research methods module of a Masters in Trauma Surgery.  I am actively involved with postgraduate research having previously held both school and university strategic level positions to oversee postgraduate research.  I am currently supervising 10 postgraduate research students.  I am a peer reviewer for a large number of high impact medical journals and grant awarding organisations.

Areas of Expertise

  • patient reported outcome measures
  • PROMS
  • trials
  • chronic conditions
  • routine data
  • patient-centred professionalism
  • nominal group work
  • community nursing
  • community pharmacy
  • cough
  • child health

Publications

  1. & Long-term health effects after resolution of acute Cryptosporidium parvum infection: a 1-year follow-up of outbreak associated cases. Journal of Medical Microbiology
  2. & The readability of online patient resources for skin cancer treatment. Oncology and Therapy
  3. & UK-based prospective cohort study to anglicise and validate the FACE-Q Skin Cancer Module in patients with facial skin cancer undergoing surgical reconstruction: the PROMISCR (Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Skin Cancer Reconstruction) study. BMJ Open 7(9), e016182
  4. & Women’s Perceptions of Journeying Toward an Unknown Future With Breast Cancer: The “Lives at Risk Study”. Qualitative Health Research, 104973231773056
  5. & Protocol for a multicentre randomised feasibility STUdy evaluating the impact of a prognostic model for Management of BLunt chest wall trauma patients: STUMBL trial. BMJ Open 7(7), e015972

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Teaching

  • PM-M07 Health Research Methods and preparation for dissertation

    This module provides a broad overview of different health services methods including clinical audit, service evaluation, literature review/systematic review or health service research to enable students to evaluate the appropriateness of such methods for their chosen project question and enable them to undertake such a project for a Masters level dissertation.

Supervision

  • The development and validation of a patient reported outcome measure of listening effort in adult cochlear implant recipients. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
  • Emergency admission risk prediction tools in general practice: opportunities and challenges (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • 'Understanding and Measuring Health-related Quality of Life Associated with Upper Limb Lymphoedema = A mixed Methods Approach' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • Gastrointestinal cancer - effects of surgery and chemotherapy on quality of life (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • ‘Enquiry into how Qualitative Methods Influence Trials and their Yields’ (EQUITY): Exploring registered trials including a reported qualitative component (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Suzanne Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • Evaluation of smoking cessation strategies in lung cancer patients: developing a tailored and specialist service (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Prof Keir Lewis
  • An investigation of the clinical and patient reported outcomes following surgically treated pancreatic cancer in Wales? (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Jenkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • Utilising a Prudent Healthcare approach in improving outcomes in COPD (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Keir Lewis
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
  • Patient centred outcomes in post-facial skin cancer reconstruction, will tissue engineering provide an improvement in the future?” (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Prof Iain Whitaker
    Other supervisor: Prof Shareen Doak
  • Managing inflammatory bowel disease in the community - sharing records between professionals and patients (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Prof John Williams
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings