I am currently Professor of Health Services Research in the College of Medicine at Swansea University. I lead the Patient and Population Health theme within the College and am Interim Director of the Swansea Trials Unit(STU).
I graduated in 1981 from the University of Surrey with a Bsc (Hons) Economics, Sociology, Statistics and completed my PhD in Health Services Research ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in seriously injured accident victims’ at the University of Sheffield in 2000.
My main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness, and research support. In these areas, the focus of my work is to plan, design and carry out evaluations of health technologies and new models of service delivery which often involve changing roles and working across boundaries between service providers. My work is strongly patient-focused and collaborative, and uses mixed methods to achieve study aims.

Orcid ID: 0000-0003-0173-8843

Areas of Expertise

  • Health services and delivery research
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health Informatics related to: Emergency and Unscheduled Care; Chronic Conditions Management

Publications

  1. Referral pathways for patients with TIA avoiding hospital admission: a scoping review. 7(2), e013443
  2. et. al. Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals (SAFER) 2: a cluster randomised trial and systematic review of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new protocols for emergency ambulance paramedics to assess older people following a fall with referral to community-based care when appropriate. Health Technology Assessment 21(13), 1-218.
  3. & A review of enhanced paramedic roles during and after hospital handover of stroke, myocardial infarction and trauma patients. BMC Emergency Medicine 17(1)
  4. et. al. Paramedic Assessment of Older Adults After Falls, Including Community Care Referral Pathway: Cluster Randomized Trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine
  5. & Rapid analgesia for prehospital hip disruption (RAPID): protocol for feasibility study of randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 3(1)

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Supervision

  • Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of caring for people who self harm using Evolved Grounded Theory. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • 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
  • Paramedic Supplied "Take Home" Naloxone Feasibility of Randomised Trial (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
  • Pre-Hospital Analgesia for Patients with Hip Fracture: existing methods and opportunities for improvement (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
    Other supervisor: Prof Greg Fegan
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Pallister

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