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I am a senior social scientist at THIS Institute (for healthcare improvement studies) in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care where I lead a programme of work using applied social science research to understand patient and staff experiences and improve care.

My doctorate was on experiences of infertility and my research now specialises in pregnancy and pregnancy complications, childbirth, maternal morbidity, neonatal and adult intensive care. I use innovative qualitative health research to develop and evaluate complex interventions and to inform health policy and service improvements in the UK and LMICs. Ongoing studies include:

  • Improving the practice of intrapartum electronic fetal heart rate MOnitoring with cardiotocography for safer childbirth (the IMMO programme)
  • Blood pressure monitoring in high-risk pregnancy to improve the detection and monitoring of hypertension (BUMP trials)
  • Exploring the potential for using mothers’ experiences of pre-term birth to improve care in Kenya, using video narratives and digital stories.