Before joining LSHTM, I studied for my PhD at the University of York. My thesis explored the accessibility and acceptability of HIV services in the UK to adults receiving a positive HIV diagnosis at age 50 years and over, using a mixed-methods approach. For this project, I performed qualitative interviews with adults diagnosed with HIV at age 50+ years and healthcare professionals (HCPs) working in sexual health/HIV services. I also conducted a survey of HCPs working in sexual health/HIV services and analysed national GUM attendance and HIV testing data by age.
I completed my BSc in Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Adult) at the University of York in March 2011. Following this, I worked as a staff nurse on a haematology and oncology unit and as an oncology research nurse before starting my PhD in September 2013.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Older People's Health
Health Services Research
Health Care Policy
- Department of Global Health and Development
- Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Featured Articles (5)
The early introduction group participants of the Enquiring About Tolerance study were asked to undertake a proscriptive regimen of early introduction and sustained consumption of 6 allergenic foods. It was envisaged that this might be challenging, and early introduction group families were presented with an open-text question to express any problems they were experiencing with the regimen in recurring online questionnaires.
This study explored vaccination attitudes and behaviours among Polish and Romanian communities, and related access to primary healthcare services. DESIGN:A qualitative study using in-depth semistructured interviews with Polish and Romanian community members (CMs) and healthcare workers (HCWs) involved in vaccination in areas with large Polish and Romanian communities.
The Global Vaccine Action Plan proposes that every country establish or have access to a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) by 2020. The NITAG role is to produce evidence-informed recommendations that incorporate local context, to guide national immunization policies and practice.
The English national health system experienced a major reorganisation in April 2013. This mixed methods study examined how staff managed to deliver the national immunisation programme within a new health infrastructure and explored the role and contribution of 'partnership working' to programme implementation.
Improving evidence informed decision-making in immunisation is a global health priority and many low and middle-income countries have established National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) as independent technical advisory bodies for this purpose. NITAG development and strengthening has received financial and technical support over the past decade, but relatively little evaluation.