I am a Senior Lecturer and the Research and Knowledge Transfer lead, in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, with line management responsibility for a team of academic staff. My research is focused on social inclusion and diversity, mental health, health simulation education, youth sexual exploitation, substance use/misuse, digital health technology, systematic literature reviews and ethics. External collaborations include Public Health England, University Rovira Vergilli Catalonia, Spain, Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd., Kuopio, Finland, the University of Maribor, Slovenia, the University College Cork, Ireland, Clinical research Network, Bradford Institute for Health Research and Mental Health Nurse Academics (UK).
I have a significant track record of leading research and managing research projects as well as attracting external research grants from national and international bodies.
In 2016 I established the Transnational Alliance for Health-Related Research. The aim of this alliance is 'to work with international partners to do research to benefit patients and public'. International partners to date include universities in Spain, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK. This alliance has led to success in securing international research funding in 2017 and 2018, worth €299,538.00 and €304,582; and I am the principle investigator on both awards. The resultant research projects are: 'Optimizing patient safety through culturally competent simulation-based education with health professionals and 'Improving the quality of life for vulnerable migrant students through integrated digital technology enhanced support in higher education'.
Other projects include:
Project title: The DIAMONDS programme (Diabetes and Mental Illness, Improving Outcomes and Self-management). Date of award: 03/16 to 07/17 (40-day secondment). £11,612, awarding body: Collaboration, Capacity and IP Development Grant; Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH), and Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCT).
Project title: ‘Feasibility of a digital technology intervention (app) for young people engaged in an early intervention in psychosis service’. Date of award: 07/15-08/16. £25,000, awarding body: Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Development programme: 500510 HEYH-BDCT.
Project title: Impact of digital engagement on substance use treatment success. ‘Using personalized SMS to support recovery- Assessing implementation in two drug treatment cohorts’. £10,000: Awarding body: Public Health England; Joint Commissioning Team for Substance Misuse-Bradford District and Bradford Bridge Recovery Service. (2013-2016).
Project title: “Recovery from serious mental health issues”. Date of award: 17.02.17. £13,241 Awarding body: HEIF CCIP 2016/17 (co-investigator).
I also review for several journals and books editors and as a trained systematic reviewer (Cochrane and Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York) I reviewwith the Cochrane Schizophrenia group.