A highly skilled researcher who has been involved in service review, evaluation and audit for 20 years. For ten years worked successfully as a self- employed researcher. This has included two extended periods of employment at Stirling University Cancer Care Research Centre and the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Rural Health. Joined Edinburgh Napier University School of Health and Social Care in January 2014 as the lead Research Fellow for the five year Macmillan Funded National Evaluation of TCAT - Transforming Care After Treatment.
Proven technical skills in the utilisation of various research and evaluation methods and analysis. During projects for Scottish Charities and the Scottish Government undertaken desk research (for example Wild Things Review of Evaluation approaches to Forest Education), literature reviews (for example evidence relating to Shifting the Balance of Care for Scottish Government; Evaluation approaches in outdoor health interventions for Forestry Commission), data retrieval analysis and interpretation (for example hospital admission data for Forth Valley NHS; referral and throughput data for Renfrewshire Head Injury Service/Quarriers), face to face and telephone interviews, group discussions (for example with disability organisation representatives for Mapping Scotland’s Disability Sector for Scottish Government; individual interviews with people with cancer and their carer for Cancer Care Research Centre and interviews with older carers of adults with learning disabilities for Quarriers) and case studies (for example for Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust I developed narrative case studies of walking group participant’s experiences and benefits). During these projects developed expertise in undertaking research with vulnerable groups including those diagnosed with cancer, people with dementia, adults with learning disabilities and older carers. In addition have worked with clinicians and other health and social care professionals both as research team members and research subjects.