I'm an Intensive Care nurse by background. I worked as a Research Co-ordinator in Intensive Care for several years, before completing my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2010 (Quality of life following prolonged critical illness: a mixed methods study).I am predominantly a qualitative researcher, and also have expertise in mixed methods research. My research uses patient experience to help inform the re-design or development of interventions and support services for patients recovering from critical illness. Completed work includes: a process evaluation of the RECOVER trial (enhanced post-ICU rehabilitation); a longitudinal qualitative study of survivors’ support needs during the year after hospital discharge (RELINQUISH study), a qualitative study of Home Ventilation among patients and their family members (HAVEN study), a pilot study of counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care (including those bereaved: CONNECT study) and a mixed methods study of the reasons for early unplanned hospital readmission among survivors of critical illness. Ongoing work includes the development of a support needs questionnaire for ICU survivors. My current focus is on the development and implementation of a novel e-health resource, based predominantly on patient experience, and specifically designed to offer supported self-management: http://www.criticalcarerecovery.com/. Originally developed in Edinburgh, the resource is readily “customisable” to other ICUs and geographical areas. To date, it has been rolled out to 6 ICUs across Scotland.