I am trained as a medical sociologist and I have an interest in mixed-methods research, qualitative research and evaluation research. A large share of my academic work has been in the field of either Public Health or the Organisation of Maternity Care. I have substantial research experience in conducting large-scale comparative studies, often using mixed-methods approaches.
I have been involved in evaluating large-scale community-based public-health interventions in Scotland funded by, for example, the Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government, Edinburgh), the Wellcome Trust, and NHS Health Scotland.
I have has also published on various aspects of research methods in a format easily accessible to a lay audience, including a paper on research ethics published in a midwifery journal.
My overseas¿ research is largely based in Nepal. We are involved in the evaluation of a community-based project funded by Green Tara Trust (UK-based Buddhist charity) tries to improve the uptake of antenatal care.
A second one funded by The British Council was awarded in 2009 one of the DelPHE grants to a collaboration between Tribhuban University and the University of Aberdeen and Bournemouth University and a Nepalese NGO. This latest project: Improving Access to Research Literature for Higher Education Institutions in Nepal (PARI Initiative) addresses gaps in teaching, learning and research at Nepalese universities. Our project aims to build on capacity of the higher education institutions in accessing and utilising research-based information in the medical, nursing and public health fields.
DelPHE (Round 4), British Council: Partnership on Improving Access to Research Literature for HE Institutions in Nepal (PARI Initiative), £ 53,000 for three years (with Prof. Ram Sharan Pathak & Dr. Bhimsen Devkota (both Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Dr. Padam Simkhada (University of Sheffield) and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen from BU’s School of Health & Social Care, and also Visiting Professor at Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) affiliated with Tribhuvan University.
The PARI Initiative aims to improve evidnece-based practice in Higher Education in Nepal, in short trying to move away from textbook teaching in health care and teach Nepali students about finding the most appropriate evidence-based treatment for each patient. PARI will help to refocus curricula in Nepal with greater emphasis on research information.
PARI has attracted considerable media coverage in Nepal, e.g. http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Make+education+research-oriented%26sbquo%3B+says+expert&NewsID=367115
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I am a public health researcher with interest in epidemiology, mixed-methods, maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, migration health and health services research as a result of working in various projects in different countries. In the past I have worked as a lecturer of public health, public health officer and medical laboratory technologist. I also have a strong track record of publications, experience of peer reviewing articles for journals such as PLOS and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, and have been involved in grant writing.
I currently work part-time as a postdoctoral researcher in maternity organisation and culture with Rachel Arnold. Together we are looking at organisational behaviour and culture in the NHS. We are using a mixed-methods approach to investigate how culture can create both barriers and opportunities when implementing change in different parts of the maternity services. Our study site is Dorchester hospital.
In addition, I am also working in other projects at Bournemouth University including midwifery education in Nepal and paramedics managing mental health patients.