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Academic Biography

Mandy is currently employed as a postdoctoral Research Associate with Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (www.fuse.ac.uk). In this role, Mandy supports the Fuse Translational Research Programme, which aims to: explore what translational activities work under what conditions; develop methods to explore these issues; inform theory; and work with policy and practice partners in the NHS, local and regional government and other public sector and voluntary organisations to facilitate evidence-informed practice and policy, and practice and policy informed research agendas. Most recently Mandy has worked on qualitative research studies in schools to examine young people people’s views of a school based sex and relationships education programme, and with primary and secondary school students to explore children and young people’s use of energy drinks. Mandy has also undertaken research to evaluate a peer led intervention to improve access to primary care for young people with mental health concerns.

In July 2015, Mandy began working as an embedded researcher in Gateshead Council. Over the coming year, Mandy will work with the Council’s public health team to develop evaluation research on Live Well Gateshead. Live Well Gateshead supports individuals, families and communities to improve their health and wellbeing by reducing health inequalities through improved service integration and through moving resources towards prevention and early intervention.

Fuse and Gateshead Council Public Health have joined forces to develop this innovative model that supports the use of research evidence in the Council. The model aims to develop closer links between Fuse researchers and the Public Health team, resulting in improved skills in research and evaluation in the team and an increased awareness among researchers of the evidence and evaluation needs of public health staff in a Local Authority context. The post will provide opportunities to understand the practical, theoretical and methodological opportunities of embedded research in public health.

Mandy is a member of Fuse’s Knowledge Exchange Group (KEG), actively involved in different approaches to knowledge exchange. Mandy has collaborated with Fuse colleagues on publications, research projects, and the organisation of events, for example, on young people’s sexual health (2013), patient and public involvement (2014), Embedded Research (2015) and the forthcoming International Knowledge Exchange in Public Health Conference planned in Gateshead for 2016.

With experience of working in the settings in which public health interventions are delivered, combined with academic expertise, Mandy brings insight into the tensions, challenges and opportunities of using evidence, tackling inequalities and facilitating evidence-informed practice.

As a qualitative health researcher, Mandy has experience of undertaking applied public health research in partnership with colleagues in the NHS, Local Authorities, schools, GP practices and voluntary organisations. Most recently, this includes collaborative projects on maternal alcohol consumption, breastfeeding, children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, energy drinks, and sexual health.

When Mandy first joined Teesside University in March 2012 she worked on a two-year NIHR funded research project with Professor Rosemary Rushmer about research use and knowledge mobilisation in the commissioning and planning of public health services - what helps and what hinders. Teesside, Sunderland, Durham and Northumbria Universities collaborated with two case study sites to follow interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Prior to this, Mandy worked at the Evaluation, Research and Development Unit (ERDU), Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University on a qualitative research project and literature review on young people’s participation in health services. This built on my previous role as North East regional lead for You’re Welcome, a Department of Health initiative to improve the quality and accessibility of health services for young people in North East England.

In 2010, Mandy completed an ESRC funded PhD at Newcastle University on the social meanings of the C-Card condom distribution scheme with young people in North East England. This was an ESRC funded CASE studentship undertaken in collaboration with Newcastle Primary Care Trust and voluntary sector partners. Whilst working on her PhD, Mandy collaborated with a team of researchers, public health practitioners and teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of a sexual health and relationships education (SHARE) programme in two schools in Durham, including recommendations for practice.

Previously, Mandy has experience of working at Government Office for the North East for the Department for Education in a NE regional development role for Children’s Fund, for an NHS sexual health promotion and HIV prevention team, and in the voluntary sector as teenage pregnancy co-ordinator in Newcastle and for a project providing health services for homeless people in London.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Public health
  • Knowledge translation
  • Applied research and innovation
  • Evaluation of public health policy and practice
  • Interdisciplinary working

Research Grants

  • 'Change your mind about young people', Health and Social Care Volunteer Fund and Tyneside Mind (Co-applicants M.Cheetham & J. Shucksmith)
  • 'Energy drinks', Children's Foundation Child Health Research Programme (Co-applicants: Visram.S, Lake.A, Riby.D, Cheetham.M)
  • 'Ur Choice Relationships and Sex Education Programme', Bradford Metropolitan Council (Co-applicants J.Shucksmith, M.Cheetham)
  • Durham University Industrial Bridging Fellowship
  • Strategic Health Authority (January 2011-February 2012)

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 2013 2018

Cross site evaluation of Integrated Health and Wellbeing services in North East England

Carlebach, S., Cheetham, M., Billett, A., Mancini, M. & Rushmer, R., 2018, Public Health England.

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Embedded Research: a promising way to create evidence-informed impact in public health?

Cheetham, M., Wiseman, A., Khazaeli, B., Gibson, E., Van Der Graaf, P., Rushmer, R. & Gray, P., 9 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Public Health. 40, p. i64-i70

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"It was the whole picture" a mixed methods study of successful components in an integrated wellness service in North East England

Cheetham, M., Van Der Graaf, P., Khazaeli, B., Gibson, E., Wiseman, A. & Rushmer, R., 22 Mar 2018, In : BMC Health Services Research. 18, 10 p., 200.

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Localising and tailoring published research evidence helps public health decision making

Van Der Graaf, P., Cheetham, M., McCabe, K. & Rushmer, R., Sep 2018, In : Health Information and Libraries Journal. 35, 3, p. 202-212 10 p.

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Children and young people’s perceptions of energy drinks: A qualitative study

Visram, S., Crossley, S. J., Cheetham, M. & Lake, A., 30 Nov 2017, In : PLOS One. p. -

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