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Academic Biography

Pat is a Research Fellow at Teesside University specialising in evaluating health and social care interventions and Social Return on Investment evaluations. Before her return to Teesside University Pat worked in a variety of research roles including Research Consultant for Social Development Direct which involved working on a long term national evaluation for the ODPM involving community safety, anti-social behaviour, participatory methodologies. Other research experience includes the evaluation of a Community Safety Initiative for the Scottish Government, end of life care services, service user involvement, continued professional development, adult social care and care for the elderly in the community, mental health, learning disabilities and dual sensory loss.  Pat has good experience of working at national, regional and local levels.

Pat's research interests continue to be involving hard to reach groups in the research process both as participants and advisors and designing participatory tools to enhance engagement e.g. people with learning disabilities, elderly people, and children. Other interests include the evaluation of community based public health interventions, access to health services, adult social care, social return on investment processes and methods and a wide range of research and evaluation methodologies

Summary of Research Interests

Research interests:

  • Public health interventions
  • Community based research and evaluation
  • Adult social care
  • Elderly care in the community
  • Social Return on Investment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health

Current Projects:

  • Sunderland Infant Feeding Participatory Action Research Project - Sunderland City Council Public Health
  • Intelliscan Project - Qualitative process - Innovate UK
  • Arts Pilot Scoping Project - North East & Cumbria Children's Network
  • Pre-operative Risk Education Package (PREP) - South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Consistent delivery of healthy weight messages to pregnant and postpartum women - PHE
  • NHS 111 Mental Health response to Covid-19

Past Projects:

  • Sports England Local Pilot Project - Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Public Health
  • Health Needs Assessments - Teesside University, Middlesbrough College and South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • BabyClear - Service User Involvement
  • Evaluation of the Privacy Tool - NCMP
  • Evaluation of Early Discharge Project following lung resection - South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Tier 2 Weight Management Service - North Yorkshire County Council
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) Evaluation of Independent Living Services – Coast & Country Housing
  • SROI Evaluation of In Good Hands Deafblindness Awareness Project – SCENE CiC
  • SROI Evaluation of the Community Agents Programme - TVRCC
  • Research Support and Training – Families Talking
  • BabyClear - Service User Involvement
  • Access to health services for people with learning disabilities - Public Health England
  • Access to dental health services for people with learning disabilities - Public Health England

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MA Human Rights, Teesside University

Sep 2012Sep 2014

Award Date: 8 Sep 2014

UCCPD Research Management, Teesside University

Sep 2003Jun 2004

Award Date: 6 Sep 2004

Master, MSc Social Research Methods, Teesside University

Sep 1998Jun 2000

Award Date: 4 Sep 2000

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Human Studies, Teesside University

Sep 1995Jun 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

External positions

FUSE Associate

2013 → …


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