I work for the University of Leicester in the Department of Health Sciences. I am a GP by profession, but have been interested for a long time in ways to improve the quality of health care, and in consequence have spent a fair amount of time investigating patients’ experiences of care. I have been involved in studies that have included patients as co-applicants, as part of the research team, and as advisors.
My present role is as Director of the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. This is a large research programme planned to improve the use of research evidence by NHS organisations.