BSc MSc PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
15-17 Tavistock Place
I joined the Department of Health Services Research and Policy in 2009 after completing a PhD in social statistics at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (Institute of Education). I originally studied economic history at the University of Sussex and housing at the London School of Economics. I worked in housing for five years, including three years at Shelter, the homelessness charity.
I am interested in how health and social care policies can be used to improve health and reduce health inequalities. In particular, I enjoy working with clinicians to develop and apply methods to measure the quality of health care and evaluate health care improvements using observational data.
I teach on Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy and I am co-organiser for the Proposal Development module. I am a tutor and project supervisor on the MSc in Public Health.
I am carrying out research to evaluate the impact of changes to hospital services for older people with hip fractures, funded by an NIHR postdoctoral fellowship. I work closely with the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) audit team. Using data from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the NHFD, the aim is to find out which national policy changes, and which local changes to hospital services, have been effective in improving patient care and reducing hip fracture mortality over the last decade.
I am based part of the time within the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I was previously involved in a programme of statistical work using National Health Service (NHS) data on patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for elective surgery in England. This programme focused on statistical issues surrounding the use of PROMs to compare health care provider performance and assess equity of access to surgery.