Greenhalgh, Trisha

Trisha Greenhalgh

Trisha Greenhalgh

Title: Professor
OBE FMedSci MA MD FRCP FRCGP FFPH FHEA FSB
Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact

Trish's research interests lie at the interface between sociology and medicine. She uses innovative interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on narrative, ethnographic and participatory methods, to explore complex, policy-related issues in contemporary healthcare. She has recently taken on the role of Dean for Research Impact – a new appointment whose remit is to strengthen pathways to impact across the medical school and provide strategic input to research policy, planning and staff development to reflect the growing priority of this theme.Current funded research projects include:

• ATHENE
• ORIEL
• GIFTS
• DREAMS

Recently completed research projects include:

• RAMESES (Realist and Meta-narrative Evidence Synthesis: Evolving Standards): an international consensus study to develop methodological guidance and publication standards for theory-driven systematic review (ufnding: NIHR HS&DR programme)
• Borderline NHS treatments: An ethnographic study of decision-making by Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in relation to treatments that fall outside service-level agreements (funding: NIHR RfPB programme)
• Diabetes risk: systematic review of risk models and scores for assessing diabetes risk; using geospatial mapping to plot diabetes risk across localities (funding: local PCTs)
• SCRIE (Summary Care Record Independent Evaluation): Evaluation of Summary Care Record and HealthSpace as part of the Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme (funding: Department of Health)
• HERO (Healthcare Electronic Records in Organisations): Ethnographic study of impact of electronic records on work routines and interpersonal interaction in general practice (funding: Medical Research Council)
• HERO-2: Secondary analysis of HERO data to lok at resistance to nationally-imposed IT systems by health professionals and managers (funding: NIHR HS&DR programme)
• POSEIDON (Promoting cOllaborative Support and Education in Diabetes for minOrity ethNic groups): Randomised controlled trial of 'sharing stories' peer education support programme for minority ethnic groups with diabetes, with in-depth qualitative components (funding: NIHR SDO Programme)

Personal website: Trisha Greenhalgh's CV

Bio

Trish is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a non-principal general practitioner in north London. She joined Barts and the London Medical School in April 2010 to set up the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit within the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. She gained her first degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University in 1980 and qualified in Medicine from Oxford University in 1983. She began her research career in laboratory science but retrained as a GP and worked at UCL for many years before transferring to Barts.
Her many awards and prizes include Order of the British Empire for Services to Medicine, National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator Award, Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award (twice) and European Health Management Association Baxter Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Healthcare Management (twice).

Trish has an active PhD programme and would welcome applications from prospective PhD or MD students in health services research or medical sociology in the above fields.

Research

Trish's research interests lie at the interface between sociology and medicine. She uses innovative interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on narrative, ethnographic and participatory methods, to explore complex, policy-related issues in contemporary healthcare. She has recently taken on the role of Dean for Research Impact – a new appointment whose remit is to strengthen pathways to impact across the medical school and provide strategic input to research policy, planning and staff development to reflect the growing priority of this theme.

Teaching

Joint Programme Director (with Prof Pollock), International MSc Programme in Primary Health Care, Global Health and Public Health

Topics for PhD supervision:

Qualitative and mixed-method studies relevant to primary health care, health service innovation, new technologies. Methodological and theoretical work which links with research interests listed above.

PhD Students:

Current:

Gemma Hughes (2012) - Integrated Care
H McMullen (2012-) Explaining the uptake of HIV screening using the diffusion of innovations model
N Fahy (2012-) Extending diffusion of innovations model for health policy
J Russell (2011-) Exploring the postcode lottery
J Reid (2011- ) The WHO Patient Safety Checklist

Past (all students completed within time period and passed with no or minor corrections):

D Eby (2007-2013) A mixed method exploration of the role of the nurse practitioner in Canadian healthcare
D Noble (2010-12) Risk scores for diabetes: exploring the dataset of EMIS web
D Swinglehurst (2008-11) The electronic medical record as technology in practice
U Vuttanont (2003-9) Sexual health education policy in Chaing Mei, Thailand
G Wong (2005-8) A realist review of the impact of the Internet on learning in doctors and medical students
G Parkes (2004-8) Does communicating lung age to smokers affect quit rate? A randomised controlled trial
C Chan (2003-8) Toddler obesity in Chinese immigrants to Hong Kong: a multi-level, mixed method study
S Shaw (2003-6) Out of Utopia: The (re)production of primary care research policy

 

Further information

External appointments include:

  • Research Excellence Framework Main Panel for Medicine (Deputy Chair)
  • Medical Research Council Committee on Good Research Practice
  • World Health Organisation Expert Advisory Panels on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Research Methods and Ethics
  • RAND/IHI International Working Group on Patient Safety.

Contact

Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
London
E1 2AB

020 7882 7326
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