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Linda is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Health Sciences, who collaborates on projects across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a social scientist predominantly using qualitative methodologies to examine how social structures and systems affect people living with long term conditions and the experiences of informal and formal carers.
Her current projects include the THRIVE study, which investigates the experiences of registered nurses working in care homes during COVID. The project aims to learn how to support resilience and mental welling in this professional group. She is also part of a research group examining how to implement learning and practice from the NIHR The Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Study (CHIPPS). Within a multidisciplinary research group she is completing a rapid response study to COVID-19 investigating the physical and psychosocial experiences of people with inflammatory arthritis as they moved through shielding into the current COVID environment.
She is a founding member of the Inclusion Research Theme and since October 2019 she has worked within the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England in the Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-led Health and Social Care theme. This enables her to develop her research interest in innovative ways to support people who may feel disenfranchised from research to be more actively involved in all aspects.
She gained her PhD at UEA and her thesis investigated the roles, obligations and cultural expectations experienced by working age men who were combining paid employment with unpaid informal care. Prior to working in academia Linda qualified as a general nurse and following a career change, she worked for 12 years in Further Education developing and delivering health and social care training.
Research methods: Qualitative, process evaluation, framework analysis, phenomenological research
Knowledge areas: older people, dementia, inflammatory arthritis, care home research, co-production, volunteering
Associate Tutor in HSC teaching predominately qualitative research methods
Member of Qualitative Health Research Journal Editorial Board: October 2000 -
Previous Member of FMH Research Ethics Committee: January 2015-July 2017
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1/09/21 → 30/04/24
Learning from proactive deprescribing experiences within the Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Study to develop national policy regarding deprescribing in care homes for older people
1/04/21 → 31/03/22
Collaborative knowledge sharing in developing and evaluating a training programme for health professionals to implement a social intervention in dementia researchLeung, P., Csipke, E., Yates, L., Birt, L. & Orrell, M., 27 Jul 2021, In : Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 16, 4, p. 269-284 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Exploring disconnected discourses about Patient and Public Involvement and Volunteer Involvement in English health and social careGrotz, J., Birt, L., Edwards, H., Locke, M. & Poland, F., Feb 2021, In : Health Expectations. 24, 1, p. 8-18 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review articleOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic social restriction measures on people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in the UK: a mixed-methods studySmith, T. O., Belderson, P., Dainty, J. R., Birt, L., Durrant, K., Chipping, J. R., Tsigarides, J., Yates, M., Naughton, F., Werry, S., Notley, C., Shepstone, L. & MacGregor, A. J., 2 Jun 2021, In : BMJ Open. 11, 6, e048772.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile15 Downloads (Pure)
Birt, L. & Poland, F., 27 Apr 2021, Peer Research in Health and Social Development: International Perspectives on Participatory Research. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 61-74 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Accessing health services for musculoskeletal diseases during early COVID-19 lockdown: results from a UK population survey.Smith, T. O., Durrant, K., Birt, L., Belderson, P., Chipping, J., Yates, M., Tsigarides, J., Notley, C., Naughton, F., Shepstone, L. & Macgregor, A., 2020, In : Rheumatology Advances in Practice. 4, 2, rkaa047.
Research output: Contribution to journal › LetterOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)