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Social Science and Systems in Health Unit - Current Research Projects

Current Studies/Other Research involving Unit Staff (Principal Investigators from the Unit):

Study Title Principal Investigator (s) Funder(s)
Seed funding to develop full funding application for a study exploring the extent to which a lay-designed Participant Information Sheet can improve the consent process for research participants Prof Heather Draper Dr Gregory Moorlock Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity
Military healthcare professionals' experiences of ethical challenges whilst on Ebola humanitarian deployment (Sierra Leone) Prof Heather Draper ESRC (Ref ES/M011763/1), under its Urgency Grants Mechanism pilot, and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Brain, science and society: Promoting understanding of the complexities and dilemmas of first episode psychosis through the ethnodrama CRACKED in workshops, performances and Cafés Scientifiques Prof Gillian Hundt Wellcome Trust - Public Engagement with Science Programme - People Award
Imagining futures: The social and ethical implications of genetic screening Dr Felicity Boardman ESRC - Future Research Leaders Award
‘Preconception genetic screening for conditions of uncertain or variable prognosis: social and ethical implications’ (Feb 2017-Jan 2020) Dr Felicity Boardman Wellcome Trust award
Improving health outcomes for young people with long-term conditions: The role of digital communication in current and future patient-clinician communication for NHS providers of specialist clinical services (the LYNCS study) Prof Frances Griffiths/Prof Jackie Sturt NIHR - HS&DR
Intensive care unit decision-making: Understanding and improving the decision-making process surrounding admission to the intensive care unit Dr Chris Bassford/Dr Anne-Marie Slowther NIHR - HS&DR
The impact on patients and their health related decision making of viewing their own medical imaging results in the form of 3D accessible images Prof Frances Griffiths ESRC Studentship via University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Evaluation of emergency care treatment plans Prof G D Perkins NIHR - HS&DR
Clinical Research Fellowships:    
Dr Zoë Fritz, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Research: Trust and questioning in the acute care setting - a project to assess the role of sharing written information with patients Dr Anne-Marie Slowther Wellcome Trust - Ethics and Society Fellowship


Current Studies involving Unit Staff (Principal Investigators from outside the Unit):


Principal Investigator (s)





A randomised trial of a clinical prediction tool for targeting depression care Prof Jane Gunn National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia

Better Outcomes for Older people with Spinal Trouble (BOOST)

Prof Sallie Lamb

NIHR - Programme Grant for Applied Research

Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study (CHESS)

Prof Martin Underwood

NIHR - Programme Grant for Applied Research

Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)

Dr Alex Azeh 

Wellcome Trust - African Institutions Initiative

Diamond Cohort Study – better management of those at risk of persistent and disabling depression

Prof Jane Gunn

National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia

Exercise in dementia, DAPA

Prof Sallie Lamb


Facet Injection Study - facet-joint injections for people with persistent non-specific low back pain (FIS)

Prof Martin Underwood


Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS)

Prof Leandros Tassiulas

European Union - Seventh Framework Programme for Research

West Midlands Research Design Service Unit (RDSU)

Dr G Neil Thomas


What are the patient empowerment needs of post-treatment cancer patients in Denmark? A mixed methods study involving patients in the research process as steering group members, co-researchers and interviewers

Dr Anna Thit Johnson

Danish Cancer Society

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowships:



Dr Joanna Garstang – The West Midlands Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy project

Dr Peter Sidebotham


Dr Amy Grove - Barriers and facilitators to implementation of NICE clinical guidance in UK practice: elective, orthopaedic surgery for the treatment of end stage arthritis with total hip replacement

Prof Aileen Clarke





Resources for Research Projects:

Biomedical visualisations and society: A series of free workshops for early-career researchers

Holistic needs assessment: A survey of the use of tools in prostate cancer care and follow up