I graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2006 and started working as a researcher with the university in 2010. I have worked on a range of studies using mixed methods to examine outcomes in applied health related research. These have included: a follow-up project of teenagers with Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment; a head-to-head randomised controlled trial of preschool parenting programmes; and a feasibility study of a compassionate care intervention targeted at hospital nursing teams caring for older people.
I commenced a PhD in October 2015 supported by the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work under the supervision of Dr Karen Walker-Bone, Dr Cathy Linaker and Professor Keith Palmer. This PhD will explore what factors impact people returning to work following knee and hip replacement. With an increasing proportion of arthroplasties being performed among working aged people, this PhD will help build the evidence base on which to advise patients on return to work following knee and hip arthroplasty, and to define the potential risks and benefits of early return to work for each procedure.