We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local,
national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and
practice, and other related fields. Our four key areas of research are outlined below.
Our staff have a wide range of research interests alongside their clinical
and academic experience. For full details of HHS staff publications please see
Research Repository or individual
Mental health and psychological wellbeing
This multi-disciplinary research group comprises staff from the School of Health
and Human Sciences as well as staff from other departments including the Psychology
Department and Biological Sciences.
The group has a diverse range of interests across
the broad area of mental health and psychological wellbeing with applications for health
services, communities, social care and charitable work.
Projects & publications
- Winter, H., Moncrieff, J. and Speed, E. (2015) 'Because You're Worth It': A discourse analysis of the gendered rhetoric of the ADHD woman, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(4), 415-434, DOI:10.1080/14780887.2015.1050748.
- Speed, E. and Harper, D. (2015) Foreword to the Special Issue, Clinical Psychology Forum Special Issue: 'Recovery'?, 268, 1-2.
- Speed, E., Moncreiff, J. and Rapley, M. (eds.) (2014) De-Medicalising Misery II: society, politics and the mental health industry, London: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Burchill, J. & Pevalin D.J. (2014) Demonstrating cultural competence within health visiting practice:
Working with refugees and asylum seeker families. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11(2): 151-159
- Hiskey, S. & McPherson, S. (2013) That’s Just Life: Older
Adult Constructs of Trauma, Ageing and Mental Health, Published online February 2013.
- Andrews, L., Joseph, S., Troop, N., Van Rooyen, T, Dunn, B.D. &
Dalgleish, T. (2013). The structure of avoidance following trauma:
Preliminary development of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Scale (PAS).
Traumatology, 19, 126-135.
- McPherson, S.,Clayton, S., Wood, H. , Hiskey, S., Andrews, L.
(2013) Childhood experiences of adults with sexual, gambling, drug and/or
alcohol difficulties, Journal of Sexual Compulsivity, 20(4), 259-278
- Harper, D. and Speed, E. (2012) Uncovering Recovery: The Resistible
Rise of Recovery and Resilience, Studies in Social Justice, 6(1):
The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care, 9-26.
- Taylor D., Carlyle, J., McPherson, S., Rost, F, Thomas, R. (2012) The
Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of
psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory
forms of depression. BMC Psychiatry, 12:60
- Speed, E. and Taggart, D. (2012) It's your problem but you need us to
help you fix it: the paradox at the heart of the IAPT agenda, Asylum
Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry - Special Issue on Anti-Capitalism and
Mental Health, 19(3), 23-24.
- Speed, E. (2011) Discourses of Acceptance and Resistance: Speaking out
about Psychiatry, in Mark Rapley, Joanna Moncrieff and Jacqui Dillon (Eds.)
(2011) Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition,
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Thompson, H. & McPherson, S. (2011) The experience of living with a foster
sibling, as described by the birth children of foster carers: a thematic
analysis of the literature, Adoption and Fostering, 35(2), 49-60
- Pevalin, D.J. (2009) Housing repossessions, evictions and common mental
illness in the UK: results from a household panel study. Journal of Epidemiology and
Community Health, 63: 949-951.
- Pevalin, D.J., Taylor, M.P. and Todd, J. (2008) The Dynamics of Unhealthy Housing in the United Kingdom:
A Panel Data Analysis. Housing Studies, 23: 673-695.
Ongoing research projects
- Positive Choices Evaluation - joint project with Suffolk County Council and
The Ormiston Trust (Pam Cox, Frances Blumenfeld, Danny Taggart, Caroline Barratt,
- The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of
psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of
depression (Susan McPherson as a member of the research team based at the Tavistock
Clinic, led by David Taylor and Peter Fonagy)
- Exploring the value of facilitation in peer-support groups for people with
mental health difficulties (Kerri Walster, Susan McPherson, Caroline Barratt,
in collaboration with Colchester MIND)
- Recovery and Resilience: a sociological critique of strength-based models
of mental health, (David Harper [UEL] and Ewen Speed, funded by the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, £2000).
Research for public and patient benefit
The activities within this research group include staff from the School of Health
and Human Sciences as well as staff from other departments including Mathematics and
Biological Sciences. The activities are broad ranging but have as a focus work that
has a clear benefit for patients and the public. Wherever possible these activities
will involve patients and health and social care partners in the development, design
and implementation of these projects.
Projects & publications
- Georgiadis, A., Corrigan, O. and Speed, E. (2016) Frontline Healthcare Staffs' Experience of Organising Complex Hospital Discharges: An Ethnographic Study, Ethics and Behavior, Online early, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2016.1200977
- Speed, E., Davison, C., and Gunnell, C. (2016) The anonymity paradox in patient engagement: reputation, risk and web-based public feedback, Medical Humanities, 42, 135-140, DOI:10.1136/medhum-2015-010823.
- Andrews, L., Barlow, R. & Easton, E. (2015). Differences
in patient outcomes between a 6, 7 and 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programme.
- Goffey, A., Pettinger, L. and Speed, E. (2014) Politics, Policy and Privatisation in the Everyday Experience of Big Data in the NHS, Studies in Qualitative Methodology, 13, 31-50. DOI:10.1108/S1042-319220140000013003.
- Ageing and Assisted Living
- PEBL Project – Patient Engagement and Public Involvement Blogging.
A research project concerned with public and patient involvement in local
health care commissioning using innovative web based data collection strategy,
funded by National Institute of Health Research ‘Research for Patient Benefit’
(RfPB) programme - £137,000 – 36 months, (Ewen Speed in conjunction with Charlie
Davison and Ms Caroline Gunnell (West Essex NHS).
- PEBL AI project – development project in conjunction with colleagues from SHHS,
West Essex CCG, and Dept. of Computing Science and Electronic Engineering to develop
data mining and data harvesting techniques on patient engagement qualitative materials
for use by primary care commissioners, funded by University of Essex Staff development
fund - £15,000 (Ewen Speed)
- Information as a regulatory Device – project in conjunction with colleagues from Essex,
Warwick University and University of Nottingham looking at ways in which information is
being deployed as a regulatory device within the new NHS commissioning structures, funded by
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Research Capacity Funding - £9,500 (Ewen Speed)
- Modified Pilates as an adjunct to Standard Physiotherapy Care for Urinary Incontinence:
a pilot study. Funded by National Institute of Health Research ‘Research for Patient Benefit’
(RfPB) programme - £162,637 – 33 months (Jo Jackson, Louise Marsland and Berthold Lausen in
conjunction with Samantha Head and Faith Gage, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust)
- Longitudinal study of balance and gait of fallers and the effectiveness of falls prevention training.
Project in conjunction with staff from Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Anglia
Community Enterprise. Ageing and Assisted Living Seedcorn Fund - £9962 (Matt Taylor and Jo Jackson)
Social policy and social care
This research group draws from a predominantly social science perspective
to explore issues of health and social care in a broadly construed social policy
context. Within this stream key areas are interpretive policy analysis, as well
as a focus on policy in practice, across a range of practical contexts.
Projects & publications
- Speed, E. (2016) A note on the utility of austerity (editorial) Critical Public Health, 26(1), 1-3, DOI:10.1080/09581596.2015.1109063.
- Thiel, D., Speed, E., and Christo, S. (2015) The Impact of Welfare Reform in Essex: A Report for the Essex Housing Officers' Group, (July 1, 2015), Available at Social Science Research Network SSRN.
- Barratt, C., Green, G. and Speed, E. (2015) Mental health and houses in multiple occupation, Journal of Public Mental Health, 14(2), 107-117, DOI:10.1108/JPMH-11-2013-0070.
- Glynos, J., Speed, E. and West, K. (2015) Logics of Marginalisation in Health and Social Care Reform: integration, choice and provider blind provision, Critical Social Policy, 35(1), 45-68, DOI:10.1177/02610183145599.
- Scambler, G., Scambler, S. and Speed, E. (2014) Civil Society and the Health and Social Care Act in England and Wales: theory and praxis for the twenty-first century, Social Science and Medicine, 123, 210-216, DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.035.
- Speed, E. and Gabe. J. (2013) The Health and Social Care Act for England 2012:
the extension of 'new professionalism', Critical Social Policy, 33(3), 566-576
- Rumble, C. and Pevalin D.J. (2013) Widening inequalities in the risk factors for
cardiovascular disease amongst men in England between 1998 and 2006. Public Health, 127:27-31
- Barratt, C., Kitcher, C. and J. Stewart. 2012. Beyond safety to wellbeing:
How local authorities can mitigate the mental health risks of living in houses
in multiple occupation. Journal of Environmental Health Research 12(1): 39-51
- Burchill, J. and Pevalin D. (2012) Barriers to effective practice
for health visitors working with asylum seekers and refugees. Community Practitioner,
- Glynos, J. and Speed, E. (2012) Varieties of Co-Production in Public Services:
Time Banks in a UK Health Policy Context, Critical Policy Studies, 6(4), 402-433.
- Speed, E. (2011) Applying Soft Bureaucracy to Rhetorics of Choice: UK NHS 1983-2007,
in Stewart Clegg, Martin Harris and Harro Höpfl (Eds.) Managing Modernity: The End of
Bureaucracy? Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Backman, G., Hunt, P., Khosla, R., Jaramillo-Strouss, C., Fikre,
B.M., Rumble, C., Pevalin, D., Paez, D.A., Pineda, M.A., Frisancho, A.,
Tarco, D., Motlagh, M., Farcasanu, D., and Vladescu, C. (2008) Health
Systems and the Right to Health: An Assessment of 194 Countries.
Lancet, 372(9655): 2047-85.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership exploring the issue of mental health amongst residents
of Houses of Multiple Occupation (Caroline Barratt, Gill Green and Ewen Speed in conjunction with
Tendring District Council, £140,000 – completed August 2013).
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership looking at the impact of welfare reforms
(such as spare room subsidy) upon social housing tenants (Ewen Speed in conjunction with Darren
Thiel (sociology) and Colne Housing Association - £120,000 18 months ongoing)
Health professions education (HPE) and workforce development research
Regional, national and global provision of health and social care struggle to keep pace with the increasingly
complex needs of the populations they serve. Preparing the current and future workforce to rise to these challenges
requires a robust evidence base and critical analyses of educational and workforce policy. Working collaboratively
with service users, the public, commissioners and colleagues in partner organisations – locally and globally – our
research is informed by, and impacts upon, both policy and practice. Our researchers are drawn from a wide range
of practical, professional and academic disciplines and are engaged in diverse health professions educational
research and workforce development activities. The School leads a consortium International Collaborating Centre as part of the
Projects & publications
- Brooke J.M, Stiell M, Cronin C, and Ojo O (in review) The intersection of culture in the provision of dementia care:
A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing
- Hean S, Green C, Anderson E, O'Halloran C, Pitt R, John C, Morris D (in review) A BEME Systematic Review of the
Contribution of Theory to the Design, Delivery and Evaluation of Interprofessional Curricula using a Framework Synthesis.
- Barratt C (2016) Exploring the potential of contemplative pedagogy in health professional education. Focus on Health Professional Education, 17, 2: 20-31
- Bungay H, Jackson J, Lord S (2016) Exploring assistant practitioners’ views of their role and training. Nursing Standard 30, 30: 46-52.
- Cannell P (2016) Skill mix – a paradigm shift? British Dental Journal 220, 6:307 – 308.
- Green C, Buckley S, Taylor C, Hean S (2016) Beyond synthesis: Augmenting systematic review procedures with practical principles to optimise impact and uptake in educational policy and practice. International Journal of Research and Method in Education 9, 3: 329-344.
- Hean S, Anderson E, Green C, John C, Pitt R and O'Halloran C. (2016) Reviews of theoretical frameworks: challenges and judging the quality of theory application. Medical Teacher 38, 6: 613-620.
- Mallows A & Francis-Wright M (2016) Perceptions of the usefulness of peer coaching to facilitate clinical reasoning – a survey of physiotherapy students. AMEE MedEd Publish. http://dx.doi.org/10.15694/mep.2016.000034
- Willumsen E, Ødegård & Green C (2016) Editorial: Special issue on ‘Collaborative Work and Social Innovation’ Journal of Comparative Social Work, 11, 2.
- Cannell P and Pacey E (2015) Getting the mix right. British Dental Journal 219, 4: 148-149.
- Hean S, Doucet S, Bainbridge L, Ball V, Anderson L, Baldwin C, Green C, Pitt R, Snyman S, Schmitt M, Clark P, Gilbert J & Oandasan I (2015)
Moving from Atheoretical to Theoretical Approaches to Interprofessional Client-Centered Collaborative Practice. In Orchard C and Bainbridge L (eds.) Interprofessional Client-Centred Collaborative Practice: What Does it Look Like? How Can it be Achieved? New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Green C, Anderson L, Joseph S, McFadyen A and Reeves S (2015)
Expanding interprofessional research in the United Kingdom: A new national research group. Journal of Interprofessional Care; 29, 5: 407-408
- Jackson J Bungay H Smyth T Lord S (2015)
The status of assistant practitioners in the NHS. British Journal of Healthcare Management 21, 4: 183-189
- Shaugnessy E & Jackson J (2015)
Introduction of a new Ward Round approach on a Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit. Nursing in Critical Care 20, 4: 210-218
- Bungay H, Jackson J, Lord S & Smyth T (2013) What are the key factors in the successful implementation of assistant practitioner roles in a health care setting? A service evaluation Commissioned by NHS Midlands and East
- Green, C. (2013)
Relative distancing: a grounded theory of how learners negotiate the interprofessional. Journal of Interprofessional Care; 27, 1: 34-42.
- Thistlethwaite, J., Khalili, H., Grymonpre, R., Atack, L., Gilbert, J., Espin, S., Donnelly, C., Iglarsh, A., Green, C., Riva, J. and Namavarian, A. (2013)
Introducing the Global Research Interprofessional Network (GRIN). Journal of Interprofessional Care; 27, 2: 107-109
Current and Ongoing Projects
- A systematic review of the contribution of theory to the development and delivery of effective interprofessional curricula
In collaboration with Sarah Hean (Stavanger University), Chris Green (University of Essex), Elizabeth Anderson (Leicester Medical School), Cath O’Halloran (University of Huddersfield), Richard Pitt (University of Nottingham), Carol John (Bournemouth University).
- Embedding literacy support in pre-registration nursing curriculum: an action research project
Action research project exploring the impact of embedded literacy resources and tutorial support conducted by Iain Keenan, Chris Green and Karen Hudson (all University of Essex).
- A BEME review of how mindfulness is incorporated into pre-qualifying health professions education
In collaboration with Caroline Barratt, Chris Green and Greg Cadge (University of Essex), Aviad Haramati (Georgetown University, Washington DC), Majid Khan (Warwick Medical School), Jill Thistlethwaite (Sydney).
The Research Repository
Our Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by
researchers from within our School. In the Repository you can access leading Health
and Human Science papers and see the wide variety of fields that our academics research and publish in.
An example of research within the School
In this video Professor Gillian Green tells us more about her research into
the social experience of living with long-term illness. Her interest in this
area of research came about from her involvement in a project which looked at
the experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS.