Advanced Care Research Centre

The Team: New Models of Care

Meet the Team: Workpackage Seven

Workpackage Lead - Professor Stewart Mercer

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Stewart Mercer is a General Practitioner, Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity and Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care. His research focuses on understanding and responding to the needs of people with multiple complex conditions.

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Academic Lead - Professor Eileen Kaner

Eileen Kaner is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research and an applied behavioural scientist with expertise in intervention-based research; she is also Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria region of England.

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Academic Lead - Professor Barbara Hanratty

Barbara Hanratty - Headshot

Barbara Hanratty is a GP, Professor of Primary Care and Public Health and deputy director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit for Older People and Frailty. Her research concerns older people, with a focus on the health and social care interface, end of life and long term care.


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Academic Lead - Dr. Susan Shenkin 

Susie Shenkin

Susan Shenkin is University of Edinburgh Reader, and NHS Lothian Consultant, in Geriatric Medicine. She is NRS Ageing Specialty Lead and co-chair of ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes), and her research focusses on the causes and impacts of ageing, particularly for people with dementia or delirium, and those who live in care homes.

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Director - Professor Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie is Professor of General Practice at the Usher Institute, in the Edinburgh Medical School.

Bruce is a mixed methods health services researcher with an interest in the quality and safety of health and social care, particularly in relation to multimorbidity and polypharmacy. As well as research, he works clinically as a GP and works closely with the NHS and government to improve healthcare quality and safety.

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Academic Lead - Professor Amy O'Donnell

Amy O Donnell

Amy O’Donnell is Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research at the Population Health Sciences Institute. Newcastle University. Her work focusses on using complex systems approaches and digital technology to improve outcomes for patients with multiple complex needs over the life course.

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Research Associate - Dr. Helen Frost 

Helen Frost

Helen Frost has been involved in a wide range of clinical and public health research for over 25 years. Early in her career, Helen worked in the NHS in England as a physiotherapist, developing and evaluating complex interventions alongside clinical practice. Prior to completing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Warwick in 2007, she was the Director of Physiotherapy Research at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. In this role she was awarded funding from the MRC and other charities to lead several complex randomised trials of physiotherapy and surgical interventions.

In Scotland, Helen joined the ‘Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPRHP)’ and led the ‘Later Life Working Group’ where she developed skills in reviewing and evidence synthesis. In 2014, she joined the NMAHP Research Unit at the University of Stirling, where she gained further experience in Implementation Science, working with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC). More recently, Helen has worked as a lecturer and researcher in Health and Social Care at the University of Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University.

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Research Associate - Dr. Nav Aujla

Nav is a Senior Research Associate based at Newcastle University. She previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Warwick Medical School in the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums, and before that in the Behavioural Science Group at Warwick Business School.

Nav completed a multi-disciplinary PhD in Ageing and Rehabilitation/Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham. She also has an MSc in Medical Statistics (University of Leicester) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Leeds). Before her PhD, Nav worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Leicester and as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham.

Nav is a mixed-methods researcher with significant experience in health services research that can influence policy and practice. Her expertise is in the application of psychological/behavioural theory to improve care and support for people with physical and mental health multimorbidity. Nav is interested in intervention development, evaluation, and implementation research in the UK and internationally, including in low-and-middle-income countries.

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Research Associate - Tricia Tooman

ACRC Tricia Tooman

Tricia Tooman is a health services researcher with expertise using a knowledge systems lens to understand healthcare improvement. Her background as a social scientist includes medical education research and learning and change management. Tricia has been involved in a wide range of research projects including the Scottish Doctors' Wellbeing Study, Transitions of Healthcare Graduates and the Impact of Covid-19 and Embedded Models of Knowledge Co-Production. She completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2019 and studied the interconnection of research, policy and practice for improving sepsis care in Scotland.


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