Biography

As a sociologist, Fiona’s research and teaching reflects her many years' experience developing multidisciplinary research on community-based support, especially for older people and particularly those living with dementia and their paid and unpaid carers while living at home, in care homes and other settings. Her research projects and publications explore how and how far community connections and participation may affect access to resources for health and wellbeing. She was twice Chair and is currently Vice Chair of the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) and is active within national and regional groups of the NIHR Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN). Her teaching is mainly in qualitative, mixed and participative research methods. She is currently examining how qualitative methods can be “embedded” unobtrusively within clinical and quantitative designs to encourage more collaboration in research, evidence-building and learning, in dementia support and in living with life-changing health conditions. She has successfully supervised PhD students across a wide range of health and social support-related topics and disciplines, emphasising innovative and inclusive approaches to research. She has recently been awarded grants totalling £16 million. She has 80 peer-reviewed publications and is journal editor of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. Her contribution to participative and community-based working was recognised in 2013 by the University of East Anglia’s Individual Award for Engagement.

Career History

  • 1992-1998 Lecturer in Sociology, Acting Research Programme Coordinator, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, University of Wales, Bangor
  • 1991-1992 Development Officer, Research Exchange, University of Manchester
  • 1990-1991 Census Officer, 1991 Census, OPCS
  • 1988-1992 Freelance consultant in social research and evaluation, research training with independent agencies and HE research projects in health and social care
  • 1986-1988 Research Associate, Dept of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • 1985-1986 Development Officer, Research Exchange, Manchester.
  • 1978-1985 Research Assistant, Manchester Social Services Department

Academic Background

  • 1978 BA Econ (Hons) Social Anthropology, II(i) University of Manchester
  • 1983 MA Econ, Applied Social Research, Distinction, University of Manchester
  • 1992 PhD, Sociology Department, University of Manchester Thesis title: Negotiating spaces: deploying ethnography, acquaintanceship and other resources in Rochdale.

All Publications

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Clarkson, P., Hughes, J., Roe, B., Giebel, C. M., Jolley, D., Poland, F., Abendstern, M., Chester, H., Challis, D.

(2017)

Systematic review: Effective home support in dementia care, components and impacts – Stage 2, effectiveness of home support interventions,

in Journal of Advanced Nursing

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Horton, S., Mares, K., Coull, N., Poland, F.

(2017)

On the character and production of ‘active participation’ in neuro-rehabilitation: an Actor-Network perspective,

in Sociology of Health & Illness

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pp. 1529–1541

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Smith, T., Cross, J., Poland, F., Brookes, A., Maidment, I., Penhale, B., Laidlaw, K., Fox, C.

(2017)

Systematic Review Investigating Multi-disciplinary Team Approaches to Screening and Early Diagnosis of Dementia in Primary Care – What are the Positive and Negative Effects and Who Should Deliver It?,

in Current Alzheimer Research

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Moniz-Cook, E., Hart, C., Woods, B., Whitaker, C., James, I., Russell, I., Edwards, R. T., Hilton, A., Orrell, M., Campion, P., Stokes, G., Jones, R. S., Bird, M., Poland, F., Manthorpe, J.

(2017)

Challenge Demcare: management of challenging behaviour in dementia at home and in care homes: Development, evaluation and implementation of an online individualised intervention for care homes; and a cohort study of specialist community mental health care for families,

in Programme Grants for Applied Research

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Chester, H., Clarkson, P., Hughes, J., Russell, I., Beresford, J., Davies, L., Jolley, D., Peconi, J., Poland, F., Roberts, C., Sutcliffe, C., Challis, D.

(2017)

Evaluating the effectiveness of different approaches to home support for people in later stage dementia: A protocol for an observational study,

in International Psychogeriatrics

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pp. 1213-1221

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Poland, F., Spalding, N., Gregory, S., McCulloch, J., Sargen, K., Vicary, P.

(2017)

Developing patient education to enhance recovery after colorectal surgery through action research: a qualitative study,

in BMJ Open

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article no. e013498

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Millar, A. N., Daffu-O’Reilly, A., Hughes, C. M., Alldred, D. P., Barton, G., Bond, C. M., Desborough, J. A., Myint, P. K., Holland, R., Poland, F. M., Wright, D.

(2017)

Development of a core outcome set for effectiveness trials aimed at optimising prescribing in older adults in care homes,

in Trials

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article no. 175

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Keenan, J., Poland, F., Wilson, P., Mathie, E., Boote, J., Varley, A., Wythe, H., Wellings, A., Vicary, P., Cowe, M., Munday, D., Howe, A.

(2017)

Research design boundaries for qualitative research, stakeholder and patient and public involvement, and why they matter,

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Birt, L., di Lorito, C., Waite, J., Higgs, P., Poland, F., Leung, P., Charlesworth, G.

(2017)

People with dementia doing research: the challenges for participation and collaboration,

in BMJ Open

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Charlesworth, G., Sinclair, J. B., Brooks, A., Sullivan, T., Ahmad, S., Poland, F.

(2017)

The impact of volunteering on the volunteer: findings from a peer support programme for family carers of people with dementia,

in Health & Social Care in the Community

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pp. 548–558

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Birt, L., Poland, F., Csipke, E., Charlesworth, G.

(2017)

Shifting dementia discourses from deficit to active citizenship,

in Sociology of Health & Illness

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pp. 199–211

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Howe, A., Mathie, E., Munday, D., Cowe, M., Goodman, C., Keenan, J., Kendall, S., Poland, F., Staniszewska, S., Wilson, P.

(2017)

Learning to work together - lessons from a reflective analysis of a research project on public involvement,

in Research Involvement and Engagement

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Hammond, S. P., Cross, J. L., Poland, F. M., Patel, M., Penhale, B., Smith, T. O., Fox, C.

(2017)

Freedom of Information Act: scalpel or just a sharp knife?,

in Journal of Medical Ethics

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pp. 60-62

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Di Lorito, C., Birt, L., Poland, F., Csipke, E., Gove, D., Diaz-Ponce, A., Orrell, M.

(2017)

A synthesis of the evidence on peer research with potentially vulnerable adults: how this relates to dementia,

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

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pp. 58-67

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Kenkmann, A., Poland, F., Burns, D., Hyde, P., Killett, A.

(2017)

Negotiating and valuing spaces: The discourse of space and ‘home’ in care homes,

in Health and Place

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pp. 8–16

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Ssali, A., Poland, F., Seeley, J.

(2016)

Exploring informed consent in HIV clinical trials: A case study in Uganda,

in Heliyon

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article no. e00196

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Serrano Santos, J. M., Poland, F., Wright, D., Longmore, T.

(2016)

Medicines administration for residents with dysphagia in care homes: A small scale observational study to improve practice,

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics

512

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pp. 416–421

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Bunn, D., Abdelhamid, A., Copley, M., Cowap, V., Dickinson, A., Howe, A., Killett, A., Poland, F., Potter, J., Richardson, K., Smithard, D., Fox, C., Hooper, L.

(2016)

Effectiveness of interventions to indirectly support food and drink intake in people with dementia: Eating and Drinking Well IN dementiA (EDWINA) systematic review,

in BMC Geriatrics

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article no. 89

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Feast, A., Orrell, M., Charlesworth, G., Melunsky, N., Poland, F., Moniz-Cook, E.

(2016)

Behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia and the challenges for family carers: systematic review,

in The British Journal of Psychiatry

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pp. 429-434

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Backhouse, T., Kenkmann, A., Lane, K., Penhale, B., Poland, F., Killett, A.

(2016)

Older care-home residents as collaborators or advisors in research: a systematic review,

in Age and Ageing

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pp. 337-345

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Key Research Interests

As a mainly qualitative researcher, I aim to use the power of qualitative research methods such as ethnography and social network analysis, to understand and foster the partnership work involved in managing health and wellbeing concerns as for individuals and communities. I am especially interested in qualitative research relating to structures and resources which can promote action and independence in community settings, involving work with voluntary groups and in relation to care work and rehabilitation, particularly involving older people.  This has enabled more recent studies and proposals in: social capital and health; community-based assessment of health needs; volunteer befriending for carers of people with dementia; community based rehabilitation; community support for people with chronic illness; evidence-building in community-based rehabilitation.

Research Group Membership

Policy and Decision-Making Research Theme Group

Evidence-Based Practice:

* East Anglia Research Synthesis research sub-theme group

* Communication and Health sub-theme group

Teaching Interests

I have set up training and education at community level, in FE and in HE , often initiating teaching courses usually related to researching.  These have ranging from organising, delivering or chairing unaccredited research skills-sharing workshops in-house or with local and national voluntary and community organisations, local and national conferences to diploma and degree (UG and PG ) modules in sociology and research methods as well as PGR studies teaching and supervision.

 

Current teaching activities

· Joint Coordinator and Lecturer  MSc Health Sci: MED-M31Y Introduction to Research Methods ;

· Coordinator and Lecturer: MSc Health Sci: MED-M33Y Further Qualitative Research Methods; AHP-115 Self-Directed Literature Review

· Research Dissertation Supervisor  MSc Health Sci and MSc Occupational Therapy, MSc Physiotherapy

· Tutorials/seminars: RSC and MED PGR Student Programmes

MSc Health Sci Research Dissertation workshops

 

· PhD/MPhil students:   Successfully supervised: 9; Currently supervising: 5

Topics:

- Ethnomethodologically-informed ethnographic study of interdisciplinary collaboration in two child development teams

- Comparative case study analysis of user involvement in three local NHS trusts

- Critical discourse analysis of constructions of medicine-taking by people with mild to moderate asthma

Methodological innovation in the research synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence in psychosocial interventions in cardiovascular disease

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Co-convenor for national symposium on “Collaborative Research in Inclusive Research” planned Nov 2006, University of Roehampton.
  • Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) Elected National Committee Member (1991) Elected National Chair (1994-98); Elected National Deputy Chair Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) (2001-04), Elected Hon Treasurer (2004-).
  • Project Steering Group and project mentor for PPP-funded multi-site research study “Developing teaching resources for therapist professional practice” (PI, Horton)
  • Invited contributor: ESRC Qualitative Resources national working group
  • Social Services Research Group (SSRG) Elected National Committee Member (1980) Elected National Secretary (1982-5); National Conference Organiser (1983, 1987, 1992)
  • Invited contributor to National Colloquium on Developing the role of qualitative techniques in voluntary sector research, organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Aid Foundation
  • 2000 Chair Community Development Foundation /ARVAC joint Conference, Conducting Longitudinal Research in Community Settings, Birmingham
  • Editorial Panel Member: BASEline (Journal of the British Association for Services to the Elderly) (1995-1999) then Quality in Ageing (1999).
  • Research reviewing for national NHS R&D organisations, Home Office Active Communities Unit

Professional Activities

  • British Sociological Association
  • Social Research Association;
  • Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector;
  • 1978-1996 Social Services Research Group
  • British Association for Services to the Elderly (BASE);
  • University College Union (Association of University Teachers);
  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN)

Administrative Posts

  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences Research Lead
  • Member of School Executive Committee
  • Member of School Marketing Group
  • Chair of RSC Research Consultation Group
  • Member of Institute of Health Research Committee
  • Institute of Health Research Capacity Development lead