Dr Annette Boaz appointed as a reader in healthcare research at the Faculty

Dr Annette Boaz, an expert in evaluating the impact of research on healthcare policy and practice, has been appointed as a reader in healthcare research at the Faculty.

A social scientist who specialises in measuring how research into healthcare issues influences policy and practice and how it affects patient care, Dr Boaz has previously previously held posts at the universities of Oxford and Warwick carrying out research for the UK Cabinet Office and Home Office.Dr Anette

She has also worked in the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health and undertaken work for The Economic and Social Research Council into improving the impact of research.

Dr Boaz’s recent work includes a report for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) into whether research engagement by health service clinicians, managers and teams leads to better outcomes for patients. The report, carried out in conjunction with experts from Brunel University, is due out later in the year. Dr Boaz is also completing another NIHR study into the impact treatments developed by staff and patients or service users based on their own experiences have on the outcomes for lung cancer and intensive care patients in two hospitals in the United Kingdom

Dr Boaz is keen to take advantage of the strengths of the Faculty and consider it an excellent environment to understand how healthcare practice and policy taps into research. She is also is investigating collaborations with different researchers at the Faculty, including Dr Fiona Jones (reader in rehabilitation sciences and the founder of the Bridges stroke self-management programme) and Professor Ray Jones (professor of social work).