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Heather Dunn Cert.HSAP, RN, BSc, MSc

PhD Candidate/Associate Lecturer

Summary

I have worked in various roles within the NHS in Sheffield between 1980 and 2011, including administration, finance, and as a Registered Nurse. I have worked as an administrator in various departments including Estates, Treasurers, Funded Nursing Care (FNC), and a NHS Clinical Research Facility. As Administrator for Funded Nursing Care in Sheffield I developed systems through liaison with multiple stakeholders to roll out a new DoH initiative on a city wide basis, with responsibility for communication, calculation and distribution of FNC payments of £1.5million per annum.

  • About

    In 2008 I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Psychology and went on to complete my MSc in Health Psychology in 2010. On graduating I worked for Sheffield PCT as a Health Trainer, holding clinics in GP practices and within the community to help promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours with individuals that either self-referred, or were referred by their GP. I started my PhD in Health Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University in September, 2010.

    My present doctoral research adopts a Critical Health Psychology perspective to explore long-term care delivery in older people’s private sector nursing homes from the viewpoint of care users and care providers. This research uses diverse qualitative data collection methods and data analysis. The research seeks to add to existing knowledge about nursing home care, and may inform nursing home policy and best practice.

    Teaching Interests

    2010-present – As Associate Lecturer I have delivered teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students on the Qualitative Research Methods, Health Psychology modules. I have also provided research project supervision for Level 6 undergraduate Criminal Psychology students.

    2010-2014 As PhD demonstrator I assisted with teaching research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students within the department. I also delivered other sessions including seminars to MSc Developmental Psychology students, and other modules as required.

    Research Interests

    I have a particular interest in health related research, particularly the psychological health and well-being of older people, or those who are more vulnerable or marginalised.

    My research to date has been mainly qualitative from a critical perspective. I have used multiple methods including ethnography, visual methods, photo voice, object elicitation, photo elicitation, interviews and focus groups. I have conducted thematic analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis.

  • Teaching

  • Publications

    Publications

    Publication: Dunn, H., & Moore, T. (2014) ‘You can’t go forcing food down ‘em’: Nursing home carers’ perceptions of residents’ dining needs. Journal of Health Psychology, 1-9, May.

    Publication: Dunn, H.D. (2010) – Report of Synergy Workshop: Beyond talk and text, stretching and enriching qualitative research practice. Bulletin of the European health Psychology Society, 12(4), 58, December.

    Research

    2012 -Research AssistantVolkerRail OTM Health and Safety Project (April-Present): Project Leader Dr. Jim Morgan, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, England.

    Presentations & Conferences

    2014 - Paper presented at the Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference: Representations and Participation (30 May), Sheffield Hallam University, England.

    2013 – Paper presented at the Qualitative Research in Social Sciences Group: The use of visual methods in psychology research (October). Sheffield Hallam University, England.

    2013 - Paper presented at the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) (22-24 July), University of Bradford, England.

    2012 -Paper presentedat the International Critical Care Conference: advancing an ethic of care in theory and practice (13-14 September), University of Brighton, England. Dunn, H.D., and Moore, T.J. (Unpublished manuscript)Exploring meanings of care in nursing care homes for older people; an ethic of care.

    2012 -Paper presentedat the International Conference of Ageing (13-14 September), Lancaster University, England. Dunn, H.D., and Moore, T.J. (Unpublished manuscript)‘You can’t go forcing food down ‘em’; Nursing home carers’ perceptions of residents’ dining needs.

    2012 -Poster presentedat the European Health Psychology Conference (22-25 August), Prague, Czech Republic. Dunn, H.D., and Moore, T.J. (Unpublished manuscript)Exploring meanings of care in nursing care homes for older people;ethnographic observation.

    2012 -Paper presentedat the Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, (30 May), University of Sheffield, England. Dunn, H.D., and Moore, T.J. (Unpublished manuscript)Exploring meanings of care in nursing care homes for older people;ethnographic observation findings.

    2011 –Paper presented at the SS&H Departmental Conference (Dec), Sheffield Hallam University, England. Exploring meanings of care in nursing care homes for older people; RF2.

    2011 –Paper presentedat the SHU Public Health Showcase Conference (June), Sheffield Hallam University, England. Nursing home care assistants’ perceptions of the barriers to residents’ access to quality dining service provision: ‘You can’t go forcing food down ‘em can yer’.

    2011 –Paper presentedat the SS&H
    Departmental Conference (June), Sheffield Hallam University, England. Exploring meanings of care in nursing care homes for older people; RF1.

    2010 –Paper presentedat the European Health Psychology Conference (August), Cluj, Romania. ‘You can’t go forcing food down ‘em can yer’; Nursing home care assistants’ perceptions of the barriers to residents’ access to quality dining service provision:

  • Other activities

    Membership of professional bodies: Graduate Member of BPS, Member of Health Psychology Division of BPS, Member of ISCHP, Registered with National Midwifery Council (NMC).

    Former secretary (2012-2013) of the PhD student and Early Researcher Forum responsible for organising activities, meetings, learning opportunities and information dissemination to other PhD students and Early Researchers within the faculty.

    Authorised Representative for Healthwatch including enter and view visits to health and social service provides for adults in Sheffield. Duties involve reporting on good practice and making recommendations for improvement to services.

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