Dr Sally Fowler-Davis Dip OT, MEd, DBA FHEA
Associate Professor Organisation in Health and Care
As an organisational scientist and health services researcher, I have a wide range of policy implementation experience, a growing understanding of co-production research methods and an interest in implementation science.
I have a clinical background and continuing registration as an Allied Health Professional (AHP) and a strong interest in the health of older adults and the wellbeing of older populations.
My research interests are currently associated with the measurement of health outcomes and measuring the quality and impact of services.
I have experience of leading large scale programmes (DH 2009-11 AHP Improvement Project and NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation 2005-10- Service Improvement National Curriculum) and supporting services to engage with research as a driver to positive and inclusive improvement, based on the core principle of patient/resident/service user benefit.
I have honorary contacts and senior roles leading the development and use of clinical academic research at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and in NHS Sheffield CCG.
My research experience and publications reflect a diverse range of clinical/service areas, collaborators and PhD students and include significant experience with the use and adoption of assistive and digital technologies in the context of health and care services. I am able to advise and support a contemporary systems-level understanding of the NHS and social care in the UK with a particular focus on how to lead change and improvement.
- NIHR Clinical Academic Training Advocate and Member of the NIHR Academy
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA-0767)- Date of recognition is 01/04/2001.
- Associate Lecturer - Maastricht University- Leadership & Governance in European Public Health- (on-line and face to face delivery)
- Clinical Academic Development Lead, Combined Community and Acute Care Group (CCA) Clinical Academic Research Centre- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Research Associate- NHS Sheffield CCG
- Member of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine Strategic Research Forum
Research Impact/ Patient and Public Involvement
Organisational Development and Service Design Leadership and Public Health Roles
Allied health professionals
Department of Allied Health Professions
College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences
Growing research knowledge and activity in the NHS (STH NHS Trust)
Mapping AHP interventions in public health (Public Health England)
Evaluating the Sheffield Prime Minister's Challenge -Enhanced primary care Work stream (Sheffield CCG)
Scoping the Physiotherapy Role in the Management of Pulmonary Hypertension (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
CABOT - Collaboration for Assistive Technology Research and Occupational Therapy (Sheffield University CATCH)
My current PhD students are focused on investigating services for older people, those with acute mental health and those resident in care homes.
At Sheffield Hallam - I collaborated on the design and validation of the MBA Medical leadership and subsequently became curriculum lead for the Medical leadership programme delivered in Iraq and in Sheffield
I teach on leadership programmes internationally including organisational transformation, systems thinking and organisational behaviours
In previous roles (York St John University) I designed, validated and led an interdisciplinary curriculum - MSc Professional Health Studies
Allied Health professions/ Leadership
Previously MSc/MBA Medical leadership and Advance Diploma in Health Visiting
Evaluating the Sheffield Prime Minister's Challenge -Enhanced primary care Work stream (Sheffield CCG)
Scoping the Physiotherapy Role in the Management of Pulmonary Hypertension (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
Current funded programmes of study
• Dunhill Foundation- 'An investigation into thermal comfort of older people in care homes' (Co-investigator £87,000)
• Abbeyfield Foundation- 'Exploration of the value of digital learning for nutritional and hydration including textured diets (co-investigator (£97,000)
• NHS Sheffield CCG- 'Developing a positive quality impact assessment tool' (Knowledge exchange project £9,000)
• St Luke's Hospice- 'Evaluation of the model of acuity and dependency for end of life and palliative care nursing (Co- Investigator, £22,000)
• Public Health England- 'A rapid review of the role of Allied Health Professions in health improvement and public health' (Principal Investigator, pro bono)
• Higher Education England- 'Evaluation of the NIHR Pre-masters internship' (£30,000, Co-investigator)
• NIHR RfPB- active therapies on elderly wards- a systematic review (Principal Investigator £150,000)
• NIHR HSDR- Co-production of an outcomes minimum data set for care homes (Chief Investigator £1,450,000)
• NERC- Health and wellbeing improvements for care home residents using outdoor spaces (Co-Investigator £150,000)
• Innovate UK-Protecting patient data in the context of internet-connected medical devices (Co-Investigator £125,000)
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust
CLAHRC Y&H (Collaboration for Leadership in Health and Social Care Research) NIHR AHP Training Advocate
Morris, M.E., Brusco, N.K., Jones, J., Taylor, N.F., East, C.E., Semciw, A.I., ... Oldenburg, B. (2023). The widening gap between the digital capability of the care workforce and technology-enabled healthcare delivery: a nursing and allied health analysis. Healthcare, 11 (7). http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11070994
Ali, K., Mensah, E.A., McDermott, E.A., Kirkham, F.A., Stevenson, J., Hamer, V., ... Gage, H. (2022). Implementation of a medicine management plan (MMP) to reduce medication-related harm (MRH) in older people post-hospital discharge: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics, 22. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-03555-w
Fowler-Davis, S., Woodward, C., Greenfield, B., Homer, C., Williams, K., Hameed, W., ... Bryan, G. (2022). Bringing lived experience into research: good practices for public involvement in research. Perspectives in Public Health, 142 (4), 205-208. http://doi.org/10.1177/17579139221102229
Fowler Davis, S., Humphreys, H., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Withers, S., Lowe, A., & Copeland, R. (2022). Understanding the Needs and Priorities of People Living with Persistent Pain and Long-Term Musculoskeletal Conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Public Involvement Project. Healthcare, 10 (6). http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10061130
Fowler Davis, S., Choppin, S., & Kelly, S. (2022). Towards an Understanding of Population Health Data in a Single NHS Trust during COVID-19. Healthcare, 10 (3). http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10030447
Fowler-Davis, S., Young, R., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Hameed, W., Dracas, E., Hurrell, E., ... Copeland, R. (2021). Assessing the acceptability of a co-produced long COVID intervention in an underserved community in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (24). http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413191
Fowler-Davis, S., Platts, K., Thelwell, M., Woodward, A., & Harrop, D. (2021). A mixed-methods systematic review of postviral fatigue interventions: Are there lessons for long Covid? PLoS ONE, e0259533. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0259533
Fowler-Davis, S., Cholerton, R., Philbin, M., Clark, K., & Hunt, G. (2021). Impact of the Enhanced Universal Support Offer to Care Homes during COVID-19 in the UK: evaluation using appreciative inquiry. Health and Social Care in the Community. http://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13612
Fowler Davis, S., Cholerton, R., Freeman-Parry, L., & Tsenova, J. (2021). The Contribution of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Person-Centred Care within a Medicine’s Optimisation in Care Homes Service: A Qualitative Evaluation. Pharmacy, 9 (1), 34. http://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010034
Childs, C., Elliott, J., Khatab, K., Hampshaw, S., Fowler-Davis, S., Willmott, J., & Ali, A. (2020). Thermal Sensation in Older People, with and without Dementia, Living in Residential Care: New Assessment Approaches Using Infrared Thermography. . http://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202008.0337.v1
Fowler-Davis, S., Farndon, L., Harrop, D., Nield, L., Manson, J., Lawrence, J., ... Hindle, L. (2020). A rapid review and expert identification of the allied health professions' interventions as a contribution to public health outcomes. Public Health in Practice, 2, 100067. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100067
Fowler Davis, S., Farndon, L., Harrop, D., Nield, L., Manson, J., Lawrence, J., ... Hindle, L. (2020). A rapid review and expert identification of the Allied Health Professions’ interventions as a contribution to public health outcomes. Public Health in Practice, 2. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100067
Nightingale, J., Fowler-Davis, S., Grafton, K., Kelly, S., Langham, C., Lewis, R., ... Harrop, D. (2020). The role of Allied Health Professions and Nursing Research Internships in developing a research culture: a mixed-methods exploration of stakeholder perspectives. Health Research Policy and Systems, 18 (1), 122. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-020-00638-1
Childs, C., Elliott, J., Khatab, K., Hampshaw, S., Fowler-Davis, S., Willmott, J.R., & Ali, A. (2020). Thermal Sensation in Older People with and without Dementia Living in Residential Care: New Assessment Approaches to Thermal Comfort Using Infrared Thermography. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Open Access Journal, 17 (18), e6932. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186932
Shafizadeh, M., Manson, J., Fowler-Davis, S., Ali, K., Lowe, A., Stevenson, J., ... Davids, K. (2020). Effects of Enriched Physical Activity Environments on Balance and Fall Prevention in Older Adults: A Scoping Review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. http://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0395
Fowler-Davis, S., Hinde, S., & Ariss, S. (2020). Complex programme evaluation of a ‘new care model’ vanguard: a shared commitment to quality improvement in an integrated health and care context. BMJ Open, 10 (3), e029174. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029174
Fowler Davis, S., Barnett, D., Kelley, J., & Curtis, D. (2019). Potential for digital monitoring to enhance wellbeing at home for people with mild dementia and their family carers. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. http://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-190844
Smith, T., Fowler-Davis, S., Nancarrow, S., Ariss, S.M.B., & Enderby, P. (2019). Towards a theoretical framework for integrated team leadership (IgTL). Journal of Interprofessional Care. http://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2019.1676209
Davis, S.F. (2019). Why a Digitally Enabled Minimum Data Set for Older Adults in Care Homes Might Improve Population Health and Well-Being Outcomes. Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies, 5 (3). http://doi.org/10.31031/ggs.2019.05.000613
Pownall, S., Barnett, E., Skilbeck, J., Jimenez-Aranda, A., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). The Development of a Digital Dysphagia Guide with Care Homes: Co-Production and Evaluation of a Nutrition Support Tool. Geriatrics, 4 (3), e48. http://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics4030048
Chapman, H., Matthews, R., Farndon, L., Stephenson, J., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). The Sheffield Caseload Classification Tool: testing its inter-rater reliability. British Journal of Community Nursing, 24 (8), 362-367. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.8.362
Fowler-Davis, S., Silvester, A., Barnett, D., Farndon, L., & Ismail, M. (2019). Hearing the voices of older adult patients: processes and findings to inform health services research. Research involvement and engagement, 5 (11). http://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-019-0143-5
Ulley, J.M., Ali, A., Harrop, D., Fowler-Davis, S., & Alton, S. (2019). Deprescribing interventions and their impact on medication adherence in community-dwelling older adults with polypharmacy: a systematic review. Abstract only. Age and ageing, 48 (Supp 1), i37. http://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afy206.02
Ulley, J., Harrop, D., Ali, A., Alton, S., & Fowler Davis, S. (2019). Deprescribing interventions and their impact on medication adherence in community-dwelling older adults with polypharmacy: a systematic review. BMC Geriatrics, 19 (1). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1031-4
Di Bona, L., Field, B., Read, J., Jones, N., Fowler-Davis, S., Cudd, P., & Evans, L. (2019). Weaving a clinical academic career: illuminating the method and pattern to follow. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82 (1), 60-64. http://doi.org/10.1177/0308022618784258
Smith, T., Fowler-Davis, S., Nancarrow, S., Ariss, S., & Enderby, P. (2018). Leadership in interprofessional health and social care teams : a literature review. Leadership in Health Services, 31 (4). http://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-06-2016-0026
Keen, C., Fowler-Davis, S., Mclean, S., & Manson, J. (2018). Physiotherapy practice in pulmonary hypertension: physiotherapist and patient perspectives. Pulmonary Circulation, 8 (3), 1-9. http://doi.org/10.1177/2045894018783738
Farndon, L., Stephenson, J., Binns-Hall, O., Knight, K., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2018). The PodPAD project: a podiatry-led integrated pathway for people with peripheral arterial disease in the UK – a pilot study. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 11, 26. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13047-018-0269-y
Kelly, S., Piercy, H., Ibbotson, R., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2018). Who attends out-of-hours general practice appointments? Analysis of a patient cohort accessing new out-of-hours units. BMJ Open, 8 (6), e020308. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020308
Fowler-Davis, S., Piercy, H., Pearson, S., Thomas, B., & Kelly, S. (2018). Factors affecting decisions to extend access to primary care- results of a qualitative evaluation of general practitioners views. BMJ Open, 8 (3). http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019084
Piercy, H., Fowler Davis, S., Dunham, M., & Cooper, C. (2017). Evaluation outcomes for an integrated service delivering post diagnostic care and support for families living with dementia. .
Kalaitzi, S., Czabanowska, K., Fowler-Davis, S., & Brand, H. (2017). Women leadership barriers in healthcare, academia and business. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36 (5), 457-474. http://doi.org/10.1108/edi-03-2017-0058
Chapman, H., Kilner, M., Matthews, R., White, A., Thompson, A., Fowler-Davis, S., & Farndon, L. (2017). Developing a caseload classification tool for community nursing. British Journal of Community Nursing, 22 (4), 192-196. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.4.192
Fowler Davis, S., Enderby, P., Harrop, D., & Hindle, L. (2017). Mapping the contribution of Allied Health Professions to the wider public health workforce : a rapid review of evidence-based interventions. Journal of Public Health, 39 (1), 177-183. http://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdw023
Cudd, P., Fowler Davis, S., & Evans, L. (2015). Fostering digital health innovation and research adoption : an example involving occupational therapists in the UK. Med-e-Tel 2015 Proceedings, 8, 103-107. https://www.isfteh.org/files/media/Electronic_Proceedings_of_Med-e-tel_2015.pdf
Fowler Davis, S. (2015). Going for growth : improvement in the infrastructural and management support for clinical academic research. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 4 (1), 1-5. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjquality.u208144.w3845
Smith, T., Stankunas, M., Czabanowska, K., De Jong, N., O'Connor, S., & Fowler Davis, S. (2015). Principles of all-inclusive public health: developing a public health leadership curriculum. Public Health, 129 (2), 182-184. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2014.12.001
Fowler-Davis, S. (2012). Building knowledge exchange capacity in a small university : outcomes of action research. Industry and Higher Education, 26 (3), 251-263. http://doi.org/10.5367/ihe.2012.0094
Johnson, N., Penny, J., Robinson, D., Cooke, M., Fowler-Davis, S., Janes, G., & Lister, S. (2010). Introducing service improvement to the initial training of clinical staff. BMJ Quality and Safety, 19 (3), 205-207. http://doi.org/10.1136/qshc.2007.024984
Fowler Davis, S. (2009). Knowledge exchange: capacity building in a small university. Education + Training, 51 (8/9), 682-695. http://doi.org/10.1108/00400910911005235
Davis, S.F., & Hyde, P. (2002). Priorities in Mental Health Research: An Update. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 (8), 387-389. http://doi.org/10.1177/030802260206500807
(2002). Mental Health Update. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 (5), 251. http://doi.org/10.1177/030802260206500513
Fowler-Davis, S. (2001). Review: supported employment is better than prevocational training for increasing competitive employment rates in people with severe mental illness. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 4 (3), 76. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebmh.4.3.76
Creegan, S., Duboust, S., Ilott, I., Roberts, G., & Davis, S.F. (2000). Creating a firmer evidence base in mental health. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63 (7), 352.
Davis, S.F., & Bannigan, K. (2000). Priorities in Mental Health Research: The Results of a Live Research Project. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63 (3), 98-104. http://doi.org/10.1177/030802260006300302
Davis, S.F., & Finlay, L. (1999). Applying phenomenology in research (multiple letters). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62 (9), 424.
Buijsse, N., Caan, W., & Fowler Davis, S. (1999). Occupational therapy in the treatment of addictive behaviours. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 6 (6), 300-307. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjtr.19184.108.40.20673
Fowler-Davis, S., Young, R., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Hameed, W., Dracas, E., Hurrell, E., ... Copeland, R. (n.d.). Assessing the Acceptability of a Co-produced Long COVID Intervention in an Underserved Community in the UK. . http://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202111.0368.v1
Fowler Davis, S. (2019). Releasing Capacity for Nurses to Engage in Research; an organisational development approach. In RCN International Nursing Research Conference and Exhibition 2019, Sheffield, UK, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019. Royal College of Nursing: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/research-2019#about
Kelly, S., Ibbotson, R., Piercy, H., & Davis, S.F. (2019). Is there some degree of unmet need in primary care?: analysis of a patient cohort accessing a new out of hours units. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73, A34. http://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-SSMabstracts.72
Pownall, S., Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Jimanez-Aranda, A., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2019). A consensus based approach to the development of a digital dysphagia management guide for care homes (abstract only). In RCN International Nursing Research Conference, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019.
Fowler Davis, S., King, B., & Doyle, K. (2018). Organisational developments using research as a driver for change: an example in tissue viability services. In 3rd World Congress on Nursing & Nurse Education, Valencia, Spain, 12 July 2018 - 14 July 2018.
Skilbeck, J., Pownall, S., Fowler-Davis, S., Barnett, E., Gee, M., & Jones, D. (2018). Development of a Dysphagia Management Protocol for Older Residents in a Care Home Setting. (abstract only). Journal of Oral Health and Dentistry, 1 (S2).
Fowler-Davis, S., Kelly, S., & Piercy, H. (2017). Pragmatism in evidence synthesis and translation; a perspective on the evaluation of systems transformation Conference of Evidence-Based Health Care. (abstract only). In EBHC International Conference 2017, Taomina, Sicily, Italy, 25 October 2017 - 28 October 2017.
Fowler Davis, S., Evans, L., & Cudd, P. (2015). Locating assistive technology research in a clinical setting : an occupational perspective. Advancing Assistive Technology and eAccessibility for People with Disabilities and the Aging Population.
Cudd, P., Fowler-Davis, S., Evans, L., & Mawson, S. (2015). Knowledge Exchange: selecting research opportunities through estimation. Studies in health technology and informatics, 217, 736-743.
Skilbeck, J., Barnett, E., Gee, M., Fowler-Davis, S., & Pownall, S. (2018). Facilitators to providing nutritional support to older people in care homes: a qualitative study - Abstract. In RCN international nursing research conference and exhibition 2018: Conference abstracts. UK: RCN publishing: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/research-2018
External Examiner for Professional Doctorate in Health care - Bangor University
Invited Key Note Presentation at Advancing Assistive Technology and eAccessibility (AAATE) for People with Disabilities and the Aging Population, Budapest, Hungary October 2016
Recent Conference paper accepted / given
Fowler Davis S, Barnett D (2018) The positive effect of passive digital home monitoring- Using the 3Rings Plug with people who have dementia Kings Fund Digital Conference London July 2018
Shona Kelly, Rachel Ibbotson, Hilary Piercy Sally Fowler-Davis (2018) Is there some degree of unmet need in primary Care?: Analysis of a patient cohort accessing a new out of hours units. Society for Social Medicine Annual Meeting 2018, Glasgow, UK
Dr Sally Fowler Davis, Kevin Doyle*, Brenda King (2018)Organisational developments using research as a driver for change: an example in tissue viability services in Sheffield Euro Nursing-2018, Valencia, Spain- 12th -14th July
Professor Sue Pownall1, Elizabeth Barnett1, Dr Julie Skilbeck2 , Melanie Gee2 , Dr Sally Fowler-Davis2 (2018)Development of a dysphagia management framework for older residents in a care home setting UKSRG 2018
Piercy H, Fowler Davis S (2017)‘Evaluating the Doncaster Admiral Service: a new model of dementia care’ UK Dementia Congress 7-9 November 2017
Fowler Davis S (2017) Pragmatism in evidence synthesis and translation; a perspective on the evaluation of systems transformation Conference of Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) Teachers & Developers -The ecosystem of evidence- connecting , generation, synthesis and translation 25-28th Oct 2017 Taomina, Sicily, Italy
2 Prof Doctoral Students
Sarah Atkins- a review of the potential benefit of the Internet of Things for people with spinal cord injury
HEE Leadership Fellow
Helen Bloomfield- Palliative Care Champions in Intermediate Care- the potential for improved outcomes
Karon Glynn- An Investigation into the experience of Accident and Emergency visits for people in acute mental health crisis
Fellex Mendini- A focused ethnography into the reasons for the breakdown in supported living in residential care for people with learning disability
Nicholas Roe- An investigation into the transition from services from childrens' to adult services for children with long term conditions
Stephen Wey- To develop a theoretical framework and tools to analyse and explain processes of collaboration between people with dementia and carers within co-occupations and identify implications for theory and practice
Dr Sally Fowler Davis is a Clinical Academic with knowledge about the organisational and leadership of the NHS based on working with Department of health, Public health England and the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation plus a range of commissioning and provider Organisations. She has led leadership curriculum in UK, Middle East and Europe.