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Dr Sally Fowler-Davis Dip OT, MEd, DBA FHEA

Associate Professor Organisation in Health and Care


Summary

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. 

About

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

Teaching

Department of Allied Health Professions

Health And Wellbeing

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

Research

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)

Current applications
• 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

Publications

Journal articles

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

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

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

Shafizadeh, M., Manson, J., Fowler-Davis, S., Ali, K., Lowe, A.C., 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

Davis, S.F. (2009). Knowledge exchange: Capacity building in a small university. Education and Training, 51 (8), 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

Fowler-Davis, S. (2001). Review: Supported employment is better than prevocational training for increasing competitive employment rates in people with severe mental illness: Commentary. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 4 (3), 76. http://doi.org/10.1136/ebmh.4.3.76

Buijsse, N., Caan, W., & Davis, S.F. (1999). Occupational therapy in the treatment of addictive behaviours. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 6 (6), 300-307. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjtr.1999.6.6.13973

Fowler-Davis, S., Cholerton, R., Philbin, M., Clark, K., & Hunt, G. (n.d.). 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.

Fowler Davis, S., Platts, K., Thelwell, M., Woodward, A., & Harrop, D. (n.d.). A mixed-methods systematic review of post-viral fatigue interventions: are there lessons for long Covid? PLoS One.

Conference papers

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. http://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-736

Book chapters

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

Other activities

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

Postgraduate supervision

2 Prof Doctoral Students

NIHR Internship
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

Professional Doctorate
Karon Glynn- An Investigation into the experience of Accident and Emergency visits for people in acute mental health crisis

PhD
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

Media

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.

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