Skip to content

  1. About us
  2. Our people
  3. Staff profiles
  4. Sally Fowler-Davis

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

Clinical Academic

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

    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

    Various

  • Research

    • Centre for Health and Social Care 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

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10508

    Ulley J, Harrop D, Ali A, Alton S, Fowler Davis S, (2018) Deprescribing interventions and their impact on medication adherence in community-dwelling older adults with polypharmacy: a systematic review (AA-18-0753)Age and Aging (submitted)

    Ulley J, Harrop D, Ali A, Alton S, Fowler Davis S, (2018) Deprescribing interventions and their impact on medication adherence in community-dwelling older adults with polypharmacy: a systematic review British Geriatric Society November London

    Fowler Davis S,Barnett A Silvester A, Farndon L Ismail I (2018) Enabling the voice of older housebound people to inform research ; the results of two improvement initiatives Health Expectations (submitted)

    Di Bona, L., Field, B., Read, J., Jones, N., Fowler Davis, S., Cudd, P. and Evans, L., 2018. Weaving a clinical academic career: Illuminating the method and pattern to follow.

    Farndon, L., Stephenson, J., Binns-Hall, O., Knight, K. and 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(1), p.26.

    Keen, C., Fowler-Davis, S., McLean, S., & Manson, J. (2018). Physiotherapy practice in pulmonary hypertension: physiotherapist and patient perspectives. Pulmonary circulation, 8(3), 2045894018783738.

    Shona, J.K., Piercy, H., Ibbotson, R. and Davis, S.V.F., 2018. Who attends out-of-hours general practice appointments? Analysis of a patient cohort accessing new out-of-hours units. BMJ open, 8(6), p.e020308.

    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), e019084.

    Smith, T., Fowler-Davis, S., Nancarrow, S., Ariss, S.M.B. and Enderby, P., 2018. Leadership in interprofessional health and social care teams: a literature review. Leadership in Health Services.Mar.

    Piercy, H., Fowler-Davis, S., Dunham, M. and Cooper, C., 2018. Evaluation of an integrated service delivering post diagnostic care and support for people living with dementia and their families. Health & social care in the community July 22

    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), e019084.

    Kalaitzi V, Czabanowska K Fowler Davis S, Helmut B, 2017 Women leadership barriers in healthcare, academia and business Equality, diversity and inclusion: An international journal Fall 2017

    Chapman H, Kilner HK, 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 April 2017 Vol 22, No 4

    Fowler Davis, S., Enderby, P., Harrop, D. and Hindle, L. 2016. Mapping the contribution of Allied Health Professionals to the wider public health workforce: a rapid review of evidence-based interventions. Journal of Public Health, March 17, 1-7.

    Fowler-Davis, S., Evans, L., & Cudd, P. 2015. Locating assistive technology research in a clinical setting: an occupational perspective. In Advancing Assistive Technology and eAccessibility for People with Disabilities and the Aging Population, Budapest, Hungary. 

    Cudd, P., Evans, L., & Fowler-Davis, S. 2015. Fostering digital health innovation and research adoption: an example involving occupational therapists in the UK. Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates: Knowledge Resources, 8, 167-171. Retrieved from https://www.medetel.eu/download/2015/Med- Tel_2015_Global_Telemedicine_and_eHealth_Updates_Volume_8_Contents.pdf

    Fowler-Davis, S. 2015. Going for growth: improvement in the infrastructural and management support for clinical academic research. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 4. doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u208144.w3845

    Fowler-Davis, S., Barnett, D., & Ismail, M. 2015. What are the experiences of frail patients who have fallen, and are discharged from hospital to be assessed at home for care and/or therapy? NIHR Report for NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber- RDSYH Public Involvement in Grant Applications Funding Award (unpublished).

    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.doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2014.12.001 

    Fowler Davis S 2015 Going for growth: improvement in the infrastructural and management support for clinical academic research BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015; u208144.w3845 doi: 10.1136/bmjquality.u208144.w3845

    Fowler Davis S 2015 A rapid review and selection of evidence-based examples of AHP contributions to public health, Kings Fund Enabling allied health professionals to lead and shape new models of care 8th Dec 

    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 (2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2014.12.001Kalaitzi V, Czabanowska K Fowler Davis S,

     Helmut B, (2017)Women leadership barriers in healthcare, academia and business Equality, diversity and inclusion: An international journal (Fall 2017)
    Chapman H, Kilner HK, 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 April 2017 Vol 22, No 4

    Fowler Davis,Farndon, Binns Hart (in Preparation) The Role of Podiatrists in Health Improvement for Peripheral Arterial Disease; an evidence based approach to planning and service re-design- Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

    Fowler-Davis, Pownall, Cobb(submitted) Why health service managers are critical to the development of a research active workforce? Experiences from the frontline. Journal of health Services Research

    Fowler Davis,Enderby,Harrop, Hindle (Submitted) Mapping the contribution of Allied Health Professions to the wider public health workforce - a rapid review of evidence based interventions Journal of Public health Oxford University press

    Peter Cudd P, Fowler-Davis S, Evans L (2015) Identifying research opportunities between two organisations Advancing Assistive Technology and eAccessibility for People with Disabilities and the Aging Population, Budapest 2015

    Fowler Davis S (2009) Knowledge Exchange; Capacity building in a small university Education and Training Volume 51 issue 8/9 p682-695

    Professional Engagement

    Lowe, Fowler Davis (2015) Mapping the contribution of physiotherapy to public health, Frontline

    Fowler Davis S, Pettigrew Y (2011) Are you working QIPPLY? Occupational Therapy News February 15th

    Presentations

    Presentation- Fowler davis S - Identifying the impact of research on performance outcomes and patient experiences: an allied health professional perspective Evidence based practice Conference Taeomina Sicily Oct 2015

    Keynote Address- "Assistive Technology in Health care- Have we lost the Plot" Advancing Assistive Technology and eAccessibility for People with Disabilities and the Aging Population Budapest Sept 2015

    Poster- Fowler Davis, Enderby Stevenson, Mapping the Impact of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in Health Improvement: a growing contribution Public health England Conference UK Oct 2015

    Poster- Fowler Davis S, Lewis R (2013) Initial Themes in Unscheduled and Urgent Care- Reflections on whole Systems Improvement HSRC Nottingham June 13-16th 2013 (poster presentation)

    Fowler Davis S, Morris S, (2011) Allied Health Professional Service Improvement, increasing access and reducing waiting times, International Forum for Quality and Safety in Health Care Amsterdam 5th-11th April (poster presentation)

    Poole H, Fowler Davis S, Boak G (2011) Moving Forward- Service Improvement in Physiotherapy , International Forum for Quality and Safety in Health Care Amsterdam 5th-11th April (poster presentation)

    Fowler Davis S (2009) Building enterprise capacity; participation issues in an improvement project, Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference, Action Research for Improvement in Schools, Communities and Organizational Spaces. What is to be done? Oct 31st-Nov 1st 2009 Athens

    Fowler Davis S, Twomey J (2009) Integrated Learning Project, International New Type of Worker in Health and Social Care, Conference proceedings Jan 22/23 London

    Penny J, Cooke M, Lister S, Fowler Davis S (2008) Service Improvement Learning in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from a two year project, International Conference for Quality and Safety in Health Care (conference proceedings) March 23-27 Paris

    NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (2008) Improvement in Pre-registration Education for Better, Safer Healthcare (collaborative publication, named author) NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

    Fowler Davis S (2006) Understanding the CPD Requirements for HPC Registration Therapy Weekly May 11th

    Fowler Davis S, Northrop J(2005). Learning Needs for Support Staff in North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Published by Learning and Skills Council July 2005

    Fowler Davis S and Booth M (2004) AHP Consultancy; A manager’s guide Therapy Weekly (August 2)

    Fowler Davis S, Hyde P (2002) Research priorities in Mental Health; An update British Journal of Occupational Therapy (June)

    Fowler Davis S, Bannigan K (2000) ‘Research Priorities in mental health – The Results of a Live Research Exercise’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy (March)

    Buijesse N, Caan W, Fowler Davis S (1999) Occupational Therapy in the Treatment Addictive Behaviours – British Journal of Therapy and Rehab 1999 vol 6.

    Fowler Davis S. Lynam C. Candelin A. (2006) Teaching and Learning for Support Staff; the Critical Issues in Jones R. Leadership and Management for AHPs, Routledge

  • 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.

Share this page

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?

Close