Fiona Sampson

PhD, MSc, BA

School of Health and Related Research

Senior Research Fellow
+44 114 222 0687

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Fiona Sampson
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined the Health Services Research section of ScHARR in 2000 to work on a Department of Health funded project looking at the scale of, and reasons for, removal of patients from GP's lists. Since then I have worked on a number of projects funded by the DH and other funders, including evaluations of NHS Direct, Advanced Access in primary care, NHS 111 and PCT commissioning.

More recently I have worked on projects in the area of emergency care, including working as project manager for the evaluation of the National Infarct Angioplasty Project Pilots (NIAPP) and on a trial for interventions for acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema (3CPO study). I have recently completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship exploring how pain management can be improved in adult Emergency Departments, using multiple case study design.

Prior to working in HSR, I worked in the Operational Research section of ScHARR for four years, during which time I worked on a number of cost-effectiveness projects and guidelines, including NHS Executive Cancer guidelines for Gynaecological, Breast and Colon cancers.

Research interests

My research interests are in evaluating health care systems, patient perspectives of health services and the use of observational and ethnographic methods in health services research. I am interested in implementation science, particularly in the field of emergency care.

Current projects:

  • Evaluation of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • The IMPEDE study: Improving the Management of Pain in Emergency Departments

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Research group

I run an observational and ethnographic methods research interest group for staff and students at ScHARR.

PhD supervisors

  • Title: Improving pain management in Emergency Departments: a mixed methods study. Funder: National Institute for Health Research doctoral research fellowship programme. November 2011. £280,000. Principal Investigator: Fiona Sampson (2011-2017)
  • Title:Evaluation of PCT and practice-based commissioning: identifying which commissioning processes produce successful outcomes. Funder: Department of Health Policy Research Programme.November 2008.£489,045 Principal Investigator: Alicia O'Cathain
  • Title: The cost-effectiveness of investigation and hospital admission for minor (GCS 13-15) head injury. Funder: NHS Health Technology Assessment. £181,039 January 2009. Principal Investigator: Steve Goodacre
  • Title:Evaluation of the National Infarct Angioplasty Project Pilots. Funder: NHS Service Delivery and Organisation. £275,000. March 2005 Principal investigator: Steve Goodacre
  • Title: An Evaluation of Advanced Access in general practice. 2002-2005 Funder:NHS Service Delivery and Organisation. £350,000 April 2004 Principal Investigator: Chris Salisbury
Teaching activities

I am currently the Course Director for the MSc in Advanced Emergency Care and module deputy for HAR6104 (Management Theory & Practice) and HAR6125 (Research Methods for Emergency Medicine). My teaching interests are in research methods, shared decision making and evidence-based health care. I supervise MSc dissertation projects and provide personal tutor support to MSc students