Patricia Coleman

BA (Hons) Political Theory and Institutions 1984; Postgraduate Diploma in Law 2005

School of Health and Related Research

Research Fellow
+44 114 222 0779

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

I joined the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield in 1987 to work on a national study of the epidemiology of sports and exercise injuries and illness. Since then I have been engaged continuously in health services research mostly around how emergency and immediate care is provided.

In 2008 I won the JRCALC prize for research most likely to influence practice for: 'Emergency Care Practitioners: Shaping a new type of health care provider from NHS roles', and in 2009, the Zoll International prize for the highest quality research for: 'War and Peace? Strategies to integrate Emergency Care Practitioners into existing health care teams in the UK.' Both papers arose from the qualitative research that I completed as part of a national evaluation of new ways of working in health care led by Professor Suzanne Mason.

Currently, I am involved in two consultancy projects and a member of the research team evaluating the 111 telephone pilot sites in England.

Research interests

My research interests are new ways of synthesising qualitative and quantitative research results, and the potential of electronic media to transform how health services and health services research, are delivered.

Teaching interests

I have introduced masters students to the history of evidence-based medicine in the UK, taught the theory and practice of research ethics, and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations, for several years.

Professional activities

I am a member of the ScHARR Research Ethics committee, the Review Advisory Group for the Emergency Medicine Journal, and a reviewer for the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care research programme.