Fiona Sampson BA, MSc

Photgraph of Fiona Sampson

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

ScHARR, University of Sheffield
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA


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After working within the Operational Research section of ScHARR for four years, I joined the Health Services Research section 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). In 2011 I was awarded a NIHR doctoral research fellowship to look at improving pain management in Emergency Departments.

Research interests

My research interests are in evaluating health care systems, patient perspectives of health services and the use of mixed methods in research.

Current Projects

  • The IMPEDE study: Improving the Management of Pain in Emergency Departments. A mixed methods study.


  • 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
  • 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

For a full list of publications please see here


I am based in the section of Health Services Research

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