Deborah Harrop MA FHEA PGCert BA (Hons)

University of Sheffield
Faculty of Medicine
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Section of Public Health
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 225 5759



I am an Information Scientist in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and an expert on literature reviews in the health, social care and biosciences subject areas.  I have over 10 years of experience and I am a qualified information professional, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), as well as a Higher Education Academy Fellow and I was an elected regional board member for my professional body for over eight years.

I was fortunate enough to have been awarded the Faculty of Medicine scholarship to study for a PhD with ScHARR at the University of Sheffield.   My PhD explores the relationship between the physical environment and wellbeing in care homes for older people.

Supervisors:  Dr Emma Hock and Dr Sarah Barnes

Research Interests

I worked alongside a colleague at SHU to undertake extensive research into physical learning environments; most notably, the execution and synthesis of mixed methods research into a typology of learning space preference attributes.

I am currently supporting two health and social care PhD students at SHU.

Teaching Interests

I provide training for research staff and postgraduate research students on aspects such as literature review methods, scholarly impact and open access publishing as well as consultancy and training in information skills for external organisations.  For seven years I wrote and delivered information literacy sessions for all SHU biosciences students.

Professional Activities

Peer Reviewer for: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Student Engagement and Experience Journal, and Building and Environment
JISC learning spaces mailing list owner, Joint Information Systems Committee
Events Organiser, CILIP North West Members Network (2008-2016)

Current Projects

Thompson A, McLean S, Mallett R, Potia T, Harrop D and Chambers C. (2017). Development of a Core Set of Outcome Measures for an Exercise Referral Scheme (Back Active/ Stay Active).

Copeland R, Crank H, Harrop D, Hock E and Quirk H. (2017). Sheffield CCG, National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine, Exploring the role of physical activity in people with serious mental illness.

Croston M, Callaghan S and Harrop D. (2017). Gilead Sciences, MAC AIDS fund, The annual health review standard for people living with HIV: a commissioning for value programme.

Clibbens N, Harrop D. (2016). Burdett Trust, Early discharge service from acute mental health wards.

Breckon J, Noble B, Skilbeck J, Stevens R and Harrop D. (2016). Marie Curie, State of the Nations: terminal illness.

Holborn C, Eddy A and Harrop D. (2015). Prostate Cancer UK, A Clinical Education Impact Study: The Development of an ‘Impact on Patients’ Measurement Tool.

Gumber A, Ismail M, Cronin de Chavez A, Ibbotson R and Harrop D. (2015). Parkinson’s UK, Calculating the cost of Parkinson’s.

Cheung H, Redman J, McClimens A and Harrop D. (2015). Sheffield Hallam University, Student preparedness for placement.

De Normanville C, Turner J, Ibbotson R and Harrop D. (2015). Eli Lilly and the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, Evaluation of the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Workshop.

Fowler-Davis S, Harrop D, Stevenson J, Enderby P, Vernon W. (2014). Public Health England project, Mapping the impact of AHP in health improvement.

Chamberlain P, Wolstenholme D, Langley J, Craig CL, Baker C, Seals E and Harrop D. (2014). Arts and Humanities Research Council, A development project to determine and progress the 'state of the art' of design theory and practice in healthcare.

Kelly S, Davies L, Pollard N, Harrop D, Peplow D and McClimens A. (2014). Arts and Humanities Research Council, A critical review of the effectiveness of the therapeutic use of artistic activity.

Harrop D and Enderby PM (2013). NHS, National Audit of Intermediate Care, systematic review on workplace practices and team characteristics in intermediate care teams.

Ariss SM, Enderby PM, Smith T, Nancarrow S, Bradburn M, Harrop D, Parker S, McDonnell A, Dixon S, Ryan T, Hayman A and Campbell M. (2012). NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO), Secondary analysis of community rehabilitation and intermediate care - an information resource on community based services for older people.

Kelly S, Harrop D and Patmore B. (2012). NHS Leadership Academy.

Whitfield M and Harrop D. (2012). South Yorkshire NHS, Literature review on unscheduled care pathways.

Key Publications

Alreni ASE, Harrop D and McLean S. (2017). Measures of upper limb function for people with neck pain: A systematic review of measurement and practical properties, Manual Therapy, in press.

Chowbey P and Harrop D. (2016). What influences food choices among minority ethnic households? Evidence from the literature and a qualitative study in England. Race Equality Foundation, Better Health Briefing 42, July.

McTiffin M, Harrop D and Childs C. (2016). Evidence for the use of retinal imaging as a biomarker of cerebral damage in acquired head injury: a systematic review. PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews, University of York, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

Turpin B, Harrop D, Oyston E, Teasdale M Jenkin D and McNamara J. (2016). What makes an informal learning space? a case study from Sheffield Hallam University. In: Priestner, A. and Borg, M. User Experience in Libraries. Abingdon, Routledge.

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.

Alreni ASE, Harrop D, Gumber A and McLean S. (2015). Measures of upper limb function for people with neck pain: a systematic review of measurement and practical properties (protocol). Systematic Reviews, 4(43).

Chowbey P, Garrick R and Harrop D. (2015). Preparing minority ethnic children for school: integrating health and education. Race Equality Foundation, Better Health Briefing 35, March.

Ariss SM, Enderby PM, Smith T, Nancarrow S, Bradburn M, Harrop D, Parker S, McDonnell A, Dixon S, Ryan T, Hayman A and Campbell M. (2015). Secondary analysis and literature review of community rehabilitation and intermediate care: an information resource. Health Service Delivery Research, 3(1).

Kelly S, Davies L, Harrop D, McClimens A, Peplow D and Pollard N. (2014). Reviewing art therapy research: a constructive critique. [online], in press AHRC report.

Harrop D and Turpin B. (2013). A study exploring learners' informal learning space behaviors, attitudes and preferences. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 19, 58-77.

Smith T, Harrop D, Enderby PM and Fowler Davis S. (2013). Exploring differences between different intermediate care configurations: a review of the literature. National Audit of Intermediate Care.