Dr Emily Wood


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Lecturer

+44 114 215 9121

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Dr Emily Wood
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a mental health nurse researcher working on healthcare workforce and policy research in ScHARR. The focus of my research is on the factors affecting retention of staff in NHS services and implementation of changing roles and changing ways of working for staff. I have worked in a variety of ward-based and community mental health services in the UK and Gibraltar. My PhD, in Health Services Research, focussed on the use of EMDR to treat long-term depression. I am also interested in a whole person view of healthcare particularly in people who have multiple conditions, which include both mental and physical illnesses.

Research interests
  • Health and social care workforce issues (safe staffing levels, recruitment and retention, burnout and stress, implementation of change)
  • Treatment for long term depression
  • Mental health and physical health
  • Mental health and the environment

Current Projects

  • RoMHS – Retention of Mental Health Staff

Journal articles


Teaching interests

PhD supervision

I would be pleased to hear from potential PhD students who would like to work on qualitative or mixed methods projects, which are related to my research areas.

Taught courses

I teach mental health to Adult branch nursing students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and research methods to Masters in clinical research students.

Professional activities and memberships

I sit on the departmental research committee and equality, diversity and inclusion committee.

I sit on the EMDR Association UK and Ireland’s Scientific and Research Committee.

I am the University’s Humanist and non-faith advisor to the Chaplaincy Centre https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chaplaincy/humanist.

I also work in the Health Sciences School where I am a research fellow.