Mel Watson

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

PhD Student

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Mel Watson
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I graduated from Sheffield Medical School in 2010. During my medical degree I undertook an intercalated research BMedSci in ScHARR looking at the effectiveness and acceptability of the paramedic practitioner role within Yorkshire Ambulance Service. After 2 years of foundation medical training I specialised in anaesthesia and critical care achieving my primary FRCA qualification. After leaving clinical practice I moved into healthcare education and worked as a resuscitation officer/trainer in the private sector where I taught a range of courses including advanced life support. I undertook my masters in public health at ScHARR in 2020/21 focussing on animal therapy as a treatment for depression for my dissertation. 

  • MPH University of Sheffield 2021 (classification tbc)
  • MRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists 2018
  • MBChB University of Sheffield 2010
  • BMedSci (2:1) University of Sheffield 2009
Research interests

My PhD is entitled “the role of ambulance services in reducing avoidable transitions to hospital for older people living with frailty and care home residents”. I will be reviewing international literature on the approaches that services have used to reduce transitions to hospital for this group of patients, using routine data across Yorkshire & Humber to study variation in transition rates and using case studies to evaluate ambulance service organisation and delivery in areas identified as highly performing.

Supervisors: Professor Suzanne Mason and Dr Elizabeth Teale.


Journal articles

  • Chatha H, Sampson F, Croft S, Lewis J, Watson M, Robertson A, Tonkins M & Prager G (2023) Journal update monthly top five. Emergency Medicine Journal, 40(3), 235-236. RIS download Bibtex download