Jo Middlemass joins the primary care research team

Hello!  My name is Jo Middlemass (on the email as Joan, but haven’t answered to that name for many, many years!)  I am the newest ‘addition’ to the primary care team which is part of the Community and Health Research Group in the School of Health & Social Care.

Jo Middlemass joins the Community and Health Research Group

After spending the last five years in Nottingham working as a Research Fellow on the  Genetics in Primary Care research programme and also as a Research & Evaluation Fellow for NHS Nottinghamshire County, it is like ‘coming  back home’ to Lincolnshire, where I worked for a number of years in NHS Lincolnshire PCT both as Clinical Governance Manager and also as a research facilitator.  I have a nursing background and have worked in general practice in a variety of different roles.  I am also currently nearing the end (she says optimistically!) of my PhD at Nottingham University, which is about behavioural change to prevent heart disease and the use of the Transtheoretical/Stages of Change model in primary care.
The research project that I will be working on is called ENACT, (Exploring social Networks to Augment Cognitive behavioural Therapy which is investigating the use of computerized CBT for insomnia, utilizing social networks). We are particularly involved in the initial qualitative research that will inform the development of the computerized programme. It’s a role that I am particularly looking forward to.
The study was publicized in the local press last week:

School of Health and Social Care Seminar Series 2010-11

 Professor Janneke Vans Mens-Verhulst from the University of Utrecht kicked-off the 2010-11 seminar series on Wednesday 20th October. Her seminar entitled: Improving Health and Social Care with an Intersectional Approach to Diversity” introduced the concept of ‘intersectionality’ as representative of the complex, varied, and variable effects which proceed when multiple axes of differentiation – economic, political, cultural, psychic, subjective and experiential – intersect in historically and geographically specific contexts. The concept emphasizes that what we call ‘identities’ – black, gay, mother, Muslim and so on – are not objects but social processes constituted in and through power relations. The concept also emphasizes that different dimensions of social life cannot be separated out into discrete and pure strands.

Multiplicity, representing consciousness as a “site of multiple voicings” does not necessarily originate with the subject but through discourses that are intersubjectively and structurally produced. According to Van Mens-Verhulst these multiplicities are part of everybodies existence. Therefore, in order to be more patient centered and improve quality in health and social care environments we must take heed to the ‘multiplicity’ and ‘hybridity’ of patients social positions as well as to their similarities. Thus, multiple axes need to be observed on order to instruct quality improvement projects within our respective healthcare systems. Lincoln-presentation -handout Prof Van Mens Verhulst

If you want to learn more about Intersectionality Theory and feminist ethics in health and social care join us at the next seminar where Professor Magrit Shildrick from Queen’s University Belfast and author of “Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)ethics” (1997), “Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self” (2002) and “Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Subjectivity and Sexuality” (2009) will speak about heart transplants in her talk entitled: “Hybrid bodies and prostheses: the bioethics of identity.”

School of Health and Social Care Seminar Series 2010-2011: Intersectionality – Theory and Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare

On Wednesday 20th October  Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) will present: “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity.”

The seminar will take place between 12:00 and 13:30 in room: ARM201, Architecture Building, Brayford Pool.

This is the first of a new international series of seminars in the SH&SC organised by Dr Zowie Davy and supported by the Foundation for Sociology of Health & Illness.

The subject of the series is Intersectionality: Theory and Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (Seminar Series Poster 2010).

This themed seminar series intends to bring together scholars, practitioners and activists who are working with feminist Intersectionality theory and feminist ethics in healthcare. The seminars will illustrate how intersectional approaches to healthcare can make an important contribution to knowledge and practice, which is crucial if quality improvement is to promote greater equity of healthcare provision provision. The speakers will be. looking at theoretical, institutional, methodological and ‘case study study’ approaches that speak to the multiplicity of voices who access/provide healthcare.

Wed 20th Oct 2010 Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity”

Wed 16th Feb 2011 Dr Jo Gilmartin (University of Leeds) “The impact of reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss on patients’ quality of life”

Wed 16th Mar 2011 Dr Ruth Deery (University of Huddersfield)

Wed 13th Apr 2011 Prof Nancy Harding (University of Bradford)

Wed 18th May 2011 Dr Ulrike Klöppel (Charité University, Berlin)

Please note: Prof. Van Mens-Verhulst’s seminar will be from 12:00-13.30, all other seminars will be from 13:30-14:45

ALL WELCOME Please RSVP your interest to:

Community and Health Research Group ‘Research News’ Autumn 2010

The School of Health and Social Care (SH&SC) Community and Health Research Group (CAHRG) are pleased to produce the first ‘Research News’ which is intended to communicate the range of activities being carried out within the SH&SC.
‘Research News’ will complement staff web entries and is intended to increase awareness of current work and expertise. We hope this will promote further interest in research activity and the development of internal and external collaborations.