Professor Catherine Pope BA (Hons), PhD
Professor of Medical Sociology
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Catherine Pope is Professor of Medical Sociology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton where she leads the Emergency and Urgent Care (EmU) research group. Her research examines health care work and the organisation and delivery of health services and this has entailed recent work on NHS 111 urgent care services, the role of evidence in GP commissioning and studies of ambulance services. She has contributed to major national evaluations of NHS treatment centres, Walk-in Centres and Access to General Practice, and was an invited methodological expert to the Chantler independent review of plain paper packaging of tobacco. Catherine has played a leading role in developing qualitative methods and evidence synthesis in health services research and is co-author of significant books and journal papers on these methods.
I like to get inside the NHS - talk to people, watch their work, and use social theory to find answers that will improve healthcare.
Her teaching includes postgraduate supervision and contributions to undergraduate education across health and social sciences programmes. She also crosses disciplinary boundaries, working closely with the Southampton Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. She is also a licenced Springboard Women’s Development trainer and delivers this award winning programme for staff in the University.
Catherine serves on the editorial boards of Sociology of Health and Illness, Digital Health, and the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy and is a past editor of Sociology. She is a member of the Health Foundation founding cohort of the Q quality improvement initiative and an elected member of the Academy of Social Sciences Council, Health Services Research UK, and the Society for the Studies in Organising Healthcare.
- Currently occupied combining sociology and ethnography to explore urgent and emergency care, decision-making, communication and technologies in use.
- Applied theory and research tackling the ‘wicked problems’ surrounding how best to organize and deliver modern healthcare
- Focus on health professions and everyday healthcare practice, and the impacts of policy and organisational change on these.
- Internationally recognised expert on qualitative research in health care – changing the way a profession thinks about and conducts research
- Applied and relevant research, working successfully across disciplinary boundaries and linking with clinical practice
Memberships and distinctions
NHS Confederation Health Services Research Network Board 2008 -
Co-Editor, Sociology 2006-2009
Co-Director, Work Futures Research Centre
Co-Director, Digital Economy University Strategic Research Group