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Dr Chris Allen PhD, MSc, BN (Hons), RN, FHEA


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Chris Allen is a lecturer in the School of Health Science and a mixed methods researcher with a background in nursing and social sciences, particularly Gerontology. Chris has an interest in Digital Health, Asset Based Community Development, Social Prescribing, Aging, Realist Evaluation, Quality Improvement and Patient and Participant Involvement and Engagement in Healthcare Research.

Chris has worked in higher education for several years as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer and has experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in a range of programmes relevant to health and social sciences. He is the Digital Health theme lead for the nursing programmes and currently leads the Complex Care module. He teaches on the Global and Public Health module. He is an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses.

Chris completed his NIHR CLAHRC Wessex funded PhD as a Clinical Academic Doctoral Research Fellow at the University. His PhD research looked at the role of online ties in supporting long-term condition self-management.

Chris’s clinical background is in nursing, where has a range of experiences including working in the community for a rapid response team and the community pulmonary rehabilitation team, working in acute care in acute medicine for older people and the emergency department settings and working in clinical research as a research nurse.  Chris also has experience in clinical education.

Research interests

  • Digital Health
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Social Prescribing
  • Aging
  • Realist Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement (QI)
  • Patient and Participant Involvement and Engagement in Healthcare Research

Research projects

WASP: Using the Wessex Activation and Self-Management (WASP) Tool to design and implement system wide improvements in self-management support for people with long-term conditions.

Optim-Park: Optimization of community resources and systems of support to enhance the process of living with Parkinson’s Disease: a multisectoral intervention.

BUMP: Mapping the availability of information and other support for managing pregnant woman at risk of pre-eclampsia- with Oxford CLAHRC

Research group

Long-Term Conditions

Research theme(s)

Health Needs

Active Living

  • Digital Health Theme Lead
  • Co-convenor BSA MedSoc South Coast Study Group
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  • Complex Care Module Lead
  • Global and Public Health
  • Personal Academic Tutor
Dr Chris Allen
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/3059

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