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Dr Dawn-Anne  Bacon  PhD, BSc(Hons), MChS, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

Lecturer in podiatry and clinician

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Dr Dawn Bacon is a Lecturer within Health Sciences, University of Southampton and a practicing podiatrist. She is the module leader for the Foot and Ankle Musculoskeletal Pathology Module, has input across the three year undergraduate programme and a supervisory role for doctoral students.

“Health professions are continually changing and evolving; excellence in education, research and clinical practice should be at the heart of these changes”

Dawn is a lecturer within Health Sciences, University of Southampton and a practicing podiatrist. She is the module leader for Foot and Ankle Musculoskeletal Pathology and has input across the three year undergraduate programme.

Clinically she has a special interest in musculoskeletal podiatry and has held posts in the NHS and private sector reflecting this. Dawn spent eight years as a band 8 clinical specialist podiatrist, working in orthopaedics. Currently her clinical time is divided between running her own private practice (established in 1996) and providing podiatry services to Glenside Hospital for Neurological Rehabilitation; where her small team works closely with the wider multidisciplinary group to assist service users in meeting their rehabilitation goals.

With a long-standing interest in the sociology of work and health professions, Dawn’s doctoral research was an exploratory study in specialisation. Dawn was awarded the Richard Newitt Postgraduate Research Studentship to undertake her research and completed her PhD in 2012. She has experience involving qualitative research methods, including concept analysis, key actor interviews, focus group interviews and content analysis.

Dawn is a reviewer for the Podiatry Now journal.

Awards

Richard Newitt Postgraduate Research Studentship (2005)

Fellowship of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) (2013)

Research interests

With a long-standing interest in the sociology of work and health professions, Dawn’s research has explored the evolution, change over time and current status of podiatric specialisation and specialists. Her doctoral research; an exploration in specialisation was followed by publication of her thesis; Podiatry and Diabetes: An Exploration in Specialisation.

The recent proliferation of specialist posts within podiatry has been underpinned by sections of health policy but features diverse educational preparation for role. The advent, establishment and increase in specialisation have been under-debated within the health literature and under-considered within the podiatric profession. With its implications for work force design and changing professional roles, the research considers facets of activity within the changing healthcare policy and practice landscape.

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Conference presentations

2014 Taking titles and naming names; who do we really think we are? – College of Podiatry National Conference

2010 Specialisation and the Law – Bournemouth SCP Research Conference

2009 Specialisation and the Law – College of Podiatry National Conference

2009 Specialisation and the Law – Faculty of Medicine Health & Lifesciences, University of Southampton

Journal papers

Bacon D and Bortwick AM (2013) Establishing the diabetes specialist podiatrist: The role of charismatic authority. The Diabetic Foot Journal, 16(4):140-141.

Bacon D and Borthwick AM (2012) Charismatic authority in modern healthcare: the case of the ‘diabetes specialist podiatrist’. Sociology of Health & Illness (doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12024).

Thesis

2012 Doctoral Thesis. Podiatry and Diabetes: An Exploration in Specialisation

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Thesis

Dawn is the module leader for the “Foot and Ankle Musculoskeletal Pathology Module” and has input into other modules across the three year undergraduate programme. She has also provided in-service training and CPD for practising podiatrists and physiotherapists.

Dr Dawn-Anne Bacon
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4003

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