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Ms Hannah Ruth Barker MSc Public Health Faculty of Medicine Distinction, BN (Hons.) First Class, RN

Senior Research Assistant

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Hannah began her research career as a Senior Research Assistant on a project that was increasing knowledge around nursing workforce ward cultures, specifically with regard to creating learning environments for compassionate care in acute ward settings for older people. Following this project Hannah worked on a research assignment that explored the impact, implementation and cost of safe staffing policies in order to inform and improve policy setting for the future.

Hannah has also worked as part of the SPUTNIK Trial team, carrying out systematic literature reviews to inform economic assessments of procedural complications related to solitary pulmonary nodules.

Hannah is currently working on a project that is measuring the nursing workload involved with taking and responding to vital signs observations. This work will inform an economic analysis that sits as part of a larger research study that aims to develop a safe and efficient observations protocol for NHS general wards through data modelling and analysis of large electronic data sets.  

Her research carries a common theme of supporting the nursing workforce. She hopes her work will make a positive difference to the nursing workforce in the future.

Hannah is a qualified registered nurse with front line experience in acute medical, surgical and neuro intensive care.



Passionate about research that promotes high quality and safe care of the nursing workforce in order that the people in their care can receive therapeutic and safe treatment both now and in the future

Hannah's MSc Dissertation Research Project facilitated by Dr Wendy Lawrence

Medical Research Council Life-course Epidemiology Unit: An evaluation of how primary care practitioners embed skills to support behaviour change into routine practice following ‘Healthy Conversation Skills’ training.

Research projects:

SPUTNIK Trial [June 2018 to October 2018]

Accuracy and cost-effectiveness of dynamic contrast enhanced computed tomography in the characterisation of solitary pulmonary nodules

A prospective, observational study to assess the accuracy and cost effectiveness of dynamic contrast enhanced computed tomography in the characterisation of Solitary Pulmonary Nodules.

Frequency of Observations Study [October 2018 to current]

Safer and more efficient vital signs monitoring to identify the deteriorating patient: An observational study towards deriving evidence-based protocols for patient surveillance on the general hospital ward

Affiliate research group

Health Work

Research project(s)

Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): a feasibility study

A mixed methods study to evaluate the feasibility of an intervention targeted at developing the relational capacity of hospital ward nursing teams. 2014-2016.

Implementation, impact and costs of policies for safe staffing in acute trusts

Through a survey and case studies, this study will evaluate the extent to which safe staffing policies following the Francis Inquiry have been implemented, how that varies from place to place, the factors that have shaped implementation, and describe the costs & consequences of implementation.

Member:  NMC - The Nursing and Midwifery Council RCN - Royal College of Nursing

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I am currently working towards becoming a personal academic tutor.
Ms Hannah Ruth Barker
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3005

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