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Dr Alejandra Recio-Saucedo BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow in Research on Research, NETSCC

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I am a Senior Research Fellow for the Research on Research (RoR) programme at the NIHR, Evaluations and Trials Studies Coordinating Centre.

I joined the RoR team in June 2018. I am responsible for designing and delivering high quality research projects that explore the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives in research processes and working practices within NESTCC and the NIHR. The current RoR programme of work encompasses two broad research themes: Peer Review and Decision-Making and Management and Delivery of Funded Research.

Prior to joining NETSCC, I conducted research in Health Sciences and Electronics and Computer Science in the University of Southampton. The studies were funded by the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) and the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programmes, Health Education England, Breast Cancer Now, British Renal Society, Kidney Care UK, Marie Curie and Macmillan. Technology is the key common element across the studies that I have conducted and coordinated. In the Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care research group, I completed a study to develop an online interactive decision aid to support young women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in their decisions around surgery and genetic testing. With the CLAHRC Wessex I conducted a study that explored factors influencing monitoring of vital signs of patients in general medical and surgical wards during the night shift, when Electronic Surveillance Systems are in place. A study on nurse staffing levels, missed vital signs observations and mortality in hospital wards explored associations between nurse staffing and mortality mediated by the completion of vital signs observations. Large routine datasets collected from hospital systems were used in these analyses.  As part of the Electronics and Software Systems group, I coordinated a study that developed a Virtual Research Environment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and a study that designed an application for mobile devices to identify population at-risk of developing osteoporosis.

I am currently involved in a study developing a gamification framework to support children and young people diagnosed with a chronic condition in developing self-management skills to transition from paediatric to adult care.


Appointments held:

Research Fellow: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton

Research Fellow: Electronics and Computer Sciences, University of Southampton.

Research interests

My current research interest focuses on designing, delivering and monitoring research that offer evidence to the continuous improvement of research processes.

I am committed to conducting high-quality interdisciplinary research that addresses real-world challenges and generates evidence to inform health policy.

I have a strong interest in understanding the effectiveness of patient decision aids and the way in which serious games support young people to self-manage chronic conditions.

Second supervisor - Dr Chiara Dall’Ora Thesis: The association of nurses’ shift characteristics, missed vital signs observations and sickness absence. Retrospective observational study using routinely collected data.

Affiliate research group

Research on Research

Review board member of journals:

  • Oncology Nursing Forum
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
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Dr Alejandra Recio-Saucedo
NETSCC, University of Southampton, Alpha House, Enterprise Road, Southampton, SO16 7NS

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