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Mrs Samantha Williams BSc (hons) MRes

Qualitative Senior Research Assistant

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Sam works as a Qualitative Senior Research Assistant in Primary Care and Population Sciences and is interested in research that looks to help people recover more quickly from depression, and help people who wish to come off antidepressants do so more easily, through qualitative research methodologies.

Qualitative Senior Research Assistant 2016-present

Senior Research Assistant 2015-2016

Clinical Trial Coordinator 2013-2015

Clinical Research Network Research Officer 2009-2013

HCPC Registered Podiatrist 2007-present

Research interests

After qualifying and working as a Podiatrist, Sam embarked on her research career with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex in 2009. For the four years she was with the CRN, Sam supported and facilitated NIHR studies and became a Good Clinical Practice facilitator, regularly delivering GCP courses in primary care. In 2013, Sam completed her NIHR funded MRes Clinical Research.

Sam’s work has been varied, but her main research interests lie in mental health research utilising qualitative research methods. She has in the past been awarded funding for a qualitative study (The UNITE Study) and now works on the REDUCE Programme which aims to identify feasible, safe, reliable and cost-effective (value for money) ways of helping people withdraw from long-term antidepressants, where this is appropriate.

Sam is an active member of Primary Care and Population Sciences (PCPS) and is a part of the PCPS Qualitative Group, contributing to the BMedSci and MSc Public Health Qualitative Methods teaching and marking. Sam is a member of REACH (Research Education Advice and Communication in Health), a Springboard mentor for academic women and a peer reviewer for the NIHR Dissemination Centre and other peer reviewed journals.


Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate research group

Primary care Research group

Research project(s)

CONTACT Colchicine or Naproxen Treatment for Acute Gout

PROMDEP Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the assessment and follow-up monitoring of patients with depression in Primary Care

REDUCE (REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice)

There is considerable concern about increasing antidepressant use in England. GPs are giving out more than 50 million prescriptions a year, to more than 1 in 10 adults.

UNderstanding medIcal and non-medical anTibiotic prescribing for rEspiratory tract infections in primary care out of hours services: a qualitative analysis (The UNITE Study)

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Qualitative research methodology for BM4, BM5 and MSc. Public Health. Taught modules relating to qualitative data collection and analysis and writing a qualitative research proposal.

Expertise in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in clinical research.

Examiner, marker and moderator for BSc. Podiatry Years 2 and 3.

Mrs Samantha Williams
Primary Care and Population Sciences Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST Email

Room Number: 9590 AHC/109/S2

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