Jane is a medical sociologist and experienced mixed methods researcher with particular expertise in qualitative methods, evaluation of complex interventions and research on sensitive issues. She is a joint author on a methods text on focus groups. Her research interests are the everyday experiences and work of health and illness; self-care, self-management and help seeking; and the acquisition of health knowledge and skills. Her current research is focussed around cancer health and wellbeing, personalised care and implementation of innovation in healthcare settings. She is part of the Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+, supporting the HORIZONS cohort study of recovery of health and well-being post cancer treatment. She led the evaluation of the TrueNTH Supported Self-Management and Follow-up Care Programme for men with prostate cancer.
- Social processes related to self-management and help seeking
- Social cultural context of self-management
- Sexual function post cancer treatment
- Personalised care
- Implementation of complex interventions in healthcare
Jane is currently leading a study to understand, characterise and explain how people connect with and mobilise supportive services and resources to help them to self-manage the consequences of cancer and its treatment and to promote recovery of health and wellbeing. She has lead the qualitative element of a study to understand the experiences of COVID-19 among people living with and beyond cancer. She supports the HORIZONS cohort study and the Wessex Personalised Care and Support Assessment and Planning Project within the Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+. Work on implementation includes the evaluation of the Creating Learning environments ofr Compassionate care porject in mental health settings.
Current PhD Students
Jane completed a degree in sociology at Kingston University. She began her resaerch career at Health Promotion Wales, leading the evaluation of an HIV/AIDS outreach prevention project with women prostitutes. She moved to Cardiff University to lead a mixed methods trial of a peer-led smoking cessation project, followed by her PhD. She joined the University of Southampton in 2005, and has worked across a range of research and service improvement projects.