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Dr Fiona Wood

Dr Fiona Wood

Reader

School of Medicine

Email
wood@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29206 87185
Campuses
503, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a medical sociologist with a particular interest in beliefs and behaviours in relation to common infections, patient centred care and health care communication. I have over 15 years of post-doctoral research experience, during which time I have developed a broad portfolio of expertise in qualitative research methods. I am Post-Graduate Research Lead within the Division of Population Medicine.

Education and Qualifications

  • 2020: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2002: PhD (Medical Sociology), Cardiff University, UK
  • 1997: MSc Methods and Applications of Social Research, Cardiff University, UK
  • 1991: BA (hons) Geography, Manchester University, UK

Career Overview

  • 2017 - present: Reader, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2013 - 2017: Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2003-2013: Lecturer, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 1997-2003: Tutorial Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 1995-1997: Research Associate, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 1991-1995: Research Officer, Public Health Medicine, Gwent Health Authority

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Academicy Primary Care (SAPC)
  • International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH)
  • International Shared Decision Making Society (ISDM)

Committees:

  • Board member: FWO Medical Sciences. Belgium. 2019 - present
  • Board member: Scientific Foundation Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2014-2019
  • Board member, Health and Care Research Wales Health Grants and Research for Patient Benefit Grant Board, 2012-2017

External Examining:

  • Southampton University, PhD (2013)
  • Bristol University PhD. (2017)

Academic positions

  • Post-Graduate Research Lead for the Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine. 

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My teaching areas include patient centred care, qualitative research methods, research ethics, health beliefs and behaviour and other aspects of medical sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am involved in teaching on the following courses:

  • MBBCh C21 through the Evidence Based Medicine Tutorial Sessions 
  • BSc Clinical Epidemiology. Introduction to Qualitative Methods, Advanced Qualitative Methods, Qualitative Data Analysis, Writing a Qualitative Research Protocol. Health Beliefs and Behaviours for Common Infections.  
  • MPH (Masters in Public Health). Qualitative Research Methods. 

Current Grants:

Title: Developing a decision aid to support co-production regarding risk and need based recall intervals in general dental practice. Applicants: Cope A, Joseph-Williams N, Wood F, Karki A, Farnell D, Chestnutt I. Funder: HCRW RfPPB, Amount: £197,678. Duration: Oct 2018 – Sept 2020.

Title: Development of an Intervention to Optimise Adherence to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV in Wales: A Mixed Methods Study [DO-PrEP]. Post-Doc Fellowship to HCRW. David Gillespie, Mentors – K Hood and F Wood. Funder: HCRW, Amount: £250,000, Duration: Oct 2018-Sept 2021

Title: Informed consent and proxy decision making in research involving adults lacking capacity: development of an intervention to support proxy informed decision making, set within ethical and legal frameworks. (PhD Studentship for V Shepherd. F Wood lead supervisor). Funder: NIHR Amount: £266,485. Duration: Oct 2016-Sept 2019

Title: Development and evaluation of a supported self-management life-style exercise and activity package for progressive Multiple Sclerosis. LEAP-MS. Applicants: Busse-Morris M, Edwards A, Davies F, Button K, Wood F, Playle R. Robertson N, Spasic I. Funder: MS Society. £293,296. Feb 2018-Jan 2021

Title: Multi-Domain Lifestyle Targets for Improving Prognosis in Huntington’s Disease. Applicants: Busse-Morris, Rosser, Holt, Wood, Jones, Holmans. Funder: JPND, Alzheimer’s Society. Amount: Euros 624,753. Duration: April 2019-March 2022

Title: Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer (ABACus): Randomised controlled trial of the health check Yorkshire Cancer Research. Applicants: Brain K, Edwards A, Wood F, Carter B, Smits S, Robling M, Kelson M. Funder: Yorkshire Cancer Research. £486,014. 1st April 2017- 31.08.19

Title: Wales Centre for Primary & Emergency Care Research; PRIME.2015-2019. Co-Applicant. Funder: NISCHR, £3.6M, 2015-2018. Applicants: Edwards (PI), Neal R, Kenkre J, Snooks H, Wood F, Brain K, Francis N, Chestnut I.

Previous Grants:

Title: Developing a smoking cessation patient decision aid – scoping phase work. Applicants: Natalie Joseph-Williams (PI), Fiona Wood, Christian Heathcote-Elliott (PHW), Sian Evans (PHW), Ashley Gould (PHW). Public Health Wales. £21,000

Title: Understanding patient perceptions of exercise and conceptual models of pain in a lumbar radicular pain population. Lead: Robert Goldsmith (physiotherapist C&V UHB); PRIME supported: Co-applicants: Nefyn Williams and Fiona Wood, £10K, RCBC First Into Research Fellowship.

Title: Exploring the potential of an ‘app’ to help patients with cancer address their information needs. Funder: Tenovus, Amount: £60,000. Duration: Oct 2013-Sept 2016. Applicants: Wood F, Kinnersley P, Brain K, Staffurth J.

Title: MAGIC 3. Making Good Decisions in Collaboration. Funder: Health Foundation. Amount: £246,000. Duration: Dec 2013-Dec 2015. Applicants: Brain (CI) Joseph-Williams N, Lloyd A, Edwards A, Wood F,

Title: Development and pilot evaluation of the Tenovus health check. Funder: NAEDI. Amount: £135,000. Duration: Sept 2014 – August 2016. Applicants: Brain K (CI), Paranjothy S, Carter B, Wood F, Neal RD et al.

Title: A qualitative study of public and clinicians'views of, and participation in, Prudent Healthcare. Funder: Health and Care Research Wales. £248,000. 2015-2017. Applicants: Wood F (PI), Edwards A, Snooks H, Kenkre J, Neal R, Mead D, Clayton D.

Title: Exploring the transition from relapsing-remitting to secondary progressive MS to inform the production of content programmes for patients and carers, and educational packages for clinicians. Funder: MS Trust. Amount: £50,000. Duration: Sept 2013-Nov 2014. Applicants: Wood and Edwards (co-CIs),

Title: Option Grids: easy to use shared decision making tools for disadvantaged groups. Funder: Bupa Foundation. Amount: £289,000. Duration: Jan 2012 – Dec 2014 Applicants: Wood F and Elwyn G (co-CIs), Edwards A, Brain K, Newcombe R, Nye A, Firth J

Title: Characterising the nature of primary care patient safety incident reports in England and Wales: mixed methods study. Funder: NIHR HS&DR. Amount: £300,000. Duration: Nov 2013 – June 2015. Applicants: Carson-Stevens A (CI), Edwards A, Panesar, Mayor S, Cowie L, Wood F.

Title: Health Beliefs and Behaviour amongst working-class women: Changes over 20 years. Funder: ESRC. Amount: £44,711. Duration: May 2005- July 2006. Applicants: Wood F (CI), Butler C, Robling MR, Kinnersley P, Houston H.

I am currently supervising the following PhD Students

  • Jaafer Qasem, (co-supervisor): "The development and testing of an international patient safety learning system" Jan 2018-Dec 2021
  • Amber Jordan. (primary supervisor): "Development of a theory-based intervention to prepare young people to participate in shared decision making about their healthcare". Oct 2016-Sept 2020
  • Adam Williams (co-supervisor) “Understanding the relationship between pre-exposure prophylaxis, sexually transmitted infections, and antimicrobial resistance in Wales (UNREST)” KESS2 studentship. Oct 2019-Sept 2022
  • Sharon Norman (primary supervisor). An explroation of the impact of socio-eonomic circumsstances on post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health disorders in adults of working age admitted to critical care who survive sepsis in Wales. Jan 2020-Dec 2027

I am interested in supervising students in the areas of:

  • Social aspects of antimicrobial resistance
  • Shared decision making and health care communication. 

Past projects

I have successfully supervised the following PhD students to completion:

  • Nancy Hawkings (PhD awarded 2009) co-supervisor. "Attitudes to Upper Respiratory Infections, Antibiotics and Bacterial Resistance: Managing common respiratory infections and promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics by the general population"
  • Nick Francis (PhD awarded 2010) co-supervisor. "Development and evaluation of an interactive booklet for use in primary care consultations with children with respiratory tract infections" 
  • Michelle Edwards (PhD awarded 2010) co-supervisor.  "The development and practice of health-literacy in patients with a long-term condition through self-directed learning, patient education, and social interaction." 
  • Leila Rooshenas (PhD awarded 2012) primary supervisor. "Managing common infections in day care settings: Day care providers' sickness exclusion beliefs, advice, and their consequences for parents."  
  • Jana Witt (PhD awarded 2013) co-supervisor. "The Oophorectomy decision explorer: a decision support intervention to faciliate deliberation and coping efforst in women at increased risk of ovarian cancer". 
  • Anwen Cope (PhD awarded 2014) President’s Scholarship, co-supervisor."Understanding the use of antibiotics in the management of dental problems in primary care"
  • Grace McCuthcan (awarded 2017). co-supervisor. "Understanding the influences on cancer symptom presentation in the context of socio-economic deprivation: development of a targeted cancer awareness intervention." 
  • Becky Richards (PhD awarded 2017). primary supervisor. "Understanding the needs and preferences of patients with cancer regarding an app to help them to meet their information needs: development of the 'Ask Us' cancer app" 
  • Freya Davies, PhD (PhD awarded 2019) co-supervisor: "Training health professionals to support self-management among people with multiple sclerosis". 
  • Vicky Shepherd. (PhD awarded 2019) primary supervisor: "Informed consent and proxy decision making in research involving adults lacking capacity: development of an intervention to support proxy informed decision making, set within ethical and legal frameworks". Oct 2016-Sept 2019