Dr Fiona Wood

Dr Fiona Wood


School of Medicine

+44 29206 87185
503, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS

I am a medical sociologist with a particular interest in beliefs and behavious 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

  • 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

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

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Academic Primary Care
  • Member of PRIME Centre Wales, workpackage lead for Patient Centred and Prudent Healthcare.
  • Member of the Scientific Foundation Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Academic positions

  • 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

Committees and reviewing

2013 - 2015: Member of School of Medicine Equality & Diversity Committee.

External Committees

  • 2012- present: Member of Health and Care Research Wales Health Grants and Research for Patient Benefit Grant Board,
  • 2014- present: Member of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board





















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
  • BSc Clinical Epidemiology
  • MPH (Masters in Public Health)

Current Grants:

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: 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.2015-2018. 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.

Title: Understanding patients’ experiences of seeking care for dental problems and reasons for consulting a General Medical Practitioner. Applicants: Anwen Cope, Ivor Chestnut, Nick Francis, Fiona Wood. Funder: Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow.

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.

Previous Grants:

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, PhD (co-supervisor): "The development and testing of an international patient safety learning system" Jan 2018-Dec 2021
  • Freya Davies, PhD (co-supervisor): "Training health professionals to support self-management among people with multiple sclerosis". Oct 2015 - Sept 2018
  • 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 2019
  • Vicky Shepherd. (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

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 eight PhD students to completion:

  • Nancy Hawkings (graduated 2009) primary 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 (graduated 2010) co-supervisor. "Development and evaluation of an interactive booklet for use in primary care consultations with children with respiratory tract infections" 
  • Michelle Edwards (graduated 2010) co-supervisor.  "The development and practice of health-literacy in patient with a long-term condition through self-directed learning, patient education, and social interaction." 
  • Leila Rooshenas (graduated 2012) primary supervisor. "Managing common infections in day care settings: Dav care providers' sickness exclusion beliefs, advice, and their consequences for parents."  
  • Jana Witt (graduated 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 (graduated 2014) President’s Scholarship, co-supervisor."Understanding the use of antibiotics in the management of dental problems in primary care"
  • Grace McCuthcan (graduated 2016). 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 (graduated 2017). primary supervisor. "Understanding the needs and preferencesof patientswith cancer regarding an app to help them to meet their information needs: development of the 'Ask Us' cancer app"