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Dr Bethan Jones

Research Associate

School of Healthcare Sciences

13.18, 13th floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB


I am a researcher with a background in psychology and research interests in supporting people to live well with long-term conditions, supporting healthcare staff, and public involvement in research.

I am currently working as a research associate on a study investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Nurses in Wales. This is in collaboration with Public Health Wales and Health for Health Professionals Wales.


I completed my PhD at UWE Bristol in 2020 looking at patient activation (how able and willing someone is to take a active role in managing their health) in Inflammatory Arthritis. Since then I have worked on a range of projects across clinical and health research. I am a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in qualitative analysis (particularly framework analysis and thematic analysis) and quantitative analysis (with an interest in regression analysis methods). I have specific interests in health literacy (how people find and use health-related information) and the impact of health inequalities on health outcomes in long-term conditions.

I am a member of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Remission Working Group, reflecting my interest in patient reported outcome measures. I am also the UK country champion for the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology Study Group on Patient Education. I am responsible for communicating and disseminating the work of the study group to rheumatology professionals across the UK.

Academic positions

2020-2021 Research Associate, UWE Bristol

2016-2020 Doctoral Researcher, UWE Bristol

I have a strong interest in working as part of multi-disciplinary teams and involving patients and the public in my research. I am a member of the School's Optimising wellbeing and the management of long term conditions research theme.