I am an academic researcher, lecturer, qualified teacher and public sector trainer. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with interests in public health, mental health, diversity, equity and intersectionality.
I am active in carrying out health services research, publishing research and lecturing across public health related postgraduate courses. Previous to working in higher education Ihad significant public sector experience including strategic policy, project management and service development, working across various directorates including Public Health, Children's Services, and Corporate Policy.
I have an ongoing interest in research that improves the lives of marginalised communities and counters health inequalities.
Having worked in, and for, schools for a number of years (including as a school improvement advisor), I have recently been teaching in higher education across the following courses:
I am currently working with the Open University on evaluating the involvement aspect of a countywide carers’ service. Funded by the county council and local clinical commissioning groups, this service supports family carers and caring friends to have a voice in the planning and performance review of health and social care services.
Previous research projects include:
I am also currently working as a Research Fellow with The United Kingdom Research study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes among healthcare workers (UK-REACH). This study represents a unique partnership of leading researchers and clinicians with national organisations including the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Colleges and ethnic minority healthcare worker associations that will investigate if, how, and why, ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in healthcare workers.
Nurse identity: reality and media portrayal (2022)
Garcia, Rebecca and Qureshi, Irtiza
Evidence Based Nursing, 25(1) (pp. 1-5)