Dr Clare Jinks
I am a general committee executive member of SAPC and Engagement Lead. My work to date has focused on developing a strategy for engagement and consolidating existing SAPC engagement activities. Our priorities now are to enhance existing colloborations and develop new national and international collaborations in order to support the aims of SAPC and raise the profile of Academic Primary Care.
I am a Social Scientist by background with an undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Administration from Brighton. I first worked on a variety of research projects funded by West Midlands Regional Health Authority and undertook my MPhil at Keele (1995) investigating experiences of clinicians and health service managers implementing the internal market in mental health care. My PhD, also undertaken at Keele (2002), was an epidemiological study investigating the burden of knee pain in older adults living in the community. Since my PhD I have focused on developing a programme of applied osteoarthritis (OA) research in four linked areas investigating: the population burden and lived experience of joint pain; patterns and experiences of health care use; risk factors for onset and progression of OA; and interventions to optimise primary care management and self-management. I co-lead the osteoarthritis research programme in the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University and have mixed methods expertise (epidemiology, qualitative and randomised controlled trials (RCTs)).
My main research interests include the management of pain conditions in primary care, multimorbidity and person-centred care. I work alongside colleagues to develop and evaluate interventions to optimise primary care management, including feasibility and pilot studies. My work embeds sociological and psychological theories (e.g. normalisation process theory, theoretical domains framework) to understand how and why interventions are delivered, how and why decisions are made to access health care, engage with interventions or undertake self-management. These are important areas of study as they influence health outcomes and impact on future implementation strategies. I have a particular in interest in the contribution of qualitative methods to randomised trials and have led process evaluations within RCTs in primary care. Co-design of research with stakeholders (clinicians and patients) underpins all of my research as this helps to ensure that the research is relevant to clinicians and patients and has a better chance of achieving patient benefit.
I have been awarded grants from a wide range of funding bodies and worked on projects funded by NIHR (Research for Patient Benefit Scheme, Health Technology Assessment, West Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Programmes Grants for Applied Research) and Arthritis Research UK as Chief Investigator. I am a member of a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programmes Grant for Applied Research Sub Panel.